Permits

Elk

Points to Remember

  • Elk hunting permits are distributed by random drawing.
  • You must have your signed permit on hand when you go afield to hunt.
  • You may use the MO Hunting app to carry your permits afield.
  • Permits cannot be transferred, exchanged, or refunded.
  • This permit is only valid in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon Counties. The permit is NOT valid on the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area. Note: Hunters using a Resident Landowner Antlered Elk Hunting Permit may only hunt on their qualifying property within the Resident Landowner Elk Hunting Zone.

Hunter-Education Requirement

You must complete an approved hunter-education course before you can purchase an elk hunting permit unless you were born before Jan. 1, 1967. Note: Landowners are NOT exempt from this requirement for elk hunting permits.

  • This applies even if you only intend to hunt during the archery portion using archery methods.
  • Apprentice Authorizations do not satisfy the hunter-education requirement for an elk hunting permit.

Purchasing a Permit

If drawn, you may purchase your elk hunting permit beginning July 1 using any of the methods below.

  • Over the counter from any permit vendor. No surcharges will be assessed.
  • Online any time. Use your credit card to pay. No surcharges will be assessed. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately.
  • From your smartphone using the MO Hunting app. Use your credit card to pay. No surcharges will be assessed. Your permit will appear on the app immediately after purchase.
  • By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card and pay a $1 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery.

Replacing a Permit

If you lose your permit, simply download the MO Hunting app to your Android or Apple mobile device, log in with your Conservation ID number, and a valid, electronic version of your permit will appear on the app. Permits purchased online at home can be saved on a personal computer and reprinted for free. Replacement permits can also be purchased from any vendor for $2.

Limits

Those that are selected to receive a permit may take one (1) elk with at least one (1) antler no less than 6” in length in open counties or qualifying landowner’s property within the Landowner Elk Hunting Zone.

Notes

Elk hunting permits are distributed by random drawing. Applicants that are drawn for an elk hunting permit may purchase their permit starting July 1.

Only Missouri residents 11 years of age and older who have completed an approved hunter education course (or were born before Jan. 1, 1967) are eligible to purchase an elk hunting permit.

During the firearms portion, all persons hunting elk and their companions must wear a cap or hat and a shirt, vest, or coat of the color commonly known as hunter orange, which must be plainly visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not satisfy this rule.

Resident Permit

Permit is valid only in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon Counties. The permit is NOT valid on the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

Resident Landowner Permit

This permit is only valid on the qualifying landowner’s property within the Landowner Elk Hunting Zone.

Resident

$50.00

Resident Landowner

$50.00
Valid During These Seasons
Allowed Methods

Check the Code

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

Military

If you're a Missouri resident and in the National Guard or reserve forces, you may be eligible for reduced cost permits or exceptions.
Learn more about military permits.

Apprentice Hunter Authorization

Apprentice hunters can purchase firearms hunting permits and hunt in the immediate presence of a mentor.
Learn more about apprentice hunters.

Permit Auto-Renewal

Learn more about how to enroll in the Permit Auto-Renewal Service.

Permit Auto-Renewal