One place I would reccomend is Riverview Plantation in Camilla Ga. This was the first commercial plantation in the state of GA and they have mastered the early release program and provide a hunt that is very close to wild bird hunting.... definitely not put and take. They hunt 14,000 acres I think. It's expensive BUT they offer a 35% discount around the hoildays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) If you can hunt these dates, their prices compete with most "put and take" preserves. At Riverview, you hunt off customized jeeps.
Quail Country Plantation in Arlington GA (between Dothan and Albany GA) is another place. Been there twice and am going back next week. They have an AWESOME operation! The birds are great! The do pre-season releases and also use Surrogators. They supplement during the season as well (weekly perhaps?). The birds flush as coveys and fly hard. They hunt off VERY nice jeep rigs. The guides are top notch!!!!!!! The dogs are among the very best! The also use labs and English cockers for flushing and retrieving. The food is Southern and is good enough that I would make the drive just to eat there! The rustic lodge is furnished with mounts, old hunting pictures, sporting art, indian artifacts and more. The 3500 acres of land is beautiful and diverse. You can hunt longleaf pine/wiregrass woods, thinned pine plantations, fallow farmland, etc.
Here are a few shots from past hunts there.
Covey held up in blow down.
Beautiful pineywoods with wiregrass understory.
Very nice rigs.
Dad and General, the flusher.
Rusty and Levi on point with Dad walking in to flush the covey.
Covey held up in hedgerow.
Flushing a single.
Three happy hunters.
Another place I have hunted is Pine Hill Plantation in Donalsonville GA. They have about 6000 acres of longleaf piney woods with bird patches of Egyptian wheat scattered about. This place is pricey but they hunt the old school way.... horseback and mule drawn wagon. Lodging is in one of 2 beautiful houses with private staff. We had 3 guides on out hunt. Huntmaster, Scout, and Wagonmaster. The dogs were top notch and so were the guides. The birds are about indistinguishable from wild birds. They release birds in late Summer and they fly hard. They do have an course for "periodic release" as well. The birds here fly well to but these birds haven't had as much time to acclimate. This hunt is also cheaper. A traditional wagon and horseback is something every quail hunter needs to experience at least once before they die!
The Pine Hill staff preparing our Field lunch.
The Covey Lodge.
If you have your own dogs, I can point you to several tracts of public land in South Alabama, South Georgia, and North Florida that hold wild coveys. Just hunted a WMA this morning below Albany GA and found 2 big coveys (one had about 20 and one had about 15) in about 2 hours time.