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Hunting

MuleDeer_512x219Hunting is permitted on approximately 90% of the refuge.

Hunting opportunities include mule and white-tailed deer, javelina, coyotes, white-winged doves, mourning doves, waterfowl, coot, skunk and cottontail rabbits. No other species may be taken. Hunters must possess a valid state hunting license and applicable big game, waterfowl, archery tags and/or stamps. Hunt brochures are at the visitor center and brochure boxes along entrance roads.

The season for most species is during daylight hours from September 1 through late February or early March. Please verify season dates and species with the refuge by calling 520-823-2235. Or visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for the most recent information and regulations.

Seasons and Permits
All hunters must possess a valid Arizona hunting license and applicable tag(s) and/or stamp(s). Seasons for migratory game birds, upland game and big game follow applicable Arizona state regulations. Migratory game birds may be hunted from one-half hour before legal sunrise to sunset. Upland and big game may be hunted from legal sunrise to sunset. Guide service providers must obtain a special use permit from the refuge. Check the Arizona Game & Fish Department for more information.

Access
Hunting is not permitted in high public use areas or near residences. “No Hunt Zones” are posted on the ground and are identified in the refuge hunt brochure. Brochures are available at the refuge visitor center or brochure boxes posted throughout the refuge.

Brown Canyon: Refuge lands in Brown Canyon are closed to hunting. 

Keep in mind that access may be limited by weather conditions.

Hunting Regulations You Should be Aware of:
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations 
Arizona State Hunting Regulations 

Help preserve your hunting privileges. Respect other refuge users and avoid conflicts. Report poaching by calling 1-800-352-0700. 
Page Photo Credits — © Steve Hillebrand
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2013
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