Arizona's waterfowl, quail seasons flying by
by Arizona Game & Fish Department
There’s still time for Arizona hunters to take aim at some of the best wing-shooting opportunities the state has to offer — but the clock is ticking.
The general waterfowl season in the “Mountain Zone” (Game Management Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County) runs through Sunday, Jan. 9. The general season in the “Desert Zone” (Game Management Units 10 and 12B through 46B, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County) runs through Monday, Jan. 31.
Ducks, including mergansers, coots and common moorhens (gallinules); white geese (snow, blue and Ross’); and dark geese (Canada and white-fronted) are legal wildlife in both zones. Scaup can be harvested in the Mountain Zone through Sunday, Jan. 9, and in the Desert Zone through Monday, Jan. 31.
In the meantime, quail hunters might want to circle Sunday, Feb. 6, on their calendars. That’s when the season ends for the state’s three main species — Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns’. The general bag limit is 15 quail per day in the aggregate, of which no more than eight may be Mearns’ quail. The general possession limit is 45 quail in the aggregate, of which no more than 15 Gambel’s, scaled or California quail in the aggregate may be taken in any one day. The 45-quail possession limit may include 24 Mearns’ quail, of which no more than eight may be taken in any one day.
As a reminder, all hunters 10 and older must possess a valid Arizona hunting or combination license. Those 18 and older also must possess an Arizona Migratory Bird Stamp ($5) to hunt dove or waterfowl. Also, hunters 16 and older must possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp to hunt waterfowl.
All hunters play an important role in conservation. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) funds are comprised of excise taxes collected on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment (including 11 percent on ammunition), the benefit of which comes right back to Arizona for habitat improvements, shooting ranges, boating access and more.
For more information about hunting in Arizona, visit https://azgfdportal.az.gov/Hunting.
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Arizona Game & Fish Department Reportsfor Saturday, January 1st
Saguaro Lake: Volunteer opportunity: Fish habitat enhancement at Saguaro Lake
Big Lake: AZGFD gets cutthroat trout from Wyoming for stocking in Big Lake
Woodland Reservoir: AZGFD and Pinetop-Lakeside partner on habitat project at Woodland Lake
Lake Pleasant: Lake Pleasant Fishing Report
Roosevelt Lake: Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report
Bartlett Lake: Bartlett Lake Fishing Report
Oak Creek: Fishing the riffles and deeper pools was productive
Lake Havasu: Striper fishing has been good.
Alamo Lake: Alamo Lake Fishing Report
Pena Blanca Lake: Trout stocking might resume in January
Roper Lake: Trout stockings have been delayed due to low water levels
Dankworth Pond: Dankworth Pond Fishing Report