Arizona small game hunting seasons now open

Small game hunting season in Arizona began Friday, Oct. 9 for many species, including cottontail rabbits, which can be hunted through June 30, 2021. (Photo by VJAnderson, cc-by-sa-4.0,

PHOENIX – This is the time of year Arizona’s small game and waterfowl hunters have been waiting for.

In addition to the start of tree squirrel and band-tailed pigeon seasons Friday, Oct. 9, hunters can pursue dusky (blue) grouse through Nov. 8 and chukar until Feb. 7, 2021. The season for cottontail rabbits runs through June 30, 2021, and the Gambel’s and scaled quail seasons starts Oct. 16.