Green Forest's Goodman wins AGFC Elk permit for Buffalo River hunt
JASPER ---- As in previous years, the highlight of the seventh annual Buffalo River Elk Festival was the drawing for 18 elk hunting permits awarded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The highlight for Green Forest's Josiah Goodman was being one of those selected. Goodman's name was drawn for one of the December Antlerless Elk hunts in Zone 2, along with Jerry Price of Elkins, and Jake Harvey of Jonesboro.
The hunters were selected at the festival from a squirrel cage of more than 7,400 applicants. Two other hunters won permits through fund-raising activities of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
As in past seasons, this year's elk hunting will be on public lands of the Buffalo National River and the AGFC's Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area, as well as adjacent private lands within Elk Zones 1 through 4. The two-segment season will be Sept. 20-24 and Dec. 6-10.
Just four of the hunters will be in the field in September. The other permits are for the December hunt, when weather will be cooler.
One of the 18 permits for hunting in Elk Zones 1 through 4, mostly public land, was earmarked for a hunter under 16 years old. The action came from commissioners of the AGFC, who often look for chances to involve and encourage young people of the state to participate in hunting and fishing.
This permit is unique in another way, too. It specifies either-sex elk, meaning the hunter can kill either a bull elk or a cow elk. Since Arkansas elk hunting began in 1998, each permit on the zones 1 through 4 hunting has specified which kind of elk could be taken. The youth permit will be for the December segment of the 2004 elk hunt.
To be eligible to win the elk permit, youths must have successfully completed a hunter education course.
The September hunt will be by four winners of bull permits, two drawn Saturday and two others who were high bidders at fund-raising events sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which donates most of the proceeds to the Game and Fish Commission for elk program work.
Youth Elk Hunt Permit Winner (December Hunt)
September Bull Elk Hunt
December Bull Elk Hunt
December Antlerless Elk Hunt
The applications and permits were free, although many hunters sent donations earmarked for elk program work.
A separate elk hunt, with a quota of 10 elk, will be on private lands in Newton, Boone and Carroll counties where some of the elk are considered a nuisance by some cattle raisers and farmers.