Orvis/Syren Women’s Intro to Wingshooting at Prairie Wildlife

Join Orvis and Syren Shotguns for Women and enjoy hosted wingshooting in Mississippi, with Orvis-endorsed accommodations at Prairie Wildlife.

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Orvis/Syren Women’s Intro to Wingshooting at Prairie Wildlife


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Dates:

February 6-10, 2023

Length of Trip:

4 nights, 3 days of activities with an arrival and a departure partial day.

Price:

$5,840 Per Person (private room/shared guide)

Highlights:

  • A women’s wingshooting trip in collaboration with the world’s premier women’s shotgun brand, focusing on instruction in the disciplines of wingshooting technique and field hunting.
  • Hosted by Deirdre Lang of Syren Shotguns
  • Use of Syren Shotguns
  • Wingshooting instruction by celebrated instructor Xavier Fairley of Prairie Wildlife.
  • 3 packages to choose from, each including quail hunting in the beautiful Black Prairie region of the southeast.
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  • Additional activities will include an educational gundog demonstration, wine tasting and game cooking class with Chef Shane Henderson, executive chef for Ben E. Keith.

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The Story

Join Orvis and Syren Shotguns for Women and enjoy hosted wingshooting in Mississippi, with Orvis-endorsed accommodations at Prairie Wildlife. This group trip to the Black Prairie region will cater to new or inexperienced shooters, yet will also provide an opportunity for more experienced shooters to hone skills in a supportive environment. It includes a full day of shooting instruction followed by two days of guided hunting. If the participants wish to transfer an additional instructional session for one day of hunting, that package will be available and priced accordingly. Additional activities will include an educational gundog demonstration, game-cooking experience, and wine tasting with chef Ben E. Keith. Prairie Wildlife, winner of the 2020 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year award, is a premier conservation-driven sporting estate located in West Point, Mississippi, the heart of the Black Prairie. One of Prairie Wildlife’s priorities has been returning bobwhite quail to their native habitat and restoring endemic plants and wildlife to this unique ecosystem. Though hunting, shooting, and refined dog work distinguish the Prairie Wildlife experience, a stay at the lodge will be accented by exceptional cuisine, luxurious accommodations, and southern hospitality. Deirdre Lang of Syren Shotguns will host this trip, providing access to Syren’s curated lineup of women-specific guns. Prairie Wildlife’s own Xavier Fairley will be on site to provide both new and experienced shooters instruction in the finer points of wingshooting, applicable to both clays course and field. Chef Ben E. Keith will keep attendees well fed, while also lending his experience to demonstrations of game cooking and participatory wine tasting.

Prairie Wildlife is located on the northeast corner of the Golden Triangle, just 10 minutes outside of West Point, and only a 25-to-35-minute drive from Columbus and Starkville. As an Orvis-Endorsed Lodge, they are an ideal venue for anyone looking for an unforgettable shooting experience.

Bryan Lodge: The entire property centers around the main lodge. Accommodating a total of twelve people, the lodge has all the amenities to guarantee your comfort. This central meeting place for Prairie Wildlife features a large gathering room with a fireplace and dining area. The boardroom is perfect for small meetings and is complete with Wi-Fi and teleconferencing capabilities. The Pavilion on Kathy’s Hill provides a serene venue with beautiful views. The large space is equipped with a service kitchen and large roll-up side walls that are perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Shooters may store their gear in the cedar lockers of our Mud Room; it features a separate area for showering and a gun-cleaning station.

The lodge’s Pro Shop selections include the finest in sporting gear, clothing, accessories, and gifts by brands such as Orvis, Laksen, YETI, Russell Moccasin, Le Chameau, Lucky Duck Kennels, Federal Ammunition, Banded Hunting Gear, and other top names.

Magnolia House: Situated within a short walking distance of the Bryan Lodge is Magnolia House, which offers slightly more private lodging. It maintains the charm of quiet prairie living along with the comfort of modern conveniences. Magnolia House features four private bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, and a balcony that overlooks the Horseshoe Lake.

