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2014 Elk Hunting Season

Permit Application Schedule

Elk | Public Land
May 1 Application period begins
June 1 Application deadline
June 28 23 public land permits will be drawn at the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper
June 28 Three public land permits will be drawn for people who registered at the festival
Elk | Private Land
June 1 Application period begins
July 15 Application deadline

Available Public Land Permits

  • 23 public land elk permits will be drawn from online applications at the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper, June 28, 2014.
  • 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 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 28. 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 28 to win one of three onsite permits.
  • One public land elk permit will be granted to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to raise funds for elk habitat in Arkansas.
  • One public land youth elk permit will be granted to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation for fund-raising purposes.
  • One public land youth elk permit will be granted to the Arkansas Wildlife Federation for fund-raising purposes.

Public Land Elk Permit Application Requirements

  • Public Land Elk Permit Applications may be submitted online May 1-June 1. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • Hunters under 16 (as of May 1, 2014) must have a valid hunter education number to apply.
  • Applicants must be 6 or older (as of October 6, 2014).
  • Applicants with 12 AGFC violation points are ineligible to apply.
  • Only Arkansas residents with a Resident Sportsman Hunting License or holders of a Lifetime Sportsman's Permit may apply.
  • Duplicate or incomplete applications will not be processed.

Apply for a Public Land Elk Hunt

Click here to apply for a public land elk hunt. No paper applications will be accepted.

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.

Oct. 6-10, 2014 Hunt Permits

  • Elk zone 1 - No permits available for 2014.
  • Elk zone 2 - One either-sex permit and one antlerless permit
  • Elk zone 3 - One either-sex permit and one antlerless permit
  • Elk zone 4 - One either-sex permit and one antlerless permit

Oct. 27-31, 2014 Hunt Permits

  • Elk zone 1 - One either-sex permit and two antlerless permits
  • Elk zone 2 - Two either-sex permits and five antlerless permits
  • Elk zone 3 - Two either-sex permits and five antlerless permits
  • Elk zone 4 - One either-sex permit and two antlerless permits

Elk Management Assistance Program (EMAP) Application Requirements

  • Private land elk permit applications will be available June 1, 2014.
  • Applications may be submitted only by mail June 1-July 15, 2013. Applications must be postmarked on or before July 15.
  • Applications must include a $35 processing fee.
  • Hunters under 16 (as of June 1, 2014) must have a valid hunter education number to apply.
  • Applicants must be 6 or older (as of Oct. 27, 2014).
  • Applicants with 12 AGFC violation points are ineligible to apply.
  • Residents and nonresidents may apply for EMAP permits.
  • Only one application per property will be accepted for EMAP permits.
  • Duplicate, illegible or incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Landowners will be contacted to verify an applicant's eligibility.

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 regulations apply to WMA private land inholdings.

Oct. 27-31, 2014 EMAP Quota

  • 2014 EMAP quota: Eight either-sex permits and 20 antlerless permits
  • Landowners will sign their property up under the Elk Management Assistance Program. Clubs with less than 1,500 acres will be issued one either-sex permit and a series of antlerless permits based on the acreage of the club property. Clubs with more than 1,500 acres will be issued two either-sex permits and a series of antlerless permits based on the acreage of the club property. The minimum number of permits per club (for properties less than 500 acres) will be one either-sex and two antlerless permits. Permits will be issued to the designated club leader and will be transferable. EMAP permits must be used within the boundary of the club property they were issued to.
  • 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 legal hunting hours as long as the quota was 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 Oct. 31, 2014, or the evening that the 28 elk quota (8 bulls, 20 antlerless) is met; whichever comes first.