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Quails Unlimited to flock to Screven in March
As many as 500 people from
all over the country are expected to come to
The Quails Unlimited
tournament is scheduled for March 27-29 at the Savannah River Preserve, a 1,200-acre
hunting preserve on Highway 24 near
Winning a bid for the annual tournament is a coup for the preserve, which opened in March 2008, and should be a great economic boon to the area especially during these tough economic times, said an owner of the preserve, Kay Powell.
“It’s going to be a pretty big deal,” she said. “It’s not just for this year. If it’s a success, we could end up hosting it three to five years or longer.”
An estimated 300 to 500 people will shoot in the tournament, and more than that will attend, spending money for travel, hotel stays, food and shopping.
Spring Hill Suites in
Statesboro will be the host hotel for the event. It has a banquet room large
enough to handle the entire crowd, Powell said. No hotel in
The Comfort Inn in Statesboro as well as the Sylvania Inn also will house people taking part in the tournament, she said.
Participants do not have to qualify to take part in the event. They also don’t have to be a member of the National Sporting Clays Association to take part; there’s a hunter class for non-members.
“Anybody locally can show up and shoot have the possibility of winning prizes,” Powell said. Prizes typically include such things as guns and shells, she said.
Area chambers of commerce
will be putting together packages of information to give to attendees, telling
them about restaurants, shopping, entertainment and other attractions such as
local wineries. “They’ll shoot at certain times and then have free time,”
Powell said. “In their spare time, they can see what
Quail Unlimited is a
non-profit conservation organization “dedicated to the wise use and management
The group usually has three
national sporting clays tournaments annually, but this year, because of the
troubled economy, it will have only two, said Craig Alderman, director of marketing
and public relations for the group that’s based in
Most of the people expected to attend the tournament in March will drive one or two days to get here, he said.
Alderman said he doesn’t have estimates of how much money the tournament participants bring to an area, but it’s substantial. “It’s going to dramatically help,” area businesses, he said.