The Sporting Life

Discover the Sporting Life

Part of what makes a driven shoot so special is the spot where it all takes place. But you don’t have to hop a plane for Highclere Castle to get a taste of the sporting life.

Right here in Manchester, you’ll find Covey & Nye; America’s premier purveyor of field sports attire and shooting gear. The shop itself is a destination for legit (and aspiring) enthusiasts.

Covey & Nye Retail Shop Manchester VT

In addition to the retail store, they run an acclaimed wingshooting school with programs and packages for every ability level and interest. As a sport, wingshooting blends history and tradition with a reverence for the pristine — from the birds to the dogs to the bountiful landscape. The shooting grounds are located 25 minutes from town on 1,200+ gorgeous acres of private upland preserve. We could go on about the amazing views but you can see for yourself!

Sporting Clays are one of the school’s most popular pursuits, available year-round on an incredible course; 15 stations with 24 fully automated traps and 100 targets. You can book a session or lesson exactly suited to your comfort level and expertise.

Clay Shooting Lessons

“They are incredibly patient and excellent instructors. The set-up is perfect.” Catherine F. (Hanover NH)

For the more adventurous, pheasant season is open from October thru April. Guided adventures are available for experienced shooters. You can book a half day package for you and your friends, or you can design a custom adventure for a larger group. For those who want to make a day of it, the school staff will work with you to add prepared meals, snacks, and beverages. The clubhouse and event tent are available, too.

“Magnificent views and great dog work.” Ken M. (Saratoga NY)

sporting life wingshooting

You can book a world-class flighted mallard shoot or pursue the best driven-birds in America. You can arrange a traditional walk-up hunt with dogs or opt for marquee shooting instruction. The sporting life is alive and well in Vermont!

sporting life bird dog

Whether you want to get in on the action or just look like it, a tour through Covey & Nye’s Manchester shop reveals gorgeous collections from Bird Dog Bay, Filson, Musto, Joules, Hunter, Jack Rogers, and more! Keep your eyes out for some special lines that you can’t find elsewhere in person; Oughton Limited bags and totes, stunning jewelry by Jen Straub, and fine art by Dave Morse for starters. Ask about their off-site adventures; a chance to hone your skills or try something new with the best of the best in the business.

Many thanks to Judy Knope for her amazing action photos. There were many more and it was difficult to choose!

Discover the Best

Whether you enjoy the sport of wing shooting or have never held a shotgun, you will appreciate the handsome, elegant design of Covey & Nye’s attire, luggage, and accessories for women and men. Click through for store hours, media links, and more!

Covey & Nye

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