- 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, hunting, hiking, birding, and other other outdoor recreation in Massachusetts are all open. Out of state visitors must follow current Massachusetts public health guidelines regarding COVID-19.
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.
- 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!
**Non-resident anglers: All visitors to Massachusetts must follow current travel orders. We are NOT able to issue license refunds for travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
- 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.
**Non-resident hunters: All visitors to Massachusetts must follow current travel orders. We are NOT able to issue license refunds for travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
Wildlife Management Areas
Fresh air and exercise are great ways to support your health year-round. All MassWildlife 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 follow all current COVID-19 guidance. 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. Please visit our Calendar of Events for the latest information.
- Due to limitations on in-person events, MassWildlife is offering a variety of online programs about wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting. Topics include owls, birdwatching, bass fishing, and scouting tips. Click here to watch recorded videos.
- Click here for information on Hunter Education courses.
- Click here for information on virtual Angler Education courses.
MassWildlife will continue to implement recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding any future closures or cancellations.
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!
All MassWildlife offices and hatcheries are closed to the public until further notice.
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.