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 safe and meaningful experience for hunters.
Hunting is legal ONLY in specifically designated areas of the Seashore and during specifically designated dates and times (36 CFR 1.5(f)). State and federal regulations governing hunting within the legislative jurisdiction of the Seashore include the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 36 & 50), and United States Code (Title 54).
*There is NO Sunday hunting during any season*
Please remember that other recreational activities may be occurring in the same area and atthe same time as hunting (e.g., backcountry camping, kayaking, bird watching, etc.). Hunters must remain situationally aware while hunting on Assateague Island National Seashore, and always remember there may be multiple uses occurring at the same time in the hunting zones.
1. Hunting License: A Maryland State Resident or Nonresident hunting license (printed paper or electronic copy) with additional stamps for deer and waterfowl is required to hunt on the seashore. Licensing information can be found in the 2021-2022 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or at eregulations.com/Maryland/hunting/
1. The use of straight-walled cartridges or the use air guns to take game.
For hunting opportunities in the Virginia District, please visit the Chincoteague National Wildife Refuge website.
For any questions on the pre-mentioned hunting season regulations please contact U.S. Park Ranger Bill Ramsey
Last updated: September 9, 2021