Fairley promotes West Point's hidden gem at Rotary

Danny Rainey, a member of Rotary with Xavier Fairley, after the presentation to the West Point Rotary Club.
By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Old Waverly Golf Club has national recognition. The new Mossy Oak Golf Course is also earning it's share of the spotlight.

But the best kept secret in West Point is Prairie Wildlife — conservation-driven sporting estate, on old Vinton Road. It is the place to be for shooting sports and outdoor enthusiasts.

"Prairie Wildlife is a five star sporting estate," Xavier Fairley, director of shooting sports and shooting instructor, at Prairie Wildlife, said. "In the last year it has obtained Orvis endorsement. We passed the examination to receive the prestigious endorsement."

Prairie Wildlife offers kennel training for hunting breeds of puppies. Town Creek Kennels at Prairie Wildlife provides puppies with championship bloodlines and proven training. German Short Hair, English Pointers and English Cocker Spaniels are on-site. Bird dog training is also available.

"The lodge is truly a place to come, relax and get away from it all," Fairley said. "It is a beautiful three-story lodge with all the accoutrements."

He said for those who like more privacy, there is Pleasant Home — A log cabin that provides a more rustic experience on a remote section of the property.

"There you can make your own meals," Fairley said. "Or walk down a path to a pond to fish, relax on the porch or you can order your meals and we deliver them to you."

Orvis Shooting School is available, lessons for children can be arranged.

"For those who want to raise their children to be good stewards of the land, we can help," Fairley said. "We teach safety above everything. That a gun is to be respected not feared."

Prairie Wildlife has the only sanctioned Helice Course in Mississippi or Alabama.

Helice has been sweeping Europe and is now available right here in West Point. It is a little more challenging than normal skeet shooting.

"It's more instinctive shooting," Fairley said. "The target is launched and it's not a matter of simply shooting it. You have to try and shoot out the white middle of the target. Targets are orange with the white center."

Prairie Wildlife can boast having the only Helice Course that is lighted for night shooting.

"Pheasant hunting is available from the Tower on Cathy's Hill," Fairley said. "But the seasonal bird hunts fill up quickly. We are already completely booked for dove season."

Failey said he could not do Prairie Wildlife justice by just talking about it.

"We are open to the public on Thursday afternoons," Fairley said. "But it is still a good idea to call first in case there is an event going on that was already booked. We can do corporate get togethers, family reunions, weddings. We have some amazing venues. Come an give us the opportunity to show you."

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