Summer 2012 brought large fires that burned through the Ashland Ranger District of Custer National Forest; however there is encouraging news for those planning to hunt the area this fall.
“Green grass is already coming up in the affected areas and it is not uncommon to harvest deer and elk in burn areas,” says Dean Waltee, local area wildlife biologist. Fire always creates habitat alterations. Hunting impacts are more dependent on moisture levels we may get over the next six weeks.
Small portions of hunting districts 702 and 704 were affected and hunters are simply encouraged to educate themselves about current forest conditions and road closures that may still be in effect. At this time there is no reason to change their fall hunting plans.
For hunting information interested parties may go to www.fwp.mt.gov or contact Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Region Seven Headquarters, Miles City at 406-234-0900 or Dean Waltee at firstname.lastname@example.org.