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Spring Hill

Taylor & Schley Counties, Georgia620± ACRES

Arguably, one of the finest trophy deer hunting properties in South Georgia under 1,000 acres

Just Listed
$1,900,000
  • 620 +/- acres in the heart of Georgia’s big buck country
  • Located in corner of Taylor, Macon & Schley Counties, some of the most prolific big buck counties in the South
  • Exceptional amount of merchantable timber
  • Rolling topography, big draws, numerous spring creeks starting on the property, mature upland hardwood bottoms
  • 1.5 miles of spring creeks & 3,100 feet on Cedar Creek itself
  • 28 existing food plots!
  • Feeders and stands
  • Camp/lodge 3 BR/2BA, full kitchen, dining room, living room with oversized carport & covered back porch
  • 2BR/1BA Bunk House, living room & handicap accessible bathroom
  • Historic Hill homestead
  • Two newer storage barns, one with spray foam insulation
  • Exceptional mature timber value both pine and hardwood
  • Conveniently located off four-lane U.S. 19 & Prosperity Church Rd
  • Local grocery stores are within 15 minutes of the property – either north to Butler, GA or south to Ellaville, GA
  • Just 26 minutes north of Americus, GA and it’s restaurants
  • Macon, GA is just over an hour drive to the east and Columbus, GA, (Georgia’s second largest city) is just an hour drive to the west

Spring Hill is one of the finest deer/turkey properties under 1,000 acres to come on the market in quite some time. Located at the edge of Macon, Taylor and Schley Counties this property offers quality deer genetics found only here and a few other counties in South Georgia. These areas lead the south in B&C registered “book” bucks. Today, the market for top deer hunting properties located in the right areas is as strong as the quail plantation market - or stronger. We have closed numerous trophy deer properties in the $5,000+ per acre range and the demand continues to rise for well managed land in the right location.

However, that was not always the case. In 1927, Ranger Arthur Woody personally began a lifelong campaign to reestablish whitetail deer in Georgia. His initial efforts and continued passion led to a formal stocking program that spanned 46 years. A few areas, like here, were lucky to receive the Wisconsin strain and most of these areas were lucky enough not to have any native deer to dilute their genetics.

This is why in Georgia, as is some areas of North Florida and Alabama, the original source of the initial release matters over a half a century later.

Deer Restocking Program“In our business the different genetic influence is quite obvious. What these top Georgia areas have in common is a one-time limited release from one superior source, Wisconsin. When we are valuing land to deer hunters this matters. There is no question that Spring Hill has the hardest of the “big three” to achieve…Genetics, Nutrician and Age. Thus, they have everything it takes to make a world class deer property.”  - Jon Kohler

"Taylor and Macon Counties had no deer in 1962, until the Georgia Game and Fish Commission released 41 deer less than 20 miles from here. They didn’t plan on creating a world-class trophy buck destination; it was just too much time and labor to catch the few remaining Georgia coastal deer and relocate them. It was much cheaper to simply pay Wisconsin $35 a head. Regardless, this is what they accomplished and today these two counties have 10 official B&C bucks to their credit and help lead Georgia as one of the top trophy Whitetails destinations in the country.“ - Jon Kohler

“School children in Georgia should be taught more about Ranger Woody and how he started our modern deer restocking than about Johnny Appleseed.” - Jon Kohler

Deer Restocking Records

The current landowners have taken this genetic base and run with it. They feed deer year-round, have installed 28 large food plots, they have corn feeders, protein feeders and fruit trees of all types. The ground here is fertile and can grow about anything one wants. They have even experimented with irrigation on a limited trial basis. They have installed roads and trails throughout to allow access without disturbing game. I can tell you by driving through the place that game is well distributed, both deer and turkey. The last of the “big thee” criterial is age. They very infrequently harvest a deer here. They really are about growing big bucks.

Spring Hill boasts some wonderful water features as well. The property has 3,100 +/- feet on Cedar Creek along with 1.5 +/- miles of spring creeks. The clear sand bottom spring creeks start on the property. There is also a potential lake site as well as the site of an older lake that may be repaired.

To complement the terrific hunting and outdoor experience, the current landowners have refurbished two farmhouses which provide a camp atmosphere for the property. “You’re not going to find an enormous South Georgia mansion here. This is more of a camp feel. This is a place for folks to get away, share camaraderie and enjoy God’s great outdoors.”  The first is a 3BR/2BA with a full kitchen, dining room, and cozy living room. It also has an oversized carport and a spacious covered back porch perfect for parking atvs and gear. The fire-pit is a major draw.

The second home is more of a bunkhouse with two bedrooms, a living room and a handicap accessible bathroom. This home has been tastefully decorated with old tin to create the perfect hunting camp backdrop.

The current landowners have also added two insulated storage barns and an open air shed.

Deer at Spring HillIt’s no coincidence that homesteaders founded the best lands. Here, this farm was originally known for the Hill family whose homestead still stands and whose patriarch and family are buried in a private cemetery on the property. Prior to that this was part of the Creek Nation. In fact, only about 20 miles away is the Old Agency Reserve that President Washington founded in order to trade and develop better relations with the largest Indian tribe in the South. In 2010, we actually sold Old Agency Reserve and helped protect it under a conservation easement. The current landowners have enjoyed panning for artifacts and have found Indian pottery and arrowheads along with remnants from past farmers that settled in the area.

Spring Hill is also a great Social Storm property, sought out not only for recreation and enjoyment, but also as a place for protection and wealth preservation. If tomorrow is a better day, properties like Spring Hill will continue to increase in value, if tomorrow is a worse day, its value will also continue to go up with demand.

 

Spring Hill Social Storm Card

 

While easily accessible off U.S. Highway 19, Spring Hill has a tucked away feel. Local grocery stores are within 15 minutes of the property – either north to Butler, GA or south to Ellaville, GA. Americus has good restaurants, a hospital and is only 26 minutes. Macon, GA is just over an hour drive to the east and Columbus, GA, Georgia’s second largest city, is an hour drive to the west.

For just under the $2M mark you’re not going to find a better deer and turkey hunting property, particularly with this much merchantable timber. With the amount of acreage, the terrific topography and the basics of a solid management plan in place, one would be hard pressed to find a hunting property of greater value, situated in one of the best hunting areas of the country, for a better price.

When we travel here you have a great chance of seeing us in Barrow Automotive (my 2nd favorite gun store in GA after Kevin’s) or eating at The 1800 Mexican Restaurant in downtown Americus.”  - Jon Kohler

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