Hunting is permitted on approximately 90% of the refuge.

2020-2021 Hunt Regulations are now published!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities on national wildlife refuges for the 2020-2021 season. Hunting and sport fishing opportunities are authorized and provided on FWS-managed lands in accordance with federal, state, and tribal (where applicable) regulations and seasons. 

The FWS carried out a public review and comment period process on these proposed openings and expansions prior to the 2020-2021 hunting and sport fishing season. The final documents are available at the following website: 

For questions on hunting or sport fishing opportunities, regulations, and access, please contact the refuge. 


Hunting opportunities include mule and white-tailed deer, feral hogs, javelina, coyotes, white-winged, mourning, and Eurasian collared doves, ducks, geese, coots, skunks, jackrabbits 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 hunting season for most species is during daylight hours from late August through early March. Rabbits, coyote, and skunk are open year round. Please verify season dates and species with the refuge by calling 520-823-4251 Ext 101. 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 during daylight hours. Guide service providers must obtain a special use permit from the refuge. Check the Arizona Game & Fish Department for more information.

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. Report refuge rule violations by calling 1-800-637-9152 x2