ADAIRSVILLE, GA— One of the few resorts in the country offering an onsite wing shooting, hunting and fly fishing program, Barnsley Gardens Resort reopens its sporting program and hunting plantation as The Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Gardens Resort this October. A full-service outfitter, The Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Gardens Resort includes a new Gun Club, horse-mounted hunts, a 17-station clay shooting course, 2,200-acre Springbank Plantation, fly fishing and corporate sporting packages.“We have taken management of our sporting programs in-house with the goal of creating the finest independent hunting program in the Southeast,” said Scott Mahr, general manager.Aiming for a more exclusive shooting experience, The Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Gardens Resort will now offer a private Gun Club. Members receive discounted rates for sporting clay rounds, five stand shoots and quail hunts, based on the type of membership. Gun Club memberships are $150 per year for clay shooting and $1,500 per year for quail hunting; they can be purchased through The Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Gardens Resort at 770-773-7480.The challenging 17-station clay shooting course ignites a sense of adventure in all who explore its field with half- or full-day shooting school or private instructions. Both novice and seasoned shooters will feel comfortable as they receive personal instructions from world-class instructor, Skip Smith. One of only a few Level III certified instructors in the United States, Smith brings unparalleled experience and technique to his classes. Guests may bring their own trusted equipment or rent quality equipment from The Shooting Grounds.The resort’s 2,200-acre quail preserve, Springbank Plantation, is the perfect setting for guided quail, pheasant, turkey and deer hunts. Taken by Jeep to the plantation, guests are led on half- or full-day, seasonal excursions. Quail and pheasant hunts are led from October to March and turkey hunts are led from March to May. Both morning and afternoon hunts are offered and include bird dogs, expert guides, plantation vehicle, shotgun safety, hunting license and bird limit. The Shooting Grounds will also clean and package birds for hunters who hit the bulls eye to remember their experience even after they return home. Guests who are feeling more adventurous will now also have the option to participate in horse-mounted hunts.The new sporting program encompasses air, land and water as fly fishing programs are also available. Guests may choose from individual fly casting lessons or group instruction and enjoy an afternoon of guided or self-guided fishing excursions on Barnsley’s Woodlands Pond. The instructors teach all levels, including equipment and fishing knot basics as well as multiple fly casting techniques.To fire up the office staff, corporate sporting packages offer a unique team building experience. Corporate packages are available for half- or full-day shoots and include guides, Jeeps, dogs, license, a meal for full-day hunts, and 15 birds per person, per half-day hunt or 30 birds per person, per full-day hunt. For companies seeking a more tranquil outdoor experience, fly casting and fly fishing demonstrations and seminars make an interesting afternoon event. Demonstrations include a discussion on lines, rods, reels and the use for different types of flies, as well as a fly casting demonstration. The seminar adds a discussion on knot tying, fishing techniques and instruction on fly casting in the scenic resort ponds.To learn more about Barnsley Gardens Resort or to make a reservation, please call 877-773-2447 or visit To schedule a sporting time, please contact The Shooting Grounds at 770-773-7480.In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 60 miles north of Atlanta, Barnsley Gardens Resort welcomes guests into a storybook romantic setting of incomparable service. Encompassing 1,400 landscaped acres, the historic Barnsley Gardens offers a unique getaway experience. Originally built as an opulent estate in the 19th century, the grounds have been transformed into a world-class resort. All guests are lodged in private rooms, suites or cottages, all luxuriously appointed with a mix of old-world charm and modern convenience. Whether looking for a relaxing weekend, strategic meeting or an elegant wedding, guests will discover a retreat of privacy and perfection. Amenities include gourmet dining, immaculate gardens, historic ruins, a European-style spa, and exciting recreational choices such as world-class golf, wingshooting and fly-fishing schools, and horseback riding along scenic trails. additional media information, please contact:Inga MaronePineapple Public Relationsinga@pineapple-pr.com404-237-3761
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