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Southwind Plantation, GA

We are SouthWind Plantation---South Georgia's premier, Reservation-only outdoor adventure plantation. From blue ribbon hunting to trophy fishing, we offer distinctive outdoor adventures for the discerning sportsman with all of the grace and heritage of a traditional Southern plantation.
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31 of 31(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Southwind Plantation, GA
Review 1 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nothing Like It!,
January 29, 2015
By: ErnestJ
from Houston, TX, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Friendly, knowledgeable and hard working
"If the Ritz Carlton had a quail hunting location, it would be at the Southwind Plantation It's difficult to know where to begin in describing the experience of hunting at Southwind Plantation. Every facet of the event was beyond first class. From the personal greeting of Mr. Tim Smith, the owner of Southwind, to the personal assistance from the hunting guides, the level of service is beyond words. We felt at home from the moment we walked into the lodge. The other guests quickly became friends. The food was equal to any of the fine Southern dining experiences I have enjoyed throughout the "foodie" capitals of Charleston, Atlanta, Savannah and New Orleans. Hot and aplenty, each meal is a comfortable culinary adventure and delight. (P.S. Tim, you may want to tie down those light fluffy biscuits to keep them from floating away!!)
The hunting is fast, challenging and fun. A great combination of wild and released birds to challenge and hone your shooting skills. Dogs...did I mention the Dogs? Or should I say "Athletes"? Quit is not a word in the Southwind Hunting Dog vocabulary. A thrill to watch them work; you quickly become part of their team and you immediately anticipate their eagerness to provide you a great hunt. However, beware of Mike the pointer; if you miss a bird he points, you will get a stare from him!! And if there is harder working flusher than Max the British Cocker Spaniel, I dare you to bring him or her to Southwind. I'm still not sure how God packed that much personality, energy and intelligence into a 20 pound package.
My only complaint...having to leave. See you and the great Southwind Plantation team next year!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Top Tier Experience,
January 28, 2015
By: Stocksbuildwealth
from Charlotte, NC
"After a trip to Southwind 4 years ago on a friend's recommendation, I haven't gone anywhere else. The experience is as complete as it gets. Incredible hunts, top-notch guides and staff. The energy at the lodge is wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and eager to please. Food is excellent. Already looking forward to my next visit!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Terrific, fun time,
January 26, 2015
By: MissChristine
from Los Gatos, CA, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"Southwind's hospitality and welcoming nature is hands down the best I've experienced. The Smith's and their team of people really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home. Accommodations, meals and of course the hunt can't be beat. Guides are matched perfectly to each client and the dogs are surpurbly well trained. We had such a grand time that we booked a second trip before we left."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Southwind Plantation, GA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
First class!,
January 23, 2015
By: Mikeybb
from Denver, CO, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Very accommodating.
"The staff at Southwind are the most accommodating folks! We never heard the word "no" to any reasonable request. Shooting was very sporting, guides, dogs and equipment all excellent. You can do no better that Southwind for charm and an exceptional experience!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pure Enjoyment,
January 19, 2015
By: TrumanI
from Montgomery, AL, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Southwind is the best quail hunting experience anyone could ask for. The accommodations are unbelievable, the people are wonderful and the hunting is outstanding. We have been hosting our customers here for years and have yet to be disappointed. Thank you Tim, Joseph and Connie for another great visit. See you next year!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
GREAT folks & flying birds,
January 19, 2015
By: mkoop
from Gatorville, FL
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"this is my 4th time to Southwind & am already planning my next visit. The quality of the hunt, lodge & the folks is outstanding & continues to be one of my hunting hightlights. Some great coveys - i have seen several 40+ & many wild birds to boot. Go. You will be glad you did."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding Hunting and 1st Class Treatment,
January 16, 2015
By: fourstarjerry
from Montgomery, AL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"We have been bringing customers and vendors to Southwind for 5 years now and they just seem to get better every year! The accomodations are first rate, the food is first rate, the hosts are first rate (Connie), the guides are first rate and Joseph and Tim are outstanding. You will not find a more accomodating group of people and the facilities are second to none. Do not wait book a trip for yourself and you will NOT be disappointed."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Southwind Is Truly Exceptional,
January 2, 2015
By: ALquailHunter
from Huntsville, AL, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:fantastic knowledge and communication
