Aquarius Mountain Ranch (Upper)
Aquarius Mountain Ranch (Upper)
Aquarius Mountain Ranch (Upper)
Aquarius Mountain Ranch (Upper)

Aquarius Mountain Ranch (Upper)

Bagdad, AZ

Hunting
650 acres

Aquarius Mountain Ranch (Upper)

Bagdad, AZ

Big game​,​ big sky​,​ big stars. Big game hunting paradise in the high desert of Arizona​,​ with year round mild weather. Small game season is nearly year round. Located within the Bighorn Sheep tag unit​,​ completely landlocked by on all sides by 27​,​000 acres of BLM Upper Burro Creek Wilderness. No fences to block wildlife migration corridors. We are above the heat at 4​,​000-5​,​000 foot elevation​,​ with temperatures generally 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix. This pristine land has not been inhabited​,​ ranched or hunted in over 50 years. Abundant wildlife far outnumber humans in this remote wilderness -- including bighorn sheep​,​ javelina​,​ mountain lion​,​ black bear​,​ elk​,​ antelope​,​ deer​,​ jackrabbit​,​ roadrunner​,​ coyote. These animals feed on an abundance of small rodents​,​ rattlesnakes​,​ rabbit and birds. PRONGHORN ANTELOPE There are 80-plus inch bucks in the unit. BIGHORN SHEEP Desert bighorn sheep have been increasing in numbers since the Department transplanted into the area. This unit includes a Bighorn Sheep lottery. MOUNTAIN LION It is highly recommended to purchase a lion tag when scouting or hunting. Several lions are observed every year.There does not appear to be any shortage of lions​,​ as sightings are often reported​,​ sign is seen​,​ and local ranchers report calf depredation throughout the year. BLACK BEAR The far northeastern corner of unit 18B (our land) is probably the best area to hunt bears. Rugged terrain and limited roads do not lend themselves to an easy hunt. ELK The Unit 18B elk hunt​,​ is a hunt designed to maintain​/​lower elk numbers to reduce landowner​/​elk conflicts. Elk densities are fairly low​,​ but the hunter density is also much lower because this is private land. JAVELINA Javelina (wild boar) are overpopulated and popular with hunters in this region. The javelina herd still appears to be faring well. Overall hunt success usually runs around 30 percent. Other than the general rifle season​,​ there is also a H.A.M. hunt and an archery hunt. DEER The mule deer population is stable. Water can be found in tanks and running water can be found in nearby springs. QUAIL Quail populations are directly tied to winter and spring precipitation and their populations will be good after last year's heavy rains. DUCK Many stock tanks throughout the unit do get a fair number of waterfowl in the winter months. Four-wheel drive is required when accessing these tanks in winter. HUNTING SEASON Primary Game Species​/​ Hunting Month(s) Please consult Arizona Fish and Game Small game birds - year round Mountain Lion Aug. 23-May 31 Cottontail Rabbit July 1-June 30** Tree Squirrel July 1-June 30* Antelope August​/​September Javelina Archery Aug. 23-Dec. 31 Black Bear August 1 - December Turkey Archery Aug. 23-Sept. 12 Pheasant Sept - February Falconry Sept. 16-Feb. 9 Chuckar Partridge Sept. 1-Feb. 9 Blue Grouse Sept. 1-Nov. 10 Mule Deer October​/​November Bighorn Sheep October 1 - December 31 Quail October-February Javelina January​/​February THE LAND Sweeping 300 degree views of the Aquarius Mountain range from a 5000 ft. mesa suitable for camping. Stunning rock formations​,​ cliffs​,​ steep canyons and mesas. Many high places from which to glass and see game in the distance. Vegetation ranges from grasses and endless sagebrush​,​ cholla cactus and Saguaro​,​ Joshua trees​,​ to deciduous trees​,​ Sycamore​,​ Aspen​,​ as well as oak​,​ mesquite​,​ manzanita and pinyon pine. Beautiful springtime wildflowers. Several seasonal creeks in the area​,​ as well as wells​,​ a spring and livestock tanks. Game migrate across this land and through a wash to cross the highway and reach the Big Sandy River. There is a hike to a nearby hot spring for bathing in natural 99 degree water​,​ with a cold spring and swimming hole above it. ACCESS Access is a few miles from Interstate 11 (Highway 93)​,​ via gravel dirt road to Base Camp site​,​ then a rugged 4 x 4 jeep trail (ATV recommended.) Once entering the ranch from the main road you will need short wheelbase 4WD and high clearance for the jeep trails. Access is also possible via horse or ATV up the canyon wash. From here you need to approach by foot and GPS is recommended. Cellphones do not work except in a few high spots. GETTING THERE Located in between Las Vegas and Kingman to the North​,​ Prescott and Grand Canyon to the East and metro Phoenix​,​ which is 2 hours south. Nearest airport is in Mohave. ATVs can be rented with a guide in Wikieup​,​ Wickenburg or Kingman. SERVICES No services available on site. Very good​,​ large​,​ flat campsites are available on the adjacent BLM land with fire rings and space for a group and RVs. Hunters should be fully self sufficient​,​ and a base camp is recommended. Motels and several good restaurants in Wikieup (11 miles North)​,​ grocery and supplies in Wickenburg or Kingman. GUIDE We can meet you in town and guide you personally to this location for additional fee.

