What’s Happening Now – February 2012
The 2011-2012 Arizona quail season will go down as what could only be described as poor to fair.
The entire southeast and southwest corners of the State continued to be poor through the season while the central areas were fair to poor. I suppose if there was any bright spot at all, it would be in the northwest corner – fair bird numbers there and actually, 4 to 5 out of 10 birds were birds of the year indicating a decent hatch.
The Scaled quail season could only be considered fair when looking at it from a state-wide perspective. So much Scaled quail habitat in the State that held good numbers of birds in previous seasons, now hold dwindling or no numbers at all. This is also happening on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. These are only observations.
Mearns’ hunting, as has been noted all season long, was poor – when able to find any coveys, they were generally full-sized.
A note of interest: word is that Quail Forever chapters are being formed – one in Tucson, one in Phoenix. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in bird hunting to join and have a voice in quail hunting and their conservation. Click here for further information.