West Point, Mississippi Wingshooting School / 1-Day School

A traditional upland hunting and shotgun shooting school located in Mississippi.

5 out of 5 Customer Rating
Type: 1-Day School
December 2021 Select month
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$575
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West Point, Mississippi Wingshooting School


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Experience and learn the building blocks of the Orvis Wingshooting school program:

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • How to mount a shotgun so you will shoot exactly where you're looking
  • How to shoot all types of clays scenarios: going away, crossing, low incomers, singles, doubles, and springing teals
  • Proper stance and footwork
  • Proper shotgun handling
  • Proper shotgun fit

In addition to expert comprehensive instruction, the Orvis Wingshooting School at Prairie Wildlife will also include:

  • Lunch each school day
  • All targets and ammunition
  • Copy of "The Orvis Wingshooting Handbook"
  • Use of an Orvis shotgun if you wish
  • Ear and eye protection

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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October 2021 Select month
Sat-Sun (16-17) Select days

Recipient Email Address

We will need to contact you to confirm your reservation.

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Add up to 5 people. First and Last name required.
$1149
per student
$1149
Item #6G3A2043 Per Person
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100% Customer Satisfaction

has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right. That’s the Orvis Way.

West Point, Mississippi Wingshooting School


Phone icon866-531-6213 Email iconschools@orvis.com

Experience and learn the building blocks of the Orvis Wingshooting school program:

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • How to mount a shotgun so you will shoot exactly where you're looking
  • How to shoot all types of clays scenarios: going away, crossing, low incomers, singles, doubles, and springing teals
  • Proper stance and footwork
  • Proper shotgun handling
  • Proper shotgun fit

In addition to expert comprehensive instruction, the Orvis Wingshooting School at Prairie Wildlife will also include:

  • Lunch each school day
  • All targets and ammunition
  • Copy of "The Orvis Wingshooting Handbook"
  • Use of an Orvis shotgun if you wish
  • Ear and eye protection

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

Learn More

The Story

The Black Prairie of Mississippi is an incomparable place with picturesque views, quaint towns, and home to Prairie Wildlife, the conservation-driven sporting estate in West Point, Mississippi. For years, initiatives to restore this unique area have been underway and Prairie Wildlife's decade-long efforts have brought back the native grasses, the valuable pollinators, the habitat, and the irreplaceable wild bobwhite quail.

Today, Prairie Wildlife is home to the Orvis Wingshooting Schools and it gives us great pleasure to have partnered with a sporting estate whose mission is being accomplished through visionary conservation efforts and dedicated community involvement. As a guest and student, not only will you learn shooting concepts from our Orvis' expert instructors, but your attendance will help bring awareness to the valuable efforts restoring this exceptional ecosystem. By offering a wide range of unique sporting experiences before, during, and after your visit, delivering superb gourmet cuisine, and providing first-class accommodations, The Orvis Wingshooting School at Prairie Wildlife is sure to exceed your every expectation.

Both 1 & 2 Day Schools offer small class sizes – a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio.

1-Day Wingshooting School Overview

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • Discussion of proper mount, stance and shotgun fit
  • Hands-on instruction and practice shooting at varied stations
  • Demonstrations on how to shoot going away, crossing, low incomers, singles and doubles
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear
  • Use of an Orvis shotgun, if you wish

2-Day Wingshooting School Overview

  • Basic shotgun safety
  • Discussion of proper mount, stance and shotgun fit
  • Hands-on instruction and practice shooting at varied stations
  • Demonstrations on how to shoot going away, crossing, low incomers, singles and doubles
  • 2-Day School involves significantly more shots over the two-day period
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear
  • Use of an Orvis shotgun, if you wish
  • Complimentary gun fitting is available during 2-day schools in Manchester, VT; Millbrook, NY; Sylacauga, AL and Blue Ridge Summit, PA

If you want to learn more, please reach out to the Schools Team and request the specific itinerary for your chosen Orvis School location.

