Missouri Department of Conservation announces five hunters drawn for 2021 elk permits

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MDC congratulates the five Missourians drawn for the state’s 2021 elk hunting season this coming fall and winter: Michael Duncan, Michael Ellison, Tyson Wall, Robert Rothermich, and Chris Irick. Shown is a bull elk on Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

The Missouri Department of Conservation congratulated the five Missourians drawn for the state’s 2021 elk hunting season this coming fall and winter. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation will issue one permit each to the five lucky individuals randomly drawn from 9,714 permit applications, including one drawn from 84 resident-landowners who applied and 9,630 from other Missourians.

The following five applicants drawn for a permit to harvest one antlered elk in Missouri this season are:

• Michael Duncan of Lesterville, who was drawn from among the resident-landowner applications for an antlered-elk hunting permit.

• Michael Ellison of Gainesville, who was drawn for an antlered-elk hunting permit.

• Tyson Wall of Iberia, who was drawn for an antlered-elk hunting permit.     

• Robert Rothermich of Pomona, who was drawn for an antlered-elk hunting permit.

• Chris Irick of Pleasant Hope, who was drawn for an antlered-elk hunting permit.

Each of the five can purchase their elk-hunting permit starting July 1 for $50. The five hunters can then each harvest one bull elk that has at least one antler being a minimum of six inches long. 

The five hunters may hunt using archery methods Oct. 16-24 and firearms methods Dec. 11-19. Each permit is valid for both the archery and firearms portions of the elk-hunting season.

The five permits may be used within Carter, Reynolds or Shannon counties excluding the refuge portion of Peck Ranch, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

For more information on elk hunting in Missouri, including the department’s online Elk Hunting Digest, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/elk.

The state’s second elk season comes after years of restoration efforts of the native species by the Missouri Department of Conservation, numerous partners including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many supporters including local communities and landowners. 

Learn more about elk restoration in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/ElkInMissouri.pdf.

During last year’s inaugural elk season for Missouri, all five hunters that were drawn harvested an elk. 

Learn more about their hunts, including tips for a successful hunt, from the April issue of the Missouri Conservationist article, “Talking and Stalking: Inaugural class of elk hunters share lessons learned,” online at mdc.mo.gov/magazines/conmag/2021-04/talking-stalking.