5 elk harvested in second year of Missouri elk hunt

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Five moose have been collected in Missouri throughout 2021.

Hunters harvested three elk during the gun portion of the elk hunting season in December, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The firearms portion took place from December 11 to 19.

Two elk were harvested during the archery season which ran from October 16 to 24.

A draw selected the five Missouri hunters.

2020 was Missouri’s first elk hunt. It ended when the five hunters harvested male elk during gun season. No elk were harvested during the 2020 archery season.

“We couldn’t be more excited for these five hunters,” said MDC biologist Deer and Elk Aaron Hildreth. “After a decade of restoration efforts, the hard work of these hunters has been recognized with five truly magnificent bulls. This is a conservation achievement, and the people of Missouri can be proud of the healthy and growing elk herd we have in our state. “

The elk are native to Missouri, but they were hunted to extinction by an unregulated hunt in the late 1800s. The MDC said they were returned to Missouri “after years of efforts to restoration”.