Manchester, Vermont 2-Day Wingshooting School

Orvis shotgun shooting and upland hunting schools introduce the core fundamentals.

Manchester, Vermont 2-Day Wingshooting School


Attend our full two-day classic shotgun shooting school in Vermont. Just minutes from our flagship store--along the famed Battenkill--you'll find the Manchester Wingshooting School, a world-class custom instruction course staffed with professional shotgun shooting instructors ready to help turn novices into skilled shooters, and skilled shooters into experts. Our Manchester shotgun shooting instruction has been turning out excellent wingshooters for generations. This shotgun shooting school and upland hunting school is your opportunity to learn from the best. Manchester, Vermont is known for its breathtaking scenery, beautiful country roads, and rustic covered bridges. Each two-day school includes lunch each day, all shells, use of an Orvis Gun, eye and ear protection, and custom gunfitting.

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You'll cover it all at the Manchester, Vermont Wingshooting School:

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • How to mount a shotgun so you will shoot exactly where you're looking
  • How to shoot all types of clays scenarios: going away, crossing, low      incomers, singles, and doubles
  • Proper stance
  • Proper shotgun fit

The Orvis Winghooting Schools were the first of their kind offered in the United States, and for over twenty-five years have offered shooters the finest wingshooting and hunting instruction available anywhere in the world.

Based on the English Churchill method, our instinctive approach to shotgunning offers both the novice and the seasoned veteran a complete shooting system that can be used for upland and waterfowl hunting and sporting clays. The fundamentals of the Orvis system include stance, footwork, gun handling, swing, visual concentration, proper gun mount, and correct fit of the gun stock.

The Orvis shooting instructors are consummate professionals who are beside you at every shot quietly analyzing and improving your style.

In addition to firing hundreds of rounds of ammunition, each student participates in classroom instruction on basic shotgun safety, shotshell selection, and shotgun patterning. Students are grouped together according to their level of skill and experience, and treated to a uniquely designed, fully automated instruction area that provides a full array of clay target angles.

The tuition includes a complimentary gun fitting to establish and record individual stock dimensions, comprehensive shooting instruction, all targets and ammunition, lunches each school day, and a copy of the Orvis Wingshooting Handbook. The use of an Orvis shotgun is available at no additional charge if desired.

For more information about Orvis Wingshooting Schools, call 866-531-6213.

The above video is from the Outdoor Journal, a production of Vermont Public Television. To view the full episode, click here.


Orvis Wingshooting School - Manchester, Vermont
2015 School Dates

July 2015 16-17 Thursday-Friday
  20-21 Monday-Tuesday
  23-24 Thursday-Friday
  30-31 Thursday-Friday
August 2015 3-4 Monday-Tuesday
  7-8 Friday-Saturday
  10-11 Monday-Tuesday
  13-14 Thursday-Friday
  20-21 Thursday-Friday
  24-25 Monday-Tuesday
  31-1 Monday-Tuesday
September 2015 3-4 Thursday-Friday
  10-11 Thursday-Friday
  14-15 Monday-Tuesday
  21-22 Monday-Tuesday
  25-26 Friday-Saturday
  28-29 Monday-Tuesday
October 2015 5-6 Monday-Tuesday
  8-9 Thursday-Friday
  12-13 Monday-Tuesday
  15-16 Thursday-Friday


Area Activities - Manchester, Vermont
The Equinox Resort

American Museum of Fly Fishing
Horseback riding
Land Rover Experience Driving School
British School of Falconry

Kids' activities include:
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Bromley Mountain Alpine Slide
Northshire Book Store
Village Picture Shows

Other Activities in the Area

Fine dining
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

For a complete list of shops and other activities, go to


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 5 reviews


5 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Highly recommend!!! - 1/27/2015
    By: from Cleveland, Ohio

    I attended the class in Vermont with very limited shooting experience. The personal one on one and group instruction was great and I learned a ton. Very hands on and I shot a lot of rounds and even hit some clays. Definitely go in the Fall if possible...the area is beautiful.

  • 5/5

    The Best! - 8/21/2013
    By: from Manchester, VT

    I just finished the 2 day school in Manchester led by Head Wing Shooting Instructor Bruce Bowlen. The entire experience was fabulous! Bruce is a patient and masterful instructor and will diagnose your flaws and help you to work out positive correction. He did so with me and I am ecstatic with the outcome. I cannot imagine a more competent teacher. Not only is Bruce a terrific teacher - he's a great guy. My shotgun had an ejector problem and he personally walked it into the Orvis gunsmith during lunch for a diagnosis. It is now on its' way to being repaired - thanks to him. The attention to gun safety is commendable and the carefully designed course provides simulated shots that will multiply your confidence in the field. You'll love the 'grouse walk'! On top of the personalized shooting instruction, the one-on-one gun fitting revealed that my present field gun is off by only 1/8" for one measurement. Not enough to be an issue so now I can't blame an ill fitting gun for misses. It's great to know my personal measurements so new acquisitions will take them into account. If you're a serious wing shooter - you owe it to yourself to take the 2 day course. Your hunting companions will wonder how you've become so proficient since last season. Only tell them after they nickname you 'top gun'.

  • 5/5

    Great Experience - 8/4/2010
    By: from Massachusetts
    Top 250 Contributor

    I just attended the two-day program in Manchester. Bruce Bowlen is a fabulous shooting instructor, and does an excellent job developing one's shooting skills over the course of the program. He does not overwhelm with technical details and is very focused on building up the shooter's confidence. Bruce also did a nice job tailoring the instruction to fit a planned hunting trip later this fall. Both my friend and I significantly improved our shooting over the course of two days. If you want to improve your field shooting skills (and who doesn't), this is an excellent program.

  • 5/5

    Great experience - 8/3/2010

    I just completed the Orvis Wingshooting School in Manchester, Vt and had a great time. All of the instructors were very knowledgeable and patient. They conveyed the shooting techniques in a straight forward style that was understandable. The atmosphere was relaxed, which led to a good learning experience. It will take some practice to undo a lifetime of bad shooting habits, but I feel that I now have the foundation to do so. I plan on attending another school to reinforce my learning, and have convinced my wife to accompany me and start shooting herself. Thanks Bruce, John and Kyle!

  • 5/5

    Excellent wingshooting course - 12/19/2009
    By: from Oregon coast

    My husband and I signed up for a 2-day course in Manchester (September 2009). I am a beginner to shooting but have 3 young French Brittany pointers. Before the course, I rarely hit a clay and never successfully hit a pheasant. The course with our instructors--Bruce, Lars, and Conrad--was wonderful. I gained confidence handling a shotgun and significantly improved my shot during the course. The instructors were patient, constructive, and extremely talented at teaching the highly diverse students. I particularly liked rotating among instructors and shooting stations so I gained a range of excellent feedback and shooting opportunities. I was also delighted to have the Orvis staff modify my shotgun to the individual measurements taken during the course. I highly endorse this course and would eagerly repeat it next fall. On my first hunting trip after the course (with my new confidence, experience, and properly fitted shotgun), I proudly shot my first pheasant. Thank you!

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