70% of the Big Bo Ranch is Private Property, thus we implemented this hunting access program to help offset the cost of the ranch, which consequently also impacts the wildlife and hunting experience.
Over the past 25 years, the number of hunters and hunts has exponentially grown in Unit 10. Especially the elk herd which has been grown by the Arizona Game and Fish Department from virtually no elk in the early 1980’s to an estimated herd of over 3,000 in unit 10 today. There is now a hunting season for big game (including archery deer) continually open in unit 10 from August thru January each year. This sharp increase in elk population and hunter traffic has brought many significant impacts to the area. With the Big Bo Ranch being the most popular place to go (50% of Unit 10), this access program was needed from not only a monetary standpoint, but also a quality hunting experience and safety standpoint.
We hope you see the value of this NEW hunting program, because it has been a necessary step in managing wildlife and hunter impact. Prior to this program almost all of the funding for the water and road maintenance and development were once absorbed entirely by the ranch.
Please see all the images to see the hunting access program dollars at work on the beautiful Big Bo Ranch!