small game species include cottontail rabbits,
tree squirrels, upland game birds (quails,
chukar, grouse, and pheasants), and migratory
game birds (ducks, geese, swan, sandhill
cranes, coot, gallinule, common snipe, mourning
and white-winged doves, and band-tailed pigeon).
One or more of these species occur in virtually
all vegetation types throughout Arizona,
from the highest mountains to the lowest
plains; forests, wetlands, and deserts; and
farmlands, cities, and wilderness.
The determining factor controlling small game numbers in Arizona is the
quality and quantity of habitats, which in turn often reflects climatic
An Introduction to Hunting Arizona’s Small Game by Randy Babb