Come to Jackson Hole this May and enjoy the beginning of summer and the great events that we have to offer. May 22 and 23rd is the 43rd annual World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scouts Elk Antler Auction. An exciting time for celebrating nature, outdoor skills, hunting and ecological education and awareness.
Every spring, thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers before they migrate to their summer range. The Boy Scouts assist the Refuge with harvesting the shed antlers and auction them to bidders from around the world who make furniture, wall decorations, jewelry and food products from them.
This annual event, which includes a Chili Cook-Off with live musical performances, and the kick-off of a Mountain Man Rendezvous and an Antler Rendezvous, supports the winter feeding program on the National Elk Refuge with 80% of auction proceeds going back to the Refuge.
Spring Creek is also celebrating with the ElkFest Celebration Promotion!
Valid May 17 – 31, 2010 – From $95 per person / per night
- Deluxe Accommodations with wood burning fireplace
- Breakfast each morning at the Granary Restaurant
- Dinner nightly at the Granary Restaurant
- 2 tickets to the National Museum of Wildlife Art
- Complimentary shuttle service to/from Spring Creek Ranch, the museum, and the town of Jackson
**Reserve 4 nights and get a 2-hour nature hike with our Resident Naturalist Free!
Restrictions apply. Click here to find out more about the event and what is going on!
Reserve Today as space is filling up for this great event in Jackson!
Spring is coming to Jackson Hole and the ice fishing is all but over. While ice is still present on most lakes in the area, the rivers are flowing and the river access ramps are open and it’s time to put away the ice rods for my favorite fly rod. I got the boat out of storage last week and headed over to Idaho to see how the South Fork of the Snake was fishing. The sun warmed up the water in the afternoon and the fishing improved.
All in all a great day on the river. This weekend will be the Snake River in Jackson. Keep you posted on what happens. Get out there and wet a line. You can stop by Snake River Angler to grab your license and flys before heading out. See ya on the water!
An American Kestrel That Was Spotted on a Spring Creek Ranch Wildlife Safari
Looking out the window today the snow is falling and I found myself thinking of spring. One thought that stuck in my head was last April when I went with our Naturalist, Kurt Johnson
on a Dawn Wildlife Safari
. We went out past the National Elk Refuge, to Kelly and around the loop to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, then back to Spring Creek Ranch.
The wildlife were out in numbers and we photographed Bison, Elk, Moose, Mule Deer and Bighorn Sheep. The birds were also returning to Jackson Hole. We saw thirteen varieties of birds including: Trumpeter Swans, Red Tailed Hawks, Mallard Ducks, Bald Eagles, Canada Geese, and an American Kestrel.
My favorite bird was the little American Kestrel. Not much bigger than a Robin, this bird inhabits our valley between April and September. We saw it at the art museum perched on one of the rock ledges eating a mouse. These birds don’t usually eat anything bigger than a grasshopper, so this was a major score. We tried not to scare it away, so this picture was taken with a telephoto lens. What a magnificent little bird! These animals and birds are all out there just waiting to be seen and photographed.