Arizona Quail Hunting


Arizona Quail Hunting: End of a Season

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Hunting with Pat Flanagan on his guide’s day off is no picnic. After walking through Mearns country all day, I began to imagine that if he took off his boots, you’d see goat hooves instead of feet. I guess that’s what happens when you guide for quail in southern Arizona and chase your pack of […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: Javelina Scouting

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It’s usually around Thanksgiving that I found out whether I drew a January archery javelina tag. It’s pretty convenient that javelina and Gambel’s quail habitat overlap, so during the month of December, I usually quail hunt the unit I drew and tuck a small tripod and pair of binoculars in my bird vest. When the […]

Rambling Review: Turtleskin Snake Gaiters

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Why: Hunting, hiking and fishing in Arizona often puts me in close proximity to rattlesnakes. I’ve run across several while fishing, and I always bump into one or two in the early portion of the Arizona quail season. The statistics tell me that as long as I’m not drinking and trying to poke it with a stick, […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: A Wrong Turn

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It took about 20 minutes before I realized that I had turned off on the wrong two track. Instead of improving, the trail dumped into a wash and became impassable for the truck. Not wanting to waste an opportunity, I put the truck in park, grabbed my coffee, and opened the door for a quick listen. I was […]

Rambling Review: Quilomene San Carlos Bird Vest

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Rambling Review – Quilomene San Carlos Bird Vest Why: There are several good options for quality strap vests on the market. I’ve written about several of them on this blog already. For the early Arizona bird hunting season, I’ve had the opportunity to wear the Quilomene San Carlos Bird Vest and I’ve been really impressed with what this […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: Where our food comes from

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After a scorcher of an Arizona quail hunting opener, I sat in the shade of the backyard enjoying the cool breeze. My little girl stood at my shoulder, listening and watching as I told her about my morning and showed her the pictures from my time in the field. She held the male Gambel’s in her […]

Arizona Quail Season – Last Day Out

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Wake up early – check Eggs and coffee for breakfast – check Meet buddy and put a couple birds in the vest – check Clean shotgun and hang up bird vest – check Wait impatiently for the next Arizona quail season and pray for rain – check and check

Rambling Review: Jim Matthews Signature Quail Calls

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Rambling Review Why: Since I’ve moved to Arizona, I’ve been hunting Gambel’s quail without a dog. On the rare occasion, I can meet up with a buddy who has a dog, but most of my hunts are on my own. I’ve found that Gambel’s are very huntable due to how vocal they are, between their clucks, […]