Honey Lake Plantation
Sporting Classics named Honey Lake Plantation their 2012 Lodge of the Year! Go behind the scenes on this incredible recreational plantation.
Established Plantation Featuring a Spectacular 80 +/- Acre Lake; One of Only Two Natural Deep Water Lakes on a Red Hills Plantation
Sporting & Wildlife
Honey Lake Plantation’s multitude of ecosystems provide sporting opportunities second to none. The current and past owners have long been engaged in habitat improvement and wildlife management initiatives to create the ultimate in recreation.
Hundreds of acres of quail habitat were restored and vast amounts of acreage enhanced for wildlife. However, unlike most other large scale habitat improvement initiatives in the region, timber assets were not diminished to capitalize the restoration efforts. The unique result is that the timber quality and stocking is excellent, while at the same time it is at the forefront of modern wildlife management.
"Aside from the initial investment, the next most important concern is annual operating costs. Honey Lake is again very unique for two reasons. First, not long ago gone, it went through one of the most capital intensive habitat restoration efforts we have seen in a long time. If it needed to be done (or could be done) to improve the aesthetics or hunting, it has been done. What they did was absolutely amazing. This has now made the annual operating costs very low and very simple. Second, unlike many places, Honey Lake's timber stands and much of its fields are still operated as a "storer of wealth." Timber is in various stages of growth with many, many varieties and stands. The new owner can balance this to his or her own goals but the wealth is there. Even the summer food plots are planted in perennial peanut hay (best summer deer forage in the south) that actually makes money by selling the hay! This is a very unique property and a very special opportunity."
Since the Gilded Age over 100 years ago, sportsmen and women have flocked to the South Georgia and North Florida region for a three-month term of fashionable quail shoots, epicurean mid-day respites, and elegant evening soirees. The quail hunting traditions continue at Honey Lake Plantation with both a wild and pre-season release program.
The excellent habitat at management at Honey Lake Plantation produce really nice bucks, and the six miles of high fence along the northern and western boundary result in great age class and numbers.
“High fencing only the roads and property lines (not bordering other plantations or swamps) is one of the best deer management techniques we see today. As such, the age class and B&C scores on Honey Lake’s whitetails rivals anything we have seen in the Southeast.”
The turkey hunting is excellent. Due to its location, Honey Lake has a unique advantage among other plantations of having wild turkeys with a high strain of the prestigious Osceola subspecies which typically has larger spur length than birds with more Eastern genetics.
Depending upon the annual migratory patterns, wood ducks, green-winged teal, and blue-winged teal arrive in mid-to-late December. Later on they are joined by mallards, black ducks, widgeon, and pintails, then finally, redheads, bluebills and ringnecks. There are two floodable duck ponds.
The plantation provides endless recreational opportunities—morning kayaking on the smooth waters of Honey Lake, hikes, horseback rides, and more!