Archery hunters may be out of luck in some areas

Archery hunters may be out of luck in some areas
File photo of a Columbia white-tailed deer (courtesy of the U.s. Fish & Wildlife Service).

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- You've got all your gear ready to go for the opening of deer and elk archery season, but there is one more thing you need to do: Make sure you can actually go.

Roseburg Forest Products has closed their lands due to fire danger, and many other lands are under restrictions just in time for archery season.

Deer and elk archery seasons begin August 24, and bowhunters will be facing high fire danger and some closures and access restrictions as the season opens.

Hunters are being asked asked to use extreme caution and follow all fire restrictions while in the field.

On Thursday, Roseburg Resources Co. closed all of its Oregon timberlands to all motorized and non motorized (walk-in) public recreational access.

They say the closure will remain in effect indefinitely until fire danger diminishes.  If you want information about when the closure may be lifted you can call the information hotline at 541-784-2895.

Public land managers like the Umpqua National Forest, where the Whiskey Complex Fires are burning and access is restricted for a portion of the Tiller Ranger District, say they are aware of archery seasons.

Land managers are continuously re-evaluating the fire situation and will restore access to restricted areas as soon as they are able.

You can check with the Forest Service where you are headed or the BLM for information before heading afield.

Hunters travelling should also check for any road closures

At this time, many private forestland owners that normally allow hunters on their land have closed access due to the high fire danger.