Very spotty…that’s the word for the quail season so far. Whether it’s the northwest part of the state or the far southeast, the bird hunting is spotty. The great thing about that is it creates a lot of really good “honey holes” out there if a person is willing to put in the extra work to find them.
Certain parts of the desert are really beginning to green up as a result of the few good rains in December.
States with quail seasons and bag limits:
Ohio – 4
Wisconsin – 5
Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia – 6
Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri – 8
California, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma – 10
Georgia, Florida, South Carolina – 12
New Mexico, Arizona, Texas – 15
Washington, Oregon – Varies
Below is a section included 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?
Update: Previous Question: Do you wear upland bird pants? If so, why? What brand do you prefer?
Response: Columbia lightweight upland pants seem to be the go-to upland pant for Arizona bird hunting.
This month: There has been some internet chatter going on regarding crippled birds. The chatter revolves around whether or not to count a crippled bird as part of the bag. In other words, if a bird is crippled or dropped a leg when shot, should that bird be counted as part of the bag limit? What are your thoughts?
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Tip: Finding Your Hunting Spot
Every year there are gripes and complaints about too many hunters and not enough birds. That does not have to happen in a state like Arizona. There are many areas of the state that never see a bird hunter. Crack open a map and look for areas that you’ve never thought or heard of and set aside a few days to explore/scout that area. Be aware that in doing so there will be days of very few or no birds. On the other hand, this scouting method is one of the best ways to find those “honey hole” spots with a very small number of other people. You might even have to walk a mile or so in to get to some of the untouched areas. This is especially true with Mearns’ quail. There are entire mountain ranges in Arizona that hold good numbers of Mearns’ quail with very little to no hunting pressure.
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
Featured Recommended Product
Thermos Stainless King 40-Ounce Beverage Bottle
– Made with Thermos patented vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold
– Designed to keep liquids hot for 24 hours, and cold for 24 hours
– Durable stainless-steel interior and exterior keep bottle cool to touch with hot liquids and sweat proof with cold liquids
– Lid doubles as insulated serving cup; twist and pour function allows you to pour without moving the stopper
– With an ample 40-ounce capacity, the bottle offers plenty of sustenance on the go
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