With most upland game bird seasons opening just around the corner I'd like to pose the question what is your favorite species to hunt? Personally mine will have to be Mearns quail. Mearns from my experiences are one of the tightest holding birds I have ever encountered. I would not describe them as being quicker on the wing than other quail but they will fly into the first patch of thick dense cover that they can get to. Due to this charicteristic I have found myself shooting more trees and brush than birds on certain occasions. They will also fly at and over you which is different from most birds. Mearns will also give you a chance to show off your shooting skills since most shots are quick snap shots and follow up shots are rare (depending on cover). Add to that the fact that they are one of the prettiest quail species and do not disappoint at the dinner table and you have my reasoning behind them being my pick. Now let's hear yours..