The most unpredictable of the three predominately hunted quail species in Arizona is the Mearns’ quail. Unlike Gambel’s and scaled quail, Mearns’ travel to and can be found throughout diverse landscapes varying in elevations, each marked with their own unique habitats. Many people tag the ideal Mearns’ habitat as rolling oak grasslands in the foothills which in reality, is not necessarily true. Though Mearns’ quail can be found in the foothill landscape, they can also be found in particularly thick tree cover but it doesn’t end there. Mearns’ can be found in wide open spaces, lowland Mesquite washes, rough and rocky terrain, soft and sandy terrain, miles from oak tree grassland habitats, on towering ridge tops, and down low in washes. Gambel’s and scaled quail on the other hand are somewhat predictable. Scaled quail always gravitate towards open, flat, or gently rolling hills with Gambel’s quail generally residing in foothills and lower desert washes.
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