Manchester, Vermont Wingshooting School / 1-Day School

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

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Type: 1-Day School
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Manchester, Vermont Wingshooting Schools


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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

Cancellation Policy & Fees:
If the reservation is cancelled 60+ days from your school date, Orvis will offer a full refund back the original method of payment, or the reservation can be transferred to another available school. If the reservation is cancelled 30-60 days from the date of the school, the customer will have a choice between a refund of 50% or transferring the reservation to another available school. On cancellations 29 days or less there is no refund and no transfer. There will be no refund extended to students who do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school within the timeframes listed in this policy. Any reservation that has been transferred to a different date cannot be later cancelled without 100% payment penalty.

For questions please contact Orvis School and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

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$1149
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Manchester, Vermont Wingshooting Schools


Phone icon866-531-6213 Email iconschools@orvis.com

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

Cancellation Policy & Fees:
If the reservation is cancelled 60+ days from your school date, Orvis will offer a full refund back the original method of payment, or the reservation can be transferred to another available school. If the reservation is cancelled 30-60 days from the date of the school, the customer will have a choice between a refund of 50% or transferring the reservation to another available school. On cancellations 29 days or less there is no refund and no transfer. There will be no refund extended to students who do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school within the timeframes listed in this policy. Any reservation that has been transferred to a different date cannot be later cancelled without 100% payment penalty.

For questions please contact Orvis School and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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The Story

Just minutes from our flagship store, along the famed Battenkill, you'll find the Manchester Wingshooting School, a world-class custom shooting 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. Choose to attend either our one-day or two-day school. Each school includes lunch, all shells, use of an Orvis gun, eye and ear protection, and custom gunfitting.

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 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. A complimentary gun fitting to establish and record individual stock dimensions is also available for students participating in the two-day school at this location.

Both 1 & 2 Day Schools offer small class sizes – a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio.

1-Day Wingshooting School Overview

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • Discussion of proper mount, stance and shotgun fit
  • Hands-on instruction and practice shooting at varied stations
  • Demonstrations on how to shoot going away, crossing, low incomers, singles and doubles
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear
  • Use of an Orvis shotgun, if you wish

2-Day Wingshooting School Overview

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • Discussion of proper mount, stance and shotgun fit
  • Hands-on instruction and practice shooting at varied stations
  • Demonstrations on how to shoot going away, crossing, low incomers, singles and doubles
  • 2-Day School involves significantly more shots over the two-day period
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear
  • Use of an Orvis shotgun, if you wish
  • Complimentary gun fitting is available during 2-day schools in Manchester, VT; Millbrook, NY; Sylacauga, AL and Blue Ridge Summit, PA

If you want to learn more, please reach out to the Schools Team and request the specific itinerary for your chosen Orvis School location.

1-Day School
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August 2021 9 Monday
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October 2021 4 Monday
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June 2022 11 Saturday
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August 2022 8 Monday
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2-Day School
August 2021 6-7 Friday/Saturday (SOLD OUT)
September 2021 3-4 Friday/Saturday (SOLD OUT)
August 2022 5-6 Friday/Saturday
September 2022 2-3 Friday/Saturday
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great instructors, great experience! Our instructors, John and John, made sure that our shooting experience was as fun and enjoyable as it was instructive. These gentlemen have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to share and we enjoyed every moment of our time with them. Well done Orvis, John and John!...and thank you!
Date published: 2020-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wing Shooting School September 2017 Update Last week I attended the Manchester, Vermont shooting school. Bruce Bowlen was the instructor. I have shot for awhile, but had been fairly sick over the winter so I wanted to refresh my shooting skills. Mr. Bowlen is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor. His guidance is excellent. His techniques work if you follow them. However, as he told me, you must practice the Churchill Method. Today(9/29/17), for the first since I returned from Vermont, I shot in a big charity sporting clays/5 Stand tournament in western Maryland. The proof is in the results: I made most of the hard shots and when I missed it was because I hurried my mount, did not properly mount the shotgun, or just hurried too much overall. Our team finished second so it was a surprise. Bottom line: if you are struggling in the great sport of shotgunning or want to become a truly GOOD wingshooter-go here. Mr. Bowlen will resolve your problems. It is truly amazing. It is so good to have a proven workable method when you are shooting. This is a five star shooting experience. AND remember to practice what you learn from him!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Exaggeration: Incredible Results Bruce and team are simply miracle workers. Having held a shotgun maybe twice before in my life, I took the 2 day class in Manchester because I'd been invited on a formal driven pheasant and partridge shoot in England. I credit the Orvis team with the results: 70-80 birds in two days. My companions and hosts, all experienced shots, were amazed. THANK YOU ORVIS AND BRUCE!
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommend!!! 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.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! 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'.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience 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.
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience 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!
Date published: 2010-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent wingshooting course 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!
Date published: 2009-12-19
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