Bird Hunting Arizona
Quail hunting is what Arizona has become famous for in the upland hunting world. Many venture to this quail hunting mecca to target primarily scaled, Gambel’s, and Mearns’ quail. Of the four, Gambel’s quail is perhaps the most abundant and can be found statewide. Scaled quail (sometimes referred to as blue quail), can be found in eastern parts of the state. The Mearns’ quail has been known to make its habitat in lower parts of southern Arizona. Bird hunting Arizona, especially wild quail hunting becomes more limited each season, but can still be incredible. We suggest going with a good outfitter for a great experience.
Why You Should Consider Bird Hunting Arizona
- Arizona quail hunting is spectacular, and there are four species available for hunting in the state: Gambel’s, scaled, Mearns’, and California quail (valley quail).
- Arizona is proud of its dove season and has pushed a lot to the community aspect that dove hunting can create. They also offer opportunities at the band-tailed pigeon for a limited window in October.
- Blue grouse are a good option for someone looking to add some difficulty to their bird hunting in Arizona.
- Chukar hunting in Arizona is not as common as other states yet you can find populations between elevations of 5,000 and 9,000 feet.
- Pheasant can be hunted in the state, but only in the Yuma Valley region.
- One can also pursue the overlooked common snipe (Wilson’s snipe) with generous seasons running October through January.
Mearns Quail Hunting in Arizona
Pre-Scouted, Wild Gambel’s, Scaled, and Mearns’ Quail Hunts (with Mearns typically being the focus).
Let us know which species you want to target before your hunt, but we will assume that you want to spend some time hunting Mearns’. These wild mearns’ quail hunts take place October through February. Each year, prior to hunting season, all of the hunting locations are pre-scouted. This determines quail populations, and where the birds are hanging. Hunting may take place across the entire state of Arizona depending on populations of wild birds and the particular species that you want to hunt. In most cases it is necessary to concentrate on a single species each day.
Quail hunting behind a good pointer is a pleasure, and this outfitter runs some great dogs.
You will enjoy their well-trained Brittany’s, pointers, and English setters. This Arizona upland bird hunting outfitter not only has a kennel full of fine pointing dogs, and he also has access to some amazing private property to hunt for Mearns quail, Gambel’s and Scaled quail.
You’ll be hunting pre-scouted, wild quail on private property.
All guides will have at least four dogs each. It is fun to watch the dogs range wide in the open expanse of Scaled quail territory, and then come in closer when hunting the sparser cover that the tight-holding Mearns’ quail live in.
- This Arizona upland bird hunting outfitter has a kennel full of fine pointing dogs.
- Access to some amazing private property to hunt for Mearns’ quail, Gambel’s quail and Scaled quail.
- Walking over your three days in pursuit of wild birds will be extensive, but it is normally on gently rolling hills with a few steep areas, and for the most part is not difficult.
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We hunted birds for three days and since most of the corn was already cut, there were pheasants everywhere! It was the perfect South Dakota pheasant hunt. We had some corn strips near the farmhouse that had hundreds of birds in them. With ten people pheasant hunting, our limit was thirty birds a day, and everybody shot well so it was a blast! Another highlight of the trip was the food. One night, my dad made Dutch Oven pheasant and crab dinner for us… That was some good stuff.
I have to say this was the best upland bird hunting I have ever experienced. Bud is an honest hardworking outfitter and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thank you Outdoors International.