The rains have put the desert in a spectacular green-up, and another storm moving through right now (March 3) is just icing on the cake for a good Gambel’s and Scaled quail hatch. There were good rains in November, December, and January, and though February was relatively dry, the desert remained green and lush. This March rain will bring about a great wildflower bloom almost everywhere on the desert.
Most bird hunters, especially nonresidents, hunt the lower half of the state. This video, taken in the 2014 quail season, shows some different terrain in the northern portion of Arizona:
Helpful Tip: When the birds win. It’s exciting to see a good sized covey of birds flush into what looks to be a situation that will work in your favor – good cover, good terrain, big covey. But they just won’t set, won’t cooperate, and they fly again and again, flushing wild. They just plain get away. It happens – accept that it’s a part of hunting unpredictable desert quail. Give those birds their due, smile, and move on.
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