Good News for Hunters Heading Into Custer National Forest this Season
By Matt Schauer

Posted: July 20, 2012

In the Summer of 2012, large wildfires burned through the Ashland Ranger District in Custer National Forest.  However, Dean Waltee, a local area wildlife biologist had good news for hunters, who plan to hunt this area in the fall.

“Green grass is already coming up in the affected areas and it is not uncommon to harvest deer and elk in burn areas,” Waltee said.

In some portions of hunting districts 702 and 704 the fire changed the habitat. So FWP encourages hunters to re-learn your favorite hunting area after a fire.  Educate yourself on current forest condition and also road closures that may still be in effect.

At this time there is no reason to change your fall hunting plans.

For more hunting information, interested parties may go to or contact Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Region Seven Headquarters, Miles City at 406-234-0900 or Dean Waltee at