1-Day School
December 2021 17 Friday
  18 Saturday
2-Day School
October 2021 16-17 Saturday/Sunday

Please contact Prairie Wildlife at 662-295-7224 about lodging and reservations or visit www.prairiewildlife.com

Additional experiences at Prairie Wildlife: (www.prairiewildlife.com)

Wild Bobwhite Quail hunting (limited hunts) on mule drawn wagon, horseback or simple prairie walk

A new shooting venue at our Black Prairie Helice Field

Early Release & liberated Bobwhite quail hunts

Mourning Dove hunts in December & January

Southern Rabbit hunts following the howling choruses of Short-legged Beagles

Managed Trophy Whitetail Deer hunts (primitive weapons only)

“My First Game” - A two-day experience expressly designed to bring young sportsmen and their mentors together

The Conservation Shooting Grounds overlooking Horseshoe Pond

And much more...

Additional Experiences "In The Neighborhood"

Old Waverly Golf Club, the exceptional, Scottish Highland influenced golf course of the South that hosted the Women’s U.S Open a few years ago.

Prairie Arts Festival – On Labor Day Weekend. With over 600 exhibitors, many consider this wonderful celebration as one of the top ten events in the South. The Prairie Arts Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the country, attracting crowds of more than 10,000.

Historic Main Street – Discover its quaint shops and wonderful antique stores.

Steve Barnett Fine Guns – an exquisite, unique, and friendly fine gun store located in Historic downtown. (By appointment only)

Waverly Mansion - built by Colonel George Hampton Young of Georgia in 1852, Waverley is a striking example of antebellum elegance. From its octagonal shaped cupola to its self-supporting curved stairways, Waverley is truly unique among antebellum plantation homes in the South.

Friday House/Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum – Learn and admire Chester Arthur Burnett, a native son of Clay County, MS. and other blues greats such as Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, and West Point’s lesser known Bluesman, “Piano Red”.

Ritz – Theater and Conference Center - a most special place for lunch, dinner, and social events. Witness the revival of this historic theater that has been brought back to life.

Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum - central feature of the museum is the largest working model railroad exhibit in the south.

Visit The Largest Mossy Oak Store in the World – West Point, Mississippi is home to Mossy Oak, the outdoor enterprise dedicated to helping people live their best life through a close connection with nature.

For more information of other activities and experiences, please go to: http://www.westpointms.org

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

If the reservation is cancelled 60+ days from your school date, Orvis will offer a full refund back theOriginal 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

