Hunting the Yucatan Quail is unlike any other type of hunting. Throughout the United States and Canada, hunters can spend days and weeks throughout the year shooting deer, moose, ducks and more. However, south of the United States, across the Mexican border, is a seemingly unchartered territory that offers some of the most unique scenery and birds, waiting for hunters that are looking for a challenge.
Known for its duck hunting opportunities, the Yucatan region also offers quail hunting. Any time in between January and March you can venture to Cancun or Merida for a chance to hunt these indigenous quails. Acres of pastures in this region provide for expansive hunting grounds. You can explore, camp and hunt a variety of quails, ducks and other fowl that have never seen or experienced hunters before in their habitat.
A relative of the North American Bobwhite, the black-throated quail can only be found and hunted in the Yucatan Peninsula. Living among ankle to knee high grass, these quails shoot up from the ground to the sky in the blink of any eye. Flying in all directions, the quails will then land 75-100 yards away in the deep grass and wait. It is only with time that they flee to the sky again. Patience, agility and skilled aim are necessities for hunters that want to make it out of this experience with something to show.
Needless to say, hunting these quick creatures can be a quite a challenge and not for the faint of heart. But it’s not just the quail that will give you a run for your money. This Mexican terrain calls for snakebite proof boots and chaps to protect against slithering predators. The heat requires constant hydration and strength, as hunters will have to walk through rocky fields and hop over stone fences between pastures. Native cacti also bring a supplemental risk as these plants grow throughout the region.
For hunters that prevail this experience is once-in-a-lifetime and exclusive to the Yucatan region. If you have been looking for something new and exciting to hunt – you’ve found it. In addition to hunting, the Yucatan also offers fishing for the members of your group that prefer a rod to a shotgun. Visiting the peninsula and chasing after the black-throated quail is something you’ll never forget and will provide you with stories that you will love to tell.