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Buying antlers

I read that poachers are selling trophy antlers for up to $15,000.What rack would ANYONE pay that for???

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Sara Evens....Carrie

Sara Evens....Carrie Underwood....Jennefer Ashton....Yes

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OMG, too funny!!!! But, I

OMG, too funny!!!! But, I don't think any of them have purchased any "racks" Wink

I think it's a status thing.  People with lots of money, who have no time or desire to go hunting themselves, will buy them as a conversation piece. 

Heck, look at how much money people throw around for a trophy deer or elk hunt.  Thousands, and in some cases, a hundred thousand if it's the right animal.  I don't know the exact amount, but I believe the rumor was that the guy who shot the Spyder Bull had dished out in the 6 figures to have a shot at that animal.

Most of us would just dish out the $500 for the out of state tag, do a little scouting, and take our chances.  However, there will always be a market for the lazy wannabees.

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I shared this one with my 19

I shared this one with my 19 year old son and he agrees with you completely.lol

That said I can't believe what people will pay for some of these things. If I didn't hunt it and take it myself then I have little desire to own them no matter what the cost. But like was said some people will pay just to decorate or make up a story of thier own.

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I don't know. But I have

I don't know. But I have heard of even more outrageous prices than that depending on the rack.

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It doesn't have to be

It doesn't have to be poachers to sell racks where legal.  Large racks have always brought a premium price when they go on sale on the open market, and there are a lot of people both hunters and non hunters that will buy them. 

If you read it in a paper or online somewhere how about a link to the story. 

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I'd think it would be a pretty big rack to bring $15,000. I hunted Alberta in 2006 and one of the guides had shot a huge non-typical that went well over 200". The mount was simply awesome. He claimed to have sold it, but said Alberta law says the original owner (hunter) had to keep it in his possesion for 5 yrs (if I remember correctly) before the sale could be consumated. I'd suppose that does make some sense, trying to prevent locals from selling deer to non-resident hunters, etc.

I have a friend who traded a couple of 170"+ racks to Cabelas for some of their retail products too. I think he got upwards of 5K worth of stuff.

 

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I guess I really can't say

I guess I really can't say what I would do, but if I ever shot a buck over 170" I don't think I would ever sell it. I mean if you were getting some crazy number like millions yeah, I probably would. But, $5000, I would not part with it.

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Yup!

You & me both! Yes

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I don't know anyone who would

I don't know anyone who would buy antlers. I for one would not. If I didn't shoot it I don't want it. I'm sure there are some rich peopel out there that don't hunt but want to decorate there home as if it was an outdoor theme. If I ever shot a monster buck or bull there would be NO way I'd want to sell the rack. I would proudly display it myself and take it to my grave if need be. There are always people who will buy anything though. I just don't know why someone would want to sell their trophy unless they were is despreate need of money.

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There is no way I would spend

There is no way I would spend $15,000 for a rack I did not take. I bought 3 from the Colorado DOW thru a bid process a few years ago. I wanted some antler towel racks for out by the hot tub and did not want to cut any I had. All these racks were taken by the DOW for wildlife violations and folks could bid on them. As for the comment on Jennifer, Carrie, etc., that was one of the funniest things I had read on this forum.     

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