State Announces First-Ever Elk Season

Elk have been making a come back all across the Eastern United States. Many states now offer limited hunting for them which is a testament to their resilience. Now another state that reintroduced elk has a population that can support limited hunting.

In a press release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has announced there first ever elk season. The first, elk-hunting season in modern history starting this fall. The tags will be available to residents only at this time.

At its April 8 meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved the issuance of five permits for hunting bull elk for the 2020 season. Four general permits will be for the public and one permit will be reserved for qualifying area landowners.

MDC has designated a nine-day archery season running Oct. 17-25 and a nine-day firearms season running Dec. 12-20. The five permits will be for bull elk and will be valid for both seasons. All permits will be assigned through a random lottery.

MDC will require a $10 application fee for those applying for the general permits. Qualifying landowners will not be required to pay the $10 application fee when applying for the landowner permit. Those selected for each of the five permits must pay a $50 permit fee.

If you draw a tag you will not be allowed to apply for 10 years to give people who did not draw a tiny bit of a better chance.

To apply for an elk permit, applicants must be Missouri residents at least 11 years of age by the first day of the hunt. Those selected to receive a permit must have their hunter-education certification or be exempt by age (born before Jan. 1, 1967) before they may purchase the permit. All applications must be completed online or at a local vendor.

Apply for the random elk-permit lottery May 1 – 31 online at, or through a permit vendor.

Qualifying landowners are required to submit their property information before applying through MDC’s Landowner Permit Application at

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

For more information on elk hunting in Missouri, visit