This is the “year” for Desert Birds according to The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Here in the S.E. Corner you’re working for them and overall its been good.The recent rain has really helped with scenting conditions and there are now longer clouds of dust hanging over the dogs as they rip it up.
Mearns Quail Hunting has been spotty but fair in places making Mearn’s Land almost vacant except for the hardcore.We like that ! We also like playing cat and mouse with Gambel’s and Scaled Quail Covey’s its unpredictable and very exciting when a large covey explodes out of whatever cover they are holding in.Most importantly spending time walking around the Desert is well worth the views and good for the soul.
There is nothing better than getting out on to the Prairies in the Fall and chase Birds.Normally we would be in Saskatchewan however thats not the case for this season, we are in Eastern Montana.
The Landscape is vast and full of opportunities for the Dogs and Hunters.Native Birds include Sharptail Grouse and Sage Grouse,the imports are Hungarian Partridge and Pheasants, most times when covering points you never know what to expect.
Sunny Points a Covey of Huns
Our older Dogs have pointed most of the wild birds found on the Northern Plains however the Sage Grouse is a new species.It seem the dogs are very surprised at the size of the Sage Grouse that are flushed over their point,several Sage Grouse points later they are still bewildered.
Crush and Bill pointing Sage Grouse
The Sharptails are numerous and have been fun for both dogs and Hunters alike.We have picked up our Dog Training game and have been busy scouting knew grounds so we are seeing a lot of fresh or un pressured birds.The terrain ranges from big open C.R.P. Fields to rolling hills covered in native Grass.Sage Brush Flats and Creek bottoms round out the mix which never gets old.
Millie points Sharptails
The beauty of the area,the friendly people and now that Fall is in the air is a great distraction from everything else that going on in the world. Peace Out.
This year will will be offering Guided Hunts in the State of Montana thru our Montana L.L.C. and Partnership Channel & Brown Outfitting Company (Outfitter #7886 ) .We will be located near Malta MT and have over 120,000 acres under lease consisting of great Sharptail,Hun,Sage Grouse and Pheasant Habitat.As this new venue builds out we will be adding more leases in other parts of the State and also implementing combo Wingshooting and Fly-Fishing Trips on the Missouri River.For now we are taking bookings and can accommodate up to 6 Hunters on a 2 guns per 1 guide ratio.
Crush and Kate pointing Sharptail Grouse in Montana
Our Montana Bird Hunting Venues will complement our existing Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guiding operation and allow Wingshooters the ability to take in the very best of what hunting on the Great Plains is all about.
Last Year Mark Peterson and his Father set out to hunt all the Upland Species in North America.We helped Mark out on The Desert Bird Front and he was able to shoot an Arizona Quail Slam.Mark owns World Trophy Adventures and you can book your Arizona Quail Hunt with them.
The Arizona Quail Season has now ended and by all accounts it was decent.We saw a little bump in Desert Bird #’s and depending where you hunted Mearns seemed to be OK overall.The good news is that at time of writing its raining, and we had a lot of it this winter.Winter Rain in Arizona usually transpire to more Desert Quail, we are long overdue for a good bump in Gambels and Scaled Quail numbers and a lot of fingers are crossed that happens.Stay tuned Amigos and keep doing the Rain Dance!Check Out our El Coronado Lodge and Arizona Quail Hunting Pages.
For a Bird Dog person nothing beats seeing a dog on point especially if its yours.There is something mesmerizing about it,For few seconds seems everything freezes for a few seconds before the Covey flush,You seem to be in slow motion as you move past the dogs.It’s a beautiful thing.The back drops are not to shabby also, especially down here in the Arizona Desert.The Dogs obviously love its do the Hunters and regardless of the Breed there is something cool about watching a dog do what it has been bred to do.