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.
Right now about there are about 100 Elk in the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in southeastern Missouri. The Department of Conservation expects to release between 30 -40 elk hunting permits in three years. According to the Columbia Missourian the department previously expected to start the elk hunting in 2015.