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Quail hunting pours millions to South Georgia economy

Chris Hardy Albany Chamber of Commerce president. Chris Hardy Albany Chamber of Commerce president.
Kurt Guthrie Wynfield Plantation general manager. Kurt Guthrie Wynfield Plantation general manager.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia is the quail hunting capital of the world and that attracts a covey of business.

A recently completed study by Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee shows last year quail hunting generated $125 million and created nearly 900 jobs.

Quail hunting attracts people from all over the country and even the world.

So the economic impact is even more than what people may realize.

"Our retail, our local hotels and motels, our restaurants, you know all of those that capitalize on visitor dollars being spent here," said Chris Hardy Albany Chamber of Commerce president.

Wynfield Plantation has plenty of materials for their guests which they purchase locally.

"We can provide them with guns and shells as long as all the supplies that they need. Most all of that we purchase in the Dougherty County area," said Kurt Guthrie Wynfield Plantation general manager.

This domino effect goes beyond the fields for quail hunters.

"It's so much more than that and people need to understand that and realize the impact it makes on our county comes to quality of life, outdoor recreation but overall economically," said Hardy.

Some hunters make time to have a day around town.

"They want to go into town and shop certain areas they want to visit some of the local restaurants in town," said Guthrie.

Why is South Georgia the place to quail hunt?

"It's because of the natural setting we have," said Guthrie.

That natural setting will keep an already thriving business a hot commodity for years to come.

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