"I have now visited Southwind for two hunts carrying corporate associates. One was a late season hunt and one an early season hunt. Each time I had 10 hunters of varying experience levels. Both of our visits were superb experiences. The plantation has excellent guides who work well with all levels of hunters. The bird dogs are top notch. The birds fly better than any other plantation I have visited (which includes about a dozen different top operations throughout the Southeastern U.s. I can say that Southwind outdoes every place I have been in every category - including exceptional lodging and hospitality, fantastic chef prepared meals, top shelf liquors, beautiful grounds, and of course excellent hunting - transportation, logistics, guides, dogs, and birds. I recommend Southwind without reservation and have already booked another hunt for next year. I plan to keep Southwind as a staple in my annual rotation of great places to hunt. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the owners of the plantation are there with you for meals and the entire staff will go out of their way for any request. We also enjoyed some great other recreation during the afternoons - including catching trophy size bass in the lakes and enjoying skeet shooting. You will not regret visiting this fine establishment."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Quail Plantation,
December 31, 2014
By: BillEvans
from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Southwind is by far the best quail plantation. The accommodations are that of a fine resort. The staff is there to see to every need. The meals are fantastic... And, oh yeah, the quail hunting is superb. The hunting fields are some of the best we've hunted. The guides are very professional and the dogs are great."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
First Class Quail Hunting,
March 25, 2014
By: 1shotdrop
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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"First and foremost the meals provided at Southwind plantation are phenomenal. This plantation has well trained dogs, great guides, and plenty of birds. They even put out a few pheasant for us, which was quite the treat."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Well done,
March 5, 2014
By: TM12
from New York, NY, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:He was excellent. He knows hunting.
"I just hosted a group of 20 folks at the Plantation. This was a very successful outing. The hunting, hospitality and accommodations were all excellent. The main attraction to this trip was the hunting and the guides were experienced and worked well with the wide range of hunters that we had with us."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
best hunt ever,
January 31, 2014
By: tireman
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Son's first hunt,
December 9, 2013
By: ChiefMatthew
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Southwind and the team from Joseph at booking to Mr. Greg our guide made my son's first hunt an exceptional experience. My father, son and I enjoyed the great dogs, hunting, food and hospitality."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Exceptional,
December 4, 2013
By: ChuckandBandit
from Tennessee
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Greg was particularly patient and kind with my grandson.
"Southwind and it's exceptional staff helped my son and I to make my grandson's first hunt the best it could be. Three generations hunted together with wonderful dogs on beautifully maintained land. The accommodations, the food, and the hospitality are truly first rate.
I have hunted on a number of other plantations and Southwind is nat the top of my list
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great visit,
November 13, 2013
By: Jackbirddog
from Naples, Florida
"My son and I just recently enjoy the trip with a old friend of mine and his son.... fantastic service ..food ...guides ...dogs...birds...views....definitely worth a revisit for us in the near future.
Michael"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Hunt,
November 10, 2013
By: Mcasey
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:He was great, had excellent control of the dogs!
"The birds fly like the wild birds I grew up hunting with my Father. The staff, lodge, and food were great. I will be back!!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
brids down,
September 17, 2013
By: birdsdown1
from Dothan Al
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4 / 5
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"i have been for 3 years in a row and this one of the best hunting lodges i've ever been to the staff and the food is tops and the guides go the extra mile to make your hunt special thanks Tim for Southwind"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome Experience,
March 8, 2013
By: khill3
from Walterboro, SC 29488, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Carroll Tire took me here for a 2 night 2 day hunt. Awesome experience. By far the best run outfit I have ever been too. Looking forward to going back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
No Place I'd Rather Be,
February 27, 2013
By: ChiefOneWing
from Tallhassee, Fl
"Over the years, I've had many enjoyable hunts at Southwind. This year I had four hunts there. Each day I had a different guide, and each one was knowledgable, personable, and hunted hard. All the dogs were well trained and efficient. When the birds were flushed, it was "wild". The staff at the lodge is always pleasant, and helpful. The meals are good!
Of all the places I have hunted quail, there is no place I rather hunt than Southwind!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Flying Birds,
February 21, 2013
By: mkoop
from Gatorville, FL
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Great guides & dogs
"Southwind offered some of the best flying birds, i have hunted, ever. we had several covey's of 30+ birds that flew GREAT. Wish my shooting was as good! Good people & great time. Coming back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes