Elk Hunting and Management

In 2018, Missouri Department of Conservation hosted open houses in communities around the elk management zone.

Management Plan Goals

Goal 1: Population Growth
Goal 2: Hunting and Recreation
Goal 3: Elk Range
Goal 4: Public Support

In This Section

Elk in Missouri (pdf, 8 MB)

In 2011, the Missouri Department of Conservation reintroduced the first group of elk onto Peck Ranch CA in south-central Missouri.

Elk in Missouri Outside of the Elk Restoration Zone

Missouri has a long history of elk sightings throughout the state predating the elk restoration

Elk Vs Deer

Check out the differences between an elk and a white-tailed deer. 

Science Note - Reintroduced Elk Response to Deer Hunt Disturbance in Missouri (pdf, 2 MB)

From 2011 to 2013, the Missouri Department of Conservation transported 108 elk from southeastern Kentucky to the Missouri Ozarks with the goal of restoring a wild population within 3 counties.

Science Note - Visitor Survey Results from MDCs Elk Tour (pdf, 2 MB)

Throughout 2016, MDC conducted onsite visitor surveys at the two Elk Tour Loops which were on Peck Ranch and Current River conservation areas.

Science Note - Parelaphostrongylus Tenuis (pdf, 931 KB)

Parelaphostrongylus tenuis is a parasitic nematode (roundworm) with a life cycle that involves white-tailed deer and several species of terrestrial snails and slugs in Eastern North America.

Brainworm Life Cycle (pdf, 4 MB)

Brainworm life cycle (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis)

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