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Schools & Instruction

at Orvis Pursell Farms

The Orvis Wingshooting Schools were the first of their kind offered in the United States, and for over 25 years have offered shooters the finest shotgunning 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 and 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. The Orvis shotgun shooting instructors are consummate professionals who are beside you at every shot quietly analyzing and improving your style.

Looking to hone your fly-fishing skills? Whether you're just starting out or have been fishing for years, there’s always something new to learn at an Orvis Fly-Fishing School. Our schools cover rod rigging and essential knots, gear and tackle, stream entomology, fly selection, how to read water, and how to play, land, and safely release fish. Our experienced instructors tailor lessons to your level, so you can enhance your skill set. Learn more and book now!

Orvis Pursell Farms’ highly trained instructional fly-fishing and wingshooting staff can help with any experience level. From the novice to the pro, you can expect to receive the personal attention needed to elevate and improve your skills.

If you would like to join one of our fly-fishing or wingshooting school dates, if you simply want a refresher after a school, a warm-up for that trip to England shooting high pheasants, or that trip to the Gunnison in Colorado casting for trout; our school instructors are available for private instruction all year round.

Private Shooting Instruction: $175/hour

Up to four shooters. 

Additional Shooters: $25/person 

Private Instruction on Clays Course: $175/hour

Up to five shooters. Does not include Sporting Clays fee. 

Orvis Wingshooting School includes a complimentary gun rental and gun fitting, comprehensive shooting instruction, all targets and ammunition, lunch each school day, and a copy of the Orvis Wingshooting Handbook. 

One-Day School: $575/person

Two-Day School: $1,149/person

Fee schedule: Fishing Activities & Services 

Orvis Fly-Fishing School includes the use of Orvis tackle, comprehensive casting instruction, lunch each school day, and a copy of the Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing. 

One-Day School: $279/person

Two-Day School: $489/person 

Private Casting Instruction

One student: $75/hour

Two students: $95/hour

Three students: $125/hour 

Must be at least 12 years old to participate.

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