The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation expects wildfire risks to remain above average across Saskatchewan this season. 

To help prevent the impact that fire has on communities and wildlife, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) are asking hunters to take extra precautions in high-risk areas as the hunting season gets underway, especially where ATV and other vehicles may be involved. 

“We know that the vast majority of hunters take every step to ensure that they leave nothing but footprints when they hunt. However, the recent dry weather and the ever-present possibilities of high winds provide the ideal conditions for uncontrolled wildfires,” says Darrell Crabbe Executive Director of the SWF. 

“We encourage all hunters to take extra precautions this hunting season with the increased risk of fires. These precautions include carrying a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, gaining permission from landowners before going on their property, avoiding unnecessary vehicle idling, and always staying on existing trails and roads,” adds Chad MacPherson, General Manager of the SSGA.