Arizona is an upland bird 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.
Quail hunting is what Arizona has become famous for in the upland hunting world.
- 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 hunting 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 such as Nevada, yet you can find populations between elevations of 5,000 and 9,000 feet.
- Pheasants 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 bird hunting seasons running October through January.