It’s a good idea to bring a copy of the Ranch Rules with you while hunting at Big Bo. Your Permit E-mail contained a download link, or you can click here to download the Rules. Click here to download the liability release (or right click, save link as)
2023 RANCH RULES:
1. “Recreational User” means any person (1) with a big game permit for a hunt area that
includes the Subject Property; (1A) any person with a prairie dog permit for Aubrey
Valley (2) any person scouting for a big game hunt that includes the Subject Property, (3) a
guide as defined in A.R.S. § 17-101 and who is assisting a person with a big game permit,
(4) any person assisting or accompanying a person with a big game permit for a hunt area
that includes the Subject Property and (5) any other person participating in an mutually
agreed upon activity that includes the Subject Property. *** Recreational Users who are
assisting or accompanying a person with a big game permit for a hunt area that includes the
Subject Property must know and provide the name of the person that they are assisting and
the hunt that they are assisting on.
2. Recreational Users must pay the Recreational Impact Fee to obtain a Ranch Access Permit
for all big game hunts. An additional Recreational Impact Fee and Ranch Access Permit
is required for each separate hunt. See “Hunt Access Rates Page” for permit cost.
Recreational users shall use the Big Boquillas Hunting website to obtain the Ranch
Access Permit. The Ranch Access Permit will be valid beginning the first Friday in August.
This permit includes the Big Boquillas Ranch within Game Management Unit 10 and will
expire at midnight on second day after the conclusion of the hunt associated with Ranch
Access Permit. Note: Guides and outfitters, please refer to Ranch Rules 7 and 8 below.
3. Recreational Users who are prairie dog hunting only must pay the Recreational Impact Fee
of $25 per day per person using the Big Boquillas Hunting website. Multiple days may be
purchased and listed on one permit. This Ranch Access Permit will be available based on
Arizona Game and Fish Department’s regulation pertaining to prairie dog season start and
end dates. This permit is valid for the Aubrey Valley portion of the Big Boquillas Ranch within
Game Management Unit 10. Prairie dog hunters must remain in the grassland portion of the
Aubrey Valley and are not permitted to access other areas of the Ranch including the Aubrey
Cliffs and Robber’s Roost. Any further restrictions regarding Aubrey Valley pastures will be
made available at the time of purchase. Prairie dog hunting is not allowed within one mile of
Pica Camp in Aubrey Valley.
4. Recreational Users who are antlerless elk hunting only must pay the Recreational Impact
Fee of $75 and obtain a separate Ranch Access Permit for each hunt. A Recreational User
shall use the Big Boquillas Hunting website to obtain a Ranch Access Permit. The
Ranch Access Permit will be valid beginning the first Friday in August. This permit includes
the Big Boquillas Ranch within Game Management Unit 10 and will expire at midnight on
second day after the conclusion of the hunt associated with Ranch Access Permit.
5. Exceptions to the requirement to pay the Recreational Impact Fee are:
• Disabled veteran hunters. (Must purchase $1 DAV permit for access)
• Youth hunters (17 years old and under at the time of entry) and one mentor who assists the
youth hunter. (Must purchase $1 Jr permit for access)
• Junior hunters who are participating in a Department sanctioned juniors-only big game hunt and all others assisting with that hunt during the hunt dates. (Must purchase $1 Jr permit for access)
• Youth, 15 years old and under, who are assisting or accompanying a person that is prairie
dog hunting or possesses a big game permit for a hunt area that includes the Subject
• One complimentary Hunter Assist Permit is available for each antlerless elk Hunter Permit
that is purchased. See the “Notices Page” section for more details.
• Those Recreational Users for whom the Lessee and Department agree to waive access
• Individuals exempted from paying the Recreational Impact Fee must contact the Lessee’s
Hunt Manager to obtain a no-cost Ranch Access Permit.
6. Recreational Users who intend to enter and remain on the Boquillas Ranch must sign in at
one of the designated access points. All Recreational Users who enter and remain on the
Big Boquillas Ranch must at all times possess a valid Ranch Access Permit. Permits are
available by purchasing the Permit online at the Big Boquillas Hunting website.
7. All guides and outfitters must register with the Lessee’s Hunt Manager, pay a
$750.00 Recreational Impact Fee and provide proof of licensing and insurance when
operating on the Big Boquillas Ranch. This $750 fee allows the guide/outfitter to
guide/outfit one hunter. For each additional hunter the guide/outfitter is required to
pay an extra $300 fee. Each guide and outfitter is allowed two guides per contracted hunter
in the field to scout and/or hunt. Each guide and outfitter must purchase their own individual
permit. Other guide and outfitter employees, such as a cook, will purchase a Ranch access
Permit, but at no time will they be allowed to assist the hunter in scouting or hunting on the
ranch. A guide and outfitter must have a hunter contracted for a hunt that lies within the
boundaries of the Big Boquillas Ranch in order to enter the ranch to pre scout. In order to pre
scout, a $750.00 Guides and Outfitters permit must be purchased.
