Public hunting within the boundaries of Assateague Island National Seashore (Seashore) is recognized as a recreational activity in the legislation that established the Seashore (Public Law 89-195). Regulations for hunting within the National Park 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).
*New for 2023-2024*
*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 2023-2024 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or at eregulations.com/Maryland/hunting/
1. The use of 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 Andrew Brady
Last updated: November 9, 2023