WHERE THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS meet the Sierra
Madre and the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts
converge—just a stone’s throw from Mexico—the
arroyos, cacti, and oak scrub of Southeastern Arizona form the
perfect habitat for Mearn’s, scaled, and Gambel’s quail.
THIS IS THE LAND of the Apache,
where Cochise held out to evade
capture. You are likely to encounter
all three species of desert quail here. But
Mearn’s is the prized game, less likely to run
than its cousins, holding tight in small coveys.
Laying low. Hiding out along the border.