Rio Piedra hearkens back to a finer, gentler era when the quail were your longstanding neighbors and the coveys all had names and the hunting was relaxed and unconfined.
Ask anyone who has ever been here and they will tell you that the total hunting experience at Rio Piedra Plantation is as timeless and authentic as you are likely to find anywhere in the world, on thousands of acres that in many places look much the same as they might have a hundred years ago.
Our birds must be HUNTED, not merely shot. Some days they are easy to find, and some days they are very shy and mysterious.
But they're HERE. And you'll KNOW they're here. And that's what makes it all so serene, with everything set in an atmosphere of casual 5-star elegance that is certain to leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready for more.
Rio Piedra is the only 3-time winner of the "Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year" (2001, 2002 & 2010).
October 19th thru March 15th.
This region of deep South Georgia has always been known as the Quail Capital of the world. The land consists of gentle rolling terrain and pine savannah - a relatively open longleaf pine canopy and wiregrass ground cover. "The Flint", a beautiful free flowing river bisects the plantation and provides a gorgeous backdrop as you take aim with either gun or camera. Gunners go to different areas each morning and afternoon in groups of 2 or 3. There is sufficient hunting acreage to cover different terrain each day for two weeks.
Quail hunting is a fall and winter sport. That often means shirtsleeve hunting by afternoon, but a crackling fireplace feels good after the sun drops. Mornings are cooler. You will want to bring some kind of outerwear for the ride out to the hunting areas on open air jeeps.
The day starts out with a hearty breakfast at 8:00 am. A guide with jeep and dogs will pull up to your doorstep a little before 9:00 am. The jeep ride ranges from 5 minutes to 15 minutes depending on the assigned hunting area. From that point you will be on the ground with guide and dogs, but may relocate by jeep to fresh hunting areas a couple times over the course of a morning. The shooting is usually consistent and you’ll see plenty of birds. That said, there is some variability each day in the number of covey rises based on factors such as weather, overnight predator movement, new food sources etc.
At noon all groups return to the main lodge for lunch and a short siesta if you are so inclined. Lunch is usually an El Fresco affair served on a deck that stretches out onto the Flint River or on one of the lodge patio areas. The afternoon hunt starts at 2:00pm and will have you back at the lodge a little before dusk (5:00–5:30 pm). A hot shower often feels good before cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Our European trained chef will serve dinner at 7:00 pm in a relaxed 5-star environment. Port and cigars are popular around the outdoor fireplace after dinner.
Quail, Quail, and Quail! Bobwhite of course.
Hunting gear should include light chaps or briar pants, upland leather boots, coat or jacket. Wet weather usually moves thru quickly, but some water proof outerwear is a good idea. Our small pro shop can usually accommodate your last minute needs or packing errors.
Q. Where are the nearest airports?
A. Nearest commercial airport: Albany, GA (30-minute drive).
Nearest private airport: Camilla, GA (15-minute drive).
Airport transportation available.