The Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms
In the heart of the deep south, in a land where shooting sports reign supreme, dwells the Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms. With more than 3,000 acres of rolling hills, oak and pine forests, native grasses and fertile plantation land, our sporting amenities mingle a richness of antebellum tradition with a modern touch of design and class. Orvis at Pursell Farms has created highly experiential shooting grounds that are sure to deliver a sporting experience like none other.
Orvis Sporting Clays Course, Orvis Wingshooting Schools and clubhouse facility are the hallmarks of this one-of-a-kind-shooting destination. In addition to our Alabama clay shooting and hunting sports, Orvis offers overnight accommodations on the grounds at Pursell Farms in deluxe cottages and cabins, along with five-star culinary experiences and a host of other recreational amenities. Our shooting grounds are ideally suited for individual sporting pursuits and corporate recreation. Pursell Farms is open 363 days a year.
Sporting clays is one of the fastest growing sports in the Southeast. In fact, Orvis was responsible for introducing one of the first prototype sporting clays shooting courses at its shooting school in Manchester, Vermont.
Orvis hosts many outdoor enthusiasts who are in pursuit of an excellent clay shooting experience. The Pursell Farms shooting course is designed within the scenic rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and with the avid wingshooter in mind. The sporting clays course at the base of Chalybeate Mountain is a diverse combination of open fields and a natural canopy of southeastern hardwoods. Our course offers 12 uniquely designed stations which have been created to simulate a variety of true field shots from different hunting scenarios.
The Orvis Shotgun Shooting 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 shotgun 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 gunfitting 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.
Must be at least 12 years old to participate.
1- and 2-Day Wingshooting School
For more information call: 866-531-6213
If you would like to join one of our fly-fishing or wingshooting school dates, or if you simply want a refresher after a school, a warm up for that trip to England shooting high pheasants, or that trip to the Gunnison in Colorado casting for trout; our school instructors are available for private instruction all year round.
Must be at least 12 years old to participate in a shooting school.
Orvis Pursell Farms’ highly trained instructional fly-fishing and wingshooting staff can help with any experience level. From the novice to the pro you can expect to receive the personal attention needed to elevate and improve your skills.
If you and your clients desire peace, relaxation, and a chance to return to the “family farm,” visit us at Orvis Pursell Farm. We provide the perfect backdrop to suit your corporate retreat or recreational getaway in Alabama. Over the years Pursell Farms has been the “go to” destination for many of the top corporations in the Southeast. We offer a host of amenities that will ensure your time at Pursell Farms is productive and memorable. Our customized corporate retreat packages include sporting clays events, fly-fishing and wingshooting instruction, as well as professional catering and other non-shooting activities and team-building excursions to choose from.
Pursell Farms offers 10,000 square-feet of technologically sophisticated and professionally appointed meeting and event space. With more than ten years of experience in delivering educational programming with the experience at Pursell Farms, we have created the ideal meeting venue blending purpose-built conference rooms with the splendor and tranquility of nature. After your group spends a day out on the farm shooting or fly-casting you can retreat in one of our many fully-appointed meeting spaces, or simply relax in front of an unforgettable chef-prepared meal, all the while basking in Pursell Farms scenic, central Alabama surroundings.
Pursell Farms offers both the facilities and the personalized, professional service that will guarantee an enjoyable event experience. Immerse your team into the timeless charm of our traditional sporting services textured with the southern hospitality that only Orvis can offer by selecting Pursell Farms for your next corporate outing.
The most exclusive venue offered at Pursell Farms, is by private membership. Pursell Farms has traditionally been dedicated to upland bird hunting and Orvis Pursell Farms has a classic flair for what a traditional hunting club should be. Our extensive facilities include four upland fields for hunting pheasants and quail along with a traditional continental hunting area. Our duck-hole resides in a mix of flooded timber and open water offering the perfect wetland habitat for waterfowl game. The preserve hunting season runs October 15 to March 15. Make an appointment to tour the gun club. We are sure it will meet your highest standards.
*Please note that our sporting clays, schools, and pro shop are open to the public.
These hunts are offered to the guests of Orvis who are seeking a private destination to experience southern wingshooting at its best. Enjoy your time in the field harvesting braces of quail, cupped-winged duck and the high flight of pheasant through quintessential southeastern pines.
Orvis hunting and shooting school instructors are available for individual or group lessons, an experience for all ability levels.
Guests of The Farm can test their fly-fishing skills and wet a line for largemouth bass, crappie, or bream in Lake Christine, Lodge Lake, or Swamp Lake. Bring your own gear or rent ours. Fish from the banks, or enjoy the full experience out on the water in an aluminum johnboat with trolling motor. Either way, it’s not a rare occurrence for even the occasional angler to land a six- to eight-pound bass. Our lakes are intensely managed with proper fertilization, feeding, and harvests to maximize fish growth, and you just may have the talent—or the luck—to catch that elusive lunker.
Guided and non-guided experiences available.
Birmingham International Airport (BHM) – 1 hour South to Pursell Farms
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – 2 hours Southwest to Pursell Farms
Smaller/Private Planes, Jets and *Helicopters
*Helicopters can land on the property of Pursell Farms
Sylacauga, Merkel Field (SCD) 8 minutes west of Pursell Farms.
Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM)
Unique, inviting accommodations make you feel at home. At Pursell Farms, pastoral views, southern resort style and heartfelt hospitality are part of every leisure getaway and corporate retreat. No place is this more evident than in our charming accommodations. We take southern hospitality very seriously here, and we created Pursell Farms with an eye to every detail.
With furnishings and decorative touches personally selected by Ellen Pursell, our deluxe accommodations welcome 75 guests with a blend of understated elegance and cozy comforts. It’s like coming home, if by home you envision deep sofas worthy of naps, books and mementos that inspire conversation and reflection, and a gallery of family artwork. Each lodging features a unique character: from Parker Lodge with its grand stone fireplace and hunting trophies to the spacious, luxurious four-bedroom cabins and cottages.
The Cottages at Pursell Farms
Cottages (Jones, Mackenzie and Ross):
The Cabins on Masters Row:
Cabins (Hogan, Sarazen, Nelson, Snead):
Fee schedule: Clays and Shooting Grounds
Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms
Open 7 Days a week, 9am – 5pm
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