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Old 01-09-2013, 08:21 PM
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Arizona bird hunting

Anyone out there ever hunt birds in AZ? Any ideas on good places to check out?
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:52 AM
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Re: Arizona bird hunting

mearns? scaled or gambles?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:45 PM
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Re: Arizona bird hunting

I will be staying in the Tucson area, with my daughter, planning on hunting within a a 2 hour drive from there or closer. I think that area has gambles quail. Are snakes a problem in late December early Jan? Will I need foot protection for my dog? I hunt pheasants in S.Dakota grouse & woodcock in northern MI.

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Duane
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:12 AM
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Re: Arizona bird hunting

Quite frankly the bird hunting near Tucson is not very good. I have two dogs and go out several times a week for the entire season. We usually see a few birds but nothing like it has been in wetter years. There is no problem with snakes especially with that cold spell we just had.

I'll list two areas that are to the north of Tucson and easily within your two hr limit.

You can drive down the Pinal Parkway and pull off on either side to hunt as it is state trust land. To get there drive north on Oracle road/rt 77 which will take you through Oro Valley and then the town of Catalina. Keep going on rt 77 till you get to the turnoff for rt 79. Make the left turn. There are a few roads that branch off to right and left that can get you off the road.

One of the first turns on the right is the Falcon Valley Ranch. They allow hunting but require you sign in. The advantage is that you are far off the road when you start. I don't think many like going to the trouble to go in and sign their regisiter.

As you proceed down rt 79 you will come to a large power substation on the left. There is parking there as well as a pull out on the opposite side of the road. If you continue you will find pullouts and occasional roads that go into the desert. One of the last ones that can put you quite a ways off the road is on the right perhaps 6 miles past the substation. It is on the right. There is a large white swinging metal gate with a cattleguard under it. You can go a couple of miles in on that road. It is a pipeline road. IMO no point in going any further towards Florence. After that the pullouts and roads that lead you into the desert are not as productive.

An alternative is to not turn on rt 79 but keep going north on rt 77 towards Oracle. Eventually you will come to the turn for Willow Springs Ranch. Almost all of it is state trust land. There are an almost infinite number of places to go in that huge tract of land. I would concentrate on the major washes and slopes near them. You can sometimes blow a call and get an answer which will help locate the coveys.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:12 AM
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Re: Arizona bird hunting

When are you going? it was bitter cold here last week. -12 at my house. down by tucson - oracle for gamble's or wilcox. patagonia or west of nogales for mearns. douglas and wilcox for scaled. with dogs and a small gauge you should do well on mearns. probably your best bet - mearns. p m me any questions. enjoy and good luck.ron
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:24 PM
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Re: Arizona bird hunting

Brittany Man,

I mentioned places closer to Tucson. If you want to go on a longer drive you could hunt mearns. There is a huge area within the Gardner canyon turnoff in the Santa Rita mts south of Tucson. Consider it a trophy hunt. If you are really lucky you might get enough for a meal for two.

To get to Gardner canyon go east from Tucson on I-10 to the exit for Rt 83 south towards Sonoita. The distance is approx 55 miles. You will go through some beautiful scenery as you go south. You will go over a small divide then come across the Empire Ranch turnoff on the left. Another couple of hills and you will see the Gardner Canyon turnoff on the right. Once in Gardner you can hunt the lower stretch of Gardner up to the Y in the road near a ranch which is on the left fork (about 6 miles in). Or you could go right a mile or so in towards the kentucky camp fork. Anywhere in there you could find birds. Just walk the bottoms and up the small side canyons. I use a 20 gauge auto with cylinder choke and 1 oz of #8s. One pellet will kill these fragile birds. FYI they are the best eating of all the quail. IMHO they are the most fun to hunt of all our quail.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:47 PM
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Re: Arizona bird hunting

Thanks for all the info AZshooter! I've also heard that the Payson, Salt river area has birds. Planning a 23 day vacation this coming Christmas. Will be hunting the McCook NE area for pheasants for a few days, then continue on to Tucson & spend Christmas with daughter and a week or so hunting quail. I have a french brittany spaniel 3yrs old. She does a great job on grouse, woodcock & pheasants. Quail hunting will be a ist for both of us.

Thanks again, Duane
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