Bidder Pays $265,000 For Utah Mule Deer Tag
Antelope Island at 28,000 acres is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake and is also a Utah state park. This year the high bidder paid $265,000 for a single mule deer buck tag on the island at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo. A similar bighorn tag fetched $50,000. The Salt Lake Tribune has a write up on the hunt, the auction, and how the auction money will be used.
“I want the money going into habitat improvements, not toilet paper and plungers,” said Miles Moretti, president of the Utah-based Mule Deer Foundation, which helped auction off the tag. “This money will not be going to the infrastructure of the park but is to be truly used for on-the-ground projects to improve wildlife habitat.” Steve Bates, Antelope Island State Park wildlife biologist, said the mule deer tag drew about what he expected it would, but he was still bewildered that someone would spend so much.