• An Assateague wild horse finding shelter in the dunes.

    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

Hunting at Assateague

The non-native sika deer is actually a diminutive species of oriental elk. 12 kb

Sika Deer

John Collins

Public hunting within the boundaries of Assateague Island National Seashore is recognized as a recreational activity and is required in the legislation that established the National Seashore (Public Law 89-195). The regulations for hunting within Assateague Island National Seashore are designed to provide a meaningful and safe experience for hunters.

State laws governing the public areas of Maryland and Federal Regulations (Title 36 CFR) apply to both the lands and the waters within the boundaries of the National Seashore. Hunting is legal only in specifically designated areas of the National Seashore.

 

2013-2014 Hunting Plan (pdf file, 1.8Mb)
The muzzleloader season for white-tailed deer from December 15-29, 2013 listed on page 16 in an earlier version of the above document, has been cancelled. Only the December 15-29, 2013 season has been cancelled, all other listed seasons are still valid.

Did You Know?

Surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service at the Assateague Beach Lifesaving Station. 4 kb

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Such was the life of a surfman from fall to spring. The forgotten heroes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued numerous shipwreck victims from Assateague's waters. The island was home to 4 Life-Saving Stations in the late 1800's-early 1900's.