Apply For MDC 2022 Elk and Bear Hunting Permits in May

The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages Missouri hunters to apply for elk-hunting and bear-hunting permits in May.

MDC will offer five permits to hunt bull elk in Missouri this fall, with at least one permit allocated for qualifying area landowners and the remaining permits for the general public.

MDC will also offer 400 permits for the taking of a maximum of 40 black bears during the Missouri black-bear hunting season this fall.

At least 10 percent of black bear permits will be allocated to qualifying area landowners.

Only Missouri residents who will be at least 11 years of age by the first day of the hunt for which they are applying are eligible to apply for elk and bear permits during the application period of May 1-31.

All permits will be assigned through a random drawing.

Apply for the permit random drawing May 1-31 online at, through MDC’s free MO Hunting app, through a permit vendor, or by calling 1-800-392-4115.

Results of the random drawing will be available online by July 1.