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Cane Mill Plantation

$16,000,000 Albany, GA 3,890± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Located in the heart of Albany’s storied quail country, Cane Mill Plantation has always been an important and core hunting property within this landscape. Surrounded by other esteemed plantations that include Abigail, Pineknoll, Magnolia and Deer Run, Cane Mill offers the rare opportunity to pursue wild quail among the native habitats of South Georgia’s sprawling upland ecosystem. Cane Mill is 3,890± acres with ~82% in productive uplands. The landscape is diverse and the hardwood bottoms of Mud Creek offer great hunting diversity for trophy deer and eastern turkeys. The plantation includes 160± acres of irrigated farmland and 225± acres of non-irrigated fields. Built in 2002, the plantation home is modest in size and provides a very comfortable setting. Cane Mill is being offered with an impressive kennel of pointing dogs and stable of horses allowing a new owner to be operational on day one. This fifth generation owned plantation is being offered as a whole and in three distinct tracts that range from ~900 acres to ~1,500 acres.

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Broker's Comments

From a quail management perspective, Cane Mill offers the distinct advantage of being completely surrounded by other large and similarly maintained plantations. For wild quail to thrive, this larger contiguous network of habitat puts a landowner in the optimal position to succeed long-term and Cane Mill boasts a very strong population of birds today. Interestingly, Cane Mill - originally known as Gillionville – was the first plantation in this area to convert from agriculture to quail, and the other plantations now surrounding it were originally developed into hunting land from a desire to be next to Cane Mill. This plantation’s landscape is gorgeous, historic, and has been well cared for over the decades providing a diversity of excellent recreational hunting opportunities.

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Location

Cane Mill is ideally situated on the western outskirts of Albany, GA and in the middle of several other actively managed quail hunting plantations. Cane Mill is bordered by Abigail, Pineknoll, Magnolia, Deer Run and Gillionville Plantations. The property is in Dougherty County and only 15 minutes from the Albany airport, which boasts a 6,601’ runway. ExpressJet – a Delta Airline’s connector – operates three flights daily to and from Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport making it easy for all guests traveling to visit. Gillionville Road serves as Cane Mill’s northern boundary and the property is primarily accessed off a very private dirt road - Old Thompson Road.

Locale

Albany Plantation Belt: This contiguous landscape of similarly managed properties became a desirable place post Civil War for wealthy northerners to acquire large tracts of land for the purpose of wintering and recreating. The recreation has been all about the bobwhite quail, as this area produces ideal habitat for their existence and it is here you will find the country’s strongest populations of wild quail. The fact the landscape today remains largely intact is a testament to the current and previous plantation owners and their dedication to stewardship and conservation.

Albany, GA: Albany sits at the center of Southwest Georgia, a storied region closely tied to America’s early Indian culture, the antebellum age of the Old South and the timeless sport of fishing and hunting. Lying below the land around Albany is the Floridan Aquifer, an ocean of fresh water that feeds the area’s rivers and creeks and fuels its economy. Albany is the seat of Dougherty County and is 150 miles south of Atlanta and 90 miles north of Tallahassee, FL. The population is ~77,000, making it the eighth-largest city in the state.

Climate

Lying within the United States’ humid subtropical zone, this area offers long warm summers and the most pleasant and mild of winters. Between November and March, the daily high temperatures average 66 degrees and low temperatures on average are 41 degrees. Precipitation usually peaks during the summer months with an average annual rainfall totaling 51 inches. The annual snowfall is reported as zero inches.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

3,890± acres

The property is being offered as a whole and in the following three tracts. If interested in an individual parcel, contact us for more information on the particulars.
  • Cane Mill Core      1,540± acres        $6,500,000 ($4,220 / acre)
  • Cane Mill South    1,440± acres        $6,000,000 ($4,167 / acre)
  • Doc Walker            910± acres          $3,800,000 ($4,176 / acre)

Deeded Acres: 3,890±

Total Acres: 3,890±

Acreage Breakdown

Acres of Irrigated Crop: 200±

Acres of Dry Crop: 225±

Acres AG Total: 425±

* All acreages are approximations.

Additional Information

Parcel Options (call for more specifics):

  • Cane Mill Core      1,540± acres        $6,500,000 ($4,220 / acre)
  • Cane Mill South    1,440± acres        $6,000,000 ($4,167 / acre)
  • Doc Walker            910± acres          $3,800,000 ($4,176 / acre)

Improvements

Main Lodge: Built in 2002 and totaling 3,104± sq. ft., the main lodge is a casual, simple and very comfortable design that includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It serves as a great hunting lodge with mudroom, cozy den with fireplace and bar, and a nice open living room that opens up on to a back patio.

Employee Housing: There is a manager’s house and an additional employee house on the property. The manager’s house is 1,501± sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The other employee house is 1,172± sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. 

Other Structures: The plantation is complete with a horse barn, dog kennel and two utility shops.

Taxes

The annual property taxes for Cane Mill are ~$35,500. 

Cane Mill is enrolled in Georgia’s Forest Land Protection Program, which “provides landowners with an ad valorem tax exemption for property primarily used for the good faith subsistence or commercial production of trees, timber, or other wood and wood fiber products”. This is a 15-year covenant and Cane Mill’s current enrollment expires in 2025 at which point it can be renewed. This program provides large landowners with substantial annual property tax savings and has no real influence on how Cane Mill is managed.

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Wildlife Resources

First and foremost, Cane Mill is a hunting property and has been managed in this regard for over a century. At Cane Mill, the wild quail bird is revered and cared for and best management practices are followed closely to promote the most favorable habitat. Cane Mill has a strong and impressive kennel of dogs having been developed over the years by a well-respected dog trainer. The property boasts a very robust population of native quail and a new owner will be able to step in and immediately begin enjoying the property.

In addition to the quail, Cane Mill has a diversity of wildlife that will allow an owner, his family and guests to enjoy the property during all hunting seasons. The deer hunting is fantastic and this part of Georgia is known for producing big bucks. There is no shortage of turkeys either. Mud Creek meanders through the north portion of Cane Mill for over three miles and the hardwoods surrounding Mud Creek produce excellent habitat and hunting for spring gobblers.

There are productive dove fields on the plantation. There are ample opportunities and locations to manage great dove fields and a new owner can choose, at his own discretion, how ramped up of a dove program he would like. There are also opportunities to develop duck hunting impoundments and this general area is home to lots of wood ducks.

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