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Well I want to hunt them. Just returned from NM and didn't find the right habitat. So we settled on Scaled and Gambel's. Other than mountain quail, its the one I need to complete the bucket list.
 

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I hunted Mearns Quail in AZ down along the Mex border, in the mountains. Contact Don Lee if he still guides, great Means Quail Guide for your 1st trip, after that go on your own. The key is having a great Mearns Quail dog, and use a 20 or 28 gauge light gun, be prepared to do a little walking! One of the greatest hunts of my life was as the snow fell in the AZ mountains. Mearns Quail are only 2nd to Ruffed Grouse where hunting and eating are concerned.

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I live in southwest NM Dan is right around 5k feet. Look for tall grass and oaks. They can be tough to find by yourself and without a dog you gotta put in alot of miles. I understand this may be frustrating as you put in a pretty big sweat investment without knowing if you are even in the right area. Thats part of the fun of quail hunting. You can be walking for miles nothing nothing nothing then and explosion of birds. I left out water. Water is very important. Im going out tomorrow I hunt both AZ and NM and trying to get some hunting in before the season closes. Our plan is start low for Gambles then move up to Mearns.
 

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Sivart,
I hunted Mearns Quail in AZ down along the Mex border, in the mountains. Contact Bob Lee if he still guides, great Means Quail Guide for your 1st trip, after that go on your own. The key is having a great Mearns Quail dog, and use a 20 or 28 gauge light gun, be prepared to do a little walking! One of the greatest hunts of my life was as the snow fell in the AZ mountains. Mearns Quail are only 2nd to Ruffed Grouse where hunting and eating are concerned.

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Pine Creek/Dave
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Who is Bob Lee and how would I contact him. I'd be willing to hire a person or guide but don't need wine and dined. And I want to use my own dogs.
 

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Sivart,
I am sorry, his name is Don Lee not Bob. Unfortunately I lost his contact info when we bought our new home, moving I lost different contact info I had for many years.
I tried to find a telephone number for ya, and could not come up with one until now.


Finally got the info you wanted
AZ Covey Breaks Don Lee
Phone 928-713-9961
[email protected]

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Pine Creek/Dave
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I found the best Mearns Quail hunting to be down along the Mex border, in fact the largest Mearns Quail population according to Don Lee, who is the expert on Mearns Quail, is just over the AZ border in Mexico. According to Don nobody really hunts in that area of Mexico and the birds have increased in numbers thru the years. Do not cross the border and try to hunt in Mexico, or you may end up in Jail. Hunt along the border in the mountains, look for the scrub oak trees and the springs that seep water, have your dog do all the work, move slowly and pay attention to your dog.
Mearns Quail will hold nicely around their feeding and watering areas, at times you can almost step on an entire covey before it flushes, when they do you are in for some of the greatest gunning you will ever experience. In fact you can walk past a big Covey quite easily, and have the Covey flush after you pass bye, setting up some amazing gunning opportunities.
Having a good Mearns Quail dog is like having a good Grouse dog, many times a great Grouse dog will also be a great Mearns Quail dog. I had a real German Weimar dog who was incredible at hunting both kinds of birds, back in the late 60' early 70's. I will not give you my exacting Covert Locations, however hunt the mountains along the Mex border and develop your own covey locations, with the help of a good dog. The contact info for Don Lee is in one of my prior posts. I always recommend his service for learning to hunt Mearns Quail, he knows more about Mearns Quail than anybody alive today.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
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I have hunted them for the past two years just North of Nogales, Mexico. The area around Patagonia has many canyons with Mearns and this past year was a particularly good one! Greatest eating bird and a whole lot of fun to hunt.
 

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Kaylight067,
I found the best Mearns Quail hunting to be down along the Mex border, in fact the largest Mearns Quail population according to Don Lee, who is the expert on Mearns Quail, is just over the AZ border in Mexico. According to Don nobody really hunts in that area of Mexico and the birds have increased in numbers thru the years. Do not cross the border and try to hunt in Mexico, or you may end up in Jail. Hunt along the border in the mountains, look for the scrub oak trees and the springs that seep water, have your dog do all the work, move slowly and pay attention to your dog.
Mearns Quail will hold nicely around their feeding and watering areas, at times you can almost step on an entire covey before it flushes, when they do you are in for some of the greatest gunning you will ever experience. In fact you can walk past a big Covey quite easily, and have the Covey flush after you pass bye, setting up some amazing gunning opportunities.
Having a good Mearns Quail dog is like having a good Grouse dog, many times a great Grouse dog will also be a great Mearns Quail dog. I had a real German Weimar dog who was incredible at hunting both kinds of birds, back in the late 60' early 70's. I will not give you my exacting Covert Locations, however hunt the mountains along the Mex border and develop your own covey locations, with the help of a good dog. The contact info for Don Lee is in one of my prior posts. I always recommend his service for learning to hunt Mearns Quail, he knows more about Mearns Quail than anybody alive today.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
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When you were down here in Az did you ever hear of the Lee Brothers down around Sierra Vista?
 

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Yes they were just getting started at that time, they are suppose to be good people.

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