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Join Catskill Casts & Coverts in upstate New York for a three day course in wild grouse hunting.  From identifying wild grouse habitat to hunting dog strategies, this course will give you a solid foundation from which to grow your love of the sport. Our experts will provide one day of classroom instruction, one day of field instruction, and one day of guided hunting. There's nothing quite like grouse hunting in the uplands of Upstate New York. Once you experience the "king of the game birds" you will be  hooked!  

Course Highlights

Course details for 2020

Course details for 2020

  • Learn from the biggest names in wild grouse hunting!  Instructors from Orvis, The Ruffed Grouse Society and Catskill Casts & Coverts
  • Expert Instruction in Planning, Researching, & Scouting your Hunt
  • Professional Shooting Instruction
  • Guided Hunt with the best Guides and Dogs in Grouse Hunting

Course details for 2020

Course details for 2020

Course details for 2020

  • Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th  Class will be held at the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY
  • Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th  Class will be held at the Catskill Casts & Coverts facility in Hancock, NY
  • Friday, October 9th through Sunday, October 11th  Class will be held at the Catskill Casts & Coverts facility in Hancock, NY
  • $2,350 tuition includes:  instruction, meals noted on itinerary (below), RST ammunition, use of Orvis shotgun, Orvis pro-series hunting vest, and membership to the Ruffed Grouse Society.
  • All hunters will need a valid New York State Hunting License 

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday

2:00 PM  Arrival at training facility


2:15 PM  Meet & greet with instructors

  • Assessment of skill set & experience


3:00 PM  Classroom tutorial:

  • How to plan, research and optimize your hunt
  • Site and food requirements for grouse and woodcock
  • Factors that effect grouse cycles and how it changes strategy
  • How to locate and identify productive grouse habitat
  • Identifying and aging clear cuts
  • How to use topographical maps and satellite imagery for pre-hunt planning
  • How to use the internet, government & private logging records to identify habitat
  • How to be successful in heavy hunter traffic areas
  • How to scout in the preseason


7:00 PM  Family style dinner

Day 2: Saturday

9:00 AM  Arrival at training facility and continental breakfast


9:15 AM  Safety briefing

  • Best guns & loads for grouse and woodcock hunting


10:00 AM  Shooting instruction


12:00 PM  Break for lunch


1:00 PM Resume shooting instruction


2:00 PM  Move into on-site grouse habitat to learn:

  • Strategies for hunting grouse & woodcock
  • How to safely navigate grouse habitat
  • How to hunt safely in a group in dense cover
  • How to use pointing or flushing dogs in grouse and woodcock habitat
  • Strategies for hunting grouse and woodcock without the use of dogs


6:00 PM   Family style dinner

Day 3: Sunday

9:00 AM  Arrival at training facility and continental breakfast


9:15 AM  Students paired with guides and dogs for morning hunt in grouse and woodcock cover 


12:00 PM  Lunch in the field


1:00 PM  Afternoon hunt with guides over pointing dogs in grouse and woodcock cover


4:00 PM  Closing remarks and departure

Additional Information:

  • Six to ten students per class.  Be sure to reserve your spot!
  • Lodging is additional and separate.  Please see our list of local accommodations.
  • Class will be held rain or shine.  Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Wear layers and pack rain gear.  Supportive, waterproof, comfortable boots are the most important piece of gear.  We suggest wearing brier pants.  Please have a field jacket with blaze orange, shooting glasses, and hearing protection. All hunters must have a valid New York State Hunting License.

Reserve your spot at Orvis.com

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Reviews

Outstanding learning and fun experience

Outstanding course with superb instruction.

Outstanding course with superb instruction.

"I had very high expectations for this course but Rick Watson took it to the next level and went well beyond my expectations.  His knowledge, ability to teach and his enthusiasm when teaching made a huge impact in my learning process.  He is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced but loves to share what he knows.  He tailored his teaching to my needs and level of knowledge, was always willing to please, and always very focused on my interests.  He was very adaptable to the circumstances,  including allowing me to hunt with my dog, and I learned in 48 hours what would have taken me many years to do it on my own.  I knew Orvis  would deliver when they partnered with Catskill Casts and Coverts.  Also grateful to his wife for making every effort to pull this together despite some obstacles that appeared at the last minute.  She was very  helpful, professional and incredibly efficient.  I cannot recommend this school enough and has changed my Grouse Hunting experience in a very positive way forever. Thanks again." -Damian F

Outstanding course with superb instruction.

Outstanding course with superb instruction.

Outstanding course with superb instruction.

"Rick and his team did a superb job in providing an excellent educational didactic session on Friday followed by a walking session of Grouse habitat on Saturday morning that brought the lecture session to life.  Shooting clays Saturday afternoon in the field was a fun and practical way to improve our real life Grouse shooting skills. Hunting turned out to be a great time on Sunday with birds raised due to the superb guiding of Rick and his great team of English Setters." - Brad Shing

Catskill Cast and Covert Grouse hunting school

Catskill Cast and Covert Grouse hunting school

Catskill Cast and Covert Grouse hunting school

"Just completed grouse hunting school with Rick, Andy, and Justin with support by Amber. Excellent instruction and amenities by friendly and  competent people." -richard cunningham

Great Experience

Catskill Cast and Covert Grouse hunting school

Catskill Cast and Covert Grouse hunting school

"Very detailed review of the most difficult part of grouse hunting -  finding the right habitat!!  Excellent discussions with the staff of Casts and Coverts and the Field Biologists from the Ruffed Grouse Society." -HalPat001

Catskill Casts & Coverts

3663 County Highway 35 ~ Sidney Center, New York 13839

Rick Watson ~ (724) 504-4921 ~ rick@catskillcc.com

Amber Newman ~ (607) 435-3449 ~ amber@catskillcc.com