Arkansas Elk Hunt Applications Now Available

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Permit Applications and Private Land Permits

The 2007 elk season will be broken into two segments: September 24-28, 2007 and December 3-7, 2007. There are 20 permits available. Of those 20 permits, 18 will be awarded at the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in June. Two of the permits will be auctioned during fund-raising activities of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The application period for the 2007 elk season permits began on May 1, 2007 and ends on May 31, 2007.

Season Dates

Public Land Elk Hunts

Sept. 24-28: Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4. Four bull permits.

Dec. 3-7: Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4. Four bull permits (one each in zones 1 and 2; two in zone 4). Sixteen antlerless permits (three each in zones 1 and 2; five each in zones 3 and 4).

Youth elk hunt, Dec. 3-7: Zone 3. Two permits (either sex).

Private Land Elk Hunts

Zone A: Sept. 24-28 and Dec. 3-7. Three-elk quota (either sex) for each hunt. Permission from landowner required.

Zone B: Dec. 3-5. Five-elk quota (two bulls, three antlerless). Permission from landowner required.

New for 2007: One permit will be available to applicants who apply in person on Saturday, June 30 at the Buffalo River Elk Festival at Jasper. The winner must be present at the draw.

License Requirements

Residents 16 years or older will be required to have a valid Resident Sportsman's License. Nonresidents will be required to have a Nonresident All Game, 5-day All Game or 3-day All Game Hunting License. Holders of the $1,000 Lifetime License, regardless of state of residency, are also eligible.

Hunter Education

Hunters born after 1968 must carry a valid Hunter Education card. Hunters under 16 years of age must supply a valid Hunter Education number in order to apply for a permit. For information about Hunter Education classes call 1-800 482-5795.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for the 2007 Elk Hunt. You can apply online or fill out a paper application. You may pick up paper applications at all license dealers (May 1-31, 2007) or by calling 1-800-364-4263. Hunters can apply online to hunt in elk zones 1, 2, 3 or 4. Hunters applying to hunt in zone A cannot apply on-line because a signature from the landowner is required.

One either-sex permit will be awarded for the youth hunt. Youths under 16 years of age applying for an elk hunt will automatically be in this drawing. If youth is drawn for both hunts (the regular hunt and the youth hunt) the youth will receive the permit for which he/she was first drawn for and a redraw will be done on the second permit.

The application period for hunts on private lands is May 1 through July 16 and applications require written landowner permission. Information and applications for elk hunts are available in May from license dealers, online and at Commission regional offices.

The application period for hunts on private lands is May through mid-July and applications require written landowner permission. Information and applications for elk hunts are available in May from license dealers, online at https://www.ark.org/agfc/elk_permits/index.php and at Commission regional offices.

New for 2007

Live Application and Permit Draw

Applications for one bull permit for the December elk hunt will be accepted 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday, June 29 and 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at the Buffalo River Elk Festival at Jasper.

Applications are limited to one per person. Applicants must provide a valid Arkansas driver’s license or an Arkansas identification card. Applicants under 16 must provide a hunter's education card. Anyone with 12 or more violation points is ineligible. The winner must be present at the draw.

The draw will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at the Buffalo River Elk Festival.

Permit Requirements and Bag Limit

Arkansas residents 16 and older must have a valid Resident Sportsman's License if drawn for an elk permit.

Nonresidents must have a valid Nonresident Annual All-Game, Nonresident 5-Day All-Game or Nonresident 3-Day All-Game License. Nonresidents may apply for a private land permit only.

Holders of the Lifetime Sportsman's Permit, regardless of state of residency, may apply for any elk permit.

Applicants under 16 (as of May 1, 2007) must supply a valid hunter education number to apply for an elk permit. Call (800) 482-5795 for information about hunter education classes. Duplicate, illegible or incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants who have 12 points in the AGFC’s violations point system in a three-year period are not eligible to apply.

Individual limit of one elk by permit only during the 2007 elk season.

Bull, Antlerless, Either-Sex Permits

A legal bull elk has at least one antler visible above the hairline. Any elk that does not meet the definition of a legal bull elk may be taken with an antlerless permit. Any elk may be taken with an either-sex permit.

Elk Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 Permits

Twenty-six permits will be drawn June 30 at the Buffalo River Elk Festival. Two permits will be used for youths to hunt in zone 3. Youths under 16 (as of May 1, 2007) who apply for a permit will be entered in this drawing automatically. Youths not drawn for a youth permit remain eligible to be drawn for one of the other permits.

Hunters in zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 may receive only one elk permit per year. Permit winners are notified by phone or mail and receive an information packet. Hunters are required to attend an elk hunting orientation and training session the day before the September and December hunts open.

There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted or postmarked on or before June 1, 2007.

Elk Zones A and B Permits

Open to residents and nonresidents. Applicants must provide either a driver's license number or a Social Security number. Applicants under 16 (as of May 1, 2007) must supply a valid hunter education number. Applications must include the name, signature, address and telephone number of a landowner in zone A or B. Landowners will be asked to verify an applicant’s eligibility. Hunters will receive information packets with their permits.

Application fee is $35. Applications must be submitted or postmarked on or before July 16, 2007.