Some good rains have hit most desert areas in November, December, and so far in January. In turn, the desert is green and looking good for a Gambel’s quail hatch next season. A few soaking rain showers in February and March would be beneficial to continue providing moisture for the desert floor. Gambel’s quail hunting continues to be very spotty and is poor statewide. With that said, there are still some areas that continue to produce — coveys of 30 birds and more in areas though that are few and far between.
Mearns’ quail continue to take a beating. The popular hunting locations here continue to be hunted hard. Even though these areas continue to be pounded, still lots of areas out there not being hunted with good numbers of Mearns’ and full-sized coveys.
With so much being said about Mearns’ quail this year, thought a couple of these older conversations regarding Mearns’ would be interesting to review.
From Shooting Sportsman Forum:
Thread: How are the Mearn’s doing?