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; the family was able to build the plantation to 2,500 acres over the last seven generations.
The land was originally used to grow, buy and market cotton. When the cotton market declined in the late 1970’s, Arthur combined his lifelong passion for quail hunting and bird dogs and founded Big Red Oak Plantation in 1976. He had established the hunting preserve in 1974 to restore the quail population.
Now, where cotton, peaches, corn, and soybeans were grown, the 2,500 acres farm is planted in switch grass, love grass, small grains, clover, partridge pea, and bi-color lespedeza strictly for wildlife management.
Arthur’s son Rob Estes is determined to continue the legacy of preservation and conservation of Big Red Oak Plantation for future generations.
State of the Art Sporting Clays
In 2004, the Plantation added a state-of-the-art Sporting Clay Range with 5-Stand. The range is a fully automated course, set amongst hardwoods and fields, and is designed to be challenging yet safe. It is a great joy for the novice and the experienced alike.
A few new buildings were added: a Pro Shop with a full line of shooting inventory and ammunition, a pavilion that can accommodate 150 people, and a covered barbecue area.
In 2007 a FITASC (Federation Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse) course and a practice FITASC course were built, and they are open year-round like the Sporting Clay Range. A 300-yard rifle range and a pheasant tower are now on the property.
Big Red Oak Plantation has been selected to host the Georgia State Sporting Clays Championships scheduled for June 20-23, 2013. A new eating pavilion is being built to accommodate the more than 300 people expected for the event.
Today Big Red Oak Plantation is a premier sporting destination and is attracting many new guests who love the great outdoors.
Our Mission Statement
Big Red Oak Plantation is continuing the legacy of seven generations of preservation and conservation on our 2,500 acres of primeval hunting land. It is our mission to preserve Big Red Oak Plantation for the past, present, and future, and to ensure that when you leave the Plantation you will want to come back. We accommodate all ages, skill levels, and group sizes.