Hunting and Permit FAQ

Elk

Elk Permit Application Process

When is the application period?

Answer: May 1-31

How much does it cost to apply for an elk hunting permit?

Answer: The cost to apply for a Resident Antlered Elk Hunting Permit is $10. Qualifying resident landowners that own at least 20 contiguous acres within the Landowner Elk Hunting Zone in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon Counties can also apply for a Resident Landowner Antlered Elk Hunting Permit; there is no fee to apply for this permit.

How old do I have to be to apply to hunt elk in Missouri?

Answer: A hunter must be at least 11 years old by the first day of the elk hunt in order to apply. For example: An applicant was born on October 17, 2009. The first day of the elk season in 2020 is October 17. This person can apply to hunt elk in Missouri in 2020 because they will be at least 11 years old by the first day of the season. This person will also have to complete an approved hunter education course before they can purchase the permit. If that person was born on October 18, 2009 or later, they would not be eligible to apply to hunt elk in Missouri in 2020.

Will an Apprentice Hunter Authorization substitute for the hunter-education requirement for hunting elk?

Answer: No. In order to hunt elk in Missouri, you must have completed an approved hunter-education course or have been born before January 1, 1967.

Can nonresidents apply?

Answer: No. Only Missouri residents are able to apply for an elk hunting permit in Missouri.

When and where can I find out if my name was drawn?

Answer: Applicants can check to see if they have been selected for an elk-hunting permit online starting July 1 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits after logging into “Manage Your Account” and selecting “View My Special Hunt History.” 

What type of draw is done to determine who will receive the permits and will preference points be used?

Answer: Permits will be awarded through a random drawing. There will be no preference points. All of the applicants for the Resident Antlered Elk Hunting Permit will have the same draw odds as will all of the applicants for the Resident Landowner Antlered Elk Hunting Permit.

If I apply for the elk hunt, can I still apply for a managed deer or turkey hunt in the same year?

Answer: Yes. You can apply for an elk permit and a managed deer or turkey hunt in the same year. You can only apply once for each species in a given year.

Elk Permits

How many elk hunting permits are going to be available this year?

Answer: Five antlered elk hunting permits are going to be available this year. Four of these permits will be awarded to qualifying residents and one to a qualifying resident landowner that owns at least 20 contiguous acres within the Landowner Elk Hunting Zone in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon Counties.

Why do local landowners have a permit set aside for them?

Answer: Private landowners have significantly contributed to the restoration of elk in Missouri including by providing quality habitat that elk and other wildlife utilize.

Are any of the elk permits being designated specifically for youth hunters?

Answer: No. At this time due to the small number of permits being issued, everyone who applies is applying for the same permits. The one exception is for qualifying landowners who have at least 20 contiguous acres within the Landowner Elk Hunting Zone in Carter, Reynolds, or Shannon Counties where, for 2020, one (1) permit has been set aside for these landowner applicants.

How much are elk hunting permits going to cost?

Answer: For those selected to receive an elk permit, cost of the permit will be $50.

For those selected to receive an elk hunting permit, what elk can they harvest?

Answer: Hunters who are selected for a permit may take one elk with at least one antler no less than 6 inches in length.

Elk Hunting

Where will elk hunting be allowed?

Answer: Those selected to receive a Resident Antlered Elk Hunting Permit can hunt in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon Counties excluding the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area. The individual selected to receive the Resident Landowner Antlered Elk Hunting Permit can only hunt on their qualifying property within the Landowner Elk Hunting Zone.

What are the dates of this year’s elk hunting season in Missouri?

Answer: There are two portions of the elk hunting season in Missouri. An archery portion that runs from Oct. 17–25 and a firearms portion that runs from Dec. 12–20. An elk hunting permit is valid during both portions.

What archery and firearms methods will be allowed for elk hunting?

Answer: Allowed hunting methods during the archery portion of elk season are the same as those allowed during the archery deer and turkey season. Allowed hunting methods during the firearms portion of elk season are the same as those allowed during the firearms portions of deer season.

If I am drawn, can I have someone accompany me on the hunt?

Answer: Adults who accompany youth hunters ages 11–15 do not need an elk hunting permit. The adult must be 18 or older and be hunter-education certified or born before January 1, 1967. At all other times during the elk hunting season, a filled or unfilled elk hunting permit is required to assist others in taking elk, which includes calling. A filled or unfilled elk hunting permit is not required to accompany an elk hunter as long as the accompanying individual does not assist in the taking of an elk.

I hear there is limited cell service in some areas where elk hunting is allowed. What are the permit notching and Telecheck requirements?

Answer: Depending on your cell service provider and where you are within the Missouri Ozarks, cell service can be spotty. Regardless of your cell service, immediately after harvesting an elk you must notch your permit. By 10 pm on the day of harvest, you must Telecheck your elk. The elk must be left intact, be field-dressed, or be quartered with evidence of sex retained until the elk has been Telechecked.

If I am selected to receive an elk permit, and I harvest an elk, do I need to remove it from the field whole prior to reporting it through the Telecheck Harvest Reporting System?

Answer: No. Prior to being reported through Telecheck, elk can remain intact, be field-dressed, or be quartered with evidence of sex retained.

If I am drawn for a permit, is there any public land to hunt?

Answer: Yes. The majority of the area elk currently utilize is publicly owned or open to public hunting.

I have a disability. If I am selected to receive an elk permit, what kind of access is there where elk hunting will be allowed?

Answer: A high percentage of the area where elk are found in Missouri is publicly owned or is open to public hunting. Much of this area has a good road network. Hunters with certain disabilities may be eligible for exemptions. If selected to receive an elk permit, contact MDC to determine if you qualify.

If I am drawn for an elk hunting permit and some of my family or friends want to camp with me and archery deer hunt. Is that OK?

Answer: Yes, provided they have valid archery deer hunting permits.

Elk are much bigger than deer. If I harvest an elk, can someone help me get it out of the field?

Answer: Any person can help a hunter retrieve a harvested elk from the field.

General Information

Where do I find additional information about elk and elk hunting in Missouri?

Answer: For additional information about elk and elk hunting in Missouri, you can visit the following websites:

There will be information about the elk hunt in the 2020 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet that will be available to the public around July 1.

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This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.