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.


2016-2017 General Hunting Regulations (pdf file, 2.36MB) Updated 10-13-16 to correct date for shotgun/muzzleloader season.

During the Late Season Shotgun Sika Hunt on January 14 and 16 there will be restrictions for what Areas/Blinds may be used by duck hunters.

The following Areas/Blinds will be OPEN to duck hunting:
All Boat-In (Areas F, G, 3, 6, 8, 19)
Area B, Blind A, Area C, Blind 1, Blind 2, Area D
All other Areas/Blinds not listed will be CLOSED.
Hunters should plan their trip accordingly. Updated 12-16-16 to correct duck hunting restrictions between January 14-16, 2017.

2016-2017 Hunting Map


For hunting opportunities in the Virginia District, please visit the Chincoteague National Wildife Refuge website.

Last updated: January 12, 2017

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