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Dave Brown, AZ

Since 2000, Dave Brown has guided wingshooters for wild birds in Arizona and Saskatchewan. During the fall, Dave and his staff are busy with The Running Hun Bird Camp conducting waterfowl and upland hunts (Huns and Sharptails), then from November through February, Dave is at home in Arizona conducting quail hunts (Mearns, Gambels, and Scaled) along with dove hunts.
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7 of 7(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Dave Brown, AZ
Review 1 for Dave Brown, AZ
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Saskatchewan Hunt,
March 14, 2014
By: excalibur
from Brooks, AB, Canada
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"We have hunted Huns,Sharptails and Waterfowl with Dave Brown for 6 years and keep coming back.Dave and his crew work hard to put us into birds.The Dog work is amazing and so is the food."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Dave Brown, AZ
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A Fantastic Time,
February 19, 2014
By: birddogsrule
from Carlsbad, CA, USA
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"I have hunted bobwhite quail and pheasant with dogs for over 30 years but this was my first time hunting Mearns Quail. While I knew nothing about hunting these birds, Dave knew the birds, their habits, where to find them and had access to lots of beautiful country in AZ to hunt so you were never walking the same ground. And I must say that Dave's bird dogs were top of the line! I've hunted over many bird dogs (both good and bad) and the dogs are a big part of the hunting experience. Dave's dogs were well trained, in great shape, had great noses (and found birds in tough scenting conditions). It was a great hunt and I had a fantastic time."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Dave Brown, AZ
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Dave Brown/Mearns Quail Hunt,
February 18, 2014
By: Dana1
from San Diego
"Dave is an outstanding guide and dog handler. He's fun, and knows the terrain, birds and dogs. He leads the way on strenuous hunts through challenging terrain, always taking time to educate about bird habitat and behavior and expectations from the dogs. We brought dogs too and Dave did a masterful job of running our dogs when we wanted and matching our dogs with his. He even suited up our dogs with GPS collars. He's superb."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Dave Brown, AZ
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Another Great Hunt in Arizona,
January 13, 2014
By: UncleDanno
from Wasilla, Alaska
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Additional Thoughts:pay at end of hunt. Dave is trusting
"Dave is consistent in that he works his tail off to find birds and make things happen while keeping a positive attitude. His English Pointers, Brittanies and Labs are stellar in their handling of birds. Watching Dave handle three dogs and two hunters flawlessly in a woodland environment is amazing. We saw numerous coveys of Mearn's Quail in the forest and on alternate days saw good numbers of Scaled and Gambel's Quail in the desert."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Dave Brown, AZ
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Desert Quail at their very best!,
January 10, 2014
By: Scotchdouble
from Orange, MA, USA
"There is nothing better in North American upland hunting than what Dave Brown is offering from his home in Patagonia, AZ. Hard-flying Mearns, Scaled, and Gambel's quail over a string of Brittany's and Pointers, all within sight of the Mexican Border... it's rugged and expansive country, and nobody knows its birds like Dave Brown. He leads hunts with a confidence and enthusiasm that is infectious. His knowledge of the terrain, his dog work, and his drive are matched only by his kindness and joviality. This hunt made for the perfect interruption of a cold New England winter."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Dave Brown, AZ
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Great Birds, Great Dogs, Great Guide,
January 30, 2013
By: fishhead
from Anchorage, AK, USA
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"A friend and I sought out Dave to introduce us to Mearns Quail. A new species for us. Dave is providing A-1 service. He is quite knowledgeable of the birds habitat and habits. He runs a healthy string of happy Pointers, Brits and Labs. The dogs are a pleasure to watch work game.
I have hunted wild upland birds with pointing dogs in now 10 states over the course of 44 years.
Dave provided us with all the infrastructure to enjoy a great experience at a great value.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Dave Brown, AZ
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Great guide, great dogs, magnificent country,
January 16, 2013
By: UncleDanno
from Patagonia, Arizona
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"Dave is a master guide with abundant talent and enthusiasm, and he knows his area and the quarry intimately. He worked hard and put in long days. He went above and beyond our expectations. We hunted Mearns Quail for two days and the Gambel's and Scaled Quail for one. Dave's string of English Pointers, Brittanies and Labs are seasoned and enthusiastic, and Dave handles them expertly. Dave loves his dogs and each of them has a great personality and they respond well to his handling. The Patagonia region of southern Arizona is spectacular. Great trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes