Prairie Wildlife

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge in West Point, Mississippi

Prairie Wildlife

Details

Prairie Wildlife is a Mississippi sporting lodge dedicated to being the premier wingshooting destination in the South. We continually strive to achieve this goal by providing unmatched care for guests and our environment. Guests can count on peerless shooting opportunities and exceptional dog work. After the hunt, guests return to the home-style lodge to relax in our first-rate accommodations and conclude the evening with an excellent meal prepared by our private chef. Prairie Wildlife is a premier, conservation-driven, sporting estate dedicated to the native prairie grass restoration movement in the Black Prairie region of Mississippi. Through years of habitat control, we have nurtured a wild quail population which has allowed it to be one of the few places that you can visit where wild quail flourish. Whether on a time-honored mule drawn wagon, gentle horseback, or simply walking through the prairie behind an experienced dog, one can pursue the "Prince of Game Birds" again. Prairie Wildlife captures the essence of southern traditional quail hunting in the Black Belt region of Mississippi.

Prairie Wildlife employs conservation practices aimed at restoring native prairie habitat, and more specifically, preserving northern-bobwhite quail. We continue to grow our restoration efforts to help maintain these important prairie ecosystems well into the future. We have put in place a host of conservation practices that minimally impact crop and livestock production. Over the past 20 years, the result of research conducted at this working land laboratory has helped shape the standards of modern land management. More than 1000 acres of the quail's native grasslands have been restored on the Mississippi Black Prairie where the wild quail population continues to steadily grow.

Lodging

Lodging

Prairie Wildlife Has A Variety Of Options Available:
The Bryan Lodge Has 5 Guest Rooms That Are Tastefully Decorated, The Bedding Is Plush And Very Comfortable.
The Magnolia House Contains 4 King Rooms Each With A Private Bathroom And Balcony That Overlooks The Horseshoe Lake. It Is Situated Within Short Walking Distance Of The Bryan Lodge.
The Pleasant Home Is An Original 1846 Log Home That Is Nestled In A Cedar Forest. It Features A Master Bedroom And 3 Loft Rooms, And 2 Bathrooms. It Is Capable Of Sleeping Up To 10 Persons.

Dining

All Meals Are Prepared Under The Expert Guidance Of Our Resident Chefs. Any Dietary Needs Can Be Addressed And Taken Care Of By Our Skilled Staff Given Advance Notification. Meals Are Served At The Main Lodge, Which Is Also Where The Pro Shop And The Office Are Located.

Ammenities

We Also Have A Separate Out Building We Refer To As “The Pavilion On Kathy’S Hill”. The Pavilion Is Where Many Of Our Guests Enjoy Cocktails And Hors D'oeuvres Before Dinner With A View Of A Beautiful Sunset. We Carry A Fully Stocked Bar Area With House Wines As Well As Specialty Wines. If You Have A Certain Preference At Booking Time Please Let Us Know And If It Can Be Purchased Locally We Will Have It At The Lodge At The Time Of Your Arrival.

After Dinner Sit Around The Fire Pit On The Patio And Reflect About The Days Hunting In The Field. Laugh And Have A Great Time With Friends And Family, Enjoy Reading A Good Book By The Fireplace, Or Just Relax And Do Nothing.

FAQ

Rates:

Split Day Hunt with Lodging and Meals

  • $1350 per hunter
  • Unlimited bird privilege
  • Single occupancy
  • Includes 2 hunt, 5-stand, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, guides, dogs and vehicles

Full Day Hunt with Lodging and Meals

  • $1,350 per hunter
  • Unlimited bird privilege
  • Single occupancy
  • Includes 2 hunts, 5-stand, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, guides, dogs and vehicles

Mule Drawn Wagon Hunt

  • Private hunt for 4 hunters

For all other options, please call for details.

Deposits
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm reservation. The remainder of the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Incidental charges are payable at the time of departure. Guests will be charged in full for the number of guests and the number of days booked.

Species:

Migratory Dove Hunting
September–October

Upland Bird Hunting (quail, pheasant, chukar)
October–March

Wild Quail Hunts
November–February

Simulated European Driven Pheasant Shoot
October–March

Fishing for Bluegill and Bass
Year-round

Season:

Upland Bird Hunting (quail, pheasant, chukar)
October–March

Wild Quail Hunts
November–February

Simulated European Driven Pheasant Shoot
October–March

Region/Terrain:

We are located in the Black Prairie region of north central Mississippi. The area boasts native warm-season grass fields with limestone cedar outcroppings, along with oak hedgerows and creek bottoms along our agriculture fields. Our hunting land is fairly flat with some rolling terrain but easy to maneuver and hunt.

Typical Weather:

Month High / Low(°F) Average Rain
January 54° / 36° 7 days
February 59° / 39° 6 days
March 68° / 47° 7 days
April 75° / 54° 6 days
May 82° / 62° 6 days
June 89° / 69° 6 days
July 91° / 72° 6 days
August 91° / 71° 5 days
September 86° / 65° 5 days
October 76° / 54° 4 days
November 66° / 45° 6 days
December 57° / 39° 6 days
Our guests can typically expect to encounter average temperatures between 30-60 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the months of October–March. Be advised that early season and late season hunts may experience temperatures warmer than the above stated averages.

What is Provided:

The hunting rates include a guide, dogs, transportation to the field, an unlimited bird allowance per shooter for a full day, breakfast and lunch.

Lodging rates include a private room.

Items that are not included are referred to as "incidentals" and are normally charged at the end of your hunt and stay with us. Some incidentals may include, ammunition, gun rentals, guide gratuities, service charges (for kitchen/house staff), and pro shop purchases.

