Sonoita, AZ. December 8 ~ 11, 2017. Daughter Britt; Hunting buddy and fellow English Cocker lover, Jeff Sizemore; and our interpreter; all converged on this little quail town for a 3 sub species hunt of Mearns, Gambles and Scaled quail. The 9th we glided over 5 miles of steep grasslands. The 10th we almost doubled our miles walked, but on flatter desert ground. Frankly, I was exhausted and showed it with a nap in the Sportsmobile while the rest of the team headed off for a final push only yards away from the the US / Mexico wall.
Our guide was Patrick of Border to Border Outfitters. The guy covers ground like a Springbok and practically has a name for each Covey we encounter.
Was it successfully? Heck yes!
Hey, it now includes me! Flattered to be listed with such cool and talented people.
Make sure both you and your canine partners are in physical condition to take on the rigors. It is very easy to overdo early and miss your entire season.
On behalf of so many more polite friends – TRAIN YOUR FRIGGING DOG! Basic manners at a minimum. Please. It should be able to at least come when it is called, walk at heal, stay or whoa, and do so without you yelling and hollering!
Regardless of what feathered creature you hunt, be safe and be a conservationist in the process. Mentor someone who shows an interest and share your bounty.
Article from SCI:
With more than 45,000 international members, SCI is a global leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. Since its formation 45 years ago, SCI has traditionally focused on big game management and hunters’ rights. SCI has now added advocacy for game bird and waterfowl conservation and the right to hunt managed species across the globe.
SCI is excited to announce the Game Birds of the World
program in order to bring greater awareness to the many and varied upland game bird and waterfowl hunting opportunities. The SCI Record Book is now accepting entries for more than 350 acceptable bird species as well as offering a variety of different game bird awards. SCI has released these new awards for North America, South America and Africa bird hunting. Participation in this new program allows duck and upland game hunters to record their hunting heritage while contributing to waterfowl and upland game bird conservation and advocacy.
Ryglen There Goes Amos helping collect a Ruff Grouse for me in the north Maine woods
Steve Robillard adding a Scaled Quail to his slam
Professor Ryan O’Shaughnessy of West Texas Quail Outfitters
Me explaining why I missed the shot. Ricardo Longoria not daring to contradict me…
Richard Huntley demonstrates what is required for a photo entry of a Scaled or Blue Quail
The gorgeous Yucatán Black Throated Bobwhite Quail
Britt Hosmer and I on a Yucatán Jungle Bird hunt
“The Donald” Richard, me, Steve Robillard – Much of bird hunting is about the social aspect.
South Dakota has some of the best destinations for Pheasants