What’s Happening Now – April 2016

What’s Happening Now – April 2016

What’s Happening Now – April 2016

Typically, February and March in Arizona quail country bring some good rains but for the most part in 2016, these months have been dry. This is not all bad since the early winter season delivered some heavy moisture which has helped the desert stay in good shape through a dry February and March. So far, a good number of quail have paired up and a favorable hatch is still expected.

The Quail Harvest Data is now up-to-date with the latest information provided by the Arizona Game & Fish Department and published in Hunt Arizona 2015 Edition.

Below is a new section we would like to include in each What’s Happening Now post. We value your input and interaction with what we post here so we’ve provided a form to submit your comments. We’ll summarize the comments we receive into a condensed, overall response to include in future What’s Happening Now posts.

What do you think?

The response so far has been good…we are looking for even more! We’re hoping to collect as many comments as possible which will eventually be submitted to the responsible parties. The comments collected would act as a petition of sorts for a possible change in season dates.

This question was asked several years back, asking again. What’s your opinion: The early quail season starting dates. Should the quail season start a little later? Say for example, starting the end of October or early November and ending around mid-February. Reasons for a later start date would be the fact that a large number of undersized juvenile quail are harvested early in the season, rattlesnake activity, and heat (still too hot to hunt and especially for bird dogs). Would really like some good feedback on this to see if perhaps the season could be changed in the future.

Let us know your thoughts using the form below! We’ll summarize the comments we receive into a condensed, overall response to include in the next What’s Happening Now post.

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“Quail surveys are underway” says AZ Game & Fish Department’s Small Game Biologist, John O’Dell

Volunteers Needed for
Masked Bobwhite Quail Restoration Efforts

Received this note from Donald Wolfe with the Masked Bobwhite Recovery Team/University of Oklahoma:

“I am a wildlife biologist (as well as an upland gamebird hunter), and have been working with various species of grouse over the past 20 years, but have also been involved with the Masked Bobwhite restoration efforts in southern Arizona for the past 18 months. One of the frustrations we experience with this critically endangered species is the difficulty in immediately verifying reported sightings. I am compiling a list of volunteers that could be contacted whenever a report is made to attempt to verify that report as quickly as possible. We have also setup an email reporting system where birders and hunters can report Masked Bobwhite immediately (maskedbobwhite@suttoncenter.org).”

For more information on the program efforts and volunteering, visit: www.suttoncenter.org/conservation/saving-species/masked-bobwhite/

Tip: Basic Scouting Tips for Quail

When going into an area you are not familiar with, do your best to go in when it’s dry (say maybe a couple weeks since any rain). You’ll be able to better locate concentrations of birds due to higher visibility of tracks around roost sites and…Read More

By the way, for some great information on dog food, visit Dog Food Advisor (http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/).

Also, The Pro Bar provides for a very tasty and healthy bar to have in your bird pack while out in the field or in your car during the off-season.

More Bird Hunting Tips!

Product Recommendations

A helpful addition to Q5 Outdoor Products is the Accessory Recommendations page. These are products that I have found to be greatly beneficial while upland bird hunting. Though I have not personally used all the products listed, others I have hunted with have so I’ve included these products as well. – Dan Priest

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