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Do you need a License to raise quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by namastemama, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. My Husband is claiming that we need a license to raise quail in our state(Arizona) because quail are gamebirds. is this true? I want to raise Coturnix Quail for eggs to sell.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    It varies by state but where i live you do not. You can ask your local fish & game for a detailed answer.
  3. I think i found my answer, you only need it if you raise certain breeds...
    The wildlife species and the number of animals per species that will be obtained
    under the license. If the application is for use of multiple species, the applicant
    shall list each species and the number of animals per species. The Department
    shall only issue a license for the following game bird species:
    a. Blue grouse, Dendragapus obscurus;
    b. California or valley quail, Callipepla californica;
    c. Chukar, Alectoris chukar;
    d. Gambel's quail, Callipepla gambelii;
    e. Montezuma or Mearns' quail, Cyrtonyx montezumae;
    f. Northern bobwhite, Colinus virginianus, which only requires a game bird hobby
    license if used in game management units 34A, 36A, 36B, and 36C;​
  4. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
  5. tricid

    tricid In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2011
    In Texas, best I can tell from the texas dpt of wildlife or whatever, you only need a license for _native_ game bird species, anything else is fair game more or less. I'm not sure how many other states that applies to.

    Out of curiosity I googled what I could for you and this is what I found.


    search the page for "R12-4-419. Game Bird Hobby License"

    In that paragraph it lists what species it'll issue licenses for (coturnix not mentioned), and lower in the same section it says the license isn't required for bobwhites "unless..." some other issues.

    From reading that I'd assume you don't need one for Arizona for coturnix, but I'm by no means an expert, lawyer, or even an Arizona resident. (btw, the Texas site is SO much easier to read and understand lol)

    maybe someone who actually lives there can clarify that and give it more certainty though

    [edit: looks like you may have found this site already by the time I replied]
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
  6. kapie9969

    kapie9969 Chirping

    Aug 7, 2012
    So tell me what was the az permit answer? Is it needed? And were quail worth it?
  7. James the Bald

    James the Bald Songster

    Jan 6, 2013

  8. kapie9969

    kapie9969 Chirping

    Aug 7, 2012
    Nice try but the link didn't have any info. I was asking the nice lady who started the post. So far every time ive looked the answers all seem to be about going hunting. There seems to be no mention of Texas A&M quail under game birds.
  9. TitansDime

    TitansDime Hatching

    Sep 14, 2013
    The Texas A & M do not apply in Arizona because they are Coturnix quail and are not native species to Arizona. I am trying to figure out the Bobwhite deal myself I am in Northern Arizona. I have left a message with the game department as of today. Did anyone find out about where bobwhites apply? Someone in Chino Valley gave me 7 bobwhite eggs for free when I was buying A&M.
  10. ProvokeLife

    ProvokeLife In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2013
    Thanks for all the great info, its worrisome to think a silly permit will change the fate of all things yummy. [​IMG]

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