Albany- After a successful weekend of hunting quail many celebrities will soon be packing their bags and saying goodbye to South Georgia. Former Miami Dolphin Manny Fernandez is, "Laying back and just saying goodbye to everybody and get a chance to talk to people I haven't seen yet."
Fernandez was one of many at Wynfield Plantation for the final day of the 19th Annual Celebrity Quail Hunt and the weekend is going out with a bang. Hunt committee member Tom Seegmueller says, "I'm just looking forward to a big day out here, got some pretty weather, had some good bird hunting over the past two days and just gonna have some good fellowship."
And good fellowship is what they got. Hunters took a break from hunting quail and set their focus on clay at the Celebrity Sporting Clays Fun Shoot. "It's just a lot of fun, lots of prizes," says Wynfield Plantation guide Randy Hickman. "The fellowship. Its just a lot of people out here, you get to meet a lot of people from other plantations."
Over 50 landowners provided 100,000 acres of land for what organizers call a record-breaking weekend. "It's been phenomenal. We've had one of the largest hunts ever. It continues to grow, the hospitality of the landowners makes it a really great event," says Seegmueller.
Quail Unlimited's goal is to raise revenue to support habitat management and research into what it takes to keep quail a viable national resource. Hernandez says, "Organizations like Quail Unlimited and so many of the others do a phenomenal job and without them we would not have the wild game we have in Georgia or anywhere else in this country.
The organization feels they just may have met their goal of $300,000 dollars but won't have a final count until later in the week.