MDC Sets Dates And Permit Numbers For 2nd Elk Hunting Season

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved a second annual elk-hunting season during their March meeting. The Commission approved the Missouri Department of Conservation’s recommendation of 5 permits for hunting bull elk for the 2021 season. There will be at least one permit for qualifying area landowners for the rest of the general public.

Last year, all five hunters that were drawn for an elk permit ended up harvesting an elk. The MDC has designated a nine-day archery elk season for October 16th through the 24th. A nine-day firearms season will run from December 11th through the 19th. The five permits that will be awarded will be for bull elk and will be valid for both the archery and firearms seasons. All permits will be assigned through a random drawing. Only Missouri residents will be eligible.

MDC will limit the random drawing to one application per-person, per-year with a 10-year “sit-out” period for those drawn before they may apply again.

Beginning this year, at least 10 percent (with a minimum of one) of the elk-hunting permits will be awarded to approved landowners with 20 or more contiguous acres in Carter, Reynolds, or Shannon counties. This year there will be one permit set aside for qualifying landowners.

All elk-hunting permits, including those allocated to approved landowners, can be used in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon counties, except the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

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 before they may purchase the permit. All applications must be completed online or at a local vendor.

Apply for the random elk-permit 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 elk-permit drawing will be available by July 1. Applicants can check to see if they have been selected for an elk-hunting permit at by logging into “Manage Your Account” and selecting “View My Special Hunt History.”