MDC Elk Restoration


The plan calls for releasing up to 150 elk into a 346-square-mile “restoration zone” in and around the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. Most of the land in the restoration zone (79 percent) is held in public trust or privately owned and open to the public. The restoration zone offers suitable habitat and is primarily forest and open woodland with scattered cool-season pasture, food plots and old fields. The restoration zone contains 33 miles of blacktop highway within the interior of the zone and fewer roads per square mile than elk areas in other states. The elk restoration zone has limited agriculture activity with virtually no row crops and limited open pasture and hayfields.