Complete Upland Hunting School at Orvis Sandanona, New York

What better way to learn the sport or become a better and more productive upland hunter.

Overview

Orvis Sandanona is thrilled to offer a unique learning opportunity for anyone interested in becoming an upland bird hunter! The Complete Upland Hunting School at Orvis Sandanona is an incredible resource for those who are entirely new to bird hunting, or for those interested in honing their understanding of the field hunting experience. This course divides the educational focus into two parts: in the first section, students are introduced to the basics of wingshooting including shotgun selection, safe gun handling, and effective technique as outlined by the Orvis Instinctive Method. From there, students move into the second section in which they apply the skills learned on the clays course to actual upland field hunts over working gundogs. Professional guides and instructors remain at each student's side every step of the way to provide a safe and enjoyable entry into the wonderful world of upland bird hunting.

This one-of-a-kind opportunity is offered in both a 1- and 2-day format. Orvis' elite team of instructors begins by delivering a classroom overview and safety instruction before taking students to the clays course. With shotgun in hand, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of effective wingshooting technique. Target presentations are selected to mimic the flush and flight of real gamebirds, and students will build confidence and comfort in the controlled environment of the clays course. Seasoned shooting instructors will either help students polish existing skills or teach fundamentals from the ground up. By the end of the classroom and clays course sessions, students will be ready to transfer new skills to the hunting field. Students who opt for the 1-day school will enjoy a morning session of target presentations followed by an afternoon walk-up field hunt. In the 2-day program, the first day will focus entirely on essential wingshooting skills in classroom and on the clays course, while the whole of the second day will be spent in the field alongside an instructor and dog handler/guide.

In the field, essential the skills are put into practice. Students will hunt pheasants and chukar partridge over top-notch dogs while an instructor helps steer the experience. In the 2-day program, the second day will consist of a 2-hour morning field hunt, a break for lunch in the clubhouse, and another 2-hour hunt on a different piece of the Sandanona property. Guides and instructors will help students learn how to confidently navigate cover, approach working dogs, and assess safe shots. They will also celebrate success as each bird is brought to hand!

The Orvis Complete Upland Schools represent one of the most unique opportunities available for aspiring upland hunters. These educational experiences are delivered by a team of experts committed to Orvis' trademark service standards. If you have ever dreamed of becoming an upland hunter, or if you have ever hoped to refine your skill and effectiveness in the field, Orvis can be of help. In our capable hands you too can make upland hunting a wonderful part of your life!

Cancellation Policy & Fees:
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 orvis.com/travelinsurance. Please note: you will receive important benefits if your insurance is purchased within 20 calendar days of your trip.

As with most states, New York has issued travel guidelines for visitors coming into the state. Please visit the state website for further information: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory We ask that you please research the County in which you reside and make the appropriate decision for your visit.

Itinerary

1-Day School

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Arrival at Sandanona Clubhouse - make yourself at home with a snack and a cup of coffee or tea.
9:15 Instructor introductions – Our team of instructors will introduce themselves and outline the agenda for the day. At this point we will also conduct student evaluations, establishing what specific experience you are hoping to have, and what skills you hope to gain. This segment is followed by a screening of our wingshooting video and a safety briefing, ensuring confidence that the shooting to come will be both safe and enjoyable.
10:00 Students and instructors work in shooting instruction areas – This session will take students through the arc of the Orvis Instinctive Method of Wingshooting. Students will learn proper technique and application of the method as they break clay targets that mimic real-life bird presentations. Repetition, assessment, and practice will build confidence and muscle memory.
Noon Lunch in the Sandanona Clubhouse.
1:00 Students paired with instructors and field guides then depart to hunting grounds for a 2-hour walk-up field hunt – In this segment, students enter the beautiful hunting fields of Orvis Sandanona in the company of an instructor, a professional field guide, and a team of gundogs. The instructor remains at your side as you learn to navigate the cover, efficiently approach the dogs, and take safe and ethical shots on chukar partridge and ring-necked pheasants. All the while the instructor will share feedback and direction, ensuring that your experience is paced and orchestrated according to your needs.
3:00 End of day – At the end of the field hunt, students will return to the clubhouse to address final questions and receive the birds that were harvested if desired. An overview of bird processing can be requested if students wish to gain those skills.

2-Day School

Day One

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Arrival at Sandanona Clubhouse - make yourself at home with a snack and a cup of coffee or tea.
9:15 Instructor introductions – Our team of instructors will introduce themselves and outline the agenda for the day. At this point we will also conduct student evaluations, establishing what specific experience you are hoping to have, and what skills you hope to gain. This segment is followed by a screening of our wingshooting video and a safety briefing, ensuring confidence that the shooting to come will be both safe and enjoyable.
10:00 Students and instructors work in shooting instruction areas – This session will take students through the arc of the Orvis Instinctive Method of Wingshooting. Students will learn proper technique and application of the method as they break clay targets that mimic real-life bird presentations. Repetition, assessment, and practice will build confidence and muscle memory.
Noon Lunch in the Sandanona Clubhouse.
1:00 Resume shooting in instructional areas with instructors, with focus on different presentations as appropriate.
2:30 Break – Following a short break you will move to different stations and explore different presentations.
4:00 End of Day 1.

Day Two

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Arrival and warm-up shooting at the wobble trap with instructors – This process will help gut the cobwebs off and allow for unanticipated presentations.
10:00 Students paired with instructors and field guides then depart to hunting grounds for a 2-hour walk-up field hunt – In this segment, students enter the beautiful hunting fields of Orvis Sandanona in the company of an instructor, a professional field guide, and a team of gundogs. The instructor remains at your side as you learn to navigate the cover, efficiently approach the dogs, and take safe and ethical shots on chukar partridge and ring-necked pheasants. All the while the instructor will share feedback and direction, ensuring that your experience is paced and orchestrated according to your needs.
Noon Lunch in the Sandanona Clubhouse.
1:00 Students change instructors, guides, and hunting fields for another afternoon walk-up field hunt.
3:00 End of Day 2.

Dates

One-Day School Dates

November 2020 21 Saturday (CLOSED)
 
December 2020 12 Saturday (1 SPOT LEFT)
 
January 2021 23 Saturday
 
February 2021 12 Friday
 
March 2021 27 Saturday
 
October 2021 10 Sunday
  24 Sunday
 
November 2021 20 Saturday
 
December 2021 11 Saturday

Two-Day School Dates

February 2021 20-21 Sat-Sun (1 SPOT LEFT)
 
December 2021 18-19 Sat-Sun
 

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