Montana's hunting seasons for most upland game birds, including grouse and turkey, open Sept. 1. The state's archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, black bear, wolf and mountain lion opens Sept. 7. The bighorn sheep archery season begins Sept. 5.
"Hunters have an especially big responsibility to be fire conscious," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.
Hunters driving on roads with drying vegetation along the edges or growing down the middle of a two-track road can cause autumn fire starts and that keeps landowners and managers on edge this time of year, Aasheim said.
For up-to-date details on fire and drought-related restrictions and closures, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click Drought & Fire.