What’s Happening Now – October 2015
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Mid-October Update: Throughout Arizona, Gambel’s quail numbers for the 2015-2016 season are up considerably from where they have been the past few years. Still, there are some areas where diligent hunting must be done in order to pick up a few birds. As predicted, this season has produced many young birds with the hatch showing to be fairly spread out. In other words, several different age groups of quail intermixed within the coveys. Mearns’ hunting looks promising this season as well.
Two bits of interesting and very helpful information by Arizona Game and Fish Department Small Game Biologist, Johnathan O’Dell and published in Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine September/October 2015:
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Tactic: Scouting for Gambel’s Quail
When scouting for Gambel’s quail in unfamiliar country, the first two hours of daylight are best spent covering a lot of ground by driving the back roads and using a quail call about every ½ mile. Take your time while calling – stay there to call and listen a minimum of 10 minutes. If you hear one or two birds answer, make a note of the location, but move on. What you’re looking to find is an area where birds from 2 to 3 coveys are responding to the call at the same time indicating a good pocket of a concentrated number of birds. On windy days, of course, this won’t work. If you’re scouting later in the day, drive the back country two tracks and look for quail tracks in the dirt, tracks in the sand washes, and tracks around roosting areas such as hackberry, turbinella oak, mesquite, etc. More Bird Hunting Tactics!
Hunting Vest Accessory Recommendations
A new addition to Q5 Outdoor Products is the Accessory Recommendations page that you might find interesting. 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.
Featured product recommendations: Collapsible Fabric Dog Water Bowl and the Platypus Platy Bottle. The Platypus Platy Bottle is a great way to water your dogs, other than using a hydration bladder hose.
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