Southern Crop

Southern Crop

Fragile Hunting Grounds in the Southeast’s ‘Quail Belt’

Straddling the border of Georgia and Florida are 300,000 acres of pristine pines and rolling, grassy hills. Hunting parties traverse the grounds, accompanied by mule-drawn, 100-year-old wagons, trained dogs and staff on horseback in search of wild bobwhite quail. Plantation homes sit at the end of long driveways, invisible to passersby.

The region is called the Red Hills, an area designated one of America’s “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. Plantation owners want to keep the wide-open spaces undeveloped, partly to preserve quail habitats for hunting, but largely to act as stewards of the land and homes that have been in their families for generations.

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