8. Those holding an Arizona Game and Fish Department Special Tag and their
guides/assistants may access the Big Boquillas Ranch during the same time period as all
other Recreational Users and must register with the Lessee’s Hunt Manager. Guides and
outfitters must pay a $750.00 Recreational Impact Fee and provide proof of licensing and
insurance when operating on the Big Boquillas Ranch. Guides for an Arizona Game and Fish
Department Special Tag are allowed access only during the regular open access periods as
other Recreational Users and Guides. The same rules apply for guides and outfitters on
special tag hunts, with one exception; the special tag hunter must designate two individual
guides by name for the duration of their season.
9. This access program for permitted Recreational Users to enter and hunt the Big Boquillas
Ranch will begin the first Friday in August annually.
10. Access by Recreational Users to the Big Boquillas Ranch will close after
December 17, 2023 for the winter. Access after that date is prohibited on the Big Boquillas Ranch, unless
otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the Lessee.
11. Ranch Rules will apply to all private property and Arizona State Trust Land that is accessed
through private property within the Big Boquillas Ranch. As a condition of lawful access,
permitted Recreational Users who enter/cross private property, owned by the Boquillas
Ranch, agree to abide by all Ranch Rules, even when hunting on Arizona State Trust
Land. Failure to do so may result in the permanent loss of access privileges to the Boquillas
Ranch and any other Ranch participating in the Landowner Compact. Those individuals who
have been noticed of permanent loss of access privileges who attempt to re-enter private
lands on the Boquillas Ranch may be cited for trespass.
12. While on the Big Boquillas Ranch, a violation of any state statute or regulation or these
Ranch Rules shall result in revocation of the Recreational User’s Ranch Access Pass and
may result in permanent revocation of the privilege to access the Big Boquillas Ranch. This
applies to all private property and Arizona State Trust Land accessed through private
property within the Big Boquillas Ranch.
13. Prior to entering the Big Boquillas Ranch, all adult Recreational Users must acknowledge in
writing that the Recreational User has read and understood the Ranch Rules and agrees to
abide by the Ranch Rules and accept responsibility for damage the Recreational User
causes to the Big Boquillas Ranch. Each individual must keep a copy of their permit on
their person at all times while on the ranch.
14. All other access on the Big Boquillas Ranch is forbidden unless written authorization is
obtained from the Lessee (No Trespassing).
15. All vehicles must display on the dash board a copy of the permit for each individual
that is associated with that vehicle.
16. Aerial scouting is prohibited on the Big Boquillas Ranch.
17. The use of trail cameras, scouting cameras or any other automated remote camera systems
is prohibited on the Big Boquillas Ranch.
18. The construction of or use of blinds or tree stands (commercial or otherwise) is prohibited on
the Big Boquillas Ranch.
19. Hunting within 100 yards of a water source is prohibited on the Big Boquillas Ranch.
20. Any off-road vehicle including ATVs and UTVs are prohibited (utilized or possessed) on the
Big Boquillas Ranch.
21. Horses, mules and donkeys (all equines) are prohibited on the Big Boquillas Ranch.
22. Off-road motorized big game retrieval is authorized only for the retrieval of elk on the Big
Boquillas Ranch. When retrieving a harvested elk, hunters may make a single trip in and out
using only one vehicle. Off-road motorized big game retrieval is not authorized when
conditions are muddy. Unless otherwise permitted, all other off-road travel is prohibited on
the Big Boquillas Ranch.
23. The use of any edible substance (including salt) to attract wildlife (baiting) is prohibited on
the Big Boquillas Ranch.
24. Walk-in only hunting areas may be identified periodically throughout the year. Hunters are
permitted to enter these areas by foot access only. Bicycles, E-bikes and other
mechanized forms of travel are prohibited. The purpose of these areas is to assist ranch
operations. Hunters can check on the status of the walk-in areas, by contacting the hunt
manager or by checking the Big Boquillas Hunting website.
25. Gates are an important management tool on the Big Boquillas Ranch. As gates are utilized
on the ranch they must be left in the same condition as when they were found. Securely
close gates that were closed and leave gates open that were already open. If there is any
question on a gate status, contact the hunt manager or a ranch employee.
26. Cattle have the right of way at all times.
27. Improvements on State Trust Lands including corrals, troughs, tanks, dirt tanks, pipelines
and fences are private property owned by the ranch. Respect the investments of the Ranch
and preserve your privilege to hunt the Big Boquillas Ranch.
28. All spotlighting is prohibited on the Big Boquillas Ranch.
29. Within 200 yards of Big Boquillas Ranch residences the speed limit is 15 MPH.
30. Discharge of a firearm is NOT Permitted within a one mile radius of the Pica Camp
31. Hunters, Hunter assistant’s, Guides and Outfitters, will in no way interfere with other hunters
during their hunt.
32. Camping and extended parking is prohibited within one quarter mile of any water source.