March 2023 by Delta Wildlife eNews

Lexi pictured with her buck, accompanied by Kent Toler of Inverness, a Macon Lake member.

Over the Christmas holidays, Delta Wildlife staff and members assisted in hosting hunts for our military service people and Catch-A-Dream Foundation.

Mississippi based nonprofit Catch-A-Dream grants once-in-a-lifetime hunting or fishing experiences to children 18 years old or younger who face life-threatening medical conditions. This holiday season, a special young lady, 17-year-old Lexi, with a rare terminal illness, along with her family, were granted the opportunity to some of the finest hunting and cuisine the Delta has to offer.

The family traveled from Houston, Texas, to Macon Lake Hunting Club in Sunflower County, where they were hosted for over five days. Lexi was taught the basics and safety on guided sport shooting, target practicing, and deer hunting. Delta Wildlife staff delivered an electronic clay target launcher and two boxes of donated skeet courtesy of America’s Catch to provide some outdoor fun between hunts, among other things.

Only 8 minutes in her first hunt, Lexi harvested her trophy, a 207-pound 8-point buck, with a clean shot. Over the course of the week, she and her family were toured around Sunflower and Washington Counties, where they sampled some Delta culture and soul food, including the B.B. King Museum, Indianola Pecan House, and Doe’s Eat Place.

“Lexi has been a huge inspiration to our club members and especially my family,” said Will Fountain, Delta Wildlife and Macon Lake member. “After spending the week with her and her family, we were all deeply touched by each of them and Lexi’s story. I cannot thank all of the contributors enough for making this life-long dream a reality for Lexi.”

On the last day of the week-long adventure, Mack, son of Will Fountain, asked Lexi what her favorite part of the week was. Her response was, “the shooting range.” No one else had put much thought into going to the shooting range until she finished with, “because I shot better than my dad!”