I hail from the Midwest where I was a hardcore archery hunter, chasing around the big corn feed Whitetail. I moved to the Southwest last summer (where I am still bow hunting) and due to more species to hunt, and longer seasons, I am looking to get into either Quail hunting or Waterfowl hunting.
Waterfowl hunting has always been very interesting to me. I enjoy the weather (even the crap weather), the decoys, the calls, the game, the guns, the dogs, everything. There is nothing that I do not enjoy about Waterfowl hunting. The main issue I have now is that my state is not a Waterfowl hunting mecca. There are birds, but not many. I have also had a couple of offers from individuals to take me out and show me the ropes here.
On the Quail side of things, I am in THE Quail state, period! I have a co-worker who lives and breaths Quail hunting and English Pointers. This individual has already told me that he will take me out as often as I want (he hunts over 60 days a year). He also told me he will show me everything I want to know with regards to English Pointers ( I currently, let me rephrase, the fiancee currently has two Siberian Huskies that I bought for her). Upland hunting has been fun and I have shot many a Pheasant back in the Midwest. Quail are new to me, but the opportunity for me is there.
Life being what it is, and finances being what they are, I can only get into one of the two, to start. Eventually, I will do both and enjoy doing both. Personally, I "think" I would enjoy Waterfowl more, however, this state has very few birds. I do "think" I will enjoy Quail hunting. So I ask, what would you all do?