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Quail Hunting Tips

Small Game Hunting Tips: Quail

By Randy Babb, AZ Game & Fish Information & Education Program Manager QUAIL: Gambel’s quail are reliant primarily on winter rains for their production, while mearns (also known as Montezuma) quail, and to a lesser degree scaled quail, key their nesting to summer rain amounts. This year’s poor winter and summer rains will make for largely poor quail hunting in ... Read More »

Tip: Yellow Lens Glasses

You won’t need a pair on a bright, sunny day in a grassy area, but you’ll be glad you kept a pair in one of your extra vest pockets when a day is cloudy or you are hunting in areas with a dark background. With the gray color of the birds’ back feathers, it can be very difficult to clearly ... Read More »

Tip: Two-way Radios

Something that I have found very useful when hunting with two or more people are two-way radios. One of the biggest advantages is safety – being able to stay in touch, especially when hunters get scattered. Sometimes someone can move in behind another hunter – with a radio, you can let others know you’re there. They can also be an ... Read More »

Tip: Wounded Quail

Every season many quail are lost because a hunter fails to follow-up. A few important things to remember regarding wounded quail: When hunting without a dog and a bird is knocked down, keep your eye right on that spot and do not immediately move towards it. Study where it went down and look for a dead piece of cactus, a ... Read More »

Tip: Bird Dogs for Quail Hunting

When it comes to bird dogs, a great asset in a dog is trustworthiness. This is a dog that does not need continual commands and when is out of sight, can be trusted to point and hold the bird. So the tip here is: Look for a dog that can be trusted. Many people believe that a good bird dog ... Read More »

Tip: Quail “Pockets”

Why is it in years with lower quail numbers, it seems that only pockets of quail are found? The answer to that can involve fluctuations in food source, cover, roosting areas, and other reasons, but one reason is due to what takes place during the breeding season. Certain habitat is much more desirable to quail than other habitat, so when ... Read More »

Basic Scouting Tips for Quail

1. 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 along two-track roads. Rainy weather and the resulting waterholes allows birds to possibly ... Read More »

Tip: Covey rise of Gambel’s and Scaled

Covey rise (Gambel’s and Scaled) Sometimes in areas of heavier ground cover you’ll flush what looks to be a smaller covey – what appears to be about 8 to 10 birds. However, there are times when the majority of the covey will actually run and scatter on the ground. What you’ll want to do is mark the spot where the ... Read More »

Tip: When the birds win

When the birds win. It’s exciting to see a good sized covey of birds flush into what looks to be a situation that will work in your favor – good cover, good terrain, big covey. But they just won’t set, won’t cooperate, and they fly again and again, flushing wild. They just plain get away. It happens – accept that ... Read More »

Tip: Empty shells

Empties are 100% considered to be littering!! – please pick them up. Read More »

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