ST. JOE – The two September elk hunters took impressive bulls, one just after the hunt opened Monday and the other near dark on Tuesday, the second day of the scheduled five-day hunt.
Both hunters worked the Richland Valley area in western Searcy County near the Buffalo National River.
Brent Hohenstein of Searcy downed an elk with a highly unusual rack (antlers). It was a 6X11, meaning 6 points on one side and 11 on the other. The 11 points was a record for Arkansas elk hunting.
Allyn Ladd of Camden was unusual in his hunt also. He used a bow. Ladd got a 6X6 bull on the evening of the second day.
The next elk hunt of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission begins Oct. 29 with 25 permitted hunters in action. There will be private land hunting at the same time. Public land elk permits are free and are drawn from applications submitted each year during the month of May.