Hunting & Heritage  |  03/10/2021

Podcast Ep. 108: Scaled Quail with New Mexico Biologist John Sherman

Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Western Regional Director Al Eiden for a conversation about scaled quail with John Sherman, a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico.  A lifelong New Mexican, Sherman talks about his passion for scaled quail and the thrill of hunting them. 

Episode Highlights:
  • The trio talk about scaled quail being notorious “track stars” and the only bird you need tennis shoes to hunt.  
  • Sherman details the geographic range of scaled quail, explains their biology, and discusses the habitat needs for scaled quail, which are also known as blue quail or cottontops.   
  • A recurring theme of the episode is that New Mexico is underappreciated as a bird hunting destination although it is a state where a traveling bird hunter could earn a “Grand Slam of Quail” all in a day’s hunt (bobwhites, Gambel’s, Mearns, and scaled).  
Also check out our Gambel’s quail podcast with Arizona Game & Fish Biologist Wade Zarlingo or our Mearns quail podcast with Arizona Game & Fish Biologist Kirby Bristow for more great quail content.

- Lead photo by Emily Spolyar