The decline of the native Bob White Quail led to the establishment of the hunting preserve in 1974 to restore the quail population and as a side line to farming. Now where cotton, peaches, corn and soybeans were grown, the 3500 acre farm is planted in switch grass, love grass, small grains, clover, partridge pea, and bi color lespedeza strictly for wildlife management.
In 2004, we added a state of the art Sporting Clay Range with 5-Stand. The range is a fully automated course, set amongst hard woods to fields, always keeping in mind the comforts of our customers. A great joy for the novice and the experienced alike. We also added a few new buildings, a Pro-Shop with a full line of Shooting Inventory and ammunition, a Pavilion that can accommodate 150 plus people and a covered Bar-B-Q area.
Now you can experience it first hand. Close enough to town for convenience, yet far enough out in the country for real enjoyment. Gay, Georgia is centrally located approximately an hour's drive from either Atlanta, Columbus, or Macon on Ga. State Highway 85/74, and only thirty minutes from LaGrange, Newnan, Fayetteville, Thomaston or Griffin. All major airports and many smaller airports are easily accessible.
Arthur Estes, the founder of Big Red Oak Plantation is a sixth generation family member to live and work on the land. He operates and maintains the hunting preserve year round. "Quail hunting and bird dogs have been my lifelong passion."