Utah Division of Wildlife Resources To Auction Off Antlers, Fur, and Hunting Equipment

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The auction items were mostly confiscated during investigations into poaching

If antlers, furs, and hunting equipment are your thing, and we bet they are, you’ll want to check out the upcoming auction hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR).

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the UDWR will be auctioning off hundreds of antlers and furs, as well as items such as bows and traps, that were seized during poaching investigations. The online auction will be held through the TNT Auction website. Those interested in participating in the bidding must first preregister, and all items sold must be picked up locally on the auction date.

A preview of available items will take place on April 25, 2-6 p.m., at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range located at 6000 West 2100 South in Salt Lake City.

According to Fox 13, antlers will be sold by lot, which may include a single set of trophy-sized antlers or a group of smaller sets. The antlers are mostly from deer and elk, with some from moose and pronghorn antelope. Taxidermy mounts will also be auctioned off.

Most of the items were forfeited by court order, while some are from roadkill animals. All proceeds will go toward funding wildlife conservation in Utah.

“It is quite a sight to see all of these antlers, but the sad reality is that the majority of them are evidence of illegally killed wildlife,” UDWR Capt. Chad Bettridge said. “Poaching steals that opportunity away from law-abiding hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy these animals. On average, each of our conservation officers covers around 1,500 square miles in their patrol area. We need the public’s help in enforcing wildlife laws, which help to maintain healthy wildlife populations for future generations to enjoy.”

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