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Elk permit applications accepted

by Flip Putthoff | May 10, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.
MIKE WINTROATH ARKANSAS GAME & FISH COMMISSION The re-introduction of elk to Arkansas began in the 1980s. Elk were native to the state but were wiped out by habitat loss and unregulated hunting.

The application period for Arkansas' public land elk hunting permits is open and runs through May 31.

Hunters interested in pursuing the state's largest big-game animal can apply at and select the Special Hunt Applications button to begin the process.

Eighteen public land elk tags (12 antlerless and six either-sex tags) will be available through the online permit system for the 2022 Arkansas elk hunting season. The drawing for permits will be held at the Buffalo River Elk Festival, which is planned to make its return June 24-25 in Jasper.

Three additional permits will be drawn at the festival for people who register on site at the event. On-site applicants must sign up at the festival and be present to win at 5 p.m. June 25. Applications for these permits will be available from 1-4 p.m. June 24 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25 at the Newton County Senior Center.

Applicants for Arkansas public land elk hunt permits must have a valid resident sportsman hunting license or must be a holder of a lifetime sportsman's permit. Only residents of Arkansas may apply. Applicants must be 6 or older as of the beginning of the hunt to participate.

Hunters with access to private land in elk country will follow the same regulations as last year, using a quota system instead of drawn permits. Anyone may purchase a private land elk permit (labeled PLE in the Game and Fish licensing system) for $5 in addition to a valid resident sportsman hunting license or nonresident all-game hunting license. Hunters getting private land permits should wait until May 15 to purchase to ensure it is valid for the coming hunting season.

Applications require a $5 nonrefundable processing fee, but no additional fees are required of hunters who successfully draw.

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