(Reynolds County) Missouri hunters harvested a bull elk during the archery portion of the elk-hunting season, along with two bull elk during the firearms elk hunting season which wrapped up Sunday.
The three Missouri hunters were selected for one of five elk hunting permits issued earlier in the year through a random drawing of 9,684 applicants.
Elk are native to Missouri but were eliminated from the state in the late 1800’s due to unregulated hunting.
Missouri’s first elk hunt in 2020 came after years of restoration efforts by the conservation department, along with numerous partners like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, along with local communities and landowners in the elk zone.
Most of Missouri’s elk are located within Peck Ranch Conservation Area in parts of Reynolds, Shannon and Carter counties.