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Az Quail Today also seeks to promote quail hunting in the state of Arizona.
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Photo by Robert Shantz
2013-2014 Arizona Quail Hunting Season Dates
Gambel's & Scaled Quail: October 4, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Mearns' Quail: December 6, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Here's an interesting video that is a well-communicated viewpoint about hunting, hunters, and their benefit to conservation and the environment. Enjoy!
AZQuailToday.com will be here for you, the avid bird hunter! Get your laptop, phone, or tablet out and visit our website for relevant information during the AZ quail season and of course throughout the entire year.
There's a lot of information out there about quail and quail hunting. However, it can be spread across a dozen different websites and difficult to compile and make sense of the data. This website's goal is to pull all of that together and let you explore it in one comprehensive, easy to navigate site.
It will be used as a tool for acquiring the ultimate and always updated news, information, research, and tips about quail and quail hunting in the State of Arizona.
Founder: Dan Priest (seen below)
A Message from Dan
Wow! - Over 50 years of quail hunting! That adds up to countless days and miles spent walking nearly every mountain range that holds quail in the State of Arizona - Gambel's, Scaled, or Mearns' quail. What great enjoyment and pleasure it has been to hunt and be in Arizona's great outdoors. Beginning in 1957, as a 7 year old boy, I primarily hunted with my Dad, Elvis, brother, Dean, and other friends and relatives in the foothills of central Arizona. Over 30 of those years were spent guiding bird hunts as well as over 25 years guiding Desert Bighorn sheep and other big game hunts. The guiding days have passed, but at least 65 days a year are still spent in pursuit of quail for several reasons. One is to acquire information for this website, second to promote the youth camps provided by Arizona Outdoor Adventures, third to promote quail hunting in the State of Arizona, and fourth to hunt with family and friends.
Thinking back over those 50 years brings to mind many memory-making situations that can be a part of hunting - such as teaching bird dogs to hunt the desert and pulling out more cactus spines than I can count; wading in to break-up javelina attacks on dogs; as well as experiencing an occasional mountain lion attack, but numerous rattlesnake encounters. Wild bulls, wild horses, bears, skunks, porcupines, coati mundis, broken arms, broken and twisted ankles, flash floods, high winds, flat tires in the rain and mud, rescuing other vehicles from mud, snow, or ditches, and more blisters than can be counted make for good stories to be told - and they will be - here on the website at some future time. It seems like everyday on the hunt, something different happens, but unpredictable circumstances only add to the adventure, even the weather. At times, it can be so hot outside, the dogs can only hunt the early morning hours, or moving to the other extreme, there have been times we've bird hunted in knee-deep snow.
Arizona - what a great state! It has been a blessing to have experienced the thrills and adventures of roaming its mountains, deserts and foothills - not only after quail, but many other types of game and fish as well. The whole experience has been and continues to be a great privilege - even to just be in the outdoors and enjoy the scenery, quiet, animals, and fun experiences that await anyone when they venture into Arizona's back country. Our hope is that you will enjoy and gain valuable information from this website as well as be able to help children experience the peace and quiet of nature.
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Hunting Gambel's Quail eBook
For any of you just beginning to learn about Arizona quail hunting, pick up Ben Smith's e-book. It's well written with some great pictures and good information for the beginning bird hunter. And then to top it off, it's also inexpensive. Check it out.
A Great Video!
Tradition Lives On by Adam Lytle