Meet the Big Red Oak Plantation Team
Owner and Founder: Arthur Estes, the founder of Big Red Oak Plantation, is a sixth generation family member to live and work on the land. The property started with a mere few hundred acres, and with buying, selling and re-buying, the family was able to build the plantation to 2,500 acres over the last seven generations. The land was originally used in the cotton business -- growing, buying and merchandising. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), the bottom fell out in cotton in the late 1970’s, so with Arthur’s vision he combined his lifelong passion of quail hunting and bird dogs and founded “Big Red Oak Plantation” in 1976. He is married to the Honorable Stiles Allen Estes and has one son, Rob Estes.
"I want to successfully pass on a lifetime of love for the outdoors to my son, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and the friends I have made developing this land so many have come to love."
Vice-President: Dr. Thomas Estes was born and raised in Gay, Georgia, and currently lives in Moultrie, Georgia. Dr. Estes earned degrees from the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia. He is married to the lovely Jennie Keith Estes, and together they have raised a wonderful family full of children and grandchildren. Dr. Estes, like his brother and sister, has a great passion for family heritage. Thomas will work diligently to ensure that conservation and preservation will remain a top priority for Big Red Oak Plantation.
Lisa Bashaw - Lisa was born in South Carolina and raised in California. Lisa has proven herself to be invaluable in the front office, from single-handedly managing tournament registrations to ensuring that all hunters are paired up with the correct guide and course. She is definitely the queen of multi-tasking and ensures that all guests are at the right place on time to maximize their experiences at Big Red Oak Plantation.
COO: Bill Keith was born and raised in Gay, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor's degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University. Bill takes great pride in ensuring that he and his sisters, Jessica Funderburk and Lauren Oliver, and other family and friends will have Big Red Oak Plantation to enjoy for many years to come. Bill spent most of his youth working dogs with Gary Miller and Junior Harris and has been passionate about hunting his entire life. Bill killed his first turkey on the property by age eleven and started guiding quail hunters at the age of sixteen. While in college, he worked part time as a hunting guide on several preserves near Statesboro, Georgia, and would come home to guide at Big Red Oak on weekends.
"Big Mike" Bashaw - Mike "lives and breathes Big Red Oak Plantation." He was born and raised in California but found his way to Gay, Georgia. Founder Arthur Estes was so impressed with his dedication to the conservation and preservation of Big Red Oak Plantation that he hired Mike as general manager for the entire 2,500 acres, including the Sporting Clay Courses, Dog Training, Land Management, Food Plots, and everyday upkeep. “Big Mike” has his finger on the pulse of Big Red Oak Plantation and keeps it running smoothly every day of the year.
Lacey Cohick - Lacey is the head cook and housekeeper at Big Red Oak Plantation. Her mission is to keep your belly full of her Southern-style cuisine. Hunters and shooters come from afar just for her coleslaw and potato salad and her true Southern hospitality.