Hunting Regulations

The use of dogs when hunting big game is prohibited, without exceptions.

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law.

Hunt opportunities include mule deer, white-tailed deer, feral hogs, javelina, coyotes, white-winged doves, mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, ducks, geese, coots, jackrabbits, cottontail rabbits, and skunks. No other game may be taken from Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge as all other animals and plants are protected.

Any discharge of a firearm except to take legal game is not permitted.

The use or possession of crossbows, bows and arrows, air guns, spears, gigs or other weapons is prohibited except as may be authorized under approved hunting regulations.

The use of artificial light, including automotive headlights, to illuminate wildlife is prohibited.

Pits, permanent blinds and stands, trail and scouting cameras are prohibited. Temporary stands and blinds are allowed but must be removed at the end of each day. Hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter is prohibited.

The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.

Baiting is prohibited.

The use of flagging tape, reflective tape, or other signs or markers is prohibited.

Leaving property abandoned on a national wildlife refuge is prohibited.

Mechanized vehicles (including bicycles) may only be operated on designated public roadways. Roads are designated on published Refuge maps. All travel off these designated roads is prohibited. Seasonal road closures may occur.

All motor vehicles, including OHVs and motorcycles, must be licensed, insured, and equipped to legally operate on state highways. OHVs and motorcycles registered in Arizona must have valid motorcycle (MC) plates. Many states do not allow for the modification of OHVs for legal operation on state highways and cannot be legally operated on National Wildlife Refuges.

Motor vehicle operators must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance.

The speed limit on refuge roads is 25 mph unless posted otherwise.

Horseback riders may ride cross country, on roads, and in washes. Please avoid creating trails/ruts. Groups using four or more horses must possess and carry a refuge permit. Groups using horses must provide their own water and weed-free feed and clean the campsite of horse manure.

Pets must be under the control of the owner at all times.

All accidents involving injury to person(s) or wildlife and/or property damage must be reported to an on-duty Refuge official within 24 hours of the accident.

Persons under the age of 21 years may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on the refuge. Providing alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21 is also prohibited.

All campsites are primitive. Camping is permitted only at numbered sites, designated by the above symbol. Stays on the refuge are limited to 14 days within a 30-day period. Please note, Campsite 79 is now closed.

Fires are permitted only in fire rings at the numbered campsites. Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger exists. Use only wood that is dead and down. You may collect firewood for Refuge campfires only. Campfires must be attended at all times. Fuel burning stoves (e.g. propane) may be used when campfire restrictions are in place.

All human waste must be buried immediately.

Remove all trash --- do not bury it

Trapping and fishing are prohibited.