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MassWildlife has adjusted services, events, and operations to protect our employees and Massachusetts residents, and prevent further spread of COVID-19.
3/25/2020
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for MassWildlife: COVID-19 Response

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

COVID-19

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) has adjusted services, events, and operations to protect our employees and Massachusetts residents, and prevent further spread of COVID-19. 

Please click here for the latest guidance and recommendations regarding COVID-19.

UPDATED 8/26/2020

Fishing and Hunting: Outdoor activities, and travel to and from those activities, are still permitted. All hunting and fishing regulations, including licenses, are still in effect during this time. The revenue generated from license sales goes directly towards conservation, research, stocking, education, and restoration. Licenses can be obtained online by visiting MassFishHunt. All residents should practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people while participating in outdoor activities.  

  • Fall Trout Stocking Will Continue: Stocking will begin around mid-September. Information will be posted weekly to Mass.gov/trout.
  • Tips for Anglers: Fishing is allowed during this time with a valid fishing license. Anglers are reminded to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others and wash your hands frequently. Avoid congregating in parking areas, on boat ramps, or along the shore. Don't share a boat unless it is large enough to allow for social distancing. Find a fishing spot close to home; avoid crowded areas and have a back-up plan if your usual spot is crowded. If you need ideas, use our fishing map to find places to fish near you! 
  • Information for Hunters: Hunting seasons will continue as planned this fall. Hunters can get up-to-date information on fall hunting announcements and guidance by visiting mass.gov/fallhunt2020. Hunters are strongly encouraged to use MassFishHunt for online harvest reporting.

Wildlife Management Areas: Fresh air and exercise are great ways to support your health year-round. All MassWildilfe Wildlife Management Areas remain open to the public to enjoy for fishing, hunting, walking, birding, and other nature-based activities. Please remember to stay 6 feet apart from other visitors and keep pets leashed. MassWildlife encourages the public to visit lesser-known spots and explore the outdoors close to home. If crowded, choose a different location or time to visit. To find WMAs near you, please visit the MassWildlife Lands Viewer

Events and Programs: MassWildlife has canceled most in-person group events and programs. Some programs, such as Angler Education, are offering virtual alternatives. MassWildlife will continue to implement recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding any future closures or cancellations. Click here for information on Hunter Education courses. 

MassWildlife Offices: All MassWildlife offices and hatcheries are closed to the public until further notice. 

Contact Us: Since most employees are working remotely, MassWildlife is urging the public to contact staff by email. Access to voicemails may be limited. Please click here for the MassWildlife staff directory.

Stay Connected to Nature: Looking for things to do while spending time at home? Check out MassWildlife’s list of recommended activities to keep you and the kids busy, including wildlife coloring pages, videos, fact sheets, and more! 

Media Contact for MassWildlife: COVID-19 Response

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MASSWILDLIFE OFFICES AND HATCHERIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

SPRING TROUT STOCKING WILL CONTINUE.

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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