Sylacauga, Alabama Wingshooting School

Learn the art of wingshooting with top instructors at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama.

Sylacauga, Alabama Wingshooting School


The Alabama Orvis Wingshooting School is located at the new Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama, situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Pursell Farms is centrally located between many of the major Alabama cites and two hours from Atlanta, Georgia

The Orvis Wingshooting Schools were the first of their kind offered in the United States, and for more than 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 as well as 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.

Make sure to bring the family along when you come. In addition the beautiful lakes and ponds on the property, you and your family can take advantage of the new sporting clays course or play golf at Alabama's #1 ranked public access golf course. The grounds have something for everyone.

You'll cover it all at the Alabama Wingshooting School at Pursell Farms:

  • 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 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 are 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.

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

Travel Insurance:
To protect your investment, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance may help you in the event you have to cancel or postpone your trip for reasons outside of your control. It is also beneficial if you need medical assistance or emergency evacuation during your travels. To learn more about purchasing travel insurance or an emergency evacuation membership through Global Rescue, please visit Please note: you will receive important benefits if your insurance is purchased within 20 calendar days of your trip.

1-Day Dates

January 2021 9 Saturday
  23 Saturday
February 2021 13 Saturday
  26 Friday
March 2021 2 Tuesday
  12 Friday
April 2021 1 Thursday
  10 Saturday
May 2021 15 Saturday
  21 Friday
  27 Thursday
June 2021 5 Saturday
  18 Friday
  19 Saturday
July 2021 5 Monday
August 2021 14 Saturday
  15 Sunday
September 2021 16 Thursday
  17 Friday
October 2021 14 Thursday
  15 Friday
  22 Friday
November 2021 13 Saturday
  14 Sunday
December 2021 11 Saturday
  22 Wednesday

2-Day Dates

January 2021 2-3 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday
February 2021 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Saturday-Sunday
March 2021 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Saturday-Sunday
April 2021 17-18 Saturday-Sunday
May 2021 7-8 Friday-Saturday
June 2021 24-25 Thursday-Friday
July 2021 10-11 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Saturday-Sunday
August 2021 7-8 Saturday-Sunday
  28-29 Saturday-Sunday
September 2021 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Monday-Tuesday
  30-1 Thursday-Friday
October 2021 9-10 Saturday-Sunday
  18-19 Monday-Tuesday
  23-24 Saturday-Sunday
November 2021 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Monday-Tuesday
December 2021 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  9-10 Thursday-Friday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
  28-29 Tuesday-Wednesday


With more than 3,000 acres of rolling hills, oak and pine forests, native grasses and fertile plantation land, the amenities at Pursell Farms mingle a richness of antebellum tradition with a modern touch of design and class. Enjoy onsite activities like:

  • A new, state-of-the-art sporting clays course that is fully automated and designed with both the novice and advanced wingshooter in mind.

  • Play a round of golf at the FarmLinks Golf Club, Golfweek's #1 all-access golf course in Alabama: 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015.

  • Test your fishing skills and wet a line for largemouth bass, crappie, or bream in Lake Christine, Lodge Lake, or Swamp Lake.


Lodging is not included with this school, but Pursell Farms offers unique, inviting accommodations on site that will 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.

Parker Lodge: Built of natural, quarried Alabama stone with red oak floors, Ponderosa pine ceilings and hand-hewn west coast cedar trusses, Parker Lodge is infused with simple charm and rustic splendor. Overlooking the 17th green and Lodge Lake, the 14,000-square-foot lodge features eight deluxe suites, great room, game room, multipurpose room, and full kitchen with dining room. With its indoor and outdoor seating areas, majestic stone fireplaces and scenic views, this is the perfect place to unwind or to host an intimate gathering.

The Cottages at Pursell Farms: These feature 12 luxury suites spread among three exclusive cottages. The essence of simple elegance and comfort amid scenic mountains and sparkling lakes, these guest quarters feature a large great room with stone fireplace, and each guest suite provides unique views, plasma-screen TVs, two queen beds, and a spacious, private bath. With a full kitchen and dining room, The Cottages also offer guests an unforgettable opportunity to enjoy savory meals prepared right before their eyes by Pursell Farms’ expert chefs.

Cabins on Masters Row: Choose from four distinctive cabins and 16 spacious, double-occupancy guest rooms. With a private putting green and spectacular surroundings right off hole no. 11, The Cabins also feature a kitchenette and a cozy common area perfectly suited for watching the big game, relaxing with friends, planning the next round of golf, or enjoying full-service catering from the Grille at the Clubhouse.

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