How Wildfires Are Impacting Deer Hunting in the West

It seems about every year the western part of the U.S. has to deal with significant natural events that affect deer hunting. A couple of years ago it was drought and disease (EHD and Blue Tongue disease). This past spring it was epic flooding, followed by a summer filled with wildfires that plagued the Northwest region of the Lower 48.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8.2 million acres have been burned by wildfires, and that number is still growing. There are currently 65 active large fires still burning. The question is: Will this have an effect on the whitetail season in the northwest this year? Overall, probably not. Although some wildfires have penetrated some of the whitetail strongholds in northeast Washington and Oregon, northern Idaho and northwest Montana, which is significant whitetail country out West, wildfires haven’t been concentrated in these areas overall. The only way to know for sure is to scout the area you plan to hunt and make adjustments as necessary.