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COVID-19 Status for Hunters

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State-by-State Notes

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


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

The Canadian government announced on July 19, 2021 that the border would open to United States citizens on August 9, 2021. Travelers must have proof of approved vaccination records and arrive with a negative covid test taken within the last 72 hours. Any minors under 12 years old may arrive unvaccinated as long as they are accompanied by their vaccinated guardian.

All travel across the Canadian/U.S. Border has been suspended since March 2020. 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. See current restrictions at the Canada Border Services Agency website.


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.

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.

Updates will be posted on their Response page.
New Mexico

At this time, no fall hunting season changes are expected. More information is available at

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.

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

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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