This time of year bird and bow hunters throughout Montana need to be alert for the grizzly bears in the area that are preparing for winter.
"Each year we urge hunters to avoid riparian areas with dense cover because that's where grizzly and black bears seek berries and other food," said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman in Helena. "Just like many hunters, bears like the cover. Hunters need to expect to see and possibly encounter bears, so be smart, be alert and hunt the edges. Don't get into the dense cover."
Aasheim recommends that hunters, especially archers and many upland bird hunters, to carry bear spray.
"Statistically, bear spray is the most effective tool for personal protection in bear country," Aasheim said.
Follow these tips for hunters in grizzly country: