Summer rains got off to a good start. A few weeks in, there was a dry period which was somewhat unusual. The rains picked up again around the third week of July with most of the southeast part of the state looking good as far as rainfall. With how things are looking right now, Mearns’ quail hunting could turn out to be very favorable this year.
Don’t forget to check out the Upland Bird Belt from Q5. The belt will be an excellent option for hunting during the warmer part of the year and especially for dove. The bird belt is only available in the Orange/Tan color option at this time.
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Update – Best overall Arizona quail to hunt: The overall consensus from email and FB responses so far has overwhelmingly been Mearns’ quail. There were a few votes for Scaled quail. There has not yet been a single vote for Gambel’s quail which is in fact the most hunted quail in Arizona.
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Tip: Follow the Bird
Gambel’s quail are tough. They can be hit hard and still run. Here’s a practice that can really make a difference in limiting the number of lost or crippled quail. Typically, a hunter will shoot a bird and automatically his gun will come down to watch where the bird drops. Try following the bird down with your gun up and ready to shoot. If the bird looks like it’s about to run off, shoot again. A bird can run off and be gone in the time in takes to bring the gun back up to shoot. But here’s a red flag: Safety must come first in this situation. Always be aware of where other hunters and/or dogs are in order to prevent any injuries/mishaps.
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Recipe: RASPBERRY STEAMED QUAIL
“I tried a new recipe for the Mearns’ we brought home and it was really good. I soaked the breasts and legs in Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing for two days and then put Montreal Seasoning on them. I made a foil pan on my grill and put the quail and all the dressing liquid in the pan. I then put strips of pepper bacon on top and grilled for 5 minutes, turned and grilled for 6 minutes. The liquid steamed and tenderized the meat really well and they got a nice semi-sweet coating on the meat as it cooked. We had no leftovers!”
Submitted by Dan Torrance of Flint Hills Hunts
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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