AR: Time drawing short for applying for elk permits

LITTLE ROCK – You need to hurry if you want a chance at one of
Arkansas’s top bargains in the outdoors world.

The deadline for applying for public land elk permits is
midnight Wednesday, June 1. The applications and the permits are
free.

The applications are available only on the Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission website,
http://www.agfc.com/licenses/Pages/PermitsSpecialElk.aspx. One
additional permit for the September hunt in elk compartment 4 is
issued to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for fundraising
purposes. Eighty-five percent of the proceeds from this granted
permit is returned to Arkansas for wildlife habitat work. In
addition, a youth permit for the December hunt in compartment 3
goes to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation for fundraising
activities.

The drawing for the public land permits will be June 25 on the
Newton County Courthouse Square during the Buffalo River Elk
Festival in Jasper. Winners don’t have to be present. One permit
will be issued at the festival to an Arkansas resident who
completes an application during the festival. For this one, the
winner must be present.

Permits for public land elk hunting are available to Arkansas
residents and Lifetime Sportsmen Permit holders only. Two permits
will be reserved for a youth under 16 years of age to hunt in
compartment 3. Youths under 16 (as of Sept. 26, 2011) applying for
an elk hunt automatically will be entered into this drawing. Youths
not selected for the special youth permit may be drawn for one of
the other permits. Applicants must be 6 years old by Sept. 26 to
apply for public land permits.

Arkansans hunting in elk compartments 1, 2, 3 or 4 are
restricted to one elk permit per year. Permit winners will be
notified by phone or mail and will receive an information packet by
mail. Hunters will be required to attend an elk hunting orientation
and training session the day before the openings of the September
and the December hunts.

The other portion of Arkansas elk hunting is on private lands in
the Buffalo River country.

The season for the private land elk management zone (Boone,
Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties; excluding Boxley
Valley) is Dec. 5-9.

Private land elk permit applications may be submitted only by
mail June 1-July 15. Complete applications must be postmarked
before midnight July 15. Call 501-223-6440 to receive a paper
application by mail.

For private land hunts, applicants may be Arkansans or
nonresidents. Applicants must provide either a driver’s license
number or a Social Security number. Hunters under 16 (as of Dec. 5,
2011) must supply a valid hunter education number to apply for a
permit. Applications must include a landowner name, signature,
address, phone number, county, range, township and section; and a
$35 application fee. Only one application per hunter for a private
land permit will be accepted. Applicants may not apply for more
than one private land elk permit. Applicants must be 6 years old
(as of Dec. 5, 2011) to apply for private land elk permit.

Landowners will be contacted to verify an applicant’s
eligibility. Hunters will receive an information packet with the
permit. Completed applications must be received no later than July
15. There will be a quota of 23 elk on private lands.

Many Arkansans who apply for the permits send donations to the
elk program, and this money is used for food plots, prescribed
burning and other work in the elk area. A donation to the AGFC for
the elk program is not a requirement for permit application, nor
does a donation improve chances of being drawn for a permit.

 

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