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COVID-19 Response and Updates

This page will be updated as information becomes available. (Last update: 4/1/2020)

License Purchasing

License buyers can purchase licenses online or from license providers around the state. Hunters applying for special licenses or permits need to do so online and need to have a valid email address. FWP will mail carcass tags to those who purchase online, and people who have had trouble printing their licenses will receive them in the mail.

In response to COVID-19 and to protect the public as well as staff, FWP has decided to mail our carcass tags, just as we have done in years past. We understand that some people don’t have access to a printer at home. If you purchased a license that requires a carcass tag already this year and have not printed it at home yet, FWP will also mail your carcass tag to you. Please disregard the email with the link to print, it will no longer work.

Hunting Seasons

At this time, regularly scheduled hunting seasons are not cancelled. This includes spring turkey season, which starts April 11, and spring bear season, which starts April 15. However, hunters should practice social distancing and all COVID-19 response directives from the governor, including limiting group gatherings and keeping six feet away from people.

Hunters should also keep this in mind when planning for their hunts. If hunting on private land, landowner permission is required, but should be sought by email or phone, not in person.

FWP Sites

As a reminder to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines should be followed at all Fish, Wildlife & Parks sites. Keep your distance from fellow recreators. FWP has closed group-use sites. While fishing access sites, state parks and wildlife management areas remain open (check for seasonal WMA closures and openings), fishing piers, playgrounds and group-use facilities are closed to the public. Maintenance at FWP facilities will be cut back and public opportunities limited:

  • Overnight camping will not be allowed. Campgrounds will be systematically closed to give current campers 72-hour notice.
  • Group use sites will be closed, including playgrounds and fishing piers.
  • Visitor center closures will be extended at least through April 10.
  • Bathrooms may be limited.
  • Sites will be regularly patrolled by enforcement staff.

If a parking lot at a fishing access site or state park is full, consider another place to recreate. Also, it is a good idea to recreate in your local area.

Visit stateparks.mt.gov for Montana State Parks COVID-19 updates and closures.

FWP Offices closed to the public

To protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19, FWP offices around the state are closed to the public.

Visitor centers and public meeting spaces at many FWP facilities are also closed due to recommendations on social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fish & Wildlife Commission

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting, which was scheduled for March 27, has been postponed. FWP will look at options to reschedule the meeting at a later date.

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