Tara Wildlife: Setting The Standard In Mississippi
Tara Wildlife is one of this nation's premier private wildlife management areas. Tara's properties, which encompass 20,000 acres, are located along the Mississippi River 35 minutes northwest of Vicksburg in the Eagle Lake community. Tara Wildlife, or Tara as it commonly referred to, offers a wide range of outstanding hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing activities for even the most discriminating outdoor enthusiast.
In addition to specializing in trophy whitetail bowhunts, Tara Wildlife, which was started in 1986 as Tara Hunt Club, a private lodge, offers turkey, duck and small game hunting and fishing. Canoeing, bird watching, wildlife tours and nature walks are also popular. Annual fishing memberships and day trips are available on Tara's many oxbow lakes and blue holes.
Tara: A Unique Management Philosophy
Maggie Bryant, Tara's founder, formerly served as the chairperson of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. She was awarded the prestigious Chevron Conservation Award and the Governor's Award for Conservation in Mississippi. She lives in Virginia on a working horse and cattle farm.
Bryant's vision offers a blueprint for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife, especially bottomland hardwoods.
Through its partnerships with many conservation organizations, Tara has been actively engaged in black bear restoration, attracting neotropical birds, protecting the Mississippi River, wildlife habitat and bald eagles, as well as wetlands management and the preservation and continuance of bottomland hardwood forests.
Tara Is Comprised Of Two Areas
As part of an intensive management plan of controlled harvest and supplemental food planting, Willow Point and Tara Hunt Club's outstanding habitat effectively carries a sizable and healthy herd. Live weights of up to 320 pounds have been recorded and bucks weighing in excess of 200 pounds are common. Since 1988 more than 200 Pope & Young (gross scores) deer have been harvested from Tara properties, with at least 77 of those taken during the 1999 through 2000 seasons. And the numbers are still climbing!
What Is Offered At Tara?
Spring and summer months offer a wide range of outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing. Some participants bring cameras and bird books and make exciting nature discoveries.
Others experience Tara's diverse wildlife by canoe in the solitude of Halpino Lake or Forest Home Chute or bring their fishing rods and try their luck with a variety of native river species, including largemouth bass, bream, crappie, white bass and sea run striped bass. It's a place to play Huck Finn and dangle your toes in the river as you tight-line for catfish.
Deer hunts begin with Sunday afternoon for a six-day hunt or Sunday or Wednesday afternoon for a three day hunt. Guests hunt either three or six full days with an opportunity to harvest up to one deer per day. Hunters are allowed one buck per three-day hunt and two bucks per six-day hunt in addition to their harvest quota of does. Arrangements may be made for the harvest of additional bucks. Success rates for Tara's deer hunters have historically averaged well over 50% on a three-day hunt.
Turkey hunters are allowed two gobblers on a three-day hunt and one gobbler on a weekend hunt. Only long beards are taken, no jakes. A guide always accompanies each hunter, but the hunter may call his or her own birds.
Tara manages several distinct waterfowl properties which offer hunters a wide range of habitat choices and a plentiful supply of ducks. Morning hunts include guide, blind, decoys and game processing.
Tara hosts many different types of hunters, from the avid trophy hunter, to women and children, and even senior citizens over the age of 70. Non-hunters (spouses, photographers, etc.) are welcome. Overnight lodging and meals, in addition to morning hunts, are available for guests.
Meals are Southern home favorites. The morning hunt starts with a continental-style breakfast of sweet rolls, coffee and juice and ends with a hearty brunch such as eggs, bacon, sausage and grits following the morning hunt. A plentiful Southern-style dinner such as grilled wild game served following the afternoon hunt and before the evening game trailing begins.
Just What The Executive Ordered
"About 40 groups of business teams from all over will stay at the retreat this year," Montgomery said. But guests aren't just from Mississippi.
"Juan Carlos Wasmosy, President of Paraguay, was a recent guest whose main concern was learning more about the conservation of wetlands," explained Montgomery. Tara's new Herbert Bryant Conference Center will certainly add to the satisfaction of our corporate guests.
"We have a lot of requests for corporate dove hunting," Montgomery continued. "Part of our philosophy is allowing people access to the outdoors that otherwise would not have the opportunity," he said. "That's why we work with children's groups so much, to allow a wide spectrum access to 20,000 acres."
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