Elk Hunt Permit Applications For Arkansas Public Land Begin May 1
LITTLE ROCK – If you want to go after an Arkansas elk, circle May 1 on your calendar. That’s the beginning of the application period for public land permits next fall in the Buffalo River country of northwest Arkansas.
The application period is open during the month of May, and both the applications and the 29 available elk permits are free. All applications must be made online on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s website, http://www.agfc.com/licenses/pages/permitsspecialelk.aspx.
Requirements are 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.
An additional permit for the 2015 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, one youth permit is given to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and one to the Arkansas Wildlife Federation for fundraising activities.
Three permits will be issued to Arkansas residents who submit applications during the Buffalo River Elk Festival at Jasper in late June. For these, the winners must be present.
Two hunts, seven days each, are scheduled this year – Oct. 3-9 and Nov. 7-13. In both hunts the first two days are for youths under the age of 16.
Permit 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.
Improving 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.
Applications for private land elk hunt permits will be available June 1-July 15. The private land hunt is Nov. 7-13, with the first two days limited to youths under the age of 16.