Hunting this fall could be largely shaped by the widespread drought hitting the state this summer, from potential access closures to impacts on wildlife fitness and location. While some early hunts start in August, Montana’s hunting season begins in earnest Sept. 4 with the start of the six-week archery season. Most big game herds fared well following a mild winter with Cold snaps remaining short-lived and little lower elevation snow. Persistent drought this summer affected green up with many areas of Montana reporting stifled grass growth. That can mean less nutrition for elk, deer and other wildlife, the Montana State News Bureau reported.