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COVID-19 Response

UPDATED: 4/8/20 - 12:16 PM

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is taking precautions to protect the public. We know you have questions regarding the rapidly evolving scenario that surrounds COVID-19, and how Game and Fish is responding to keep your family healthy. We are committed to providing our regular services at the highest level possible while also ensuring that everyone is safe.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging people to stay home and utilize online services, reserving visits to local Game and Fish facilities to necessary business. These recommendations are to adhere to federal and state guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize contact between people.

Many licenses and stamps are available for purchase. Licenses without a carcass coupon are eligible for digital proof in the field, like on a phone or tablet. Hunting applications are open on the Game and Fish website as well. Anyone who needs help with purchasing or applying for licenses online, finding information on the website or general questions can call the Game and Fish telephone information center at (307) 777-4600 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. MDT, or send a message online. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Game and Fish offices and facilities closing?


Our current goal is to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on our services. The majority of our offices remain open as well as our telephone information center. The Lander Regional Office is closed; the public in the Lander area can contact field personnel for assistance. See the Lander listing.  

All Game and Fish hatcheries and rearing stations are closed to the public. No tours, including self-guided, are permitted until further notice. 

In cases where a person must come to the regional office for business, the public is asked to call their regional office first. Game and Fish is asking that if you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to COVID-19 to please stay home. 

The regional office numbers to call are:

Cheyenne Headquarters- (307) 777-4600
Casper Regional Office - (307) 473-3400
Cody Regional Office - (307) 527-7125 
Green River Regional Office - (307) 875-3223
Jackson Regional Office - (307) 733-2321 
Lander Regional Office - (307) 332-2688
Laramie Regional Office - (307) 745-4046
Pinedale Regional Office - (307) 367-4353 
Sheridan Regional Office - (307) 672-7418

Stop poaching tips can still be submitted over the phone, online or through text. For wildlife emergencies, people can call their local game warden or Wyoming Game and Fish Dispatch at 1-877-943-3847.
 

How can I attend a 2020 season setting meeting?


All Game and Fish season setting meetings will move to an online forum. Participants will be able to watch recorded videos that address:
 
  • Chapter 2, General Hunting Regulation
  • Chapter 5, Antelope Hunting Seasons
  • Chapter 6, Deer Hunting Seasons
  • Chapter 7, Elk Hunting Seasons
  • Chapter 8, Moose Hunting Seasons
  • Chapter 9, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Hunting Seasons
  • Chapter 11, Upland Game Bird and Small Game Hunting Seasons
  • Chapter 14, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons and Light Goose Conservation Order
  • Chapter 15, Wild Bison Recreational Hunting Season
  • Chapter 20, Fall and Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Seasons

Videos are posted on the Public Meetings webpage. The public comment period is now closed.

Will there be changes to any Wyoming hunting season, draws or fishing?

At this time, all hunting and fishing opportunities remain open in Wyoming, and many applications for fall hunts are open until June 1. People can apply for and buy licenses and stamps online. If you need assistance, call (307) 777-4600.
 

I am a nonresident. Can I still come to Wyoming to hunt and fish?

Nonresidents should be aware that there is a 14-day quarantine directive for people entering Wyoming through the end of April. Due to this directive, we ask nonresidents to stay home at this time, unless you can observe the quarantine.

If you have a license for a spring turkey or black bear hunt that you cannot use, please call (307) 777-4600 to learn your options.


If I am hunting, fishing, boating, collecting antlers or doing any other recreation is there anything different I need to know?

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging all hunters, anglers, boaters and other recreationists to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, people need to be extra vigilant to recreate safely and follow state directives.

Residents are advised if they choose to go outside to recreate, to do so close to home. Do not travel long distances or go to other states for outdoor activities. Stay local, fill up on gas in your community and bring food and water so that you don’t have to stop at the store. 

Social distancing, even in Wyoming’s vast outdoors, is extremely important. Avoid congregating with others in parking lots, public access areas and trailheads. Do not meet up with friends for hunting, fishing or boating; go out with people in your household only. 

