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COVID-19 Response

UPDATED: 6/4/20 - 8:04 AM

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

Game and Fish hatcheries and rearing station grounds are now open to the public; however, all buildings will remain closed. 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 has resumed in-person hunter education courses and internet field days as of June 1. Scheduled courses will be listed on the Game and Fish website with a cap of eight students per class to adhere to Wyoming’s gathering guidelines due to COVID-19. Class availability will change frequently; 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.

Residents are advised if they choose to go outside to recreate, to do so close to home. 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. 

For those bringing a boat to Wyoming, aquatic invasive species check stations are open. 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.

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.


 

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.

 

 

History of announcements

May 9, 2020 announcements:

  • Game and Fish resumed sales of nonresident daily and 5-day fishing license sales.

May 8, 2020 announcements:

  • The Governor's 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 expires.

April 15, 2020 announcements:

  • Game and Fish suspends nonresident daily and 5-day fishing license sales.

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. 

 

 

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