What’s Happening Now – August 2015
The forecast for the coming winter months is a wet one which means things are looking up regarding Arizona quail hunting. There is a strong correlation between El Niño and wetter than normal winters in the southwest. Historically, warm water in the eastern Pacific generally brings a wet winter to southern states. Since World War II, Arizona has not had a dry winter during an El Niño year. Atmospheric conditions must also be right in order to move the moisture caused by warm water into our weather patterns and according to forecasters, it’s looking like that could happen this year. After 20 years of drought, this news is encouraging. Wet winters are needed for a good Scaled quail and Gambel’s quail hatch. Also, the Mearns’ quail hatch continues to look pretty good.
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. 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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