Millbrook, New York 2-Day Wingshooting School

Our renowned New York wingshooting school and sporting clays course.

Millbrook, New York 2-Day Wingshooting School


If you've ever had the desire to raise a fine, handcrafted shotgun to your cheek and fire a perfect shot, look no further than the Classic Sandanona Two-Day NY Wingshooting School. Situated in the scenic upstate New York town of Millbrook, Sandanona encompasses more than 400 acres of meticulously-manicured upland hunting grounds. Spend two full days shooting at the Sandanona Grounds, including an afternoon on the world-class sporting clays course accompanied by experienced Orvis shotgun shooting instructors. From first-timers to accomplished wingshooters, everyone is welcome at the Orvis Sandanona shotgun shooting school.

Must be at least 12 years old to participate.

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You'll cover it all at the Millbrook, New York 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 Toll Free 866-531-6213.


Orvis Wingshooting School - Millbrook, New York
2014 School Dates

September 2014 27-28 Saturday-Sunday
October 2014 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
November 2014 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
December 2014 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday


Area Activities - Millbrook, NY
Orvis Sandanona

Sporting clays
Private wingshooting instruction

Other Activities in the Area

Horseback riding
Hudson River kayaking
Rail Trail
Tour historic homes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Vanderbilts
Dine at and tour the Culinary Institute of America


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 11 reviews


11 of 11 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Amazing treat! - 10/10/2013
    By: from Millbrook, NY

    My daughter and I spent this past weekend at a two day class in Millbrook. Despite a rainy start to Sunday, we had an absolutely amazing time there. We started the weekend with a video and by the end of the second day, we were veterans looking forward to our next Orvis school. Kudos to everyone there! Until the next time!

  • 5/5

    Superior shooting instruction - 10/10/2012
    By: from Sandanona

    My son and I attended the 2-day wingshooting school at Sandanona this past weekend and not only had a great time, but we greatly improved our shooting skills. We have both shot quite a bit but learned and practiced a lot of bad habits. The excellent instructors picked up on those bad habits and improved our skills. We learned that our poor mounting technique was why we had sore shoulders, for one. Better technique not only resulted in no more sore shoulders, but improved our results in hitting the targets. The instructors took the time to work on our individual skills. True professionals - hats off to Joe, and Kevin, who came up from the MIssissippi Orvis location, to run us through the sporting clays course. We had two instructors for our group of four, so there was no shortage of instructors to perfect our technique and abilities. The facility was immaculate, well groomed grounds and top notch, Everyone was helpful and caring. A complimentary gun fitting was included - need to get my custom Orvis gun before I return for more next time.

  • 5/5

    Great day at Sandanona! - 11/4/2011
    By: from Toronto, Canada

    I recently attended a one day wing shooting school at the Millbrook NY location. I found the instruction to be very practical and useful. Realtime feedback on my shooting style allowed for immediate adjustments and improvements. This was evident a few weeks later while on a pheasant hunt. There was a big improvement in my shooting ability. i.e. more birds in the bag! Highly recommended!

  • 5/5

    A great investment for wing & clay shooters. - 11/2/2011
    By: from Millbrook, NY

    I took a one day class at Millbrook in August, 2011, and once several years prior. I twice did the two day school in Manchester back in the early/mid 1990's. Every time my skill level has markedly improved, and I've had a good time. But I strongly recommend a 2 day class to deeper ingrain the skills. (Yeah, my wife has me on a budget too!) In either case, by far the single best advice I can give you is to be sure to get out and shoot again ASAP after your class -- practice, practice, practice -- to ingrain what you learned!!! I had planned to, but Hurricane Irene ruined my plans. Nonetheless, shooting with the CT Travelers 1 & 2 months later, my match scores noticeably improved (even tho' I felt very rusty). The proportionate improvement in my accuracy on upland game, pheasant, is better than on clays, and birds are my primary interest -- clays are practice (but fun!), and I don't shoot enough of either. JRB

  • 5/5

    Best shooting course ever - 8/15/2011
    By: from Rockville Centre, NY

    I took the two day wing shooting course, and hands down it was the best investment I ever made to improve my shooting abilities. I had the good fortune to train with James Ross, the top Orvis instructor. James was outstanding! He is a natural instructor, and an unbelievable shooter. I am so impressed with this course that I am planning to take it again to raise my profiency to the next level!

  • 5/5

    Learned a LOT - 7/19/2011
    By: from Arlington, VA

    I just wanted to drop the Sandanona folks a note to tell them how much I enjoyed the two-day wingshooting school. Though I'd handled a shotgun before, and had received instruction on shooting one in a law enforcement/military setting, this was the first time I'd ever really been taught to shoot a shotgun for sporting purposes. It was a real eye-opener. Just as revealing was the info about proper shotgun fit. I didn't really get the importance of fitting until I snapped the fitting shotgun up for that first shot with James - it felt so natural and quick to point, it was almost effortless. Great work to instructors Bob and Joe, lead instructor James, and to all of the Orvis Sandanona staff. The grounds are superb, the clays course challenging, and food and store very good. I just wish I lived closer to the shooting grounds!

  • 5/5

    New Passion - 11/13/2010

    I'v been wanting to learn to Upland Hunt for years, so a friend and I took the 1 day shooting course on Veteran's Day of 2010. Wow! From start to finish, beyond expectations. First,.the grounds are stunning. The staff welcoming, professional, and endlessly patient. The lunch was also great, a welcome respite. Then back out to make more noise and break things! What could be more fun? Now we've got the bug, bought guns and joined. No way to beat that!

  • 5/5

    Great Experience!! - 10/27/2010

    My daughter (28 yrs old) and I attended the Wingshooting School at Sandanona in Oct. of 2010. My daughter who is an accomplished African game hunter, had never shot a shotgun in her life! Before the end of the day she was consistently breaking doubles. While apprehensive at first about going to the school, her parting words were "I cannot wait to come back". We both had a great experience and will return in the Spring. I highly recommend the school for beginners as well as experienced shooters seeking to fine tune their shooting.Thanks, Orvis

  • 5/5

    Sandanona Shooting School - 4/13/2009
    By: from Chappaqua, New York

    Not cheap, but a marvelous introduction to shotgun shooting, safety & gun maintenance. Our instructor, Joe Waasi was first-rate.

  • 5/5

    Experience - 1/19/2009

    My friend JW and I took advantage of the school. It was my 1st time with a gun, he has a bit more experience (his Father-in-Law is from South Carolina!) and in the end we both got more out of the day then we expected. It was sub 0 in terms of temperature, and we wanted to go past the 4:00 end time which is a testament to it all. Larry, our instructor, was a true teacher (and a great guy all around). Patience, experience and genuine interest in us learning are what he brought. Some times I thought he was as excited as I was when I hit the 'bird'. Cant say enough about him . . . and actually were both buying shotguns and planning our next trip back.

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