Where is the school located?
Pheasant Bonanza is a well-known, Orvis-endorsed Wingshooting Lodge located in Tekamah, Nebraska just an hour drive from Omaha, NE and Sioux City, IA. We are located in the beautiful Loess Hills of North East Nebraska.
What is included in the price?
Included: All meals and drinks, lodging, and shuttle to and from the airport, if needed.
What skill levels does the school cater to?
All skill levels are encouraged to come to Pheasant Bonanza.
How many students are in this school?
The school accommodates a maximum of 16 students. We group four students per instructor, according to the respective skill levels. Ratio is skill-dependent. We handle beginners to experts.
Can children join this school?
12 years or older.
What should I bring?
We always recommend that you dress in layers appropriate for the season. Cotton, although a comfortable fabric is not a god choice for outdoor activities, especially in the summer. It can rain anytime of the year, so please remember to bring a waterproof jacket and pants. Hats, sunglasses, and sunblock are also recommended.
The Orvis Ultimate Shooting School is focused more on targets, but we still recommend comfortable boots or shoes, lighter clothing, layers and rain gear.
Students may bring their own shotguns if they wish, but we have plenty of shotguns available for students to use ($30 per day rental fee). Ammunition will be available for purchase in our pro shop.
Are there specific gear recommendations?
We encourage you to bring your own gun, but if a gun is needed, we can provide you with one at $30.00 per day charge. We have ammo for purchase as well.
Do I need to purchase a license?
You will not need a hunting license for shooting clays.
What is the typical weather?
Daily high temperatures increase by 7°, from 79° to 86°F, rarely falling below 68° or exceeding 94°. Daily low temperatures increase by 8°, from 58°F to 66°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 74°F. The month of June in Tekamah experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 41% to 30%. In Tekamah, the chance of a wet day over the course of June is gradually decreases, starting the month at 41% and ending it at 38%.
Daily high temperatures are around 88°, rarely falling below 79° or exceeding 98°. The highest daily average high temperature is 89° on July 20. Daily low temperatures are around 67°, rarely falling below 58° or exceeding 76°. The highest daily average low temperature is 68° on July 21. The month of July in Tekamah experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 28% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 27% on July 16. In Tekamah, the chance of a wet day over the course of July decreases, starting the month at 38% and ending it at 33%.
What lodging is available or in the area?
Overlooking the southern exposure of the Loess Hills, the Orvis-endorsed Ben Schoonover Lodge features three stories with 15 rooms: 12 rooms featuring two queen beds, and three rooms featuring one king bed. Rooms measure 400 sq. ft. and have full private baths. Each floor of the lodge has a lounge area, providing hunting groups with privacy. A freestanding fireplace extends through all three floors. We are excited to have a full commercial kitchen, bar, dining room, pool tables, conference rooms, balconies, and outdoor seating.
What about meals and dining?
All food and beverages are included in your school package.
Are there additional activities?
We have two nearby golf courses, a winery within five miles, and a great town to explore.
What happens when there is bad weather?
We shoot rain or shine. We only stop when there's lightning.
Our packages include airport shuttle pick-up and drop-off from Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE.
If you must cancel your trip, refund fees are based on the cancellation 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
Cancellation 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.
Have questions? Please contact Orvis Schools and Reservations at 866-531-6213