Shooting Sportsman July/August 2005
Volume XVII, Issue IV
“Dave originally had contacted me about an Oklahoma quail ranch where he guides in winter, but when I’d visited his Website (www.albertabirdhunts.com), I’d never gotten beyond the Huns. When I later learned of Dave’s shared passions for pointing dogs and double guns, I knew I’d found the cure to my ill.”
Besides great Upland Bird hunting, the Province of Saskatchewan offers spectacular Waterfowl hunting for a number of species of Ducks, Geese and Sandhill Cranes.
Because our location is in the middle of the Central Flyway staging area we encourage our guests to take full advantage of this resource, as the Waterfowl hunting is nothing short of epic.
We have the equipment and knowledge to make things happen .For our field Goose shoots We have over 300 Decoys a combination of Motion and Shells which gives our quarry confidence in our spread, especially the ever wary White fronts & Snows.
Our Duck spread also consists of Motion Decoys, Shells and Robo ducks. For pothole shoots we have a variety of floating Decoys including Mallard, Pintail and White fronts decoys.
We feel that our Waterfowl hunts add to the overall experience of your trip, and a great way to rest tired legs and at the same time keep your Shotgun Barrel warm.
Note: Waterfowl hunting is a lot better in Saskatchewan therfore we do not offer waterfowl hunts in Alberta
Saskatchewan Seasons (approximate Dates)
Hungarian Partridge: September 15th to November 14th
Sharptail Grouse: September 15 to November 14th
Waterfowl: September 1st to December 16th
September 15 thru to November 15
Saskatchewan Bag Limit
|Gray Partridge||8 per day|
|Sharptail Grouse||3 per day|
|Ruffed Grouse||10 per day *only as an add on Day*|
|Ducks||8 per day|
|Geese||8 per day *3 can be White Fronts or Specks *|
|Cranes||5 per day|
Please note the best time to come for Waterfowl hunts is from Oct 1st thru and into November.
The State of Arizona is famous for its outstanding scenery, excellent climate and of course the Grand Canyon.
In Wing Shooting circles Arizona is also known for great Desert Quail hunting and is a “go to ” destination once winter roles into other locations or seasons elsewhere close.
The State of Arizona offers the quail shooter the opportunity to pursue three species of Quail which are Gambles ,Mearns and Scaled Quail , on top of that the there is great late season Hunting for Mourning Doves and Duck Hunting via Jump Shooting tanks can be decent.
Lisa and I live in Patagonia AZ which is located in South East corner of Arizona; we are surrounded by the Coronado National Forest, which is home to the best Mearns Quail hunting in the United States and the World. Gambles Quail and Scaled Quail can be found a short distance away as we have plenty of Grassland Savannahs and mesquite lined washes that these two Quails call home. From November to April our Dog String consisting of 2 Brittany’s, 10 English Pointers and 1 Yellow Labrador spend most of the days in the field hunting,guiding then training on these great game birds.
Arizona Quail Hunts
I am a Licensed Arizona Hunting Guide operating under Arizona Quail Guide’s Coranado National Forest Permit.For the last several seasons I have hunted then guided Bird Hunters in S.E. Arizona .
South East Arizona lies within the grasslands and mountain ranges of the Sonoran Desert the scenery and low population density ensures there are plenty of things to do in the great outdoors the Town of Patagonia is very laid back and friendly, it is home to some good to great restaurants, shops and art galleries, non-hunters will have no problem enjoying themselves Arizona Guided Quail Hunts.
Our Quail hunts are based out of Patagonia AZ; from here we can pursue all or the most abundant quail species, which can vary from year to year.
Lodging is either at a Hotel a very charming B & B ,or a all inclusive Dude Ranch
The Arizona Quail runs until the 2nd Monday of Feb.We start our Hunts soon after we have returned from Our Saskatchewan Bird Camp which happens in Mid November.
Dove Season -Reopens November 25 and closes in and around January 9th .
The best time to hunt is from Late November . thru to early February when the season ends .
Weather wise, Arizona is a great place to be in the winter; average day time highs are in the low to mid sixties.
Patagonia is located 70 miles south and east of Tucson AZ, which is the closest commercial airport. Private aircraft can fly into Nogales AZ; Patagonia is 18 miles north of Nogales
For us, Outfitting and Guiding in the State of Arizona is not a sideline or an escape from something else like a “normal” job or a attempt at trying to make a living in the great outdoors.It is a serious business that demands a lot of expenditure in the form of Great Dogs, Trailers, Dog Boxes, Reliable Vehicles etc. It also demands at lot of time in the field scouting for Birds and training dogs. Presently we have a String of 13 Bird Dogs, a mix of Brittany Spaniels, English Pointers and for flushing and retrieving a Yellow Lab. Our Associate, Arizona Quail Guides (Steve Hopkins) also has a similar string. The Benefit to our Clients is we have a ton of dog power to deal with the harsh conditions of the very dog-unfriendly Sonoran Desert. No other Outfitter or Guide operating in The State of Arizona comes close to the number of well-trained dogs we have.
We are not weekend or winter warriors, we live in S.E Arizona, our knowledge of the area, our Birds, habitats and the people that also live here are second to none .We are not going to promise high success rates, that is up to you and Mother nature We will put the odds in your favor based on your capabilities and experience and most importantly ,you will have a fun, safe time in the field.
Dave Brown Outfitters