JEFFERSON CITY — More than 6,000 Missourians want to join the state’s first-ever regulated bear hunt.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, 6,335 Missourians applied for one of the 400 permits the agency will be issuing this season for a harvest total of 40 bears. The revenue from those applications topped $63,000.
Similarly, 9,714 people applied for one of five elk hunting permits MDC will be issuing this season for a harvest total of five bull elk. The revenue from those applications is $97,140.
The winners of a random drawing of eligible applicants will be determined by July 1, conservation spokesman Joe Jerek said Thursday.
The inaugural black bear hunt, set to take place Oct. 18-27, was approved earlier this year by the state’s Conservation Commission.
The plan allows only Missouri residents to participate in the hunt, which will be limited to management zones in southern portions of the state, according to a news release.
The southern portion of the state will be divided into three “bear management zones,” each with its own set number of permits and harvest quotas.
The first bear management zone will issue 200 permits with a 20-bear harvest quota; the second zone will have 150 permits and a 15-bear harvest quota; and the third zone will have 50 permits and a harvest quota of five bears.
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