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As of Feb 16, 2021 negative covid tests are no longer a requirement for passengers entering Alaska as they were the past 6 months.

Many smaller towns and villages have their own strict requirements for outsiders arriving in their towns, make sure to check with the local government or borough. Keep in mind that Ravn Alaska airlines closed their doors last and have cancelled all flights throughout the state. Make sure to figure out your flying options because many flights have been modified or cancelled. See more online at or at the State of Alaska Response Page

Bear Hunts: The spring 2020 bear hunts originally planned for unit 9 (Alaska Peninsula) were pushed forward for those that had hunts booked to the spring 2021 season. Season dates will be May 10-31, 2021 in units 9A and 9B and May 10-25, 2021 in units 9C, 9D, and 9E. The fall 2021 season will still be offered as planned.

The Board of Game passed today (June 3, 2020) Proposal #2 to allow the adjustment to move all drawing permits for units 1-3 for the 2020 spring season forward to the spring of 2022. Because all of the spring hunts in 2021 have been issued by the draw already, the permits must be jumped forward to 2022. Permit holders have been contacted and there will be a deadline to choosing to move the year associated with their permit(s). Brown bear hunts for the 2020 spring season in unit 8 (Kodiak Island) will be available to be slid to 2021 for non-residents and to spring 2022 for residents. A drawing for the non-resident spring 2021 season permits will not take place in the next draw period. Permit holders for DB376 (unit 10 Unimak Island) for the spring 2020 season will be pushed to the spring 2021 season in addition to the permits already awarded. This will effectively double the number of spring hunters on Unimak island for the spring 2021 season. The bear hunts in unit 14C were removed from this modification by the board and will not be adjusted. Hunt DB987 in unit 26B was also removed from this proposal. All changes and extensions will end on July 1, 2021 as that is the sunset for these proposals. 

More updates are available on their AZGFD covid-19 status page

The Governor has enacted a 14-day quarantine recommendation for all travelers entering the state on or after November 15, 2020.
There may be a chance for tag return and preference point reinstatement if you hunt area was not accessible due to forest fires and/or public land closures. See the CDFW News website for more information.

All travel across the Canadian/U.S. Border is suspended for non-essential travel with no defined open date. All changes and quarantine requirements for the Feb 22, 2021 date are related to Canadian residents only. Non-essential All hunts for non-resident aliens are cancelled for US citizens. If you have a hunt booked for this fall season, you should keep in close contact with your outfitter and travel agent to make arrangements. Most outfitters at this time are in a holding stage as they are uncertain on if and when cross-border travel will be allowed again. The outlook does not look good for Americans to embark on Canadian hunts at any time this spring 2021 or fall 2021 seasons. See current restrictions at the Canada Border Services Agency website.


No hunting related closures at this time.

All arriving passengers must have a test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in Hawaii and provide results. The entire sheep and deer season on the island of Lana'i has been cancelled for the 2020 year, no exceptions will be made. 

No hunting related closures at this time.

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 current closures/quarantines reported at this time.

If you travel to the state from AL, AZ, AR, FL, or SC you must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to hunting. More updates are available at 

No closures for hunting/fishing seasons are reported at this time.

All visitors are required self-quarantine for two weeks or get tested for COVID-19. Visitors from New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are exempt from this requirement. For visitors from the remaining 44 states, adults who receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival can forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine.

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. Covid-19 Response Page on the MTFWP website

No known hunting season changes at this time.

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

At this time, NO fall hunting season changes are expected but we hope the mandatory quarantine is lifted before most seasons begin. More information is available at

The Governor has enacted a 14-day quarantine recommendation for all travelers entering the state on or after November 15, 2020. Due to extreme fire restrictions and closures of many hunting areas to access, the Oregon DFW has created a webpage for important updates. Tag holders may have a chance to get a refund and/or point reinstatement if the hunt area has restricted access for the entire season. See more updates from ODFW's website.


On July 1, the Keystone State introduced travel restrictions for residents returning from 15 states. “If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.”
South Dakota

State parks are currently open with no restrictions. No hunting season changes have been reported.

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.

November 9, 2020: The state is now under a statewide mandatory mask mandate for all persons in public across the state. Utah is now allowing hunter education courses to be completed with a virtual online-field day activity. See more information

The Governor has enacted a 14-day quarantine recommendation for all travelers entering the state on or after November 15, 2020. Check the WDFW website for more information.

All licenses cannot be returned or surrended after the draw. You can still purchase any preference points prior to November 1 even if you did not apply in the draw!


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