Fall is here and the Elk are on the move in Searcy County. You may have not heard, Searcy County has Elk!! And we have a lot of them. Arkansas Game and Fish’s official numbers total about 600 elk in the state, Most are in Newton and Searcy County. And even though Newton County has an annual Elk Festival, Searcy County can boast that we’re the “Elk Hunting Capital of Arkansas”, because for the past 2 years, more have been killed in Searcy County than any other county in the state. Arkansas Game and Fish very carefully manages the herd, and a very limited number of tags (Normally about 20% of herd total) are drawn for hunters every year.
Searcy County’s elk are mostly in two main areas of the county. The Richland Valley in the western section of the county, and along the Bear Creek valley just west of Marshall. Many visitors and travelers see the Bear Creek herd regularly in that 4 mile stretch right along Highway 65. These are the two main areas, but elk might be seen just about anywhere along the Buffalo River, and some have recently been reported between Gilbert and Maumee South, along the river.
So get out and enjoy our beautiful Searcy County fall scenery, and keep your eyes open for those beautiful elk!!