As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment will provide updates regarding any changes related to hunting and angling activities due to the pandemic.
Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer has not issued any orders specific to angling and/or hunting seasons at this time.
At all times, individuals are expected to follow the province's Public Health Orders and physical distancing guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. The Re-open Saskatchewan plan also contains guidance for outdoor activities including angling and camping, and is updated regularly.
Specific guidance for angling and hunting activities includes, but is not limited to:
- Adhering to all travel advisories and self-isolation requirements.
- Travel restrictions may be in effect for some areas so please check your destination before leaving home.
- Passengers in boats do not have to be from the same household, but must maintain as much separation as possible.
- Shoreline anglers must adhere to a strict two-metre distance between individuals.
- All angling and hunting regulations and licensing requirements are still in effect.
Fishing off public docks, dams, jetties or marinas is prohibited.
Prior to purchasing your licence, please ensure that you have considered any restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as travel and group size restrictions. Licence fees are non-refundable.
Please note: Ministry of Health guidelines on social gatherings during the pandemic in relation to competitive fishing events has been updated. The ministry has resumed accepting notifications and issuing licences for competitive fishing events (CFEs). It is the responsibility of the event organizer to ensure the event's format meets the conditions of Public Health Orders and social distancing guidelines that are in place at the time of the event. Event attendees are expected to follow the province's physical distancing guidelines and public health recommendations while participating.
The Ministry of Environment's Conservation Officer Service is continuing to operate across the province.
Ministry of Environment field office front desk services are reopening to the public. Once the reception areas are equipped with plexiglass shields and social distancing markers, the offices will open.
Please view the up-to-date list of field offices with counter service.
It is recommended that you contact your nearest field office to confirm their reopening status.
Angling and hunting licences continue to be available online through Saskatchewan's Online Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system.
Angling and hunting licences may be available in-person through private vendors that are continuing to operate. It is suggested to check vendor websites or call ahead.
Issued outfitting licences remain valid, and the Ministry of Environment will continue to issue licences. The most current guidance for outfitters and their clients may be found on the Re-Open Saskatchewan web page.