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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hunts, Trips, Rifles, Mule & Puppy….Sold!

It was like a scene out of the Lion King. In this case, a female Labrador puppy was held high by Lori Young, the breeder from Montana. The bidding came down to two prospective buyers located about 50 yards apart on the auction floor. As the price continued to rise, Lori found herself somewhat breathlessly jogging back and forth from one buyer to the other with the fur ball in her arms. In the end, the young pup went for $6,500 dollars to a buyer who finished as runner-up for another of Lori’s lab puppies at last year’s auction.

Lori’s Labradors is one of nearly 100 different businesses or organizations that offered auction items at three different Elk Camp auctions to raise funds for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. In fact, more than 65 percent of the 92 items are a full donation, meaning they were donated with no cost to RMEF with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting RMEF’s habitat conservation projects. 

The pup was not the only animal to hit the auction block. Liberty, an eight-year-old gray mare mule also turned some heads and brought in some serious dollar signs. Broke to picket, pack meat, lead the pack string or ride off alone, Liberty calmly walked among the luncheon tables as the bids continually increased. In the end, a buyer offered $17,000 for a new four-legged hunting companion. 

Auction items include home décor, furniture, gift packs, hunting and fishing trips, firearm and archery equipment, outdoor gear, knives, jewelry, art, a cabin, tractor, NASCAR trip and many other choices. 

The most spirited of three different auctions remains the Ladies Luncheon & Auction. The “ladies only” affair, outside of the all-male ring crew, featured an appearance by a Dolly Parton impersonator as well as other “Dollys” scattered around the room. The ladies cheered on each other and even cranked up the music to show off their dance moves.

RMEF is grateful to all the auction donors, workers and attendees who support our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Thank you!

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