COVID-19 Impacts for Fall Hunting and Fishing Seasons



This past spring, many hunters were faced with last-minute changes for turkey and bear seasons when states across the nation canceled non-resident tag sales and imposed travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. Fishing was also impacted by seasonal closures and when many state parks, waterways, and boat ramps were shut down. By now, most states have fully reopened but new requirements and restrictions are in place and once again, it seems to be changing almost daily.


With fall hunting seasons starting to open, outdoorsmen/women are eagerly awaiting the chance to get outdoors and into the woods. But what will this season bring? Most hunters have already bought their tags, lottery drawings are done, we're practicing daily, and travel arrangements are likely made.


Listed below are all 50 states in alphabetical order with current requirements, closures, etc. Canada has been included at the end (only national requirements, not individual provinces).


Please check with your state’s wildlife department for their specific changes due to COVID-19. Information in this article is subject to change without notice and can become outdated daily as states update their guidelines


We will work to keep this list updated as new information is available.


Alabama - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place.

Alaska - As of August 11, all non-residents must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or proof of a pending test result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to departure; negative results must be uploaded to the Alaska Travel Portal website. If a non-resident arrives without a pre-test, testing is available for $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting on results. Check with the specific city/town where you will be traveling as many have their own requirements and restrictions for non-residents.


Hunters traveling through Canada will need to follow Canadian restrictions and requirements that can be found here: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/non-canadians-canadiens-eng.html

Arizona - As of August 18, all hunting and fishing is open. Fish and Game offices are open by appointment only. Outdoorsmen/women should check with appropriate local municipalities and land-management agencies for any restriction or closure notices of campsites, parks, lakes, or boat docks.

Arkansas - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. AGFC offices are opened with limited public access and require visitors to wear masks and social distance.

California - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. CDFW has temporarily closed high use public areas, including visitor centers and license counters; visitors should contact the regional headquarters office to determine if that facility is open.

Colorado - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. Colorado has been opening in a multi-phase plan. Big Game license holders will be allowed to request a COVID-19 related refund to receive both a monetary refund and preference point restoration (with limitations) under the Director’s Disaster Relief authority. Facial coverings/masks are required in public indoor spaces statewide for all individuals aged 11 or older.


Connecticut - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal. Public shooting ranges have been closed.


Visitors from 33 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers must also fill out an online travel health form before arriving in the state.

Delaware - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. Delaware’s state parks and wildlife areas are open, though access may be restricted, or areas may be closed if it is determined there are too many visitors to safely maintain social distancing requirements.


Florida - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. Some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users should limit group size to 50 people or less and CDC-guidelines for social distancing and personal safety should be followed.

Georgia - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place.

Hawaii - As of August 18, the 2020 Lāna‘i combination mouflon sheep and axis deer season has been canceled.


All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. An interisland quarantine continues through Aug. 31for Kauai, Hawaii Island or Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai), and travel between these islands.


Idaho - As of August 18, all seasons and license/tag purchases are now open and available, however, nonresident elk and deer tags are sold out as of June 26, 2020. Fish and Game offices are opened but require social distancing and may have lobby limitations; at this time, no cash is being accepted. Hunter education classes will be online only with limited exceptions. Trapper Ed and Wolf Trapper Ed classes canceled.

Illinois - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place.

Indiana - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place.

Iowa - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place.

Kansas - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal. The 2020 Kansas nonresident deer draw was April 1-24, and recipients were notified via email; No leftover permits are available this year. KDWPT facilities are open to the public but will require social distancing.


A 14-day quarantine is required for: anyone who had traveled to/from Florida between June 29 – August 11, anyone traveling to Kansas that had attended/traveled to mass gathering events (out-of-state) of 500 people or greater on or after August 11, cruise ship or river cruise passengers, anyone who has traveled to China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Kentucky - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal. Indoor facilities of the department-owned fish hatcheries are closed to the public. Boat ramps remain open but mask and social distancing guidelines should be followed. Camping on Wildlife Management Areas with designated primitive camping areas is permitted; Camping in self-contained campers or primitive tent camping is allowed but electricity, water, restrooms, and shower facilities are not provided.


Residents and non-residents who have traveled to states reporting COVID-19 positive rates of 15% or greater are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the date you left that location; this is not a mandate.


Louisiana - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. National Hunting and Fishing Day events have been canceled across the state.

Maine - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal with additional precautions in place for social distancing and sanitizing. The issuance of bass tournament and fishing derby permit has now resumed. All MDIFW offices and facilities are currently closed to the public.


Effective June 26, Maine non-residents traveling to Maine or from other states exempted from quarantine requirements must have received a negative COVID-19 test results or must have already completed their 14-day quarantine in Maine. The Hunting, Fishing and Boating Checklist can be downloaded here: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=2570133&an=1


Maryland - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal; no travel restrictions are in place. DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers are open and serving customers by appointment only.

Massachusetts - As of August 18, all fall hunting and fishing seasons are planned as normal. Departm