IDNR to Conduct Auction of Confiscated and Abandoned Property

Chris McCloud
IDNR to Conduct Auction of Confiscated and Abandoned Property
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will conduct an auction of its inventory of confiscated and abandoned property at the IDNR Jack Perschbacher Service Center, 505 Tenth Street, Pawnee, Illinois 62558, on Saturday, September 14.

Bidder registration for the auction will begin at 7 a.m., with the auction beginning at 9 a.m.  Potential bidders may inspect the merchandise beginning at 7 a.m. the day of the sale.  The auction merchandise will not be available for inspection prior to the gates opening at 7 a.m. on September 14.

Buyers will be responsible to pay an 8% buyer�s fee in addition to the price they bid.  For example, a buyer who bids $100.00 for an item, with the 8% buyer�s fee added, would pay an actual cost of $108.00.

No firearms, ATVs, snowmobiles, or vehicles will be sold. 

Among some of the items offered at the auction are:
� 296 assorted deer hunting tree stands and ladders
� 19 watercraft to include canoes, v-hulls, jon boats and kayaks (no motors or trailers)
� 57compound bows
� 6 crossbows
� 87 sport fishing rods and reels
� 67 leg hold traps
� 14 commercial fishing hoop nets
� 11 handheld spotlights
� 7 fishing tackle boxes with contents
� Boxes of cut up deer antlers and several assorted coolers.

All property at the auction will be sold as-is, and all sales will be final.  Forms of payment accepted include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, cashier�s check, personal or business checks, but only if they are accompanied by a letter of credit from the bank stating the bidder�s credit is in good standing and the bank will guarantee the check to a specific amount through a specific date.  Such letters must be approved when registering for the auction.  The IDNR reserves the right to reject the payment or identification of any bidder if their acceptance appears not to be in the best interest of the State of Illinois. 

Buyers must take immediate possession of property purchased, and unclaimed items will be disposed of.  Bidders purchasing watercraft will be required to present a state-issued driver�s license or photo identification card.

Larry Richie Auctions, Inc. will be the auctioneer.  Pictures and descriptions of items to be auctioned may be viewed at

Boy Scouts of Pawnee Troop 73 will be on site to sell food and beverages.

Confiscated and abandoned property auctions are conducted by the IDNR approximately every five years.  As required by law, all proceeds from these auctions are deposited into the State Wildlife and Fish Fund.  The last auction conducted in 2009 brought in $29,182.00. 
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