The price of elk antlers went down this year. The average price per pound at this year's elk antler auction was $8.15 for bundles and $11.00 for caps and pairs. That compares to $10.62 per pound for bundles last year and $16.47 for caps and pairs. There were a total of 148 registered bidders from 25 states at the auction, down from 175 bidders from 30 states last year. All together the antlers brought in just over 58-thousand dollars, last year's total was just over 82-thousand. Once again this year, the biggest spender at the auction was Richard Stewart of Bears Den Inc. He spent just over 23-thousand dollars on antlers this year. Last year, he bought nearly 37-thousand dollars worth of antlers last year. He also purchased this year's priciest single pair of antlers for $50.00 a pound. The total for that pair was $1,250. A portion of the proceeds from the Elk Antler Auction goes to the local Boy Scouts, who gather the antlers from the refuge, and then help display the antlers at the auction. The rest of the money goes back into the refuge program.