(Eminence) The Missouri Department of Conservation could establish a limited elk hunting season as early as 2020.
Elk Program Manager David Hasenbeck says there will need to be a population of more than 200 before hunting tags can be available.
Gary Senn of Scott City is an elk enthusiast who’s hunted the species in other states.
He says their limited numbers will make it difficult to obtain an elk hunting tag.
Elk were native to Missouri until overhunting wiped them out in the early 1900s.
A herd of 175 elk is currently roaming mainly in the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in parts of Shannon, Reynolds and Carter counties.