Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 550 National Wildlife Refuges whose objective is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource. The various habitats found on the refuge include dune-grass community, shrub community, upland maritime forest, fresh water marsh and salt marsh. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge manages its hunt through a permit system.
Please click here for instructions on applying. Make sure you mail all payments to the Hunt Coordinator at:
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge PO Box 62 Chincoteague, VA 23336
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October 19 - 21, 2015 and October 26 - 28, 2015
Session 1: October 14, 2015
Session 2: October 21, 2015
White-tail and Sika - December 7-8, 10-11, 14-15, 17-18 Sika - only January 4-5, 7-8 Wildcat Marsh Unit (white-tail) - December 7-8, 14-15
November 14, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Friday, November 13, 2015 and all Sundays thereafter
Request for non-hunting assistant permits must be indicated on the hunters' application.
There is no lottery drawing for hunting at Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge. Permits are issued via email upon receipt of a complete and valid application as well as the $25.00 application and permit fees.
For specific Virginia state hunting regulations and licenses information please visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.
For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at FW5_ChincoHunt@fws.gov or 757-336-6122 x2302.
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The modern-day descendants of those domestic horses are wild and have adapted to their environment. Prior to the refuge's establishment in 1943, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchased the ponies and continues ownership to this day. The Firemen are allowed to graze up to 150 ponies on refuge land through a Special Use Permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.