- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for MassWildlife: COVID-19 Response
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
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.
Fishing and Hunting: All hunting and fishing regulations, including licenses, are still in effect during the State of Emergency and Stay at Home Advisory. The revenue generated from license sales goes directly towards conservation, research, stocking, education, and restoration. Licenses can be obtained online by visiting MassFishHunt. Outdoor activities, and travel to and from those activities, are still permitted. All residents should practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people while participating in outdoor activities. Outdoor users should avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people.
- 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! MassWildlife continued to stock trout statewide this spring; for stocking information, please visit mass.gov/trout.
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 all group events and programs through June 30, 2020, including all Hunter Education and Angler Education courses. MassWildlife will continue to implement recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding any future closures or cancellations.
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 during the Stay at Home Advisory? Check out MassWildlife’s list of recommended activities to keep you and the kids busy, including wildlife coloring pages, videos, fact sheets, and more!