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Post #1  Post subject: Private Land Elk Tag Process Simplified
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 7:34 pm 
Arkansas Wildlife Weekly
May 9, 2018

Randy Zellers Assistant Chief of Communications

Arkansas private land elk hunting simplified for 2018 season

JASPER – Twenty-nine lucky hunters will find out if their application for an Arkansas elk permit was successful at the Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 23. Biologists are trying to make it easier for the rest of us wanting to take an Arkansas elk who are willing to put in a little legwork and handshaking to make it happen. Beginning May 15, Private Land Elk Permits will be available on

Private land elk hunts always have been a bit of a challenge to participate. A certain number of tags were given to landowners who met specific acreage requirements based on survey data and information submitted to the AGFC Elk Program. Landowners then had to choose which person would get each tag.

“We’re routing all permit applications through the online license system,” said Wes Wright, elk program coordinator. “The application fee will be reduced from $35 to $5, any hunter will be able to purchase a private land elk tag from May 15 until the day of their hunt. It will be up to them to acquire the landowner’s permission.”

Wright says the switch also helps eliminate some of the paper permits a hunter had to carry. The private land elk hunt permit will simply appear as a code on their license.

While the formal quota for the hunt will be set at the Commission’s May 17 meeting, Wright expects no change in the quota from last year.

“The quota typically is 12 bulls and 40 antlerless elk,” Wright said. “Hunters must call the Wildlife Hotline (1-800-440-1477) each morning to find out if the quota has been reached. Once it has, the season is closed.”

Wright hopes the changes to the process will encourage more hunters to talk to landowners about accessing their property to hunt elk, particularly antlerless elk.

“We have had issues filling the antlerless side of the private land quota in the past,” Wright said. “This change may help get permits in the hands of hunters who will take a cow elk, provided they still get landowner permission.”

As with any type of hunting, hunters on private property must have a signed copy of the landowner’s permission to hunt, unless that person is an immediate family member. An example Permission to Hunt Card is available in each year’s Arkansas Hunting Guidebook.

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Private Land Elk Tag Process Simplified
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:57 pm 
Will see on this one. Wonder how many folks end up with a tag and no where to hunt. Something to think about. Did you every think you would see the day when you could kill a elk in any county in Arkansas and most of them it be included on your regular license at no additional charge?

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Post #3  Post subject: Re: Private Land Elk Tag Process Simplified
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:30 pm 
I was cutting firewood a couple weeks ago on a Forest Service permit and a local I know stopped to visit. The talk got around to elk and he said that as far as he and most other mountain folks were concerned the season is open anytime one is seen. They are not real happy about CWD and the elk connection. I don't think most have any doubt about AGFC and their priorities.

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Post #4  Post subject: Re: Private Land Elk Tag Process Simplified
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 9:41 pm 
How would a person(not a local) find out who had land that they would allow elk hunting on? My boys are wanting to try this year for a permit( slim to none chance) and was wandering about the private land hunts. Any info would be appreciated.

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Post #5  Post subject: Re: Private Land Elk Tag Process Simplified
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:58 am 
I would guess that about the only two options for getting permission to hunt private land for elk would be to know someone, really well, that owns land in the area or to pay for the privilege. As far as where to start, I don't have a clue. :scratch:

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Post #6  Post subject: Re: Private Land Elk Tag Process Simplified
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 11:02 pm 
I assume we are talking about taking elk in the elk core area, private land within the core area for elk. Quotas and permitting. last year they told us you could take an elk outside the core area without a permit, with no quota restrictions, that say you were deer hunting outside the core area with your 30.06 and seen an elk its totally legal to drop him. I wonder does this still hold true?

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According to Wright, any deer hunter who happens to see an elk while hunting outside of the Core Elk Management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties) may legally take that elk with weapons legal for the season they are in.

If this still holds true if I was a landowner next to a core Management zone with elk I would be trying everything I knew to lure them over :happy0035:

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