Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and Fishing

Sonora: natural wealth, biodiversity and five different ecosystems are the habitat of species of unique fauna and high hunting value.

About 300 ranches with great potential and services are distributed throughout Sonora, known for the presence of mule deer, one of the most coveted trophies worldwide, as well as bighorn sheep and white – tailed deer.

The quality of these precious specimens has given our State international fame that guarantees that “the Great Desert Safari” is an unforgettable experience in these beautiful lands.

1. Major Hunting

Predominant species

  • Bighorn sheep is one of the four desert sheep that currently exists, it can only be found in the mountains of northwestern Sonora.
  • Mule Deer of Sonora-hunting mule deer today is one of the most appreciated worldwide in the field of hunting trophies, as their antlers easily reach an opening 35 “coming to find animals exceeding 100 kilos of weight and scoring more than 200 points in the Boone and Crocket association.
  • White Tail Deer inhabits from the mountains in the desert, to the top of the Sierra Madre Occidental; the hunting of this animal is practiced under the personal attention of guides. No wonder that these pieces appear in the record books as the great development of their antlers and great opportunity of choice.
  • Collared peccary adults of this species reach a body length of 80 to 90 centimeters, with a body weight of 14-30 kilos. It is found distributed in most of the State of Sonora and presented in groups ranging from 14 to 50 individuals between males and females.

2. Small Game Hunting

Weather, marshes, wetlands and coastal areas of Sonora are home to a vast variety of migratory and native birds, such as ducks, geese and brants, Mourning Doves, white and purple wing Doves, Gambel quail and wild turkey, which are an opportunity to harvest trophies for those who participate in tournaments for hunting turkey.


  • Wild turkey-This species inhabits the mountains of “pino-encino.” It mainly emphasizes its large size; its weight ranges between 25 and 30 pounds and was hunting during the rutting season, producing the sounds of collating and fight with practical callers.
  • Quail. The practice of hunting these birds is using dogs that are skillfully trained and given the widespread and abundant populations to reach the limits allowed.
  • Ducks and Geese-Hunting of these beautiful species is under the assistance of expert guides callers and the region; the hunting areas are large bodies of water found throughout the state and farmland.

The speed in flight and visual acuity possessing these species require the hunter all his skill in order to hunt them.
10 different species of duck and 3 of goose arrive in the State.

3. Universities near Hunting

Dam Fishing in Sonora

Sport fishing in Sonora attracts thousands of visitors from all over. Currently, fishing tournaments around the dams of the state are held regularly with great success, which is why we provide a list of places favorite of those who practice this activity:

Lazaro Cardenas Dam (“La Angostura”)

  • Municipality of Nacozari
  • 2,100 hectares.

Abelardo L. Rodriguez Dam

  • Municipality of Hermosillo
  • 10,000 hectares.

Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez Dam

  • Municipality of Alamos
  • 96,848 hectares.

Alvaro Obregon  Dam  (“Oviachic”) 

  • Municipality of Cajeme
  • 245,213 hectares.


  • Municipality of Atil
  • 2,700 hectares.

El Molinito Dam

  • Municipality of Hermosillo

Ignacio Alatorre Dam

  • Municipality of Guaymas
  • 1,920 hectares.

Plutarco Elias Calles Dam (“El Novillo”)

  • Municipality of Soyopa
  • 800 hectares.

Universities near Dam Fishing in Sonora

Most Popular Fishing Tournament Dams

October 15 to 17

Lazaro Cardenas Dam  (“La Angostura”), Nacozari de Garcia, Sonora.

Contact Information:
Luis Galáz Escoboza.

Benjamin Ibarra Espinoza.
+52(634)105.3473 and +52(634)342.0022

October 22-24

Plutarco Elias Calles Dam ( “El Novillo”), Soyopa, Sonora.

Contact Information:
Alonso Sanchez Encinas H. Soyopa City Council.

November 19 to 21

Alvaro Obregon Dam (“Oviachic”), Cajeme, Sonora.

Contact Information:
Joseph Hector Osuna Cibrian.

April 1, 2 and 4

Plutarco Elias Calles Dam ( “El Novillo”), Soyopa, Sonora.
2o. International Competition for bass fishing.

Universities near most popular Fishing Tournament Dams