Welcome to Shadow Oak Plantation
Unique to southwest Georgia’s quail hunting facilities, Shadow Oak’s handsome and comfortable main Lodge and “Bunkhouse” accommodate smaller parties — sleeping a maximum of 14 people — thus offering an uncommon intimacy and privacy to your stay with us. We offer a variety of hunting options tailored to guests who are eager for a sun-up to sun-down full day of excitement, that is had on over 3,000 acres of the diverse terrain of piney woods, crop fields and thickets that make up our carefully managed quail habitat, to those who prefer a laid back half day upland hunt that allows for kicking back, relaxing, sippin’ sweet tea and “shootin’ the bull”. Our “unlimited bird” quail hunts allow shooters to relax without counting birds and considering extra fees for above limit birds shot. For those seeking another great windshooting challenge, we offer European-style Tower Pheasant Shoots as well as half day Quail Hunt/Pheasant Shoots. Whatever you desire, Shadow Oak Plantation has an option that fits.
A Southern Tradition
As the early morning sun spills onto the front porch and through the windows of the Lodge, the day at Shadow Oak begins with fresh coffee and a hearty Southern country breakfast at 8:00. You are then met by our experienced guide(s) in a fully-equipment custom-designed quail hunting rig or “Bird Buggy” (typically 4 shooters per rig, maximum 2 on the ground shooting) to take you afield on your morning quail hunt with pointing and retrieving dogs eager to be let out of their on-board kennels to search for our abundant fast-flying birds. In no time, your small group of hunting partners will be immersed in the excitement of watching Pointers or English Setters scour our prime quail habitat till one suddenly locks up on point while the bracemate, if nearby, honors the point. Safety precautions met, shooters ready, flushers are sent in and the real action begins when a covey takes to the air in a whir of wings! Shot birds are brought back to hand by our retrievers while the ever keen pointing dogs are released to locate singles or your next covey. Our diversity of landscape from field edges for a more open hunt to areas of typical south Georgia blocked tall pine woods provides many different shooting opportunities. At noon, a delicious lunch prepared by our cook is served back at the lodge followed by a short relaxing break until the afternoon hunt resumes your pursuit of the prince of game birds!
Cozy Up in Our Lounge
When the day comes to a close, crackling fires built in our stone fireplaces welcome you back to your rustic home away from home. Depending on weather, you can also relax in one of the rockers on the sweeping front porch, enjoy the screened in back veranda or lounge in an oversized chair or on the comfy couches in the great room of Shadow Oak’s Lodge, sipping a cocktail from our bar while the sun sets on your memorable day engrossed in great bird dog work and shooting fast flying quail! A delicious home-cooked Southern dinner served in relaxed atmosphere dining follows allowing more time to recall and boast of the day’s great adventures afield. Play pool, watch television, tell tales, discuss fine Italian and English shotguns or just lounge till you retire to your well-appointed room to dream of your next day’s fantastic upland shooting. This is Shadow Oak Plantation...where we share our love of the time-honored, simple tradition of Southern quail hunting making memories with family and friends, old and new. Make your reservation to join us this quail season!
Hunting and More
Quail hunting at Shadow Oak offers the rare opportunity of gunning over the sons and daughters of Champion Shadow Oak Bo, raised and developed by our trainers on our grounds along with well-bred and equally talented Pointers and German Shorthaired Pointers. Our Labrador Retrievers and English Cocker Spaniels do the flushing and retrieving of your shot game. All are fit, ready and driven to do their important part providing hours of excitement afield during your quail hunt.
For your convenience there is a Wobble Trap range at the Lodge for rusty shooters or a little warm up.
Wondering around the beautiful grounds surrounding the main Lodge and Bunkhouse, you will no doubt take notice some of the other birds and animals that reside at Shadow Oak Plantation. Providing a mini safari for photography enthusiasts or non hunting guests, the collection of Butch’s exotics includes Peacocks, Ostrich, Emu, Zebras, Blackbuck Antelope, Ankole Watusi cattle, Buffalo, Fallow and Red Deer!
Quail season in Georgia runs from October 1 - March 31. Please reserve your Shadow Oak Plantation hunt early to avoid disappointment.