SCI to Auction Rare Blue Mammoth Tusks Tonight at 44th Annual Hunters’ Convention

posted on February 6, 2016

Safari Club International just may be saving the best for last as it gets set to auction a pair of rare blue mammoth tusks tonight at the annual Saturday night dinner and auction event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tipping the scale at 78 and 80 pounds, the evenly-matched tusks are from an extinct member of the Elephantidae family, which ranged throughout Eurasia and North America during the Pleistocene epoch.

Considering wooly mammoth tusks usually exhibit cream, tan and brown coloration, it is not often that blue tusks emerge from the prehistoric permafrost. Typically these tusks would have been buried in a large deposit of the mineral vivianite, which produces their blue color. The curved tusks likely were put to good use digging away snow on the Ice Age tundra to feed and for fighting when competing for mates. Distinguished by their exceptional curve, amazing blue coloration and the fact they are so well-matched means the pair may be sold for more tan $100,000. For more information, contact the SCI Auction Department 520-620-1220. 

Sponsored by MidwayUSA, tonight's event will raise millions of dollars for SCI's hunter advocacy, conservation and education programs and will be topped off with entertainment from country music's Merle Haggard.

In closing, I can't resist saying I have an oldie-but-a-goodie theme song SCI can play before auctioning the mammoth tusks: "Wooly Bully!" Fifty years later there appears to be a good reason for the song! ...

"Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw.
Had two big horns and a wooly jaw.
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully."

SCI SHOW TRIVIA TIME: "Wooly Bully" was recorded by novelty rock 'n' roll band "Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs" in 1965 making it 51 years old. The wooly mammoth was around much earlier, hailing from the Pleistocene geological epoch, which lasted from  2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago. Safari Club International was founded in 1973 and continues to do wonders for hunters, hunting and wildlife conservation with 200 chapters worldwide!


Hardware Leupold Mark 5HD Lead
Hardware Leupold Mark 5HD Lead

Hardware: Leupold Mark 5HD 3.6-18X44

If you're in the market for a solid “do-all” scope that will work for hunting, long-range shooting or even tactical applications, the Leupold Mark 5HD is a great choice.

Steiner Introduces Predator 8 Series Hunting Riflescopes

Steiner has expanded its line of hunting riflescopes with the release of Predator 8 series optics. Boasting 8X zoom, the Predator 8 riflescopes join the Steiner Predator 4 series to provide discerning big-game hunters versatility and precision.

#SundayGunday: Leupold DeltaPoint Pro Red Dot Sight

Get a closer look at the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Rogue Introduces R1000 E-Bike

Rogue Ridge’s RG1000 is the company’s fastest fat-tire e-bike so far. Equipped with a 1,000-watt motor and a 13 amp hour battery, the RG1000 has enough power to handle even steep hillsides.

First Look: Coldfjall Hunting Clothing from Code of Silence

Code of Silence has announced the release of its Coldfjall line of hunting clothing, granting hunters extreme warmth and concealment without unnecessary bulk or noise.

The Ones That Got Away: Bucks That Haunt My Dreams

Do you toss and turn late at night over memories of bucks that got away? Our man does, too. Here are a handful of sleep-robbing tales of bucks that never even gave him a shot.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.