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Nearest Town:
Wikeiup, Arizona
Game Management Unit:
18-B

Land Details

Water
Shelter
Mountains • Woods

Hunting & Fishing Details

Hunting Methods
Firearms
Archery
Game Species
  • Antelope
  • Bear
  • Coyote
  • Dove
  • Duck
  • Elk
  • Grouse
  • Javelina
  • Mountain Lion
  • Mule Deer
  • Pheasant
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Sheep
  • Squirrel
  • Turkey
  • Whitetail

Details & Ground Rules

  • Campfires: Allowed
  • Pets: Allowed on property
  • ATV's: Allowed
  • Parking: Yes
  • Vehicles: 0 Allowed
  • Drive-in Access: Yes
  • Walk-in Access: Yes
  • Sportsmen: 10 Allowed

Landowner Rules: Hunters should follow Leave No Trace ethics. Pack it in, pack it out! Fires must be extinguished COLD. Do not bury live ashes in sand -- ashes must be extinguished completely with water. All fire rings must be left spotlessly clean -- no broken glass, cans or big ash scars. Clean up your shotgun shells. And do not leave broken arrows behind. Waste must be buried 1000 feet from any water source or dry stream bed. This is pristine wilderness land. Leave it pristine. You are responsible to be fully self sufficient for camping. We recommend setting up a base camp on the nearby BLM land (we have excellent, established campsites with easy 2 wheel drive access that are fine for smaller RVs or pull behind trailers with 4 x 4) and hauling in your own water, though there are wells in the area, and springs marked on the map. Do not set up blinds near wells or springs. Be fair. Backpacking is magnificent here, with a spectacular flat campsite on top of the Mesa, at 5,000 feet, with a 360 degree view. We recommend scouting the area first before you establish a blind. We can personally guide you to the property for an additional fee, and we also provide detailed directions, map information and GPS coordinates. This is a challenge that requires orienteering skills, which adds to the adventure. You will need a horse, jeep or ATV to access the parcels which can get you in the first 2 miles by road. If you want to hike the entire distance, it is 4 miles, but the last 2 miles require bushwacking through heavy brush in aptly named Brushy Basin. GETTING THERE If you have a large RV, you can park it on the adjacent BLM land, we have road access rights deeded to the adjacent BLM parcels, which completely surround our parcels on all sides. From here, you drive in 2 miles and establish a second base camp. You can hike into the outermost corner of the parcel from this point, another 2 miles. From this point, you will need to approach the land on foot and have a GPS or orienteering skills, compass and a topographical map. If you want hookups, RV dump station or services such as gas, restaurants or a motel, these are available in Wikieup, about 7 miles away and the town caters to hunters.

Cancellation Policy: A Sportsman on LandTrust has 48 hours from the time the Landowner accepts their booking request to cancel their booking and receive a full refund. After 48 hours from the moment the Landowner accepts a booking, there is no refund available to the Sportsman. View Policy.

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M B

Hello, I'm M B.

Raised by a hunter, our family is caretaking his land sustainably and responsibly for future generations. We grew up as kids in the 1960s, dressing the fish, birds and…

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Raised by a hunter, our family is caretaking his land sustainably and responsibly for future generations. We grew up as kids in the 1960s, dressing the fish, birds and…