Regarding recent precipitation, the best rain during the month of May was in the Safford area, occurring in mid-May.
The first week of June brought some very hot temperatures to upland bird country:
With June being the slow time of year for bird hunting, check out our Videos page for some great bird hunting action. Right now is also a good time of year to pick up a new bird dog. If you are looking for a Brittany, visit K Nine Birddog at http://www.kninebirddog.com/ and get in touch with Arlette.
Also, check out Coolers On Sale at http://coolersonsale.com for some great information on coolers including articles and videos. Check out the video titled “Ultimate Ice Challenge” (below).
Recently, a large dog was attacked and killed in Mesa, Arizona according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The lion scaled a homeowner’s wall and killed a large Dalmatian. Game and Fish could not confirm it was a mountain lion because they could not find any prints but because of the way the dog was consumed, they were able to rule out other animals such as coyotes.
There are many hazards for bird dogs in the Arizona upland bird country. Quite a few Javelina attacks on dogs have been recorded and the number of rattlesnake encounters is too many to count. On occasion, mountain lions will prey on bird dogs and be very close to attacking but because of the owner’s involvement in the situation, the mountain lion is scared away. For upland bird hunters who have wide or long ranging dogs, be careful.
The Quail Harvest Data is now up-to-date with the latest information provided by the Arizona Game & Fish Department and published in Hunt Arizona 2015 Edition.
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 future What’s Happening Now posts.
What do you think?
Best breed of bird dog for Arizona quail hunting? What are your thoughts, recommendations, suggestions, experiences, etc. regarding bird dogs? So many different choices out there…labs, setters, pointers, flushers…what are some opinions for the better, all-around bird dog for the Arizona desert?
Let us know your thoughts using the form below! We’ll summarize the comments we receive into a condensed, overall response to include in a future What’s Happening Now post.
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 – even an excellent bird dog – is going to find all tight-holding quail. That is simply not the case. The best of bird dogs will miss a good percentage of the tight-holding quail and that is why it is so important to go slow, be patient, and give the dog extra time. If need be, move where the wind direction is an advantage to the dog. All the dog has to go on is the quail’s scent trail and at times that can be very small or it can be diluted somewhat by certain plant smells or structures that interfere with the scent. So remember, just because you have a dog in the area, doesn’t guarantee it will find the majority of the tight-holding birds. To give a dog the best advantage, it’s sometimes necessary to go through an area two and three times.
For some great information on dog food, visit Dog Food Advisor (http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/).
Recipe: Pecan Crusted Quail w/Molasses Vinaigrette
From “The Boathouse – Tales and Recipes from a Southern Kitchen”
4 quail, semi boneless
1/2 c flour
1/2 c pecans
Salt and pepper
1/2 c buttermilk
2 c vegetable or peanut oil for frying
Combine the flour and pecans in a food process and mix until fine. Season quail with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and set aside. Combine the egg with the buttermilk and immerse the quail, one at a time in the mixture. Drain quail and coat with pecan crumbs.
Heat oil to 350 degrees. Fry the quail in the hot oil until golden brown and cripsy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on a paper-towel lined plate.
2 tbs sherry vinegar
1 tbs Black Strap or sorghum molasses
Salt and pepper
1/2 c olive oil
2 bunches watercress or arugula
For the vinaigrette, whisk together the sherry vinegar with the molasses, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Lay the crispy quail over the arugula and drizzle with the vinaigrette.
Submitted by The Romero Family (Baby Kay’s), www.rosieonthehouse.com
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
Columbia Men’s Bonehead Short/Long Sleeve Shirt
– 100% cotton poplin
– Button closure
– Vented in back, shoulders
– Utility Loop
– Rod holder on chest if used for fishing
Great shirt for the summer season. Don’t put it off, buy it now!
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