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Quail Unlimited brings celebrities to town

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January 31, 2003

Dougherty Co.- Celebrities from movies, sports, and music took the fields around Southwest Georgia for the 17th Annual Quail Unlimited Celebrity Hunt.

This is the conservation group’s biggest fund raising event of the year.

Race Car Driver Andy Hillenburg, who has raced in both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, hunted for the first time in the Quail Unlimited Celebrity Hunt two years ago. Now he's hooked.  "I just thought hunters were a bunch of guys going out shooting things in the woods, but there is a lot more to it than that. I'm proud to be part of their group."

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Doug Johnson grew up hunting, and this is one of his favorite events. "Great hospitality, being able to shoot birds, see beautiful places, like the plantations all around here."

"This is my 47th year that I've been to Albany. I'm only 43 years old, so I'm very committed to Quail Unlimited," joked Entertainer Andy Andrews.

"I love this organization, I love Quail Unlimited, and I love Albany. Everybody treats me like a queen," said Actress Anne Lockhart.

Quail Unlimited preserves the game bird's natural habitat to keep the quail population growing strong. People from all across the nation donate to Quail Unlimited to hunt with the celebrities this weekend.

The Quail Unlimited Hunters are guests of 42 plantation and hunting preserve landowners this weekend, keeping Southwest Georgia's quail hunting sport strong. 

Governor Sonny Perdue and Senator Saxby Chambliss are scheduled to join the Quail Unlimited Hunt Saturday.

posted at 4:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com