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Missouri to Open Applications for Bear and Elk Hunting Permits May 1st, 2024

Thayne Muthler

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will formally begin the application process for permits to hunt bear and elk on May 1, so now is the time to get ready. There are 400 permits available this season to hunt 40 black bears between October 21 and October 30, which is the fall hunting season.

Garith Dedmon of Marshfield made headlines during the 2023 hunting season when he killed a female black bear in Douglas County's Zone 1. Because of this success, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be able to issue 400 bear hunting permits for the 2024 season.

Five bull elk hunting permits are available from MDC in addition to the bear permits. The hunting season's archery phase is set to begin on October 19 and end on October 27, with the firearms component taking place from December 14 to December 22.

The permits cost $10 apiece, and hunters who are keen to participate in these exciting hunting adventures can apply for them. Applications can be submitted online, using the free MO Hunting app, over the phone at 1-800-392-4115, or through a variety of other ways until May 31. The results of the random drawing process, which will be used to allocate the licenses, should be made public by July 1.

The minimum age to participate in the hunt is 11 years old at the start. The wildlife preservation agency has established additional requirements for individuals who seek to hunt as well as designated specific areas for bear management. Please visit the MDC's official website to find out more about the guidelines and application process.