Ah, spring. A time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, watch birds take flight, and shoot them.
That's the experience on order at Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds, the oldest shotgun shooting club in America, which offers pigeon clay courses for seasoned gunslingers and itchy-fingered rookies alike.
Nestled on 400+ acres of verdant countryside in Millbrook, NY, and just a brief hour-and-a-half drive outside Manhattan, Orvis offers three shooting options:
- a 20-station course with a varied menu of clays
- a dual-stand skeet field
- and a wobble trap for warmups
The wooded course (think golf course) offers crossing clay “birds”, flying pairs, and even "rabbit" clays that run along the ground, while the skeet field and wobble traps offer stationary sport.
Orvis provides shotguns, ammunition, and safety gear, plus seasoned shooting instructors to tutor you on everything from gun-fitting to footwork, so you’ll be blasting clays to smithereens toute suite.
Lunch is available from 11am to 3pm in their rustic hunting lodge, built when Jefferson was still President, and group packages are available for families and corporate team building.
Though refuse to partake and shotguns won't be the only things that get fired.