Hatched in 1979 under the leadership of John and Sondra Maness, Shady Knoll Gamebird Farm began raising quality birds for gamebird preserves all around. John’s father had a rich history of guiding on several Southern Plantations in South Carolina training bird dogs, participating in trials, and raising quail. We were able to make our first sale of quail as the second generation grower by 1980.
Our reputation and sales took flight very quickly, and we have since grown to accommodate thousands of healthy birds each year.
Although it has since changed hands after the passing of John Maness in 2009, his son Jeffrey continues to run Shady Knoll Gamebird Farm by the same standards of quality that they became known for.
In 2010, we began our Relay for Life European Pheasant Shoot. It began as a powerful way for us to raise money for cancer research. The support of our hunters and neighbors has helped us to raise over $30,000 in memory of John W. Maness who passed away in 2009 due to cancer.
If you are a Pheasant hunter at heart, you are welcome to join us each year as we host our annual Relay for Life European Pheasant Hunt. We would be honored to have you support our efforts to raise funds for cancer research on behalf of our founder.
We built a new breeder house for our quail. The new house holds approximately 5,400 quail, but is built for expansion. The house was designed with a modern cage layer system with automatic feed lines and manure belts to reduce time and labor. Approximately 3,000 eggs are laid every day. We hatch all of our quail, and sell quail chicks and eggs in addition to the mature birds.
In 2013, we built three new flight pens and new houses to hold our growing flock of quality pheasants. This has allowed us to expand our growing business to the next level and we have now added an additional 6,000 pheasants into our season. This new growth now brings us to more than 30,000 pheasants each season.
We have just completed our first 5-stand sporting clay field. This consists of five stands (stations), and six clay throwers. Learn more about this new feature on our clay-shooting page.