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COVID-19 Response

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. Masks are required to conduct business in State of Wyoming buildings. 

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. Our offices are open as well as our telephone information center. 

Game and Fish hatcheries and rearing station grounds are closed to the public. Auburn Hatchery is closed due to construction. No tours are permitted until further notice.  

Game and Fish is asking that if you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to COVID-19 to please stay home. 

Regional offices may have procedures in place for visitors. Visit a regional website to confirm:

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 (Please call before visiting)
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.
 

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

Currently there are no restrictions or changes for hunting applications or draws.  People can apply for and buy licenses and stamps online. If you need assistance, call (307) 777-4600.

All fishing licenses are on sale for residents and nonresidents. For maximum social distancing, daily and annual licenses as well as conservation stamps can be purchased online and saved to a smartphone for proof in the field. Licenses can also be purchased at regional offices during business hours and at license selling agents.
 
 

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

Yes. Nonresidents are able to come hunt and fish in Wyoming, but are responsible for complying with all state and local health orders as well as encouraged to practice social distancing and good hygiene while traveling and in the field. 
 


Can I still take a hunter education class?

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is continuing to keep hunter education classes open. Scheduled courses will be listed on the website. Classroom capacities will vary depending on the class venue to minimize the spread of COVID-19. All hunter education participants are requested to wear a face mask during their class. October, November and December are usually the slowest months of the year for class availability but availability will change frequently so check often for new classes.  Learn more>


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.

Social distancing, even in Wyoming’s vast outdoors, is extremely important. Avoid congregating with others in parking lots, public access areas and trailheads. 

Hunters are encouraged to plan their hunts with potential COVID-19 restrictions that could limit travel, accommodations and other factors. Hunters are responsible for these considerations.

Any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through November 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching on any Wyoming waterway. If boaters entering Wyoming do not encounter an open AIS check station on their route of travel, it is the boater’s responsibility to seek out an inspection before launching on any Wyoming waterway. Review the full details on AIS requirements before traveling.

All boaters must stop when coming upon an AIS inspection station, and should expect new protocols due to state guidelines related to COVID-19. Inspectors will be taking extra precautions to social distance.

 

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 and holding many meetings online. Many Game and Fish staff are teleworking. Masks are required to conduct business in State of Wyoming buildings.

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