Arkansasís sixth elk hunt opens Monday, Sept. 22
JASPER - Arkansasís sixth year of elk hunting will begin Monday, Sept. 22. The hunt will again be in two segments, with another coming up in early December.
Each segment will be five days. The September portion is limited to four hunters with bull permits, one in each elk zone. There will be a quota of five elk for each of the hunts in the private-land hunting zone and hunting in that zone will cease when the quota is reached for each hunt.
This year's elk hunting will again be on public lands of the Buffalo National River and the AGFC's Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area, as well as adjacent private lands within Elk Zones 1 through 4. The two-segment season will be held Sept. 22-26 and Dec. 8-12.
Just four of the hunters will be in the field in the September hunt. The other permits are for the December hunt, when weather will be cooler. One of the 20 permits for hunting in Elk Zones 1 through 4, mostly public land, was earmarked for a hunter under 16 years old.
The action came from commissioners of the AGFC, who often look for chances to involve and encourage young people of the state to participate in hunting and fishing. The youth permit will be for the December segment of the 2003 elk hunt. To be eligible to win the elk permit, youths must have successfully completed a hunter education course.
This permit is unique in another way, too. It specifies either-sex elk, meaning the hunter can kill either a bull or a cow elk. Since Arkansas elk hunting began in 1998, each permit on the Zones 1 through 4 hunting has specified which kind of elk could be taken.
The September hunt will be by four winners, two drawn at the festival in June and two others who were high bidders at fund-raising events sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which donates most of the proceeds to the Game and Fish Commission for elk program work.
Public lands permit winners:
Youth Elk Hunt Permit Winner (December Hunt)
September Bull Elk Hunt Permit Winners
December Bull Elk Hunt Permit Winners
December Antlerless Elk Hunt Permit Winners
The applications and permits were free, although many hunters sent donations earmarked for elk program work. A separate elk hunt, with a quota of 10 elk, will be on private lands in Newton, Boone and Carroll counties where some of the elk are considered a nuisance by some cattle raisers and farmers.
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