Posted: Sep 9, 2012 9:07 AM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
Updated: Sep 9, 2012 2:31 PM
GREAT FALLS- Scores of people from across Montana gathered in Great Falls on Saturday for a trophy auction hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks.
The event featured more than 200 items from animals that were accidentally killed, or confiscated either from poachers or from approved out-of-season kills.
One of those people was Drake Amtower, who is preparing to move from Great Falls back to his hometown of Kansas City, and he knew he couldn't leave without taking a piece of Montana with him.
"I was just thinking, it's a great opportunity...if I can't go out and shoot an elk, might as well buy some antlers or something," Amtower noted.
Zane Drishinski came to the auction to reclaim a mountain lion he shot last year after it began eating his sheep.
"The game warden gave us permission to get rid of it so we did, but it was out of season so they confiscated it...so they said it would be up for auction eventually and so that's why we came down," Drishinski noted.
"It's a good conversation piece. It's not the biggest cat in the world, but it's one that's got a little history to me, a little bit of personal feel to it," he added.
Money raised during Saturday's auction goes in to the MT FWP general resources fund.