2 Charged With Stealing Prized Elk Antlers From NRA Convention

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A pair of hunting enthusiasts at this weekend’s NRA Convention allegedly helped themselves to two sets of prized Elk antlers waiting to be loaded onto a vendors truck at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Hunter Matt Kelly, who was also there, is shocked to hear the two thought they could get away with the crime.

“I think that’s ridiculous that anyone would even try that around a group of guys that have guns everywhere,” he said.

Police say Gary Felts, 49, and Stephen Lee, 44, who both work for Brede Exposition Services out of Maryland, boldly thought they could simply walk unnoticed down the sidewalk toward Penn Avenue with one set of antlers with a score of 522 inches and the second set with a score of 486 inches.

The owner, 56-year-old elk hunter Mike Ferguson of Idaho appraised the one set of antlers at $500,000. It’s not something that hunter Aaron Ziccardi says you see around here – let alone being carried down the street in the middle of the city.

“I’d be pretty amazed see a set of antlers that wide that’s a very big set of antlers,” he said. “You don’t see that everyday in downtown Pittsburgh.”

Felts and Lee were taken to the Allegheny County Jail and charged with one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and criminal conspiracy.

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  • Dan

    Please don’t call them hunters. Calll them thieves…. A couple of idiots…


    tarrrnation. there is a snake in my boot.

    lets buy guns at a convention! AND SHOOT THINGS!


    • Frank

      Except for the fact that (I believe) guns weren’t for sale at the convention center. And even if they were, it would be no different thatn at a gun store. Background checks, etc. So guess who is suddenly the idiot. Yea, that would be you simpleton.

      • Thomas J Duttine


    • PirateRooster

      Your ignorance makes you sound like a fool. If you would like to learn about hunting and gun safety, I would be more than happy to teach you. You would be surprised what a little knowledge could do for you.

  • sarah palin

    basic i.q. of nra membership

  • sofa king dumb

    These two men rode the short bus when they were children.

  • bills

    I didn’t know that Obama was our President when TSA was created

  • $500,000

    1/2 a million for a set of antlers? I think the owner is a bigger idiot than the thieves!

    • Idiots?

      By the way, for those of you who are skeptical about the price of these antlers, go on Google and do a little research on the world record elk antlers across the U.S., and that should put into perspective the significance of the 522 inch scoring, and hence, the high price. They were shed from a bull that was raised in captivity. Almost never do they get that big in the wild. I assure you that their one-angle, single shot of the antlers does not do them justice. Maybe you people could actually learn to look up some information about something before spouting off nonsense about something that you know nothing about. Just a thought…

  • Chris

    From Maryland? They must be Ravens fans! Idiots


    $500,000 my butt!!!! Glad they caught those two inbreds.

  • Robert Spriggs

    -before all u idiots start talking maybe u should know some facts, and the facts are the idiot from idaho had put the antlers in a garbage pile at the convention center show if they are worth 500’000 then why did the idiot owner not take care of his prise possessions and most important I thought people were innocent until proven guilty! BUT OF COURSE THESE LIBERAL IDIOT’S DO NOT GET IT!! SEE YA AT THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER!!!!

    • Ed

      nowhere does it say they were in a garbage pile. That’s just your statement, not a fact. And innocent until proven guillty is a term for the court system, not public opinion.

  • lilly

    i love the “hunter matt kelly” reference like this guy is world famous and that’s all he does is hunt. look at these pics. looks like deer caught in the headlights.

  • fisherman louie

    i would like to see this Mike Fergurson take these antlers to that pawn star show and ask for $500,000. i wonder how much he would get?

  • Ken Rice

    Mr. Spriggs, you sir, are a tool.

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