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable Experience Prairie Wildlife is a first-class lodge - to the great credit of the estate manager Bennie Atkinson. The accommodations were clean and nice (we stayed at the Magnolia House). The food was delicious (the pork ribeye with mushroom cream sauce is the best pork dish I've ever had). Xavier Fairley is a patient and perceptive teacher that communicates his knowledge well. He discerns the needed balance between correction of technique and confidence building. He and his team provided a great experience. Here, I was introduced to helice - let me tell yall, it was fun! Mr. Jimmy Bryan has done something good with the team he has built and the land he shares with us.
Date published: 2020-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The people and venue provide a stellar experience Prairie Wildlife is a truly wonderful place. Mr. Jimmy Bryan and his team have developed one of the best upland hunting and shooting estates that I’ve ever seen. I was originally drawn there because of their reputation for restoring native habitat on a large scale. Further research revealed that an Orvis Shooting School was located there in addition to the fine upland hunting. Mr. Xavier Fairley is a most patient and competent shotgun shooting instructor. His gentle way of pointing out and correcting decades of bad habits was most appealing and effective. You should choose Prairie Wildlife where you can expect a stellar experience. Whether you are there for shotgun instruction, traditional upland hunting, sporting clays, Helice or the delicious gourmet meals served, they are all centered around a backdrop of Southern hospitality that I think you will find unparalleled.
Date published: 2020-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what the doctor ordered I just finished my third Orvis shooting school at Prairewildlife in West Point, MS. I keep going back because the shooting grounds are excellent along with the superb lodge, food, and staff. Xavier Farley continues to provide excellent instruction and Mr. Jimmy Bryan continues to improve the grounds. I also added to my gun collection by ordering a custom side by side and cannot wait to go back ! This is a first class operation and I recommend it highly. Joe Terry MD
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Personalized Instruction; Wonderful Setting I just completed my third Orvis two-day wingshooting school at Prairie Wildlife in West Point, Mississippi. I stayed at the Bryan Lodge, and couldn't have been happier with my experience. In the past, the schools have had eight or more students, and instruction is given in groups of two or three students by either an Orvis instructor or one of the instructors from Prairie Wildlife. This year, I was the only student for this session, and I got the full attention of John Rano, until his recent retirement the Gun Room Manager at Orvis in Vermont. Now John continues to do the Wingshooting Schools, and he brings a lifetime of shooting experience to the class - and in this case, to me. We spent two to three hours each morning and afternoon both days on various clays stations, including one with a wobbler, a high tower, and the quail walk, which simulates single, pairs, and coveys of quail breaking cover. I competed the course with a much better understanding of techniques that would make me a better upland game hunter, which is the purposes of the Wingshooting School. I stayed over an extra day and did a morning quail hunt and an afternoon mixed bag (quail, chukkar, and pheasant) hunt with Jimmy Bryan, the owner of Prairie Wildlife. John also came along to provide some additional instruction, and Cedric from Prairie Wildlife handled the dogs and guided the hunt. I stayed for the third year running at Bryan Lodge, and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of Harry Pasisis, the lodge manager and cook. Mr. Bryan was there every day, and I was really treated like one of he family. The food was excellent, and Harry even put together an impromptu Superbowl party for John and me. I highly recommend this school and Prairie Wildlife, and I strongly suggest staying over and extra day and taking advantage of some hunting to put into the field the wingshooting skills acquired during the course.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Class The instructor was amazing. I plan to do this again next year.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip I took my two sons who were reasonably accomplished shots but had never really quail hunted so they could learn from masters of the sport. And learn they did! The first day of refresher/shooting instruction was particularly valuable no matter what your skill level. John Rano and Todd Rogers were particularly skilled at instruction, gun preparation and handling with lots of helpful direction to make our shooting more effective. The second day in the field with the dogs John and Todd were able to provide immediate feedback and tips after each rise, which was very beneficial to my sons. By the end of the day they had learned more about field quail/wingshooting than many people learn in years of doing it on their own. The folks at the Prairie Wildlife Lodge (Harry, Mary Rogers et al) couldn't have been more accommodating and hospitable. The Lodge is beautiful and comfortable with delicious dining. This is truly a wonderful experience.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding experience We were thrilled with our experience at the Wingshooting School and Prarie Wildlife and highly recommend both to anyone looking to improve their shooting skills at a comfotable and welcoming lodge. Four of us attended the school, three of whom were novices. All instructors worked with groups of three students and we spent time rotating between the instructors. Each one knew their craft and taught us something new or reinforced what another instructor said. They did so in a comfortable and easy going manner which really helped the novices. We also shot plenty, enough so that by the end of each day, we were tired and needed a break. All agreed we improved our shooting skills significantly and left the school with renewed confidence. Prairie Wildlife manager, Harry Pasisis, runs a first class operation. He and his staff could not have been more accommodating. Everything from rooms to meals and service were outstanding. Everyone went out of their way to be of assistance whether it be picking us up at the local airport, running to the drugstore to get a few items we left at home or taking us on a tour of the facilities. In the end, it we had an outstanding weekend of shooting instruction in a completely relaxed environment surrounded by wonderful people.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific experience Thanks to Bruce Bowlen, John Rano and Harry Pasisis for great instruction in a pleasant setting, with wonderful food waiting at the lodge. I learned a vast amount of shotgun lore and skill. I met some fine folks. I stayed around and shot some quail. I'll be back.
Date published: 2014-02-26
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