Antlers, horns and bear-hide bounty featured at auction

Three-dozen bear skins – including some large brown bears – moose and caribou antlers, sheep horns and even a muskox hide are some of many items going on the block at this year’s annual State Hide and Horn Auction in Anchorage.

A traditional part of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous celebration, the Horn and Hide Auction is operated by the Alaska Trappers Association and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This year’s auction is scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday, February 28, at the carnival buttress area at Third Avenue and E Street. Items for bid will be placed out for viewing prior to the auction, at 10 a.m.

Prospective buyers must register at the auction site on the morning of the auction. Methods of payment are cash, MasterCard or Visa; there will be no online bidding.

Antlers, hides and horns sold at the auction are salvaged from road kills, defense-of-life-or-property incidents, and seizures by Alaska Wildlife Troopers during investigations. Items are sold to ensure they are not wasted and proceeds are applied against costs accrued in processing, preserving, shipping and handling.

For more information, contact Jim Holmes at (907) 267-2849.

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