Friday, January 24, 2014

McClain Lodge Bringing Hunting Preserve to Reservoir Area

Props to Chris Merck over at the Merck Team for directing me to this news story affecting the Reservoir.

Not long ago, Buddy McClain took over ownership of the old Luckett Lodge, renaming it McClain Lodge, 214 Clark Creek Road, Brandon, MS 39047.  Buddy continues to operate the facility as a wedding/event destination, as well as a bed and breakfast type establishment.  Recently, Buddy has sought to add pay hunting to the menu.  Buddy is presently "high-fencing" the entire 390 acres, and plans to stock it with non-native species.  He's already started a website with the address mcclainlodgehunting.com.  Said address is currently under construction, but it invites you to call 601.940.0010 or email info@mcclainlodgehunting.com for more information.

Bert Case of WLBT recently ran with a story about local residents' displeasure with the high-fence construction.

Some Rankin County residents upset about proposed game preserve

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Fenced-in property to hunt native and exotic animals in Rankin County; it's a proposal that is not going over well with residents of the Reservoir East subdivision. The area surrounds McClain Lodge, off Holly Bush Road.
The owner of a 390 acre parcel of land, Buddy McClain, started building a high fence around some of it. He is proposing to provide a place to raise and hunt native and exotic animals near his McClain Lodge. He discovered he needs a permit from the U. S.  Army Corps of Engineers to build the fence, after it's construction was already underway. The area is in a wetlands.
See the full story here.

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