Hunting season starts during fire danger - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Hunting season starts during fire danger

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Hunters are geared up for a busy holiday weekend as some upland game bird and general archery seasons open.

The hunting season is starting, however, during extreme fire restrictions.

According to Vivica Crowser, Fish, Wildlife and Parks information and education manager, the fire season has generated questions about whether people can still hunt and where.

"All the hunting districts are open, the season will open as planned," Crowser said. "But you want to be sure to check where you are going because there are some road closures in place, there are some areas that have specific closures on forest service or BLM lands."

Stage II restrictions mean no campfires anywhere and awareness of driving. 

To prevent starting a grass fire with a vehicle, stay parked and drive on paved roads and parking lots versus parking in a grassy off-road area.

Despite fire conditions, hunters are looking forward to the season.

Jeremy Louvar is the senior operations manager for Cabela's in Missoula and he knows the community is excited.

"They want to get out there, they want to hunt," he said. "Some people are a little nervous about getting out there and trying to hoof it up the hill, and deal with the smoke inhalation, but it is one of those things, I think as Montanans, we have come to learn to deal with.”

Hunters are still advised to use extra caution while hunting in the backcountry.

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