Elk: Permits

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  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Permits

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.

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.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $50.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $50.00

Elk: Archery: Allowed Methods

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

Crossbow 

Elk: Archery: Prohibited Methods

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.

Elk: Firearms: Allowed Methods

Methods

Centerfire pistols, revolvers, or rifles using expanding-type bullets such as lead or copper.
 

Shotguns (including .410) with slugs only.

Air-powered guns, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high-compression power source (external hand pump, air tank, or air compressor).

Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge. In-lines and scopes are allowed.

Multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms and/or muzzleloading or cap-and-ball handguns, including revolvers, .40 caliber or larger, are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or cap-and-ball rifle.

Longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows of any draw weight. Hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights are allowed.

Crossbows

Atlatls

Elk: Firearms Prohibited Methods

Methods

Self-loading firearms with capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined

Ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot)

Full hard metal case projectiles

Fully automatic firearms

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

Electronic calls or electronically activated calls

Night vision equipment

Use of bait

Use of dogs

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

Additional methods may be prohibited by local ordinances.