Montana Public Access Lands Reopen to Hunters

The extreme forest fire conditions in Montana lead to many land closures across the state during July, August, and early September.  This occurred just as several hunting seasons opened.  Weyerhauser Corporation, Stimson Lumber Company, and The Nature Conservancy all closed their lands to the public to avoid further fires.

With a major weather shift on September 14th from hot, dry, and windy, to cool and rainy, the fire danger in western Montana has ebbed sufficiently for those entities to lift their prohibitions.  While hunters are now allowed back onto these properties, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks cautions them to use good judgement when they hunt.  In particular, take extra care where motor vehicles are parked (avoid tall, dry grass) and avoid any actions which may cause sparks such as smoking.