Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a hunting license from the state of Georgia to hunt at Rio Piedra?

Yes, the Department of Natural Resources requires all of our guests to purchase a Shooting Preserve License directly from the State of Georgia. Please visit www.georgiawildlife.com to purchase a Shooting Preserve License.

During what months are you open for guests?

We are open from mid-October through mid-March. Please contact us with a rough timeframe that works for you. We will immediately provide you with multiple date options to pick and choose from. Do let us know the number of shooters and the number of nights and days of hunting desired. For more information about the Georgia quail hunting season, visit here.

Do you offer any hunting instruction?

Yes, we offer different types of instruction based on skill level, but first and foremost, safety is our top priority at Rio Piedra. We require all of our guests watch a safety video prior to their first hunt. Beyond that, our team of highly-trained huntsmen is ready to help new hunters and veterans alike get the most out of their quail hunt. From helping to improve shooting skills to lining up the perfect shot, our hunting guides can make the difference between just another hunt and an unforgettable experience. Guests also have the option of working with one of our Orvis-certified shooting instructors in a private setting. Contact us to reserve a time slot. For more information about the quail hunting guides and safety, visit here.

Is there a limit on how many birds I can shoot?

While there is no limit to the number of birds you can shoot, we do offer a twelve-bird privilege. There will be a small charge for additional birds.

What kinds of dogs will accompany me on the hunt?

Rio Piedra’s kennels contain over 100 English Pointers, English Setters, and English Cocker Spaniels all ready to find every last bird and make your quail hunting experience the best it can possibly be. Click here to learn more about what makes our dogs the best in the business.

Can I bring my own gun and ammunition or do you have rentals on site?

Guests may bring their own ammunition and shotgun or use one of the rentals available onsite. We offer 20 gauge Orvis-branded over-unders for rental and stock .410, 28, 20, 16 and 12 gauge ammunition.

What is the hunter/guide ratio?

There is a maximum of 2 hunters per guide/Jeep. Occasionally a shooter opts to hunt solo, but pays for 2 shooters.

How can I reserve for a large group?

We would love to host your large group. Contact us and we’ll get you set up.

Are spectators allowed?

Yes, spectators are allowed on the hunt. The non-shooter fee is $550/night.

What should I wear on the hunt?

For your comfort and safety, we recommend wearing briar pants or briar chaps, a blaze orange hunting vest, and broken-in boots. We also encourage our guests to dress in layers for cool mornings and mild afternoons.

What should I wear around the lodge?

Hunting attire is perfectly acceptable for breakfast and lunch. During evening dinner men usually wear slacks and collared shirts. Blazers and sports coats are optional. Attire for our female guests is smart casual. Dressy denim is fine.

Is apparel available for purchase on site?

Yes, we have an array of Orvis and Barbour sporting apparel onsite for purchase.

Do I need to bring any snacks or drinks to Rio Piedra?

Your stay at Rio Piedra is all-inclusive. We provide breakfast, lunch, post-hunt hors d’oeuvres, and dinner, as well as an expansive wine selection and open bar. We also provide soft drinks and water during the hunt. We promise you will not go hungry or thirsty during your stay with us! Should you have any specific preferences like single malt scotch or premium wines, we will be happy to pick them up for you at our wholesale cost.

Do you have a tipping policy?

Tipping is always voluntary and at a guest’s discretion. Typical guide tips are around $70/per shooter/day, and wait staff/housekeeping is around $30/person/night.

How will I get around the property?

Rio Piedra is a completely walkable property, and if you are staying in one of our cabins near the main lodge, you will have access to a golf cart for your convenience. During the hunt, your quail hunting guide will transport you to the hunting grounds in one of our many customized jeeps.

Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes, we are happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please let us know of any restrictions a couple weeks before arrival.

When is check-in/check-out?

Our rooms are available for guests by 1:30 pm. Check out is by 12:15 pm. We are always happy to work with you on arrival times, so please contact us if you need special arrangements.

What is a typical hunt schedule?

Here’s what a typical day looks like at Rio Piedra (please note times might vary):

  • 8:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – Morning hunt
  • 12:15 pm - Arrive back at the lodge
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – Afternoon hunt
  • 5:15 pm – Arrive back at the lodge.
  • 5:30 pm – Evening hors d’oeuvres
  • 7:00 pm - Dinner

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask for a 50% deposit at the time of booking. The remainder of your balance will be due October 1. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance, as deposits are non-refundable.

How can I reserve?

There are many ways to get in touch with us. Please click here, call us at 229-336-1677, or email at info@riopiedraplantation.com. Knowing most of our guests rebook a year in advance, we recommend booking as early as possible to ensure availability of dates. We look forward to talking to you, and can’t wait to have you for the hunt of a lifetime!