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 8:00am. A guide with jeep and dogs will pull up to your doorstep a little before 9:00am. 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 – 5:30pm). A hot shower often feels good before cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Our European trained chef will serve dinner at 7:00pm 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.
Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 194 reviews
192 of 194 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Five Star Experience -
There are many places to hunt quail in the old southern tradition. There is only one place to experience this on a whole new level... RIO PIEDRA!
First Class Hunt! -
By: savannahdawg00 from Savannah, GA, USA
Great service, incredible food and wonderful hunt. One of the best quail hunting trips I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
Never disappoints -
By: Banksfamilyatm from Salt Lake City, UT, USA
This is the third time we have hosted customers to this Southern Georgia retreat. When you have Annie and Bill and there team backing you up our customers are always impressed with the lodging, food, hunting and general ambiance of the place.
Georgia quail hunting -
After 20 years of quail hunting in Georgia at many of the best known lodges I have found the very best in Rio Piedra. The best in all categories;Fields,Guides Birds(some wild)Dogs,Lodge,Food and Hosts in Bill and Anne
Great Hunt -
By: APEAmember from Eufaula, AL, USA
Excellent experience. Great food, good fellowship, competent guides, and superb facilities.
great time -
By: BACNY from ny
Had a great time people were nice it was also nice to see the owners take an active interest in their clients. great staff all around.
Fantastic as usual -
This was our 7th year at Rio P and it was just as great as it's always been. Top notch hunting, truly great guides. Accommodations are superb. Can't wait for year eight!
Hard to describe -
By: ccbass from Painesville, OH, USA
Until you go and experience Rio it is going to be hard to believe anyone at how awesome it is, the lodge and cabin experience is truly five star- I can say I have never been anymore comfortable. The quail hunting was so laid back and fun. All in all it was one of the most relaxing weekends of my life- this place is for me and we are already booked for next year! Thanks
4th Great trip to Rio Piedra -
By: ABeisel from Auburn, AL, USA
I would encourage everyone to put this on your Bucket List. Beautiful lodge and setting. Friendly staff. Tremendous guides and dogs. You will not believe how great the food is. Rio Piedra is WORLD CLASS in every way!
Quail Quintessence -
By: curtis44520 from Cleveland, Ohio
From the minute you arrive they handle everything. From the linens and the lodging to every meal you eat its top quality and nothing is missed. Guides are Perfect and the hunting is supreme. Nothing to add!