South Dakota Law Change Allows for Antler Auction

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A change in state law has paved the way for the Game, Fish and Parks Department to auction items that have been confiscated in recent years as part of the agency's conservation law enforcement work efforts.

"The 2009 South Dakota legislature passed a law that allows our agency to offer for sale items we have seized through law enforcement activities,"” Andy Alban, Law Enforcement Program Administrator for the GFP Division of Wildlife said. "In the past, if the GFP would have sold anything like antlers, hides or skulls, the buyer would not have been allowed, by law, to resell them. The law now gives full ownership to anyone buying these items. The law also stipulates that we sell these items in a manner that brings a competitive price. We feel that offering them through auction will meet those requirements."

The auction will take place as part of the 3rd Annual South Dakota Outdoor Expo on June 12 at the State Fairgrounds in Huron. The Outdoor Expo will open its gates at 9:00 a.m. and the auction will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Antlers will make up the bulk of auction items. There are over 500 sets of antlers that will be offered individually and numerous shed and miscellaneous antlers that will be auctioned by the pound. The auction lots include both deer and elk antlers. In addition, there will also be shoulder mounts, mountain lion skulls and bobcat hides offered.

"We have an amazing variety of items for auction that should be attractive to hunters, outdoor craft people, and outdoor enthusiasts in general," Alban said.

The proceeds from the auction will be used to offset Department allocations to Sportsmen Against Hunger and the Turn In Poachers (TIPS) Program.

The auction will be handled through the Schuetzle Auction Service. More information on items that will be offered at the auction can be viewed on the GFP website at http://gfp.sd.gov/news/antlerauction/