Missouri’s elk herd is on track to be large enough to sustain the first elk hunt in the state in more than a century.
During a webcast on Wednesday, Missouri Department of Conservation officials outlined how that first hunt will work, pending final approval of elk hunting rules by the conservation commission.
Top points of MDC webcast:
- 5-10 permits will likely be available — depending on herd size — for that first hunt, which will be open only to Missouri residents;
- There will be a $10 application fee to seek a permit through a random lottery; if you’re lucky enough to get a permit, the cost will be $50;
- A hunter needs to be 11 or older and be hunter education certified, unless born before Jan. 1, 1967;
- At least one of those permits will be dedicated to one of the 350 qualifying landowner properties surrounding MDC’s elk restoration area in Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties;
- There is one permit application per person per year; anyone who gets a permit must wait 10 years before applying again;
- The first elk season will be scheduled in two parts: Archery — nine days beginning the third Saturday in October; Firearms — nine days beginning the second Saturday in December.