One of the many membership benefits available to Ford members is access to Dorchester Shooting Preserve, just a short, 20–minute drive from The Ford Plantation.
Dorchester provides plenty of opportunities for those who enjoy shooting sports—and those who want to learn about them.
Game Shooting Galore
Dorchester Shooting Preserve features more than 5,000 acres of quail habitat that have been quality managed for more than a decade. Cooler weather in October ushers in the much-anticipated beginning of quail season that will last through March.
With more than 100,000 birds on the preserve during the season, quail hunting at Dorchester is among the very best in the South. The preserve provides the ideal quail habitat with ample ground for bevies of quail to forage among the sparsely populated pine forest.
Experienced guides ensure that hunts are both fun and safe, and Dorchester takes great pride in its well-trained pointers and retrievers. You’ll have a great time with these enthusiastic four-legged hunting buddies, or you can make arrangements to bring your own trained hunting dogs.
A typical quail hunt lasts three hours. Two hunters are accompanied by a guide, working with a brace (team) of dogs consisting of two Cockers and one Pointer. Even for those who may not be seasoned shooters but love to be outdoors in the fall, a quail hunt is an unforgettable bucket-list item to experience—the only thing you need to have is enthusiasm.
Dorchester also offers opportunities to hunt duck, pheasant, and wild boar. Pheasant hunts are conducted in a tower shoot format, and boar hunts use bay and catch dogs in order to make encounters with this dangerous species safe and successful.
Non-game Shooting Too
Dorchester also features a world-class sporting clays course designed by Chris Batha. Both novice and experienced shooters will enjoy this fully-automated, 15-station course. Stations feature multiple targets and each is set among majestic oaks and pine trees or overlooking small ponds.
In addition to the sporting clays course, Dorchester maintains a pistol and rifle range, accommodating shooting distances of up to 300 yards. The gun range is perfect for sighting in rifles, practicing with handguns, or teaching the finer points of gun safety.
Need to Learn?
What separates Ford from other communities is our experienced instructors. Both Outdoor Pursuits Director Mike Womble and ODP Assistant Danny Sharpe are National Sporting Clays Level 1 Instructors, and between them, they have decades of experience, both in the field and teaching all skill levels. You won’t find a better place to learn or better people to learn from.
Ready to Compete?
If you are ready for some shooting competition, our annual Wing N Clay Tournament, scheduled for February 6, 2021 at Dorchester, combines winged and clay shooting. The tournament challenges all skill levels with an exciting quail hunt in the morning, followed by a challenging 100-round sporting clays competition in the afternoon. The winning team scores the highest number of birds and clays at the end of the day.