What’s Happening Now – May 2016
A lot going on right now in the world of Arizona quail. Gambel’s are all paired up and raising young ones. First hatches seem to be starting around the beginning of April. Now it’s just a game of wait and see as far as the number of young that survive and continue on.
The past month has been very interesting as far as rainfall is concerned. February and March are generally somewhat wet months but not for 2016. April is generally somewhat dry and this year, April had a small amount of rainfall which was very spotty. Something to keep in mind for the 2016-2017 Arizona quail season is this: During the month of April ’16, the northwest part of the state received the most rainfall. That will be something to consider when thinking about a place to hunt at the start of the 2016-2017 season. The desert in the northwest part of the state is still in pretty fair shape.
Here is a great article from The Republic regarding a new snakebite treatment in development at U of A:
New Snakebite Treatment in Development at University of Arizona
Researchers at University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Tucson are developing a new snakebite treatment that could delay or minimize the effects of snake venom on the human body.
The treatment has yet to go to clinical trials, but developers envision that it would aid patients who are miles from the closest medical facility.
“The treatment might be stocked in ambulances, or included in first-aid kits for campers and hikers,” said Dr. Vance G. Nielsen, a professor and vice chair of research for UA’s Department of Anesthesiology. Read the Full Article >>
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?
Keep the responses coming! We’re hoping to collect as many comments as possible on this which will eventually be submitted to the responsible parties. The comments collected will act as a petition of sorts for a possible change in season dates.
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 the fact that a large number of undersized juvenile quail are harvested early in the season, rattlesnake activity, and heat (still too hot to hunt and especially for bird dogs). 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
Whether in the field, where empties left behind are considered as litter, or in the range, it is best practice to pick up/properly dispose of your empty shells.
For some great information on dog food, visit Dog Food Advisor (http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/).
Also, The Pro Bar provides for a very tasty and healthy bar to have in your bird pack while out in the field or in your car during the off-season.
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
Platypus Hoser Hydration System, 2 Liter
– Hang/Carry loop
– Taste-and BPA-free
– Tough, dual-layer construction
– Slime Guard antimicrobial treatment
– Threaded outlet accepts Platy drink/ closure caps and more
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