The Big Boquillas Ranch: Arizona's Largest and One of the Top 25 Largest Cattle Ranches in the U.S. The Big Boquillas Ranch, also known as "Big Bo," is a sprawling working cattle ranch that spans roughly 750,000 acres. Of this land, approximately 500,000 acres are private property, while the remaining 250,000 acres belong to the Arizona State Trust (note that the latter is not public land). The ranch provides an ideal environment for both cattle and wildlife, with permanent water sources that include a main well, numerous pumps, 400 miles of pipeline, 110 steel storage tanks, 150 water troughs, and 130 dirt stock tanks. Big Boquillas Ranch also maintains hundreds of miles of roads, a thousand miles of fencing, and a variety of corrals and holding pastures.
The FAIRCHASE Hunting Program
The Big Boquillas Ranch is primarily a working cattle ranch but it also allows hunting activities for Fair Chase hunters. To ensure a harmonious relationship between the two, the ranch has developed a specific set of rules that aim to minimize conflict and reduce any negative economic impact on the cattle operation. The Ranch Access Permit fees will be used to cover the expenses of maintaining roads, fences, and water improvements that benefit both the cattle operation and the wildlife and hunting experience on the ranch. The hunting access program will benefit all parties involved, despite the impacts that public recreation and wildlife use can have on landowners. For more information on the ranch rules, check out the FAQ link.
In 2013, the Big Boquillas Ranch implemented a do-it-yourself Fair Chase hunting program, which faced some challenges initially. However, through collaborative efforts, improvements have been made every year since. The program does not offer ranch-sponsored guides or outfitters, unlike other ranches. Hunters can hire guides or outfitters at their own expense. The program is designed to be fair to all, with the same rules applying to hunters, assistants, junior hunters, and guides. The Ranch Rules and individual permit descriptions outline what is expected of hunters. The program is ideal for ethical hunters seeking a quality hunting experience, but success largely depends on their skills, effort, and expectations.
K4 Gourmet Beef After Your Hunt!
After a long day of hunting, satisfy your hunger with our delicious K4 Gourmet Beef, raised on the historic Diamond A Ranch. As a special treat, we're offering a 10% discount to all hunters! The coupon code can be found on your permit invoice.