Arizona Quail Hunting


Arizona Quail Hunting: Opening Day

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I’ve been waiting to see that first covey rise for quite a while now. On Friday morning as the sun started to lighten the morning sky, the first birds whirled off the desert floor, and time slowed down. There is still something unbelievable about shooting a bird on the wing. It almost surprises me every […]

Arizona Quail Hunting Preparation

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Arizona quail hunting season is almost here. The Gambel’s and scaled quail season runs from October 4 – February 9, while the Mearns season opens on December 6 and also runs till February 9.  With the 2013 Quail season right around the corner, I’ve started to organize some gear and take stock of what will […]

Rambling Review: WingWorks Upland Vest

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Rambling Review – WingWorks Upland Vest Why: Since moving to Arizona, I spend many weekends from October to February hunting Gambel’s quail. At present, I don’t have a bird dog, so that means that on any given morning I am hiking many miles after running birds. It is imperative that I carry enough water to keep […]

Rambling Review: The Q5 Bird Hunting Vest

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Rambling Review – The Q5 Bird Hunting Vest Why: The brutal landscape and sweltering heat of the southwest can make Arizona quail hunting a rugged experience. Having the proper equipment is critical. Dan Priest is an Arizona quail hunter with more than 50 years of experience in the desert chasing birds. He has put his […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: End of the Season

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  Well, the shotgun has been broken down and given a thorough cleaning and the vests have been defeathered and stowed in the closet. The Arizona quail hunting season has come to an end, and as usual, it is a little bitter sweet. It will be sad to not head out into the desert to […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: Photo Dump

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I have been able to get out sporadically the past couple of weeks for some Arizona quail hunting and have had mixed success. Between the wind and the extremely low temps, the birds have been in a bit of a funk and difficult to find. As always, the camera has been close by and these […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: A day in the field

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Antonio and I found a day last week to meet up and break out of our normal fly fishing mode to do a little quail hunting. We headed to one of his spots and found a whole mess of birds that seemed to not have been hunted this season. As has been the case for […]

Arizona Quail Hunting: An After-Christmas Special

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I did not find the first bird until after about an hour of hunting. The covey broke from the tall grass, scattering in all directions. Watching a particular cluster of birds careen towards another stretch of grass, I quickened my pace and within moments could here the faint clucking of quail in front of me. […]