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.
2016-2017 Hunting Map


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

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Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


(410) 641-1441
Main Line: 410-641-1441 Dial 1 for Maryland District Visitor Information Dial 2 for Virginia District Visitor Information Dial 3 for National Seashore Camping Dial 4 for Park Office Directory

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