WILDLIFE -- More than 200 Roosevelt elk shed antlers seized by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife can be purchased during an online auction that's underway. Bidding for about half of the items will close Sept. 19, and bidding for the other half of the items will close Sept. 20.
Items available during the auction include:
• More than 100 large individual shed antlers.
• Four sets of matched antlers.
• 26 bundles of large shed antlers.
• One large skull cap plate with antlers from a Rocky Mountain bull elk.
• One large set of mounted antlers from a trophy mule deer buck.
To participate in the online auction you must pre-register.
The shed antlers, seized because they were collected illegally, have been sorted into three grades: fresh (picked up the same year as shed), one-year white (picked up one or more years after being shed), and two-year white (picked up two or more years after being shed).
More than 100 of the individual shed antlers have had gross scores determined, many of which qualify for entry into the Boone and Crockett record book, said Sergeant Carl Klein of the WDFW Law Enforcement Program.
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“This is a great opportunity for people to own trophy-class Roosevelt elk antlers, or for the creative, turn antlers into art and home décor,” Klein said.
All individual sheds and bundles have been weighed.
The auction will be conducted by the State Department of Enterprise Services (DES). Photos of the shed antlers and other information about the auction, including how to view the items in person, are available online.
In Washington, it is legal to possess, sell or trade shed antlers, which are naturally shed by bull elk each year, said Klein. However, it is illegal to pick up shed antlers from private property without the permission of the owner or manager and from U.S. Park Service lands, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands (refuges), state parks, and state or county natural areas without permits or proper authorization.