<a href="http://www.nps.gov/appa/parkmgmt/upload/Hunting%20Press%20Release-2.doc" target="_blank">For Immediate Release
HUNTING, WEAPON, AND ATV PROHIBITIONS ON APPALACHIAN NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL LANDS
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia- Hunters are reminded that hunting, weapons possession, and use of off-road vehicles including ATVs and motorcycles are prohibited on National Park Service (NPS) lands acquired for the protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Hikers and other recreational users are advised to wear hunter orange vests and caps during hunting seasons to increase their visibility on state or federal lands where hunting is allowed.
Maps that show the NPS lands where hunting is prohibited are available for viewing at the Appalachian Trail Park Office, Civil War Museum Building, High Street, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, (304) 535-6278; and at Appalachian Trail Conference Regional Offices in Lyme, New Hampshire, (603) 795-4935; Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, (717) 258-5771; and Blacksburg, Virginia, (540) 961-5551.
Robert W. Gray
Appalachian Trail Park Office
Harpers Ferry Center
Harpers Ferry WV 25425
Prepared June 29, 2011
So unless specifically authorized to hunt by law - say a reservation of hunting rights when the land was sold to the NPS - hunting is illegal on the AT.
However, on the strip of land the NPS owns, they have rules allowing camping. They control the AT - they set the rules. That the AT might be leased or be a right of way from the GC means nothing. There is a legal agreement with the terms and conditions of use. The NPS must have the ability to camp amonst those provisions. Clearly, both the GC and the NPS say you can indeed camp on GL under certain rules.
However, The NPS doesn't allow hunting. Not sure a hunting camp would fit the bill of either agencies rules.
Then we have this from the NPS:
New Firearm Regulations for the National Park Service
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms on portions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
This applies to:
This only applies to lands owned by the U.S. Government and managed by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Park Office. This includes 428 miles of trail, 25 % of the trail’s length in 9 of the 14 trail states.
This does not apply to:
This does not apply to the Appalachian Trail located on lands owned and managed by the more than 90 other federal, state and local agencies. This includes 1747 miles of trail, 80 % of the trails length across all 14 states. Rules and regulations on these lands are determined by the individual agencies.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a unit of the national park system, is administered by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Park Office.
The Appalachian Trail spans 2,179 miles across lands administered by 6 other national parks, 8 National Forests, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, and 75 other federal, state, and local agencies. Each one of these agencies has their own rules and regulations which contributes to the complexity of legally carrying a firearm on the Appalachian Trail.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before visiting the Appalachian Trail.
What has not changed:
The use of weapons are still prohibited on Appalachian Trail National Park Service lands
Hunting is still prohibited on Appalachian Trail National Park Service lands
Firearms are still prohibited inside National Park Service federal facilities