“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.

Finally, hunters should check out O’Dell’s techniques for field-dressing quail at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRwZAcWzzk.   


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.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed on this site are that of the authors and not necessarily that of TBC Press
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Vermont FWD is Providing a List of Certified Leashed Tracking Dog Owners

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer or bear that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. 

The leashed tracking dog owners, who provide their services free of charge, must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish and Wildlife to be certified and licensed to provide their services. 

This list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

2021 Vermont Leashed Dog Trackers

           Name                         Town                       Phone Numbers

  • Tim Nichols                  Granville, NY             518-642-3012           802-353-6020
  • Travis Nichols               Granville, NY             518-642-3012           518-932-6505          
  • Jeff Adams                   Highgate, VT             802-324-6316                                  
  • Nicholas Merritt            East Fairfield, VT       802-238-3884           802-922-2515
  • Mandi Harbec                Orleans, VT              802-323-3536          
  • Kristie Adams*              Pittsford, VT              802-483-6257           802-558-1143
  • Roger Chauvin              Swanton, VT              802-782-1608           802-868-4953    
  • Bill Gaiotti                    Mt. Tabor, VT             802-345-8500
  • Brett Kelley*                Poultney, VT              802-287-5800           802-287-0814
  • John Lingner                 Pownal, VT               802-379-7774           802-823-9388
  • Mark Harbec                 Orleans, VT              802-323-3536
  • Nick Smith                    Groton, VT               802-584-3121
  • Matt Bourgeois              Whiting, VT              802-989-2213
  • Don Morgan                  Charlotte, VT            802-557-5938           802-425-7097
  • Scott Newell                  Groveton, NH           603-631-0477
  • Riley Harness                Newbury, VT            802-272-8955
  • Crystal Earle                 Johnson, VT             802-730-5591
  • Courtney Davis              Troy, NH                  603-209-6548
  • Jason Cassant               Fort Ann, NY           518-796-3215
  • Ronald Martin               Enosburg Falls, VT    802-933-9134           802-393-0346          
  • Steven Bourgeois          Bridport, VT               802-989-0026           802-758-2526
  • Matthew Anderson         Orwell, VT                 802-318-0260
  • Jamie Hawley                 Rutland, VT              802-558-5355
  • Steven Hawley               Rutland, VT               802-353-8542          
  • Jeremiah Gracie             Lincoln, VT                802-349-4587
  • Mike Harbec                   Orleans, VT              802-754-6371           802-323-4456
  • Tammy Barrows             Fairfax, VT                 802-338-6089
  • Gabriel Gervais               East Fairfax, VT        802-370-2288
  • Shawn Lambert              Enosburg Falls, VT     802-582-0571

*Semi-Active tracker

Calls will be taken at the Handlers discretion and at the availability of the handler.