Arizona Quail Hunting: Gambel’s Quail

Male Gambel's Quail
A hard earned bird to get the day started

I made it home late on Friday evening from the latest Pig Farm Ink BarFly, and morning came much earlier than I had anticipated. After hastily gathering gear, DJ and I made it into the field for an early morning of hunting Gambel’s quail. The desert was pretty quiet for the first couple hours and we opted to change up locations and look at a different piece of desert. The change paid off and we ended up flushing a couple large coveys onto a sprawling flat which gave us an hour or two of hunting singles.

I haven’t had this productive of a morning all season, and it was nice to see such a so many birds. The desert in this area was healthy from our frequent summer rains and there was plenty of undergrowth, feed and cover that has obviously helped this particular area. With a solid morning like this one in the books, I’m looking forward to getting out these next few months and putting more miles under my boots.

Gambel's quail hunting
Listening for that tell tale Gambel’s quail call
Female Gambel's Quail
DJ with a beautiful female Gambel’s
Male Gambel's
Male Gambel’s Quail
Gambel's Quail
A fine pile of Gambel’s after the morning hunt
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10 Responses to “Arizona Quail Hunting: Gambel’s Quail”

  1. Bryan C

    Great pictures as usual Ben. Leaving for SE AZ shortly for 6 weeks of quail chasing with the dogs. Nice break from Michigan winters. What is your view on Gambel’s numbers? Up from recent years, I hope?

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Bryan. Best of luck on your upcoming trip. Bird numbers seem a to be up a bit since last year but spotty. It seems the rainfall in each area dictates the amount of birds that you’ll find. Overall though, an improvement from last year. Good luck.

      Ben

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  2. Jeff C.

    Beautiful, Ben. Good job. As I said before, please leave a few for me, as I won’t be down for another 3-4 weeks!

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    • azwanderings

      Don’t worry Jeff. With my shooting, I left plenty for you. See you when you get to town.

      Ben

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  3. Phil Ames from Nebraska

    Ben,Those are some nice healthy looking birds.I enjoy your postings. Phil

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  4. Bill

    It looks like the Q5 vest got shelved and replaced by the Wingworks. Any particular reason? Thanks for the posts.

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    • azwanderings

      Not replaced. My wife gave me the Wingworks vest as a Christmas present before I ever got the Q5. The WW has sentimental value and therefore usually gets the nod when heading out. Both are great vests though.

      Ben

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