Great hunting, outstanding southern cuisine, fast flying quail, great dogs, experienced guides…all help to insure the perfect southern plantation environment…but our devoted staff is what most of our guests appreciate most.
Carrie Walthour Contonio has been in the food and beverage industry since 1981, and has been a faithful employee of Dorchester Shooting Preserve for 12 of those 38 years. She prides herself on the love and effort she dedicates to each meal she prepares for Dorchester’s guests. Not only is her fried chicken legendary, but she is truly one of a kind and loved by everyone that knows her. When asked for a recipe, she always says, “I make it with love.”
Harry Woolley began shooting and bird hunting at age 12 with his grandfather who was a trap shooter.
He became an avid hunter at age 14 and obsessively hunted ducks and quail throughout high school and college.
He became actively involved with Ducks Unlimited in the early seventies working on DU committees in each town he lived in, and finally serving on the Colorado State DU committee in 2005 and 2006.
After retirement in 2005, he began shooting trap competitively in Wyoming and Utah.
Harry moved back to Georgia in the fall of 2013 and began shooting sporting clays. He was introduced to Dale Bouchillon [NSCA level lll instructor] and John Woolley [NSCA USA team member and professional coach] shortly after arriving back in Savannah. Harry began taking lessons and shooting with Dale and John immediately upon arrival in Georgia. He started as an assistant instructor with Dale Bouchillion in the spring of 2014 and passed the NSCA Level l Instructor training course in July of 2014. He then began teaching as an individual coach that same summer. Over the next two years he taught over 500 hours of individual and group shotgun lessons to a variety of students.
In July of 2016 Harry passed the NSCA Level ll instructor certification course. Since that time he has taught over 1150 hours of group and private lessons to all levels of students from beginners to advanced competitive shooters. In the summer of 2018 Harry received the NRA Range Safety Officers Certification.
In April 2019, he went to England and passed the instructor training and certification course from APSI [the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors], the British instructor certification organization.
Harry teaches the Churchill Shooting Method, which is designed to capitalize on the student’s natural ability to point at a target. He doesn’t teach a set approach to shooting flying targets, but instead he teaches the student to harness their God given abilities and trust their instincts for their success. Harry is constantly told by students, “I can’t believe I’m hitting these targets, it’s so easy when I do what you told me to do”. A great lesson for Harry is when the student leaves him with a GIANT grin on their face.
Mark Rich has been in law enforcement for 30 years and currently works for the Midway (GA) Police Department and serves as the Training Director and Senior Firearms Instructor. He previously served with the Richmond Hill (GA) Police Department and held various positions in traffic, patrol and investigations, armorer and range master. He also served as the Emergency Response Team Commander.
Mark’s numerous advanced P.O.S.T. certifications including General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Sniper Instructor, Certified Anti-Terrorist Instructor, PPCT Instructor, TASER Instructor, Glock Instructor and Advanced Armorer. He has served as a Senior Adjunct Instructor for the Southeast Georgia Regional Criminal Justice Training Center and taught both Basic and Advanced Law Enforcement training classes. Mark has developed classes for Tactical Rifle, Advanced Shotgun, Tactical Pistol, Special Operations Response Training, and assisted with the updating of the Officer Survival, Advanced Firearms, and Firearms Instructor Classes taught at the regional law enforcement training academy.
Mark has trained thousands of law enforcement students from federal, state, and regional area included as part of the Southeast Georgia Criminal Justice Training Center, members of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. Marshal’s), U.S. Treasury, I.N.S., Georgia State Patrol, the U.S. Army (Military Police), the U.S. Coast Guard, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Mark has received multiple awards and recognitions during his career to include the Combat Cross for extreme heroism in the line of duty (2003) and the 200 Club Medal of Valor in 2010. During Mark’s career he has provided security and personal protection to a number of dignitaries to include Laura Bush, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Gregg Allman, Eddie Money and the Blues Brothers Band.