The hunting on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico is a truly unique experience as this area has seen very few hunters. Some ranches you will hunt have never been hunted before so the quail hold well in ankle to shin high grass. Our outfitter Gallo Munoz, has been running hunting trips to this region for years and our clients have returned extremely happy and raving about truly wild quail shooting experience. Most of the hunting will be on cattle ranches in huge pastures. These ranches are usually flat with slight hills but the ground is uneven and rocky as it is mostly limestone. Be sure to wear a good boot with ankle support. Gallo has a full kennel of well-trained pointers, setters and spaniels as well as a good selection of shotguns available so there is no need to hassle with Mexican gun permits. If you are looking for truly wild quail, you cannot beat the Yucatan for numbers as you can expect to see between 15-30 coveys per day and the way these black throated bob whites fly will have you shaking your head! Again these are 100% wild birds so there may be days when we see more and there could be days when you see less.
The San Felipe Hotel is clean and all rooms have hot water, air conditioning and everything to make your stay comfortable. Remember you will be in the interior of the Yucatan peninsula, this is not a 5 star hotel or resort area, but we are using the best hotel the area has to offer. If you find a problem, light bulbs, no hot water, etc. let Galo know as will do his best to make sure your stay is enjoyable. Please note that area we hunt is one of the safest in Mexico as it is mainly a farming and fishing communities and not close to the smuggling routes to the states. Drives to the hunting areas will be from 30 min to 1 hour from the lodges.
The trip originates in either Cancun or Merida Mexico. Galo of one of his guides will meet you at the airport and transfer you about 3 hours to quiet fishing village of San Felipe. Usually the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and get acclimated to the surroundings.
The following three or four days are full hunting days. We hunt two sessions per day, from around 6:30 a.m. until around 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. when it starts getting to warm to hunt and then return to the hotel or maybe a small village for little sightseeing, have lunch and a siesta. Then we start hunting again in the afternoon around 3:30 p.m. until dark. Please remember that in the middle of the day it can get very hot for you and for the dogs so we hunt in the coolest parts of the day.
The last morning we settle up, load up and return to the airport for your flight back to the States.
The Black Throated Bob White quail is found only on the Yucatan peninsula with ten to twenty-five birds common in the coveys. The Black throated quail is extremely similar to its cousin the Bob White and again, all hunting will be over fairly well trained dogs.
The weather during this time of the year could be cool to warm. Light weight hunting clothes are suggested. Some mornings could be cool if a front comes in. It is almost always damp in the early mornings from the heavy dew. Snakes are not real common in the area but you may want to bring chaps, and boots that will keep the water and ticks out. Some walking will be done over limestone or lava looking rocks so you will want to bring boots with a lot of ankle support. As you are quail hunting you should also bring orange hat and vest for safety as well as shooting glasses, and a shell bag or use your vest. Dress at the hotel and in the village is extremely casual. Definitely bring a bathing suit and sunscreen as you are right on the coast. This area should not get much rain during this time of the year, but always be prepared anyway. BE SURE to bring some insect repellent for your cloths and ankles as they do have ticks so be sure your prepared just in case. Don’t forget to bring you camera and plenty of film.