Early big game hunting season in many parts of the country is often the driest time of the year. That is why state and federal agencies encourage hunters across the nation to be both cautious and aware when hunting in the backcountry.
“We ask that hunters use common sense and be aware of the potential for wildfires no matter what the conditions are each fall. Responsible actions can make a difference in protecting both property and wildlife habitat,” said Tom Kirschenmann, director for the Division of Wildlife in South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
Fire restrictions or outright bans may be in place on state land as well as land managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management. Hunters should check with each respective land-management agency to see if their camping location has any fire restrictions or rules.
“Hunters are among our very best fire-prevention tools. With their precautions, thoughtful actions and diligence in watching the horizon, we have extra sets of eyes in the field that are valuable in preventing and reporting wildfires,” added Kirschenmann.
(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)