Quail Hunters from all over the country are in Albany Thursday as south Georgia promotes its famous quail hunting industry.
But this year's annual hunt is missing the celebrities that have been a fixture each January for nearly 30-years.
People with a passion for quail hunting are in Albany tonight.
"This is a completely new event; we have formed a southwest Georgia chapter of Quail forever. The mission is to promote Quail hunting, habitat management, quail research," said Tommy Greggors. Treasurer.
A reception was held at the Shackelford House to thank landowners, sponsors and hunters.
"Fortunately we have organizations like this that are striving to bring Quail hunting back as it was 50 or 60 years ago," said Gregg Miller.
And organizers welcome the big economic impact the hunt will bring.
"We want to showcase quail hunting opportunities, it brings people into our community, spend the night in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and spend money here in southwest Georgia," said Greggors.
For years, the now-defunct Quail Unlimited brought celebrities to town for the annual hunt. A group called Quail Albany continued that tradition last year. Quail Forever is organizing the event this year. They won't say why they chose not to include celebrities. They'll only say they're focusing more on the hunting experience.
"Because the number of plantations, people come from all over the country and the world to quail hunt for some of the best quail hunting in the anywhere in the country," said Greggors.
30 hunters will hunt for quail on 8 different properties this weekend for the inaugural event.
Hunters will hit the fields Friday morning at 8 a.m.
The event wraps up Saturday night with a concert by country music artist Cole Taylor at the Hassan Temple.