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Post #1  Post subject: 2017 Elk Permits Drawn
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:16 pm 
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
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June 27, 2017

Twenty-nine win elk permits for the 2017 Arkansas elk hunt

Twenty-nine Arkansans will have the opportunity to hunt for and harvest an Arkansas elk during the public land elk hunts this October and November after being drawn during the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival.

More than 3,000 applications from online registrations taken in May filled the squirrel cage on center stage at the festival in Jasper on Saturday. Twenty-six winners were chosen between the festival’s events to fill the available slots for this year’s hunt. An additional three permits were reserved for on-site applicants only. This year three lucky ladies had their names pulled from the batch of 594 on-site applications.

The number of applications dropped slightly this year. Last year, 4,894 applications were received online, compared to this year’s total of 3,019 online applicants. Wes Wright, elk program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, says the drop was expected with the recent change to the AGFC online permit system. All drawn permit applications now require a non-refundable $5 application processing fee.

“We had instances where applicants were drawn who did not have any hunting experience or experience handling a firearm,” Wright said. “And we’ve had people draw and not show up for the hunt or only hunt the first day and quit. We wanted to make sure people were serious about entering.”

Private land elk permit applications will still be accepted through July 15. Landowners enrolled in the AGFC Elk Management Assistance Program may apply, and are issued a number of permits based on the acreage of their property. Landowners may transfer permits to eligible hunters. Hunters participating in the private land elk hunt must follow a quota system, with 12 bulls and 40 antlerless elk being available in this year’s quota hunt.

In addition to drawn hunts and private land quota hunts, any elk outside of Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties may be legally taken by a hunter who is hunting for deer with a limit of one, either sex elk per year.

Visit https://www.agfc.com/en/hunting/big-game/elk/ for more information on elk hunting in Arkansas.

October 2-6, 2017 Hunt Participants

Susan Smith, Pocahontas, Either Sex – on-site draw winner
Jason Dodson, Bella Vista, Antlerless
Betty Brandt, Jasper, Antlerless – on-site draw winner
Trinity Story, Yellville, Antlerless – on-site draw winner
Jamee Spears, Jacksonville, Antlerless
October 30-November 3, 2017 Hunt Participants

Larry Mallette, Hot Springs, Either Sex
Barton Moore, White Hall, Antlerless
Bradley Stratton, Fayetteville, Antlerless
Benjamin Moore, Brookland, Youth Either Sex
Joshua Langston, Mountain View, Either Sex
Garry Sanders, Fort Smith, Antlerless
John Bruner, Washington, Antlerless
Robert Smith, Quitman, Antlerless
Randall James, Garfield, Antlerless
Leslie Smithpeters, Arkadelphia, Antlerless
Michael Freppon, Bald Knob, Youth Either Sex
Robert Kumsher, Lakeview, Either Sex
Scott Hart, North Little Rock, Antlerless
Garry King, Mayflower, Antlerless
Richard Holtquist, Farmington, Antlerless
Jaydon Younger, Paragould, Antlerless
Don Tomlinson, Batesville, Antlerless
Nicholas Turpin, Benton, Either Sex
Regina Gunderson, Morrilton, Either Sex
Jason Burns, Bald Knob, Antlerless
Nicholas Drake, Quitman, Antlerless
Duane Hada, Yellville, Antlerless
Bryan Black, Searcy, Antlerless
Stefanie Weido, El Dorado, Antlerless

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