Take the next step in your upland hunting journey at this Pennsylvania school.

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Take the next step in your upland hunting journey at this Pennsylvania school.

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Complete Upland School At Orvis Hill Country

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The Story

Orvis Hill Country is thrilled to offer a unique learning opportunity for anyone interested in becoming an upland bird hunter!

The Complete Upland Hunting School at Orvis Hill Country 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, aspiring students are introduced to the basics of wingshooting including shotgun selection, safe gun handling, and effective technique as outlined by the Orvis Instinctive Method of shotgunning. From there, students apply the skills learned on the clays course to actual upland field hunts over working gundogs. Professional guides and instructors will be 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.

The Orvis Complete Upland Schools represent one of the most unique opportunities available for aspiring upland hunters. These schools are delivered by a team of experts committed to Orvis's 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!

2023 Dates:

Saturday, January 7th
Saturday, February 11th
Saturday, March 18th

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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Arrival Day
9:00 Arrival at Hill Country 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.
Noon Lunch in the Hill Country 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 Hill Country 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. Students will leave with gamebirds ready for the kitchen.
1-Day School
January 2024 6 Saturday
  27 Saturday
February 2024 10 Saturday
March 2024 16 Saturday
October 2024 19 Saturday
November 2024 9 Saturday
December 2024 28 Saturday

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

Where is the School Located?

Orvis Hill Country, Fairfield Pennsylvania.
Located in south-central Pennsylvania along the Maryland state Line - about 1.5 hours from both Baltimore and Washington D.C., just over an hour from Harrisburg, and 2.5 hours from Philadelphia.

What is Included in the Price?

$995. Includes use of gun, ammunition, lunch, ear protection, eye protection, and instruction.

What Skill Levels does this School Cater to?

Beginners or novices looking to advance their skills

.How Many Students are in this School?

6 max.

What Should I Bring?

Clothes suitable for a day outside in any weather; gloves if desired, personal hunting gear and gun if desired, extra layer, protective eyewear or prescription glasses, boots suitable for walking dry ground, blaze orange hat and vest.

Are there Specific Gear Recommendations?

Break action shotguns in gauges 12-28.

Do I Need to Purchase a License?


What is the Typical Weather?

A range of northeast seasonal weather is possible. During the winter/spring, snow is possible. Fall dates can see warm, sunny days.

What Happens When there is Bad Weather?

Our activities are not canceled due to the weather, with extremes being the exception. We always recommend that you dress in layers appropriate for the season. Cotton, although a comfortable fabric, is not recommended for outdoor activities. It can rain any time of the year. Please remember to bring a waterproof jacket and pants. Hats, sunglasses, and sunblock are also recommended.

What Lodging is Available or in the Area?

Allenberry Resort, an Orvis-Endorsed Lodge, is a short drive away from Orvis Hill Country and a shuttle is available between the two properties (upon request). Enjoy world-class lodging and dining, as well as many additional amenities that Allenberry has to offer. Please contact Allenberry Resort for lodging and reservations:

Allenberry Resort
1559 Boiling Springs Road
Boiling Springs, PA, 17007

Liberty Mountain Resort is nestled in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania, just 6 miles from Orvis Hill Country. This resort offers four seasons of exciting experiences, featuring winter sports, 18-holes of golf, a salon and spa, and delicious dining options. With conference and celebration space along with hotel rooms featuring sweeping views, Liberty is a chosen destination perfect for any occasion. Reservations can be made at:

Liberty Mountain Resort
78 Country Club Trail
Carroll Valley, PA 17320

What About Meals and Dining?

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Are there Additional Activities?

Plenty of fishing opportunities nearby as well as skiing. Historical sites abound.

Other Questions?

You can bring a dog.
Potential opportunity for folks with limited mobility.
Birds can be packaged to bring home.

Cancellation Policy

"If you must cancel your trip, refund fees are based on the cancelation date, as follows:

+90 days prior to trip - Full refund
60-90 days prior to trip - 50% of trip cost
59 days or less to trip - 100% of trip cost

Cancelation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather. We strongly urge you to purchase trip insurance, by clicking here.

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

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