- 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 the MassFishHunt online portal. 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.
- Fishing and Trout Stocking: Fishing is allowed during this time with a valid fishing license. MassWildlife is continuing to stock trout this spring. For the safety of MassWildlife staff, please do not approach staff while they are stocking fish. For daily trout stocking updates, please visit mass.gov/trout. Don't share a boat unless it is large enough so that all persons aboard can always remain at a minimum distance of six feet apart. Anglers and other paddlers in canoes and kayaks are reminded they are required to wear a life jacket through May 15.
- Hunting: Hunting is allowed during this time with a valid hunting license. The Spring Turkey Hunting Season will open April 27 and run through May 23. Following Governor Baker’s State of Emergency Declaration, MassWildlife cancelled all 2020 Youth Turkey Hunt Seminars. Only past participants who have completed Basic Hunter Education and the Youth Turkey Hunting Seminar will be able to participate in the Youth Turkey Hunt on April 25.
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 May 4, 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.