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Hunting in Arizona.

The Arizona Flush

Quail hunting in the southwest has long been one of the greatest thrills an upland hunter can enjoy. Arizona is home to 3 species of quail: Gambel's, Mearns'and Scaled. Most common is the Gambel's quail, which is found throughout the state. The Scaled quail, sometimes called "blues" are located in the southeast part of the state. The Mearns' quail is unique to the southern part of the state at elevations above 4.000 feet.

We plan your hunt your way.

Whether you are hunting for a day or for a week, we can customize your hunt to achieve the objectives you desire. We hunt the entire state, and can combine all 3 species of Arizona quail into a hunt of a lifetime. We often bag more than 1 variety on a single walk. For more information about hunting in Arizona, give us a call. We will be glad to help you plan an Arizona adventure you will remember. We welcome corporate groups.

A good hunt starts with good dogs.

We have been very blessed to have some top quail dogs. Starting with Soda’s Tequila Shooter, a  NSTRA Champ and NAVHDA Utility Perfect Score, to 3x NSTRA Champ Teton's Quest, 3x NSTRA Champ Teton’s Bullet, 4x NSTRA Champ Teton’s Slick, NSTRA Champ Teton's Sport, Teton's Cruise and Teton's Powder, our dogs have always excelled. Our dogs point, back and retrieve, or they stay home.

Your dogs are welcome, but we never leave ours at home. We enjoy watching good dog work and will work with you to introduce your dogs to our desert quail. It would be a good idea to have yours snake broke before you plan on hunting.

Scaled Quail, The Gray Ghosts.

Leave those light loads at home if you plan on hunting our scalies. Scaled Quail are just a little bit bigger and seem to fly at the speed of a small rocket. Their gray color makes them hard to see, even on the brightest of days. When they go down, they will run into cactus, unless they hit the ground with a thud. Use 7 1/2’s or on a windy day get out those 6’s.

Sport on Scaled Quail Covey 


Mearns'-- not "Clowning" around.

Jack Greenwade, Cat Springs, Texas December 3, 2001
with Slick and Mearns quail attempting escape

Hunting Mearns' quail is about as challenging as quail hunting can get and it can be tremendously fun to do, BUT, it is always hard work.  Mearns are found at higher elevations, 4500 to 5500 ft. They are hunted in the arroyos that come out of the mountains. We hunt the canyons and side canyons. The terrain can be steep and slippery. Mearns', or as they are called by some "Harlequin" or "Clown" quail, are the trophy that is most desired by our out-of state hunters, and we have had great success on Mearns, however, it is always related directly to the condition of our hunters. Those that are in good condition always do better. If you are planning a Mearns' hunt, take some time to work on your legs and wind. You will be glad you did.

Bang! You’re dead.

Ok, the dog is standing on point, you move up and that single you saw land a few minutes ago explodes in flight. Your heart goes to the bottom of your stomach as your gun rises, you swing through the bird and pull the trigger. The bird falls and almost before you realize it, the dog is on his way back with the bird. Man, I love this game! Don’t forget to reload, there may be more!



                                       What to wear.

This is a little bonus. Hunting in Arizona is usually done in shirt sleeves. Leave your parka at home. Usually a light jacket is the most you will need, and then only for the first walk of the morning. You will need a good pair of hunting or hiking boots. The fall and winter months are very unpredictable, and it is a good idea to always check conditions a few days before your hunt to get the latest conditions. Here are some easy links to Arizona weather conditions, High, Low and South.

   We occasionally have pups and started dogs out of our Champion National Shoot-to-Retrieve Association dogs. If you are interested in top quality NSTRA and hunting dogs out of AKC National Champion lines, give us a call. Check our Kennel Page and our Puppy's Page.

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