Game and Fish has closed overnight camping until further notice at the Grayrocks Reservoir and Wheatland No. 1 Public Access Areas, and at Cottonwood Draw Wildlife Habitat Management Area located in Platte County. Day use is still allowed.

 

 

How will I know if offices are closed or if events, meetings or classes have been cancelled?

Game and Fish is following federal and state guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will utilize the Game and Fish website, emails, news releases and our social media accounts to update the public of any closures and cancellations. 
 

Event

Date

Status

Contact

Conservation Stamp Art Show

April 10

Moved online

Margaret James
(307) 777-4591
maragaret.james@wyo.gov 

Wyoming Outdoor Expo -Casper

May 7-9

Cancelled

Kathryn Boswell at kathryn.boswell@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3412

Wyoming Outdoor Weekend - Lander

May 7-9

Cancelled

 

Hunter Education Classes -Statewide

Ongoing

Suspended through the end of April.

Katie Simpson at katie.simpson@wyo.gov or (307) 777-4542

Conservation Stamp Art Show Reception -Cheyenne

April 10

Cancelled

Contact Margaret James- margaret.james@wyo.gov or (307) 777-4591

AIS inspector trainings for the public - Statewide

Spring

Cancelled for 2020

Josh Leonard - joshua.leonard@wyo.gov or (307) 721-1374

Sage-grouse local working group- Southeast

March 27

Cancelled

Leslie Schreiber (307) 527-7125

Outdoor Hall of Fame - Cody

March 20

Cancelled - New date to be determined.

Sara DiRienzo - sara.dirienzo@wyo.gov or (307) 777-4540

Sage-grouse local working group- Southcentral

March 19

Cancelled

Leslie Schreiber (307) 527-7125

March Commission Meeting- Cody

March 19-20

Cancelled - Moved to telemeeting on March 19

Game and Fish - (307) 777-4501

Sage-grouse local working group- Northeast

March 17

Moved to telemeeting

Leslie Schreiber (307) 527-7125

 


 

History of announcements

April 3 announcements: 

  • The Governor issued a directive requiring any individual coming to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. For visits fewer than 14 days, that individual must self-quarantine for the duration of the visit. 

March 20 announcements:

  • In cases where a person must come to the regional office for business, the public is asked to call their regional office first. Game and Fish is asking that if you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to COVID-19 to please stay home. Game and Fish requests customers use online services when possible. If business requires regional office staff, customers are asked to call ahead. Learn more and find phone numbers.


March 19 announcements:

  • The Wyoming Outdoor Expo, May 7-9 in Casper is cancelled. For questions contact Kathryn Boswell at kathryn.boswell@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3412.


March 17 announcements:

 

  • The Lander Regional Office is closed.  The public in the Lander area can contact field personnel for assistance. See the Lander listing. 

 

  • The Wyoming Outdoor Weekend, May 7-9 in Lander is cancelled. 

 

  • Hunter education courses are suspended for in-person classes through the month of April. For questions, please contact Katie Simpson at katie.simpson@wyo.gov or (307) 777-4542.

 

  • The 2021 Conservation Stamp Art Show reception on April 10 in Cheyenne has been cancelled. A panel of judges will still judge submissions and select winners. For questions contact Margaret James at margaret.james@wyo.gov or (307) 777-4591.

 

  • Sage-grouse local working group meetings will be moved online or cancelled. The Northeast meeting on March 17 will be by phone. Southcentral on March 19 and Southeast on March 27 are cancelled. For questions contact Leslie Schreiber (307) 527-7125.

 

  • All Aquatic Invasive Species trainings for the public are cancelled for the spring. For questions contact Josh Leonard at joshua.leonard@wyo.gov or (307) 721-1374.



March 13 announcements:

 

  • The Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame scheduled for March 20 in Cody at the Center of the West is postponed; a new date will be announced in the future. 

 

How is Game and Fish minimizing customer risk or exposure?

Staff are washing their hands frequently and are being asked to stay home, or go home, if sick. Additionally, Game and Fish is cancelling or postponing non-essential meetings, public events and classes. The department asks the public to call before coming to an office location for service. Many Game and Fish staff are teleworking.

 

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