LITTLE ROCK – If you have a hankering to hunt elk in Arkansas, this is the time to apply.
The application period is the month of May, and both the applications and the 25 available elk permits are free.
There are a
few requirements. Applicants 16 or older must have a current Arkansas
sportsman hunting license or an Arkansas lifetime hunting license. They
also must be at least 6 years old to hunt big game in the state - elk,
deer, bear and turkey.
additional permit for the 2013 hunt is issued to the Rocky Mountain Elk
Foundation for fundraising. Eighty-five percent of the proceeds from
this granted permit are returned to Arkansas for wildlife habitat work.
In addition, a youth permit is given to the Arkansas Game and Fish
Foundation and Arkansas Wildlife Federation for fundraising activities.
permits will be issued to Arkansas residents who complete applications
during the Buffalo River Elk Festival at Jasper in late June. For these,
the winners must be present.
Two hunts, five days each, are scheduled this year – Oct. 7-11, and Oct. 28-Nov. 1.
winners will be notified by phone or mail and will receive an
information packet by mail. Hunters will be required to attend an elk
hunting orientation and training session held the day before the opening
of each hunt.
elk habitat near the Buffalo River is another benefit of the permit
process. Many applicants send donations to the elk program for food
plots, prescribed burning and other work in the elk range. A donation is
not a requirement for permit application, and a donation does not
improve chances of being drawn for a permit.
for private land elk hunt permits can be made June 1-July 15, and
applicants may be resident or nonresident hunters. Applications must
include a $35 application fee, and only one application per property
will be accepted. Landowners will be contacted to verify an applicant's
eligibility. Complete applications must be postmarked on or before July
15. Call 501-223-6440 to receive a paper private land elk hunt
application by mail.