There are three itinerary options offered for this trip. One guide will be assigned to every two shooters to help oversee the experience of their choice. Guests will have access to instructional clay target facilities including five-stand and Sporting Clays facilities. Hunting will be for bobwhite quail.

Itinerary Options:

  • Two Days of Shooting Instruction with one Hunt Day
  • One-and-a-half Days of Shooting Instruction with one-and-a-half Hunt Days
  • One Day of Shooting Instruction with two Hunt Days


Arrival Day - February 6th

  • Afternoon arrival
  • Cocktails/apps. Meet and greet.
  • Dinner

Day 1 - February 7th - All guests will participate in two instruction sessions.

  • Breakfast
  • Instruction Session 1
  • Lunch
  • Instruction Session 2
  • Afternoon Dog Demo
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner

Day 2 - February 8th - The guide team will have checked-in with the group the prior day to pair guests with guides based on their preferred itinerary.

  • Breakfast
  • Instruction Session 1 or Hunt 1
  • Lunch
  • Instruction session 2 or Hunt 2
  • Wine Tasting/Game Cooking demo
  • Dinner

Day 3 - February 9th - All guests will participate in two hunting sessions.

  • Breakfast
  • Hunt 1
  • Lunch
  • Hunt 2
  • Cocktails/Dinner

Departure Day - February 10th

  • Breakfast
  • Goodbyes

Educational gundog demonstration:

Learn more about the hunting companions that provide an unforgettable shooting experience for clients at Prairie Wildlife. From Ronnie Smith Kennels, Susanna Love, began training dogs in 2006 and has grown to be a recognized leader with her husband, Ronnie Smith, in the bird dog industry. With the love, passion, and appreciation she has towards dogs, she will demonstrate the WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW to work a bird dog.


Game-cooking class with chef Shane Henderson:

Learn secrets and expand your culinary repertoire with chef Shane Henderson. The food vendor at Prairie Wildlife is Ben E. Keith. Their Executive Chef, Shane Henderson, helps restaurants manage and build their brand through innovative menuing, usage of products, and controlling food costs. He will teach and show step-by-step how to prepare a delicious wild game food dish.


Wine Tasting:

Wine tasting will be taught by a bartender who will showcase a variety of red and white wines. Guests will be able to enjoy and learn the reasoning behind what wine pairs best with different food options.

What is Included?

  • Four nights lodging, three days of shooting instruction and guided hunts
  • Educational gundog demonstration, game cooking class, and wine tasting experience
  • Three meals daily
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Gun Rental
  • Ammunition
  • Alcohol
  • Bird processing and packaging
  • All demos

What is Not Included?

  • Pro Shop Purchases
  • Items of personal Nature
  • Domestic/International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Non-Resident hunting license - $13.00
  • Gratuities for staff & guides

How many people are on this trip?

10 Maximum.


What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels welcome, though particular focus will be on novice and intermediate hunters/shooters. Those who have neither shot nor hunted before are welcome.


How strenuous are the activities?

The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level, though generally the terrain is flat and maintained for easy navigation.


Is this a child-friendly trip?

Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as a hunter. Gun/hunter safety education is strongly encouraged as a prerequisite for participation.


What additional activities are available?

  • State-of-the-art Helice Ring (Fastest Growing Shooting Sport in the World) - $90/round
  • 5-stand over the Horseshoe Lake - $45/round
  • Horseback riding - $150
  • Bass fishing – No cost. The lodge will have rods & lures. Guests can bring their own supplies.
  • Land Rover off-road course
  • Tower clays - $3,500 for 10-20 shooters
  • Golf at Mossy Oak Natures Golf, voted #3 best new course in the U.S., 2017
  • Massage services available by appointment - $100

*The activities above are not included in the packages.


What is the typical weather?

February weather can range from low 40s to high 80s Fahrenheit. Most likely, it will stay in the 50s-60s Fahrenheit. It's always best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.


What gear do you recommend?

Suggested attire for:
Shooting lesson: shirt, jacket, shooting vest, jeans, closed-toe shoes
Hunting: Hunting shirt and jacket, briar pants or jeans, boots, hat
Prairie Wildlife will provide guests with a blaze orange hat
Meals: Casual outfit

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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