Orvis 3-Day Grouse Hunting School

Learn to Grouse Hunt at our New York Grouse Hunting School

Orvis 3-Day Grouse Hunting School


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 uplands of Upstate New York. Once you experience the "king of the game birds" you will be hooked!

2019 Dates:

September 27-29 (Altmar, New York)
October 4-6 (Hancock, New York)
October 11-13 (Hancock, New York)

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 wingshooting instruction.
  • Guided hunt with some of the Northeast's 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.

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 Schools and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213


Day One

Time Activity & Description
2:00 Arrival at Catskill Casts & Coverts training facility.
2:15 Meet & Greet with Instructors. Assessment of skillset & experience.
3:00 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.
7:00 Family-style dinner at the Catskill Casts & Coverts facility.

Day Two

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Arrival at Catskill Casts & Coverts training facility. Continental breakfast.
9:15 Safety Briefing. Best guns & loads for grouse and woodcock hunting.
10:00 Alternate gun fit and shooting instruction.
Noon Lunch at training facility.
1:00 Resume shooting instruction.
2:00 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.
6:00 Family-style dinner at the Catskill Casts & Coverts facility.

Day Three

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Arrival at training facility and continental breakfast.
9:15 Students paired with guides and dogs for morning hunt in grouse and woodcock cover.
Noon Lunch in the field.
1:00 Afternoon hunt with guides over pointing dogs in grouse and woodcock cover.
4:00 Return to Catskill Casts & Coverts facility. Closing remarks and departure.

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


Three-Day School Dates

September 2019 27-29 Fri-Sun - Altmar, NY
October 2019 4-6 Fri-Sun - Hancock, NY
  11-13 Fri-Sun - Hancock, NY


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