Thousands of Missourians have applied to go elk and black bear hunting this year.
Missouri has sold nearly 14-thousand elk and black bear hunting permit applications this year.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports more than 85-hundred of those are for elk hunting.
More than 53-hundred are black bear permit applications.
Five elk hunting permits and 400 black bear hunting permits will be offered this year.
Missouri is home to about 540-840 black bears and the population is growing roughly 9% each year.
The department says Missouri has about 250 elk.