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Scouts Make $$ Auctioning Elk Antlers

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I got to see this in action in 2005.  This is a great win for everyone.  How cool it would be to run the refuge and gather antlers.  So much for popcorn.  This district has the right way to go about getting funded with a renewable source each year.  In addition to elk antlers, there are a lot of other things available to find.  There are skeletal parts from winter kills, deer antlers, and all kinds of things to keep scouts bug eyed.  I applaud the refuge directors and scouts in getting this continued.  If only more districts and councils could do things similar. 

One council that comes to mind that could do this is the "last frontier" council in Oklahoma.  They have the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in their backyard.  It has elk and buffalo.  Visitors are not allowed to remove anything from the refuge, but I've seen buffalo and elk skeletons near some of the hiking paths.  They have a free range longhorn cattle herd that is pretty big too.  If scouts worked a deal with the refuge to gather items like in Jackson, it may benefit both organizations. 

I could also see scouts in Michigan and the northwest working with the DNR for salmon run processing each year.  Michigan DNR used to filet salmon if you donated the eggs.  I would pay a fee for them and scouts to filet salmon.    


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