“Our added winter moisture and active calling period led to a very long nesting and hatching season, starting in late April and extending into early summer, with chicks hatching as late as early July,” O’Dell said. “From a population standpoint, we are out of a deficit for the first time since 2001-2002. Quail are starting to pop up in places they haven’t been seen in a while.
“If you’ve never had the chance to experience what Arizona quail hunting built its name on, then this would be the year to get out and enjoy it.”
Meanwhile, hunters should note that the season for Mearns’ quail doesn’t begin until Dec. 4. It’s summer rainfall that plays a key role in nesting success and population numbers of this species. After a spotty and relatively weak monsoon across southern Arizona, these birds are likely to be abundant only in pockets that received sufficient precipitation this summer.
A valid Arizona hunting or combination hunt and fish license is required for all hunters 10 and older. Those hunters under 10 must either have a valid hunting or combination hunt and fish license, or be accompanied by an adult who possesses a valid hunting or combination hunt and fish license. Licenses can be purchased online or at license dealers statewide. A youth combination hunt and fish license (ages 10 to 17) is $5.
The general bag limit is 15 quail per day in the aggregate, of which no more than eight may be Mearns’ quail (when the Mearns’ season opens Dec. 4). The general possession limit is 45 quail in the aggregate after opening day, of which no more than 15 Gambel’s, scaled or California quail in the aggregate may be taken in any one day. After the opening of the Mearns’ season, the 45-quail possession limit may include 24 Mearns’ quail, of which no more than eight may be taken in any one day.
More quail-hunting information can be found on the department’s website at https://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/. Another resource for both new and experienced hunters alike is “An Introduction to Hunting Arizona’s Small Game.” Written by Randall D. Babb, the 196-page, full-color book covers where and how to hunt small game birds (like quail), squirrels, rabbits, ducks and geese. It also includes how to prepare and cook your harvest, with illustrations and recipes. The book can be ordered for $16.95 at www.azgfd.gov/publications.
Publishers Notes: OUT OF STATE HUNTERS, FISHERMEN & OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS; Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there could be limitations for OUT of STATE hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts to include a 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing alternative. Please check with the State's Department of Natural Resources BEFORE you travel or apply for the 2020 Fall Hunts.
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New Jersey 2021 Spring Turkey Permit Sale Information
Submitted by: TBC Press
Posted on: 03/24/21
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Youths with a valid Youth License are guaranteed their first permit will be a "Y" permit in the over-the-counter sale for the Area of their choosing. A "Y" permit is valid in all Periods (until a turkey is harvested).
Beginning Monday at 10:00 a.m. permits will be available online by selecting Purchase Licenses after logging in. Note that after making your selection the permits will be in the Cart.
Publishers Notes: Our country is still battling COVID-19. To avoid the spread of this virus and continue to enjoy outdoor activities, ALL outdoor enthusiasts (man, woman, child) should follow the guidelines set by nps.gov. These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
New Jersey 2021 Spring turkey permits not claimed in the lottery and all other permits go on sale Monday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. Permits will be available on a first come, first served basis. Permits will be available online and at license agents.
Hunters should check the Permit Availability Chart after the lottery deadline - if a large number of permits for the Area/Period you want are available please wait to avoid difficulty logging in. There was a greater than 22% increase in lottery applications so leftover permits will be more limited in several Areas/Periods then in past years. Those awarded permits may miss out on getting their permits if they do not claim them by the deadline; unclaimed permits will be placed in the OTC sale and fewer permits will be available in this year's OTC sale. All hunters are encouraged to log into the license website NOW to become familiar with the site and to verify their personal information is correct. Personal information can be updated by selecting Edit Personal Profile. If you are unable to log in contact our staff at [email protected].