You don’t have to be a taxidermist to find a treasure at Idaho Fish and Game’s annual fur auction.
This year’s auction of furs, hides, antlers, and other items is set for Saturday, April 21 at the Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Region office at 3101 S. Powerline Road in Nampa. Items may be viewed beginning at 8 a.m., with the live auction beginning promptly at 10 a.m.
Auction items include furs, whole carcasses, antlers, skulls and other items. All items were either found, seized as evidence or salvaged. All carcasses are considered unfit for human consumption and are sold for use of the non-edible portions only. Antlers may be sold as small bundles by weight or as single sets attached to skull plates.
A taxidermist-furbuyer license is required in advance to bid on bear parts, mountain lion parts, or any furbearer. Anyone who buys or sells raw hides is also required to possess a taxidermist-furbuyer license. Resident licenses are $40 for one year, and nonresident licenses are $170. The licenses can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office.
The Fish and Game office in Nampa will be open during the auction. Only cash, cashier’s check or personal check will be accepted. No credit card service will be available.
Nonresident purchasers should be aware that their state may not allow import of the hides or parts of bear, mountain lion, bobcat or otter. Be sure to check state regulations before purchasing these items.
A person who has killed an animal illegally and that animal has been confiscated and put up for sale at the auction, may not buy that animal or any part of it at the auction. Nor may another person buy the animal or any part of it on their behalf. Both of these examples would be an illegal purchase of wildlife.