Missouri hunters can apply for bear and elk permits during May

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer 400 permits for the taking of a maximum of 40 black bears during the 2023 Missouri black-bear hunting season this fall, Oct. 16-25.

MDC will also offer five permits to hunt bull elk in Missouri this fall with at least one permit designated for qualifying landowners that own property in Carter, Reynolds, or Shannon counties and the remaining permits for the general public. 

MDC has designated the elk archery portion to run Oct. 21-29 and the elk firearms portion to run Dec. 9-17. 

The five permits will be for bull elk with at least one antler being six inches or greater in length, and will be valid for both portions.

Chase Boggs, of Bolivar, Mo., harvested this female bear with his bow on private land in Douglas County during the 2022 season. MDC will offer 400 permits to harvest 40 bears during the 2023 season. Shown with Boggs is Douglas County Conservation Agent Mark Henry. 

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