2020-2021 Assateague Island National Seashore Hunt Plan (pdf file, 508kb)
Only shotguns that are 10-gauge or smaller may be used to hunt migratory birds. Shotguns must be plugged and cannot hold more than three (3) shells.
Nontoxic shot must be used.
MIGRATORY GAME BIRD REGULATIONS1. Legal Shooting hours: Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
2. Hunter Registration:
a) All hunters and observers accompanying hunters are required to sign-in and sign-out at the Ranger Station each time they enter or leave the hunting zone, except designated Boat-In sites.
b) All persons accompanying hunters and not hunting should write the word “Observer” in the Hunter ID# box.
c) Groups in blinds or areas are limited to a maximum of three (3) persons, and one (1) gun per hunter.
NOTE: Hunters must report any wildlife taken. Failure to properly checkout of sites or report any wildlife taken may result in restricted or revoked hunting privileges, and/or fines.
3. Designated Blind and Area Sites for Waterfowl:
a) Most constructed blinds have been removed and replaced by PVC posts to delineate “Areas" to allow waterfowl hunters the use of portable blinds and anchored boats.
b) Designated hunting “Areas” will be identified by PVC posts marked with the number or letter.
c) Hunters must hunt within 100 yards of the marked post or blind (except Blind A). Rangers can provide information regarding the type of blind site or hunting areas.
d) Blinds A, 1, 2, 10, & 11 are the only designated blinds on the island.
4. Assignment of Designated Blind and Area Sites:
a) Hunters must register for all blinds and hunting areas in person at the ranger station except for the following Boat-In sites: Area F, Area G, Area 3, Area 6, Area 8, Area 19 (first-come, first-served).
b) A lottery drawing for waterfowl sites is held at 5:00 a.m., most mornings, although self-registration can be scheduled at the discretion of park rangers. If no lottery is held, self-registration will take place in the hunt shack on a first-come, first-serve basis.
c) Hunters should not arrive before 4:30 am. All hunters signed in before 5:00 a.m. can
participate in the lottery drawing; however, hunters are NOT guaranteed a site in which to hunt. Depending on the number of hunters participating in the drawing, there may be times when there are more hunters than available sites. Hunters not drawing a site may be turned away until a site is vacated.
d) Hunters wishing to switch blinds in the field can do so by contacting a ranger at the Ranger Station via phone after 9:00 a.m., at (443) 783-7206. Hunters are required to speak to an employee at the ranger station to switch. Messages/voicemails are not valid.
NOTE: If any sites are available following the morning drawing, the remaining sites will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis.
5. No more than three people, including any observers, total in a blind or area.
6. Designated Boat-In sites: Area F, Area G, Area 3, Area 6, Area 8, Area 19 are designated as Boat-in sites and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters boating into these sites are not required to sign-in or attend the lottery. Hunters who take migratory game birds at these sites are required to call their take at (443)783-7206. A voicemail message must be left with your name, DNR number, and the species, sex and number of migratory game birds taken.
7. Alternate Hunt Areas for Migratory Game Birds: Two additional hunt areas (designated by PVC post) have been established along existing hunt area trails at Area C
and Area 21. These additional hunt areas will provide more options for hunters, to adjust their location based on habitat, weather conditions and/or waterfowl movement. Accessibility will also be improved by the shorter distance to travel to reach the alternate locations.
Alternate sites are only available to hunters having designated primary hunt areas. For example, only hunters who have drawn or registered for A-21 will be able to hunt A-21 alternate.
8. Temporary Blinds: Same-day set up and removal of temporary (portable) blinds is permitted in designated hunting areas. Portable blinds or blind materials brought into Assateague Island National Seashore MUST NOT contain any forms of live or dead vegetation (i.e., Realgrass, Instagrass, Fastgrass, Raffiagrass, etc.) Camouflage cloth or material is recommended. The use of common reed (Phragmites australis) is prohibited.
9. Blind A : Hunters may make 1 reservation per split during the designated duck season for a total of 2 reservations (first split: Nov. 14 – Nov. 27, second split: Dec. 15 – Jan. 30). Reservations may be made starting October 12 and by calling the Ranger Station during normal business hours at (443)783-7206. Hunters with reservations must sign-in and sign-out at the Ranger Station or hunt shack.
Blind A is available on a first-come, first-serve basis if there is no reservation for that day.
Reservations cannot be made for the blind if it is already occupied.
Blind A is located on the north end of Assateague Island NS. The access road is located on the north side of Highway 611 across from the State Park. From Highway 611, take the first left turn, pass through a wire gate, follow the two-track dirt road north for a short distance and then turn left at the junction where the Blind A sign is located. Parking is available at the end of the spur road in front of Blind A (refer to the hunting map for the Northern Hunt Zone). This blind is handicap accessible and has a boardwalk leading from the parking area to the blind. The road leading to the blind requires a 4WD or AWD vehicle due to driving through deep, soft sand. If you do not have this type of vehicle you can park in the northwest corner of the State Park Day Use parking lot and walk in.
1. National Youth, Vetran and Military Waterfowl Hunting Days – November 7, 2018 & February 6, 2019:
Contact InformationFor any questions on the pre-mentioned hunting season regulations please contact
U.S. Park Ranger Bill Ramsey (Hunting Program Coordinator at Assateague Island N.S.)
Last updated: September 30, 2020