- The Jackson Hole Antler Auction takes place the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend.
- Elk antlers are collected from the National Elk Refuge then organized into lots and sold at public auction on the Jackson Town Square.
- Additional activities include live musical performances, a chili cook- off, and a mountain man rendezvous.
About the Elk Antler Auction:
Each spring thousand of wintering elk on the National Elk Refuge shed their antlers before heading to their summer range. The antlers are collected by the Jackson Hole Boy Scouts and the personnel of the Refuge. The thousands of antlers are then auctioned off to be made into furniture, art, and jewelry.
Additional activities which take place during this event includes live musical performances, a chili cook- off, and a mountain man rendezvous.
When is the Auction?
The Antler Auction and related events generally takes place the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend. This year it takes place May 20th, 2017.
Where does it take place?
The antlers are auctioned on the Jackson Town Square. Other related activities can be found through-out the town of Jackson.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to attend the auction. Of course, if you bid on anything and you are awarded the bid – that will cost you!
What else should I know about this event?
Starting in the late 1950’s, the antler auction has taken place every year. It is a way to reduce damage to feeding equipment on the Refuge and also to discourage antler thieves who may disturb the elk herds.
Each year more than 200 Scouts and adult leaders work for nearly 2,000 hours with refuge personnel in the antler project, which includes a litter cleanup campaign on the refuge.
A percent of the proceeds from the auction are donated by the Scouts to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service toward elk management and the winter elk feeding program on the refuge.
The antler arches at each corner of the town square in Jackson were originally built from antlers from the refuge.