Elk Hunting: Archery

Season Not Open
October 19, 2024 - October 27, 2024

One-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to one-half (1/2) hour after sunset


Antlered Elk Hunting permits can be used during both the archery and firearms portions of the elk hunting season.


Those selected to receive a permit may take one (1) elk with at least one (1) antler no less than 6” in length.

Permit Notes

Elk hunting permits are distributed by random drawing.


Elk: Archery: Allowed Methods


Longbow, compound bow, or recurve bow of any draw weight

Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet long

Hand-held string releasing devices

Illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights


Elk: Archery: Prohibited Methods


Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game

Use of electronic calls, electronically activated calls, bait, dogs, or night vision equipment

Hunting elk from a boat with a motor attached

Hunting elk while they are in a stream or other body of water

Hunting within any area enclosed by a fence greater than seven feet (7’) in height

Archers hunting elk during the archery portion may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply. See 3 CSR 10-7.705 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

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