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Hunting & Fishing

Elk Hunting in Missouri

January 22, 2021

2020 brought constant change and new experiences for resident hunters and elk hunting in Missouri. Perhaps the most unique among these new experiences was the opportunity to hunt free-range elk right here in the Show-Me state. Let’s talk elk hunting in Missouri!

Whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl, and other small game are widely hunted across the state. In fact, 176,604 deer were harvested during Missouri’s eleven-day rifle season. However, deer are not the only big game roaming the diverse Missouri terrain. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), “Elk are a native species in Missouri but the herd was hunted to extinction during unregulated hunts in the late 1800s.”

MDC reintroduced about 100 elk to a remote area of the Missouri Ozarks in 2011, 2012, and 2013. To date, the herd is growing towards almost 200 animals.

Starting this year, five lucky residents had the chance to hunt within a special elk hunting area relating to Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon Counties. Hunters first had the opportunity to tag an elk with a bow and then again with a rifle in mid-December. Of these five permits, all five were successfully able to fill their tags. One permit was allocated to a landowner within the area. Bill Clark, 78, was lucky enough to pursue and harvest an elk on his family’s acreage 80 miles west of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in southern Missouri.

The inaugural season was a great success for Missouri’s elk hunting program. Keep your eyes open for additional tags to be allocated in fall of 2021! For more information on elk hunting in Missouri, be sure to follow Alec Wardenburg – National Land Realty on Facebook.

About the Author
Alec Wardenburg joined National Land Realty in 2019. Before joining the team, Alec previously held an ag sales role for several years with Manna Pro Animal Health. During his time there, he gained experience relating to feed sales, animal health supplements and equine/pet nutrition. Currently, he is a commodity settlement specialist with Bunge Grain Merchandising in Chesterfield, MO. He is also in the Missouri Army National Guard where he is a 2nd lieutenant in a horizontal engineering platoon. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management with a minor in plant sciences and military science. As a Land Professional, Alec is eager to work hard for his clients in the Missouri area. Born and raised in the state, he has a great understanding of the types of land and resources available within different regions of Missouri. Additionally, he’s had the opportunity to travel, work and hunt/fish in most areas of his home state. Not only has this allowed him to have a better understanding of the recreational opportunities in different areas, but it has also enabled him to network with local landowners and feed/seed dealers. When Alec isn’t working, he enjoys spending time hunting waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting throughout Missouri and South Dakota, as well as crappie fishing in the spring. He currently resides in Lake Saint Louis with fiancè, Hannah and black lab, Deuce. View Alec's Listings and Reviews on