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Missouri Department of Conservation officials say the state's elk herd is on track to be large enough in 2020 for the first hunt in more than a century.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that department officials outlined how a hunt will work if the rules get final approval by the conservation commission.

Missouri Elk Season Could Start as Soon as 2020

Jul 16, 2018

The population of Missouri’s wild elk herd is growing fast enough that the Department of Conservation is making tentative plans for a hunting season in 2020.

At the Missouri Conservation Commission’s meeting Friday, cervid biologist Aaron Hildreth provided an update on Missouri’s elk population, including information about the potential for an elk hunting season in fall 2020.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri House has voted overwhelmingly to raise poaching fines to protect the state's fledgling elk population.

The bill approved Wednesday would allow judges to impose fines of at least $2,500 for attempting to illegally hunt elk. The money would be used to benefit local school districts.

Sarah Ashworth.


The Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to allow Elk hunting starting in 2016.

The Columbia Missourian reports the plan is contingent on the Elk population growing to at least 200. The conservation department has been working on growing the Elk population since 2010. The Department been bringing elk into Missouri from Kentucky in an effort to reintroduce the population into the state.