Missouri Department of Conservation asks for public comment about future elk hunting

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Edited News Release) – The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding open houses Dec. 3, 4, and 6 around its elk management zone in the Ozarks and wants public feedback on future elk-hunting season.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host public open houses in December and take comments on options for a future, limited elk-hunting season in Missouri. MDC will hold the open houses in communities around its elk management zone in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon counties. They will run from 6-8 p.m. and be:

Dec. 3 at Van Buren High School Cafeteria, 202 W. College in Van Buren;
Dec. 4 at Ellington City Hall, 100 Tubbs Ave. in Ellington; and
Dec. 6 at Eminence High School Cafeteria, 17829 S. Sixth St. in Eminence.

At the open houses, MDC staff will inform the public about how the Department is managing wild elk in and around its elk management zone in the Ozarks, including herd size and anticipated growth, herd health, and how MDC is working with area landowners.

MDC staff will also seek public input for a limited, future elk hunting season, including season timing, season length, hunting methods, permit allocation, future landowner opportunities, and more. Staff will also be available to answer questions.