Additional services available

  • Shotgun shells
  • Rental Shotguns
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Pro Shop purchases

Typical Itinerary - Day of Arrival

Check in
Gather to shoot the Helice Field or 5-Stand between 3:00 & 3:30 pm
6:00 pm Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner

Hunting Days

8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Safety speech before the first hunt. Guests will be introduced to their guides and transported to the fields for their morning hunt.
12:00 pm Lunch
Free time to relax, nap
2:15 pm Afternoon hunt.
6:00 pm Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Relax on the covered porches.
7:00 pm Dinner
After dinner, play a game of cards, watch TV, or socialize while enjoying cocktails and cigars around our outdoor fire pit. Hear the stories from those who had the best shot of the day.

Day of Departure

8:00 am Breakfast
Check out

What to Bring:

Hunting gear should include light chaps or briar pants, upland leather boots, coat or jacket. Wet weather usually moves through quickly, but some water proof outerwear is a good idea. Our pro shop can usually accommodate your last-minute needs or forgotten items. If it has been raining, comfortable muck-type boots are recommended for field hunting.

Bring your comfortable casual wear for use around the lodge.

Guests are only asked to bring clothes, toiletries, and personal effects. Bed linens, towels, and all food and beverages are provided.

Customers can bring their own guns or we have breech-loading shotguns available for rent. 20 ga. and 28 ga are recommended but not mandatory (we prefer no auto loading or pump guns in the field. Light to heavy footwear, light rain coat, hunting or heavy twill pants, vest (can be provided) cap, glasses, gloves if desired.

We require that hunters wear eye protection and ear protection when in the field and shooting.

We have an ample supply of shells for almost all gauge shotguns.

Guns available upon request for a rental price of $50.00 per hunting day.

Gear Recommendations:

Appropriate hunting attire includes boots, chaps or briar pants, rain gear, a blaze orange shooting vest and a blaze orange hat (hat provided at check-in). Side-by-side or over/under shotguns are preferred.Autos and pumps are not preferred.

Over/under shotguns are available for rent, but guests are more than welcome to bring their own. We suggest using 7.5 or 8 shot ammunition, which can be brought or purchased onsite.

Guests are welcome to bring their dogs. We know how gratifying it is to be able to hunt with your own dog. We also have a guest kennel at the lodge.

Additional Activities:

  • State-of-the-art Helice Ring (Fastest Growing Shooting Sport in the World)
  • Five stand over the Horseshoe Lake
  • Horseback riding
  • Bass fishing
  • Land Rover off-road course
  • Tower clays
  • Orvis Wingshooting School
  • Private shooting instruction
  • Golf at Mossy Oak Natures Golf, voted #3 best new course in the U.S., 2017
  • Onsite gun purchases are available
  • Corporate meetings and outings
  • We are able to adapt our hunts to accommodate anyone who may have a bit of difficulty walking; let us know and we are happy to help!
  • WiFi available in the main lodge

Other:

Q. Where are the nearest airports?
A. The nearest commercial airport is GTR Columbus, MS (30-minute drive). The nearest private airport is West Point, MS (15-minute drive). Airport transportation is available.

Q. How many guns can we combine in one party?
A. For upland bird hunting, four maximum (per guide) including any observers. The Tower shooting requires 10 guns and can accommodate up to 20 shooters, because they are rotating through ten different double-positions as the shoot progresses.

Q. How old do hunters have to be?
A. Minimum age requirement for hunters is 10 years old, we prefer a hunter safety course be taken by the hunter

Q. Do you offer shooting instruction?
A. Yes, we do offer shotgun shooting instruction. Our Orvis-certified professional shooting instructor is available for beginning and novice shooters, as well as more advanced shooters who want to polish their skills. All shooting instruction requires an appointment.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. Cancellation within 60 days of the hunt deposit is non-refundable. If the balance is paid, the balance will be applied to a future hunt at a later date. Cancellation within 30 days is non-refundable.

Your booking is very important to us, and we put a lot of time and effort into being prepared for your visit. Cancellations and no-shows result in over-staffing and unnecessary expenses, which we would rather not pass on to our guests through higher prices. Please remember that this is a seasonal business with limited days (and particularly weekends) to schedule hunts. We will not over-book, so it is very difficult to fill the slot reserved for you with another guest's activities. It is an opportunity lost to us and to other guests.

Q. Can I hunt with my own dog?
A. Yes, we encourage our guests to bring their dogs to Prairie Wildlife. We want to make certain you enjoy your hunt, and a big part of that is dog performance. You will have an abundance of opportunity to get your dog into a lot of birds. This may lead to sensory overload and a lot excitement for your dog. If they are lacking response to basic commands, or flushing birds out-of-range, we want you then to have the opportunity to continue the remainder of your hunt behind your guide's well-trained and experienced bird dogs. When staying overnight on-site kennels are available to shelter your dog at the lodge. Under no circumstances are dogs permitted inside the lodge. When not on a guided hunt, your dog must be in a kennel or on a leash and in your control at all times. Hunting dogs are not permitted to wander the property area because we have traps and snares set for predator control and do not want to risk injury to any dogs.

Q. Can you tailor the adventure to suit the physical abilities of the hunters?
A. Yes, we cater to our hunter’s physical abilities and level of difficulty they wish to experience. Guests will find our hunting grounds are relatively flat and easy walking, but at times can become muddy.

Q. Do you have meals available?
A. Yes. If you would like meals to accompany your visit, we need to know in advance. We do not have a restaurant on the premises. Reservations are required for any of the three delicious meals we serve. We have an excellent chef and an experienced kitchen staff. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notification.

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Prairie Wildlife
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge
3990 Old Vinton Rd.
West Point, MS 39773

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