About Quail Hunting

Quail Hunting Dogs

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Bob-white

That two-syllable whistle, surrounded by a shady pine canopy, is the familiar sound you’ll most often hear as you venture into a Georgia quail hunting experience. It’s how the bobwhite quail got its name and is the soundtrack - an anthem of sorts - for many Americans eager to carry on a legacy started by their grandfathers, fathers, and uncles.

Bobwhite quail hunting has long been a favorite American pastime. Steeped in tradition and elegance, it can be found throughout much of the United States, particularly in Southeastern states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Northern Florida. But, nowhere does upland hunting’s rich American history play out better in today’s modern world than in the sprawling longleaf pine savannahs during a Georgia quail hunt.

Nestled between several major Southeast cities, South Georgia’s Plantation Belt boasts some of the country’s best quail hunting. Once an area of large cotton plantations, the serene landscape and deep love for the sport by those who call the area home have made the Georgia quail hunts in the Plantation Belt a destination for quail hunters around the world.

Quail Hunting in Georgia: Bobwhite Behavior, Habitat, & Conservation

The bobwhite quail, a beloved bird for generations, is one of the most well studied birds in the country. Properties like Rio Piedra Plantation have worked tirelessly to learn more about the bobwhite and how to create an environment that not only sustains the bobwhite population, but also increases it.

Between 1950 and 2000, Georgia quail populations saw a rapid decline due to various socioeconomic and environmental issues. The bobwhite tends to nest and forage on the ground and prefers brushy meadows and overgrown fields to find food and avoid predators; however, as land management and agricultural practices changed over the latter part of the last century, wild quail populations plummeted. This is where the uniqueness of the South Georgia Plantation Belt comes into play. With 100 private plantations totaling approximately 400,000 acres, the Plantation Belt has an interconnected philosophy that makes for an ideal habitat that supports not only the bobwhite but also many other types of wildlife that are threatened in other parts of the country. It’s also made South Georgia quail hunting some of the best in the United States.

When you hunt at Rio Piedra Plantation, you’ll see what makes Georgia quail hunts so incredible: thoughtful preservation techniques, community-minded land management, and some of the best hunting guides in the business. With this, we’ve been able to maintain high quail population levels in the most natural way possible. Simply put, quail hunting in Georgia is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the sport.  

Quail Hunting Dogs

Courtesy of David Lanier

Quail Hunting Illustration

Courtesy of David Lanier

Why Quail Hunting in Georgia?

While quail hunting in South Georgia is synonymous with the bobwhite quail, many hunt Valley quail, Gambel’s quail, and Blue quail in other parts of the country. This broad array of hunting opportunities has given the sport an almost sacred place in United States history. It’s a lifestyle that is weaved throughout the fabric of American life. Presidents, dignitaries, famous writers, and many more have often found delight, peace and refuge in a quail hunt. Some of the greatest American artists have depicted the sanctity and beauty of a quail hunt in the many paintings that adorn the walls of our homes and museums. Bobwhite quail hunting has long been part of our national culture - especially in the American South.

Quail hunting in Georgia offers an intense human connection to nature and an adrenaline rush found nowhere else. It’s a dichotomy of sorts that involves all the senses. The sweet smell of pine, the silence of the woods, the adrenaline rush as the dogs lock onto a covey, the unforgettable sound of the covey flushing, the crack of the gun, the smell of gunpowder lingering in the air, and the excitement as the dog finds and retrieves the bird all transports a hunter to another time. This feeling of timelessness, of the world standing still, makes Georgia quail hunting so unique.

With an opportunity to connect generations, there’s never been a better time to find refuge in the shady pine canopy of South Georgia’s quail hunting landscape. To leave the noise of today behind - the 24/7 digital world, the alarms, the speed at which we all move - and find true connection in the longleaf pines and the simple song of bobwhite quail is an escape like no other.

Experience the Thrill of Quail Hunting South Georgia Style

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