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Orvis Shotgun Classic Advanced Shooting Clinic

Orvis Wingshooting School

Phone icon(866) 531-6213 Email Link
3047 Sharon Turnpike,
Millbrook, NY 12545

Item #3EHF2000

The Story

The Orvis Shotgun Classic Wingshooting Clinic is an opportunity for skilled shooters to refine their technique under the guidance of a team of internationally esteemed shooting instructors. With two days of personalized instruction, students will get an opportunity to seek out specific tips, tricks, and adjustments that will enhance success both on the clays course and in the field. Host Paula Moore of Orvis Sandanona will be joined by Guest Instructors Steve Liberta, Travis Mears, Grace Callahan, Chuck Baker, Cade Faetche, Chris Batha, Cody Matson, Will Fennell, and sports vision specialist Dr. Richard Colo - students will have access to all of these instructors in private sessions.

Dates: June 7 & 8, 2024

  • Curriculum focused on advanced skill sets
  • Personalized instruction in a small class setting
  • Learn from Orvis Head Wingshooting Instructor Paula Moore and other prominent guest instructors
  • Held at world-class Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds
  • 2-Day School includes meals, unlimited clays, and 2 cases of ammo

Paula Moore, our host, and hometown Chief Shooting Instructor at Orvis Sandanona. Paula has over 25 years of experience instructing and coaching clays shooters and competing both nationally and internationally. Her accolades speak for themselves: 9-time NSCA All-American, 5-time NSCA Team USA, and 3-time World Side-by-Side Champion. Paula teaches full-time in Millbrook at Orvis and instructs all levels from novice to Master Class shooters. Paula is the only Level III NSCA instructor in NYS.

Steve Liberta has experience teaching all levels of shooting from beginners to competitive shooters. Steve uses the Carlisle method of coaching and is a master instructor from the Carlisle Academy. Steve has a long line of students at his home base in San Antonio, TX.

Travis Mears is the president of the Fort Worth Defender Outdoors Clays Sports Ranch in Texas. He has been a competitive shooter since he was 9 years old and has won numerous youth, collegiate, and then professional circuit awards. Now he shares his knowledge and passion through his range, exhibition shooting, and sporting clays.

Grace Callahan received her hunting license and her first gun for her 10th birthday. It has been “game-on” ever since. Starting out hunting and exploring a little in Olympic Bunker trap in high school; she soon learned that sporting clays would become her priority. She was on her varsity high school team and won the Lady Championship of her division all four years!

Chuck Baker instruction career began as a 4-H instructor, teaching kids how to safely handle firearms. As his obsession with shotgun sports grew, Chuck became an NSSA instructor and is now an NSCA Level 2 Instructor as well as the Chief Shooting Instructor at Orvis Pursell Farms!

Cade Faetche is currently a Construction Science major at Texas A&M University and has been shooting for most of his life. A competitive shooter for almost a decade, Cade has traveled all across the world competing in tournaments. As an instructor, he has had the opportunity to study under world-class instructors like Steve Liberta, Dan Carlisle, and Will Fennell.

Chris Batha is inarguably one of the most highly qualified, experienced and sought-after shooting instructors and gun fitters in the world today. With more than thirty years of experience in game and competitive clay shooting, he has shot game birds on three continents and in 14 countries. You won’t find anyone who does more instruction each year than Chris.

Cody Matson has extensive experience and expertise as an NSCA Level II instructor, having a strong teaching philosophy and methodology. His ability to communicate with different skill levels and personalities, as well as his diagnostic skills, makes him effective in enhancing shooters' existing skills. Codys focus is on keeping lessons simple, enjoyable, and engaging.

Will Fennell was raised in a hunting and shooting family. He had a rifle or shotgun in his hands since age 5! Will has shot over 100,000 registered NSCA targets here in the U.S. and many more in Europe. In 2004 Will left his corporate job and started teaching sporting clays full time. He and his wife Elizabeth both teach in Sharon, S.C. at the Fennell Shooting School.

Joe Carey is a 7 time all American, NSCA National Champion, and 7 time NJ state champion. Joe has been shooting for over 50 years. He started shooting clays in 1995 with brothers Ray and Jim, and back then the game was very different and not a lot of instructors around, so they had to instruct each other! Joe continues his passion for the game to this day on both ends, competing at a high level and instructing all levels and abilities of todays shooters.

Dr. Richard Colo, OD; Sports Vision Specialist and Avid Shooter, Dr. Richard Colo Will Be Onsite Offering Limited Comprehensive Shooter Evaluations. These Evaluations Will Consist Of:

  • Comprehensive Shooting, Medical, and Eye History
  • Eye Dominance Evaluation
  • M&S Sports Vision Profile
  • Glasses Fitting If Desired

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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Lodging is not included with this experience, but there are numerous lodging and dining options around Millbrook and nearby Poughkeepsie.

Troutbeck Inn - Amenia, NY

The Millbrook Inn - Millbrook, NY

Hawthorne Poughkeepsie by Wyndham - Poughkeepsie, NY

Courtyard Marriott - Poughkeepsie, NY

The Cottonwood Motel - Millbrook, NY

The Orvis Shotgun Classic is a chance for participants to develop and refine specific skills under the guidance of world-class instructors. This event is dedicated to the participants, meaning that students will have exclusive and unlimited access to Sandanona's 2 Clays Courses, 5–Stand, and Flurry. Each participant will receive:

  • Unlimited Clays, 5- Stand, and Flurry Shooting
  • Two Cases of Winchester Ammunition
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktail Hour, and Dinner on Friday; Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday
  • A Commemorative Cap and Tote

Students will work with instructors in groups of four, moving through two 1 hr., 15 min. blocks each morning, and two more in the afternoon. Instructors will be allocated and requested upon booking, and schedules/allocations will be set as the date draws near. Outside of instruction time, students can shoot at will; Sandanona trappers will be on call.

Orvis introduced one of the first sporting clays courses in the country at its Manchester, Vermont Shooting School. Orvis Sandanona upholds this tradition with two courses running simultaneously on the property. Sandanona is located in New York's Hudson Valley. It is a singular destination where guests can shoot to their heart's content, shop in the extensive retail space, or simply unwind on our wrap around porch.

This is a place where the traditions of the field and the hunt are held in the highest regard; it is the oldest permitted shotgun shooting club in the country. The main lodge was built during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, and, using its richly textured past as a foundation, Orvis Sandanona has built a thriving, modern sporting clays shooting ground that is consistently ranked among the very best.

Can I bring my own shotgun?

Of course; students can bring personal guns and are encouraged to shoot the gun that they are most familiar with.

Are small-bore or game guns applicable?

Yes; shoot the gun you would like to receive instruction on or get practice with.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, but they must be kept on-leash. Sandanona has limited kennel space available, so please call to inquire.

Can I use an Orvis Shotgun?

Yes, Orvis has loaner guns available for use.

Can I bring my own ammunition?

Yes, though two cases are included in the price of the event.

Is there a minimum age requirement for this event?

Students must be 12 years of age, though this is an intensive training, so participants must be capable of maintaining a full schedule of shooting.

Is this a good event for novice shooters?

Yes; the Shotgun Classic is geared to shooters of all levels.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

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

There will be a 50% cancellation fee for anyone who cancels after May 25th. No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 1st. This is a prepaid event.

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

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