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Primland, VA

Primland is a 12,000 acre resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, approximately 30 minutes east of Interstate 77. Primland has been an Orvis endorsed wingshooting lodge since 1990. Guided hunts are available 7 days a week from September through April and can be experienced with your own gun and dog or ours.
Average Customer Rating:
4.86 out of 5
4.9
 out of 
5
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Snapshot (50 reviews)
5 stars
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48 of 50(96%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Primland, VA
Review 1 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Heaven on Earth,
December 11, 2014
By: RBSLICKDOG
from Charlotte, NC, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Additional Thoughts:Great dogs!
"This is the 4th time our "group" has been to Primland and it is hard to say in words without being overly descriptive how wonderful this place truly is. In fact, writing this review makes me a little nervous because for selfish reasons I want this place to remain a well kept secret. However, if in writing this review I can encourage others to enjoy a slice of Heaven on earth then please continue reading. As you approach the gated entrance to the property you immediately get the feeling that you are "not in Kansas" anymore, but some place maybe a little bit better than home. Heck - a lot better than home!! The drive from the gate to the main lodge is long and winding, but it gives you just enough time to release all the stress you may have from voice mail, e-mail, customers, spreadsheets, reports and anything else that you may have on your mind that needs erasing for a few days. You will encounter a variety of wildlife on your way up the mountain; deer, wild turkey, pheasant, chucker and maybe even a bear. Upon arrival you will be greeted and checked in by your name just like at Grandma's house. I am not going to go into details about the lobby, grounds or the rooms because there is no need to (if you're disappointed then you've been a spoiled brat all your life). Just know that you are in for the most fun and relaxing time (if your and outdoor person)that any resort can make possible to you. Our group had 2 planned activities which included and upland pheasant hunt and an ATV tour of the property. The ladies enjoyed the spa services and came out glowing like they had just been given an engagement ring from Frank Sinatra. Our hunting guides for the pheasant shoot, Michael, Sammy and Jimmy were positively excellent! Their dogs worked very hard in the field stirring up the birds and never missed a beat on point, and that is no bull. Needless to say we had our limit in a relatively short time thanks to them. The ATV ride is really a lot of fun and I recommend it to anyone who wants to hit the gas and go! In 2-1/2 hours I believe we covered all 12,000 acres of the property. The scenery from the stopping points along the trails was NATGEO worthy. This is a must do for a good break between hunts! The restaurants offer everything from fine dining (excellent wine selection) to kick-butt bar food. I guarantee everything will be served with a friendly smile too! I could go on writing about this place all day but I will leave all who are reading this review with this: "when I die and go to heaven I hope it's just like this place." Those are the words I spoke to my father when we stopped on top of the mountain on our ATV with the early morning fog lifting up from the valleys with the sun just above the tops of the mountains. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THIS PLACE - we are regulars for life."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Pheasant Hunt Ever,
December 2, 2014
By: PeterECBtowns
from New Orleans, LA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"My Husband is an Avid hunter in Louisiana and has hunted around the world. This was my first hunt with him and it was not only his favorite hunt , but it was an eye opener for me. I loved every second of it and half way through we decided that we can't wait to return ASAP."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
First hunting trip,
November 30, 2014
By: Michele28
from McLean, VA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Additional Thoughts:He was patient and good teacher for first time hunters. Dogs were awesome!!
"This was my 11 year old's first shooting and hunting trip. It was a wonderful experience. We will be back (and hopefully practice our shooting in the meantime). Everyone was professional, enthusiastic and supportive (of the beginners). We loved out ATV, shooting and hunt experiences. My 11 year old is hooked on hunting. Thank you!!."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great experience,
November 23, 2014
By: JWJEasternshore
from Parksley, VA 23421, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Additional Thoughts:Marcus was a knowledgable guide. He explained what the plan was in great detail. We knew exactly what to expect.
"Took friends hunting and it exceeded every expectation.
Great guide, great dogs, plenty of birds, wonderful facility on five stand and other games.
