Property Types: Farms, Waterfront, Plantations, Home, Recreational, Timber Land
Few places have come as close to perfecting the balance between world-class quail hunting and income.
“Perhaps the Utopian dream of a world-class recreational property complimented and financially supported by agriculture has, in fact, been achieved.”
Chokee boasts 5,146± acres and is one of the largest wild quail managed properties in the South. It’s role as a world-class sporting property is also unique in the fact that it’s also been intensively managed for long term economic sustainability, through its vast agriculture and timber resources. Located in the greater Albany Area, just 11 miles east of Leesburg, it is one of the signature properties in an A+ neighborhood adjacent to Senah, Red Oak, Mercer Mill, Cannon, and Whispering Pines. These properties along the Flint River here are noted not only for exceptional wild quail but for consistently producing bucks achieving Boone & Crockett status. This is widely regarded as the best of the best.
Chokee’s signature feature is the 7.5± miles of uninterrupted frontage on the famed Flint River. It boasts one of the largest privately held riverfront holdings in all of the South. Incidentally, almost the entire adjacent river frontage is similarly managed for wild quail and trophy whitetail. The water resources here produce not only recreation and wildlife but agricultural wealth the likes few properties can match. Chokee is also a well capitalized income producing property balancing irrigated farmland, timber, alongside some of the best wild quail habitat in the country.
Those in pursuit of wild quail will find it here, with some of the highest densities in the South. Chokee was previously the northern portion of historic Senah (Hanes Textile Family). This was one of the original Albany Area wild quail properties managed with zeal and financially backed by whatever means necessary to create a world-class recreational experience. Managed as such for generations along with the continual use of prescribed fire and even further capitalization of its farm ground has created an ecosystem and sustainable property unlike any other.
As one would expect the wild bird hunting is as good as it gets. Two U.S. Presidents have hunted here and several Governors. A half day hunt record from November 26, 2014 had 29 number of coveys moved in 3 hours. A Chokee day record on January 24, 2015 had 47 Number of coveys moved. The quail habitat is textbook.
“Chokee is the land equivalent of the “marriage of the century.” The perfect union between two separate asset classes. The best of High Quality Recreational and the best of Farmland. The combined strengths of both result is a property unlike any other.”
The dream of many recreational landowners is finding financial sustainability. Few properties offer the income opportunities or have made the capital improvements Chokee has. The investment aspects of this property are far and above anything we would expect to see on a typical wild quail property. The economic aspects of the irrigated farmland alone is significant with crop rents on 1,506 acres netting over $300,000 annually. Today, irrigated farmland in Southwest Georgia is one of the most desirable investments as a hard asset generating reliable cash rents.
Water is certainly the “new oil.” Chokee boasts 7.5 uninterrupted miles on the beautiful Flint River. The water resources on Chokee, in particular, command very competitive rental rates and the current farmer is well established. A 5-bin grain facility has the capacity to store 25,000 bushels and there are numerous storage and equipment barns for a myriad of crops. The soil fertility, as well as the nearby agricultural infrastructure, makes this one of the most productive agricultural areas in the South. Chokee has 11 Pivots, all manufactured by Valley. Four surface pumps are spaced throughout the property. There is approximately 986± acres of pivot irrigated cropland, 240± acres of hard-hose irrigated pasture, and 280± acres of dry cropland.
“With numerous wells tapped into the regenerating Floridan Aquifer, Chokee boasts some of the best water resources in America. Combine fertile land and local farming infrastructure - it’s a perfect recipe for some of the most generous farm rental rates in the South.” - Jon Kohler
Chokee has more than the average amount of timber for a sporting property. Per the 2018 timber estimate, there was approximately 134,000 tons of merchantable timber valued at over $1,200 per timbered acre. For comparison, this is about double the amount of timber seen on most of wild quail managed properties and another good example of the balance between recreation and income that has been perfected here.
“The Flint River is undeniably one of the South’s most precious natural resources. Generations have enjoyed the river as a resource to water communities, farms and industry alike, but also as an opportunity to experience the natural world through hunting, fishing, swimming and paddling. With 220 undamed river miles, the Flint is one of only 40 rivers left in the United States that flow for more than 200 miles unimpeded.” Flint RiverKeeper
Chokee has been in the same family for almost a generation. It was capitalized by one of Georgia’s top business and political families who had a passion for wildlife, agriculture and the well-being of the people of Georgia. The family developed Chokee as a role model for other landowners to follow. The goal was to benefit the land, wildlife, people and economy. It offers lodges, cottages, barns, a cattle sale barn, agricultural buildings of all types and more. The property is very flexible to various other agricultural and recreational uses. The road system throughout the property is exceptionally developed and maintained.
The main lodge is one of the finest lodges found on any sporting property today. It overlooks a 13 acre lake. Built in 2014, it is 2,688 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Every detail of the lodge is top notch with high-end appliances and finishes throughout. Gabled skylights, vaulted ceilings, and windows provide great natural light. The porch provides a comfortable setting to hear the surrounding quail woods rise with the sun. After a long day afield, the fire pit is a perfect place to recap the day with tall tales from the hunting party. Behind the main lodge is a 570 square foot guest cottage.
The 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath “Chokee Cottage” provides for additional lodging and is great for larger hunting parties. Like the main lodge, this cottage also overlooks one of the lakes on the property. On this lake, there is a dock for fishing. Adjacent to the Chokee Cottage is a wobble trap field. There are 5 additional tenant houses for managers or farm hand.
“These are uncertain times. The High-Quality Recreational asset class is as recession proof as an investment gets. This particular neighborhood is even stronger. Combined with the strength of farm rental rates here Chokee is in a league of its own.”
Location is paramount and just 20 miles north of the property is Lake Blackshear, one of the top destination lakes in the south. Lake Blackshear is a man-made lake upstream on the Flint River providing for boating, skiing, trophy fishing, swimming, and other water sports. In addition to the lake, the golfing at the four-star ranked Vets Course is top-notch as well. Chokee is just 20 miles to Commercial Airport in Albany and 166 miles to Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.
There is not yet a conservation easement on Chokee. At one time Leesburg was one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia. It is an exceptional candidate for a conservation easement and this is a good way to capture the value of 25± acres zoned commercial and 370± acres zoned industrial.
Chokee is priced at $26,000,000. This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of the largest wild quail and riverfront properties in the South; yet, one that very uniquely has significant annual income from farm rents, periodic timber harvests (well above average properties in its class), not yet captured conservation easement opportunities as well as a proven track record for selling unused wild quail hunting days. Chokee is uniquely positioned to be as recreational or financially balanced according to the new owners goals and objectives.