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2015 Elk Hunting Season
Permit Application Schedule
|Elk | Public Land
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||26 public land permits will be drawn from online applications at the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper
||Three public land permits will be drawn for a person who registered during the festival
|Elk | Private Land
||Application period begins
Public Land Elk Hunting
Available Public Land Permits
- 26 public land elk permits will be drawn from online applications at the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper, June 27, 2015.
- Three public land elk permits (one either-sex and two antlerless) will be available only to people who register during the festival. Registration is 1 p.m.-5 p.m., June 26, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 27. Applicants must supply a valid AGFC CID# from their hunting license, an Arkansas-issued photo ID or hunter education card (if under 16). The applicant must be present at 5 p.m., June 27 to win one of three onsite permits.
Public Land Elk Permit Application Requirements
- Only Arkansas residents with a Resident Sportsman Hunting License or holders of a Lifetime Sportsman's Permit may apply. Hunters under 16 (as of May 1, 2015) must have a valid hunter education number to apply.
- Applicants must be 6 or older to participate.
- Applicants with 12 or more violation points are ineligible to apply.
Apply for a Public Land Elk Hunt
Click here to apply for a public land elk hunt from May 1 to June 1.
Public Land Elk Hunt Details
Public land elk hunts are held on designated areas of the Buffalo National River, Gene Rush WMA, Richland Valley Sonny Varnell Elk Conservation Area and Bearcat Hollow WMA.
Special Youth Only Elk Hunt (ages 6-15) - October 3-4, 2015
October 5-9, 2015 Hunt Permits
- Elk zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 - One either-sex permit and one antlerless permit for each zone
Special Youth Only Elk Hunt (ages 6-15) - November 7-8, 2015
November 9-13, 2015 Hunt Permits
- Elk zone 1 - One either-sex permit and two antlerless permits
- Elk zones 2, 3 and 4 - Two either-sex permits and five antlerless permits for each zone
Private Land Elk Hunting
Elk Management Assistance Program (EMAP) Application Requirements
- Private land elk permit applications must be submitted by mail, postmarked no earlier than June 1 and no later than July 15. Click here to download a printable PDF application. or call 501-223-6359 to receive a paper application by mail.
- Applications must include a $35 fee.
- Applications may be submitted by residents and nonresidents owning property within the private lands elk hunting zone (see Addendum E1.05).
- Applicants must possess a valid Arkansas hunting license. Applicants under 16 must have a valid hunter education certification.
- Applicants with 12 or more violation points in the past five years are ineligible to participate.
- Only one application per property (contiguous acreage owned by a common owner) will be accepted for EMAP permits. Contiguous acreage owned by a common owner cannot be split or subdivided to obtain additional EMAP permits.
- Duplicate, illegible or incomplete applications will not be processed.
- Landowners will be issued a number of permits based on the acreage of their property and the quota for the season (see Addendum Chapter S1.00).
- Permits will be issued to eligible landowners and will be transferable from the landowners to eligible hunters.
- EMAP permits must be used only within the boundary of the EMAP property they were issued to.
EMAP Private Land Elk Hunt Details
Elk hunting on private land is restricted to one zone, consisting of all private land in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties (except a portion of Boxley Valley).
Special Youth Only Antlerless Elk Season (ages 6-15) - November 7-8, 2015
November 9-13, 2015 EMAP Quota
- 2015 EMAP quota: 12 bull elk and 24 antlerless elk.
- To be eligible to hunt in the EMAP private land elk hunt, individuals must be 6 or older as of November 7, 2015, possess a valid Arkansas hunting license issued by the Commission, and possess a valid EMAP permit issued by the Commission. Individuals who have accrued 12 or more violation points within the past 5 years will be ineligible to participate.
- Either-sex permit holders must stop hunting between noon-2 p.m. each day and call the wildlife hotline (800-440-1477) after 2 p.m. each day of the open season to see if the bull quota was filled during the morning hunt.
- Antlerless permit holders can hunt during legal hunting hours as long as the quota is still available at the beginning of the day.
- All EMAP permit holders must call the wildlife hotline (800-440-1477) after 8 p.m. each night and listen for the correct numeric prompt for updates on elk harvest quota information.
- The hunt will end the evening of November 13, 2015, or the evening that the 36 elk quota (12 bulls, 24 antlerless) is met; whichever comes first.