Orvis 3-Day Grouse Hunting School

Learn to Grouse Hunt at our New York Grouse Hunting School

Orvis 3-Day Grouse Hunting School

Details

Join Orvis and Catskill Casts & Coverts in upstate New York for a three day course in wild grouse hunting. From identifying ruffed grouse habitat to hunting dog strategies, this course will offer a solid foundation from which your love of the sport can only grow. Our experts will provide one day of classroom instruction, one day of field instruction, and one day of guided hunting. There's nothing quite like grouse hunting in the Catskill Mountains surrounding Hancock, New York. Once you experience the "king of the game birds" you will be hooked!

2018 Dates:

October 5-7
October 12-14

Course Highlights

  • Learn from the biggest names in ruffed grouse hunting! Instructors from Orvis, The Ruffed Grouse Society & Catskill Casts & Coverts.
  • Expert Instruction in Planning, Researching & Scouting your hunt.
  • Professional Gunfitting and Shooting Instruction.
  • Guided Hunt with the best guides and dogs in grouse hunting.
  • Tuition includes: instruction, meals noted on itinerary, RST ammunition, use of Orvis gun, Orvis Pro-Series hunting vest, and membership to The Ruffed Grouse Society.

Itinerary

Orvis 3-Day Grouse Hunting School
Hancock, New York
Day 1 - Time Activity & Description
2:00pm Arrival at Catskill Casts & Coverts training facility.
2:15pm

Meet & Greet with Instructors. Assessment of skillset & experience.

3:00pm Classroom Tutorial:
  • How to plan, research, and optimize your hunt
  • Habitat, cover, and food requirements for grouse and woodcock.
  • Factors that affect grouse cycles and how those cycles impact strategy.
  • How to locate and identify productive grouse habitat.
  • Identifying & aging clear cuts.
  • How to use topographical maps and satellite imagery for pre-hunt planning.
  • How to use the internet, government & private logging records to identify habitat.
  • How to be successful in heavy hunter traffic areas.
  • How to scout in the pre-season.
7:00pm

Family-style dinner at the Catskill Casts & Coverts facility.

Day 2 - Time Activity & Description
9:00am Arrival at Catskill Casts & Coverts training facility. Continental breakfast.
9:15am

Safety Briefing. Best guns & loads for grouse and woodcock hunting.

10:00am

Alternate gun fit and shooting instruction.

12:00pm

Lunch at training facility.

1:00pm

Resume shooting instruction.

2:00pm Move into on-site grouse habitat to learn:
  • Strategies for hunting grouse and woodcock.
  • How to safely navigate grouse habitat.
  • How to hunt safely in a group in dense cover.
  • How to handle pointing or flushing dogs in grouse and woodcock habitat.
  • Strategies for hunting grouse and woodcock without the use of dogs.
6:00pm

Family-style dinner at the Catskill Casts & Coverts facility.

Day 3 - Time Activity & Description
9:00am Arrival at training facility and continental breakfast.
9:15am

Students paired with guides and dogs for morning hunt in grouse and woodcock cover.

12:00pm

Lunch in the field.

1:00pm

Afternoon hunt with guides over pointing dogs in grouse and woodcock cover.

4:00pm

Return to Catskill Casts & Coverts facility. Closing remarks and departure.

Class will be held rain or shine; be prepared for cold, damp weather.

Dates

Orvis 3-Day Grouse Hunting School - Hancock, NY
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866-531-6213

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