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.

For more information about Orvis Wingshooting Schools, call 866-531-6213 or email

Cancellation Policy & Fees:
If you cancel your reservation outside of 30 days from your school date, Orvis will issue a refund back to your original method of payment. Cancellations within 30 days from your school date are subject to a 20% cancellation fee, and a refund will be issued in the form of an Orvis Gift Card. Orvis Gift Cards never expire and can be used to book your next school reservation or to purchase other Orvis product. School transfers are based on availability and can be done at any time (cancellation fees do not apply). Students that do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school reservation department will be charged in full.

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

1-Day Dates

Orvis Wingshooting School - Sylacauga, Alabama
1-Day School Dates

November 2018 17 Saturday
  18 Sunday
December 2018 14 Friday
  16 Sunday
  21 Friday
January 2019 5 Saturday
  26 Saturday
  27 Sunday
February 2019 1 Friday
March 2019 5 Tuesday
  16 Saturday
April 2019 4 Thursday
  12 Friday
May 2019 3 Friday
  17 Friday
  24 Friday
June 2019 15 Saturday
July 2019 5 Friday
  27 Saturday
August 2019 3 Saturday
  24 Saturday
September 2019 13 Friday
  19 Thursday
October 2019 17 Thursday
  18 Friday
November 2019 16 Saturday
  17 Sunday
December 2019 6 Friday
  20 Friday
  22 Sunday

2-Day Dates

Orvis Wingshooting School - Sylacauga, Alabama
2-Day School Dates

November 2018 3-4 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Thursday-Friday
December 2018 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Saturday-Sunday
January 2019 19-20 Saturday-Sunday
February 2019 4-5 Monday-Tuesday
  25-26 Monday-Tuesday
March 2019 9-10 Saturday-Sunday
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday
April 2019 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Monday-Tuesday
May 2019 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  30-31 Thursday-Friday
June 2019 22-23 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Saturday-Sunday
July 2019 13-14 Saturday-Sunday
August 2019 17-18 Saturday-Sunday
September 2019 14-15 Saturday-Sunday
  21-22 Saturday-Sunday
October 2019 3-4 Thursday-Friday
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday
  21-22 Monday-Tuesday
November 2019 7-8 Thursday-Friday
  30-1 Saturday-Sunday
December 2019 28-29 Saturday-Sunday


Area Activities
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 Information
Sylacauga, Alabama

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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