COVID-19 Status for Hunters

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State-by-State Notes

The Board of Game has agreed to hear 30 days of public comment regarding the extension of spring bear drawing permits to a future year and the creation of a spring 2021 peninsula (unit 9) season for residents and non-residents. The Board of Game will host a meeting about the extension on June 3, 2020. Public comment can be submitted through May 27, 2020 at the Board of Game website.

The hunting seasons for non-residents will open again on June 1, 2020. However, the 14-day mandatory quarantine period is still required for all those traveling to Alaska. This quarantine period is up for review on June 2, 2020. Stay tuned!

The Governor announced today (April 2) that all spring brown bear and black bear seasons are cancelled now through May 31st for non-residents. Resident seasons are still open, however, all activities must conform with the intrastate travel mandate. The Fish and Game is working on available options for draw permit holders. Ravn Alaska airlines closed their doors and have cancelled all flights throughout the state.

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Almost all campgrounds and recreation sites have been closed on Forest Service lands statewide. Keep in mind this may result in a road closure off the highway, and not right at the campground. More updates are available on their AZGFD covid-19 status page

All visitor centers and license counters are closed temporarily. Fishing and spring hunting are open, but check local travel restrictions before traveling. 

All travel across the Canadian/U.S. Border is suspended until June 21, 2020 for non-essential travel. If you have a hunt booked for July-August, you should keep in close contact with your outfitter and travel agency pending any extension or additional changes to these restrictions. 

Most of the state is opening up in a multi-phase manner. See updates on the Status Page.

All arriving residents and visitors will immediately go into a 14-day self quarantine upon entering the state (effective through May 31). The axis deer hunt on Lana'i is cancelled.

5/14/20: All non-resident hunting and fishing license, and tag sales will open again on Saturday, May 16th at 10am. This is in response to the governor's updated restrictions. You can buy a bear tag and go hunt!

4/8/20: If you already had an agreement with an outfitter for a spring black bear hunt before the April 4th suspension, you may still obtain your tags and go on the hunt. Contact IDFG for more information. If you already purchased your bear tag prior to April 4th, you may still obtain bear bait permits via mail or appointment at any IDFG office. The 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for all non-residents entering the state is still in effect until at least May 30 until Idaho enters stage III of their Reopen Idaho plan.

Currently the Hunter Education courses will not require a mandatory field day to complete the course. This is a good opportunity to take their online Hunter and/or Bowhunter Education courses and skip the field day requirement. Fish and Game offices are temporarily closed.

No changes reported at this time.

The issuance of non-resident spring turkey tags was suspended on April 9. Those that have tags already purchased may use them as long as they follow travel mandates or they can return them for a full refund or a gift card valid for next year. If you travel to the state you must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to hunting. More updates are available at 

4/3/20: Non-resident spring turkey permits will no longer be available for purchase. If you already have a permit, you are permitted to hunt but must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state.

5/2/20: The spring turkey and black bear seasons are now open for non-residents. Keep in mind, you must follow travel restrictions and purchase your license. Do not order your license online if you intend to leave soon as their shipping service has been extremely slow. You may purchase licenses at vendors across the state. If you already have purchased a license, you may return it for a refund. Successful black bear hunts will be required to report their harvest on the telephone but will not require a carcass inspection or hide seal.

The online courses and mandatory field days have been available to adults for a tuition fee of $25 for hunter education and $30 for bowhunter education. The in-person courses have always been, and will remain, free. However, since the in-person options aren’t feasible under Phases 1 and 2 of Gov. Steve Bullock’s Reopening the Big Sky plan, FWP will cover the online tuition fees for all Montana residents until the state reaches Phase 3 of the plan and in-person hunter and bowhunter education courses are available once again.

3/31/20: Governor Steve Bullock today directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The Directive follows the governor’s prior travel advisory and last week’s Stay at Home Directive. See the Covid-19 Response Page on the MTFWP website

03/31/20: Nebraska will stop issuing nonresident turkey permits. Those that have already bought permits will be able to use them but will also be contacted about the opportunity to return the unused permit.

NDOW offices are closed until further notice. Updates will be posted on their Response page.
New Mexico

At this time, NO season changes are expected. More information is available at

5/2/20: Oregon announced that non-residents may begin fishing and hunting again in Oregon on May 5, 2020. If you cant use your spring hunt tag due to Covid-19, you may get a refund or reinstatement of preference points.

Due to a pneumonia outbreak, all of the Lookout Mtn. Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep hunts have been cancelled for the 2020 season. These hunts were not available in the draw.
South Dakota

Spring turkey season is scheduled to run as planned. State parks are currently open with no restrictions.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce changes at the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.

Spring limited-entry black bear and turkey permit holders have the option to surrender their unused permits and should contact the DWR for more information.

Utah is now allowing hunter education courses to be completed with a virtual online-field day activity. See more information

Fishing and black bear/turkey hunting seasons reopened on May 5th. Check the WDFW website for more information.

Nonresident fishing licenses are now available for purchase The spring turkey hunt season has been extended until May 31, 2020.

The deadline to apply for deer and antelope is June 5, 2020. All licenses can not be returned or surrended after the draw. You can still purchase any preference points prior to Oct 31 even if you do not apply in the draw!


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