Doors Closed October 6,2013
FYI for HUNT info.......
Contact Shane Mercer at (706)-340-3614 or
To book a guided quail or hunt your own dog date contact Hal Grant at
To the Shooters, Hunters, One-timers, Regulars……
friends of Plantation Gun Club
We are just gonna take aim and shoot…….Get to the point !
It is with a heavy heart but mostly a shaking head that we have to announce that we are closing the business.
So why close? Here’s “The rest of the story”
In late May of this year, my wife & I were notified by the Oglethorpe County Tax Assessors Office that we were in “Potential Breech of Conservation” on the Gun Club land………wait, there’s more. The Tax Assessors were advising us to just have “hunting”. It’s pretty difficult to have a Sporting Clays business and Hunt Club without the Sporting Clays. We were given the option of continuing the business as we had hoped, but would face enormous fees for removing the land from the Conservation program. We were also given a deadline to resolve the issue. The “talks” continued over the summer and we removed one fun thing at a time from our business until now we must remove ourselves.
How does this happen?
We are honestly shaking our heads and asking all the same questions!! We are having a difficult time understanding, which kind of makes it challenging to share with our loyal friends, members and customers.
I am not new to business…and very familiar with City & County Government agencies. In March of 2012 we began talks to buy Brush Creek equipment. Before the first dollar exchanged hands, we met with the Officials. By June of 2012 we were granted a business license and the Plantation Gun Club was born. Things went off with a bang…business was good and the word was spreading. February 2013 was a bit challenging as we had management turnover. We put the “Field / Course” man in charge. I know people, I know money and I know guns…..I even had to get a few pointers from behind the register. We also had guidance from some of our own “expert” customers and for this we are truly thankful.
April showers bring May Flowers?
April brought more than Spring showers: stories started and rumors spread amongst the other “shooting circles” of North Georgia regarding our “bankruptcy, going out of business, conservation problems” We received the nice letter from the Tax man on May 17th, By that time, we had already dumped big dollars into upgraded machines and improvements to the facility. My wife had resigned her RN job to focus on marketing and advertising. We had “big ideas” and plans for Competitive Shoots, fun shoots, hunts, kids activities and family friendly events.
Where did we go wrong?
Not really sure As in my military days, I followed protocols as advised by the Officials. I unfortunately cannot afford the amount of money it will take to make right what was someone elses’ mistake / misdirection / misinformation.
How can you help you say?
Get in touch with your local Representatives and Senators. Lets push to allow skeet ranges on Conservation land. There is Legislation on the books now….. we can all help persuade the Senators to get this bill approved. Maybe the new year will bring better news !!
Investors Welcome !!
The Plantation Gun Club sits in a prime location in Oglethorpe County, Georgia; a shorter drive for some, but we have had visitors from Atlanta, Greenville and even some that beat the “Yankee Dove”. It has a large fellowship room with a unique rock fireplace; spacious covered deck with comfortable seating; plenty of parking area and hundreds of acres of terrific hunting. The ‘showroom’ has lots of character as well, to go along with the “scores” shared by those that enter. The business has great potential for further success.
Spread the word…..this could be someone’s dream job
Doors close at 5pm on Sunday Oct 7th .......
you still have time to bust one more!!