Recreation & The Ogeechee River
Hammock Bluff Plantation has nearly two miles of frontage on the Ogeechee River. The Ogeechee is the only major river in Georgia that flows from the Atlantic to the Piedmont unobstructed by dams, allowing the river to rise with the rainfall in its watershed. This natural fluctuation in river level is an important factor in creating a prolific habitat for fish. Traditionally, the Ogeechee River has excellent fishing results for redbreast, bluegill, shellcracker, and catfish. The current owners of Hammock Bluff Plantation have plenty of photos to prove their fishing success.
There are just two large landowners across the river from Hammock Bluff. There is a county boat landing within the easternmost portion of the property’s river frontage.
There are three larger ponds and two smaller ponds making up nearly 40 acres on the property. There have been some good duck hunts on the ponds for Ring Necks, Teal, and Mallards.
The wildlife on the property is excellent. The deer hunting on the plantation is consistently strong and 130-plus class bucks are the norm. The turkey hunting is also quality. A quail program can be easily implemented, too.
"One of the things that might go overlooked at Hammock Bluff Plantation is the duck hunting. I have a young English Cocker Spaniel, named Smokey that I had just gotten his AKC Hunt title on in December and was interested in getting him into some ducks for retrieving. I was fortunate enough to be invited to bring him to a hunt that was being held on one of the ponds on the tract. I had been on the tract in the early fall and had the opportunity to view hundreds of ducks flushing from the ponds at mid-day so I was confident that Smokey would have a good chance for some duck action.
Having ducks around the Emanuel and Jefferson County areas is a rarity and I was not disappointed with the hunt that morning. There was an unbelievable amount of ducks coming into the pond, ranging from Wood Ducks, Green Wing Teal, Gadwalls, and Ringnecks. On his first duck hunt, Smokey retrieved 13 ducks total with 2 from the land and 11 from the water. I have attached a video of his last retrieve of the morning.
I have also attached a photograph of the 13 ducks he retrieved that morning. Due to his abilities that morning, we were invited back for all the hunts they had on the property for the rest of the season. The hunting was fantastic on all the hunts! Having a place where one can count on ducks being there for dog training is a rarity in this area, but the duck hunting on Hammock Bluff Plantation was never a disappointment!"
- Steve Pickard
Ga. Reg. Forester