What’s Happening Now – March 2016
End of February beginning of March, Gambel’s quail beginning to pair. Quail country is still in good shape although no real precipitation to speak of in February other than one storm early in the month, scattering some moisture around parts of the state. Long range weather forecast is calling for a storm or two in March. Will wait and see, more precipitation is very much needed.
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 the next What’s Happening Now post.
What do you think?
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 half grown quail, rattlesnake activity, and heat (still too hot to hunt). 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.
Consensus of previous “What do you think?”: Great response regarding shot size. As you can imagine, opinions varied greatly. Number 6 shot all the way to number 8 is preferred, no doubt about that. Overall though, when it comes right down to it, 7 1/2 is by far the go to shot size of choice. Load top barrel with number 8 and bottom barrel with 7 1/2 or sometimes 6. Several opinions were as follows, shot size makes no difference, all about the marksmanship of the hunter. Also some comments regarding steel shot vs. lead shot. Take a look at this fact sheet (PDF) from Oklahoma State University that includes a chart to allow for easier conversion from lead shot to steel shot.
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 (email@example.com).”
Tip: Southwest Quail Hunting Tips
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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
Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
– 10-hour alkaline or 8-hour rechargeable battery life
– 11 weather channels (7 NOAA) with alert features
– 22 channels each with 121 privacy codes for superior interference protection
– Pair of two-way radios with up to 23 mile range
– Includes: 2 radios, 2 belt clips, 1 dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adaptor, 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs, Available in yellow
Great for staying in touch with hunting buddies out in the field. Also a great thing to have as far as safety goes, knowing the location of your fellow hunters.
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