Looking forward to returning."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
amazing clay course,
November 23, 2014
By: RSR1
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
"We went to Primland for our honeymoon and did the beginners package for clay shooting. It was incredibly fun. Carl took us out for over 2 hours and let us try all different courses. We loved every second!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
sporting clays and hunting trip,
November 18, 2014
By: tily
from South Carolina, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Very good
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"We were at primland for a pheasant hunt on Saturday and sporting clays on Friday
as usual staff was very prompt when we got there and getting us going.
sporting clays course one of the best I have ever been on and I am in the hunting and shooting industry.
the pheasant hunt was great with hundreds of birds seen and limits reached.two of my friends are veterans of many trips to s.dakota and they stated they would be making more trips to primland.
staff is the best I have ever had the priviledge of hunting and shooting with
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Upland Experience,
November 13, 2014
By: jsdkms
from PA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"Recently spent 3 days at Primland and hunted birds all 3 days! It was about as close to wild bird shooting as you will see anywhere. Great quantity of birds and they flushed great. Great dogs and guides! Would recommend !"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great hunt, dogs were great and guide was friendly,
November 10, 2014
By: Jacklyn
from NC
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Below average
Excellent
Additional Thoughts:Jimmy is great
"Hunt was great, even with the rain. Jimmy our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and he took concern that we were seeing the amount of birds we needed to see. Food plots were really high and hindered visibility a little but we were early in the year and it will be lower after the first frost."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Quail Hunt,
November 5, 2014
By: BartPharr
from Primland Resort
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"A grouop of 3 quail hunted with a guide from Primland. The guide was knowledgeable and experienced. The dogs were exceptional and very well disciplined. They would point and wait for you to catch up with them before they flushed the birds. We did not kill our limit, but it wasn't because we didn't see enough birds. I am taking my father back in a few weeks."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not a god experience,
October 22, 2014
By: DGPX
from Apex NC
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Below average
Excellent
Additional Thoughts:Nick was very helpful
"the personnel at here were great but the fields where the quail were located were simply too thick and high. it was very difficult to see my the dogs and for the dogs to locate the quail due to the thickness of the crops. needs be much thinner and lower for quail hunting."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? No
Response from Orvis:By Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting OperationsNovember 3, 2014
The Vice President of Primland, Steve Helms, provided the following response to this review:

"Early season quail hunts at Primland can be quite challenging, as heavy foliage and thick cover tend to hold birds, and warm weather scenting conditions can make dog work challenging. As the cover dies back in later season, our hunters tend to see quail getting up through the cover with greater ease. That being said we always strive to provide the finest hunting possible no matter what the conditions and we’re sorry this hunt did not meet the customer’s expectations. Rest assured we will review the hunt in a continuing effort to provide the best possible hunting experience."
Review 11 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ok,
October 9, 2014
By: btexpress
from Charleston, SC, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
Trip service: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Very good
Excellent
"Our guide started very stiff, but by the end he was more comfortable. For 30 birds, we saw less than 25, bagged 18 but time was up, 4:15 pm?"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? No
Review 12 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Upland bird,
October 6, 2014
By: XRoyal
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Very good
Excellent
"My first experience Pheasant hunting and had a great time. Have been duck and goose hunting many times but this is without a doubt my must enjoyable experience to date. The guide was friendly and instructed us well on what we should expect before hitting the fields. Can't wait to do this again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fun!,
August 24, 2014
By: Nick666
from Meadows of Dan, VA 24120, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Additional Thoughts:Sporting Clays
"Fantastic guide that thoroughly explained a new sport to us. Excellent course as well."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Father/daughter trip,
April 17, 2013
By: Featherchaser
from Charlotte, NC, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Very good
Excellent
Additional Thoughts:Fantastic-actual foot hunter w/great dogs
"Superb dog work/excellent birds but the service and amenities at Primland Resort are head & shoulders above the competition!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Primland,
April 12, 2013
By: Jeffyl
from Chevy Chase, MD, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"This was our second visit to Primland. I have had 4 hunting days and my last day was the best. There were some stragglers who flew better than the less experienced birds.
Excellent dogs and guides."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good experience with kids too!,
April 11, 2013
By: jplake
from from California
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Very good
Excellent
"I brought my four and six year old sons on the pheasant and our guide did a great job with them. We took a few birds and really enjoyed watching the dogs work. I would definitely come back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Our Third Trip,
April 11, 2013
By: NPB3
from Dallas, TX, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on overall enthusiasm and personality:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"Hunting is excellent. Guide was best in class. We travel light, use Orvis gear, and have a turnkey experience. This was our third trip. Grass is low in the spring. High in the fall. Dogs very proficient. Also used shhoting instruction class/ sporting clays for my daughter with very good results."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
1st time,
April 11, 2013
By: Chivas
from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, USA
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"More than I expected. Had a great time and could not have been treated better. Looking forward to my next visit"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A very fine driven shoot without travelling to the,
April 11, 2013
By: Lump
from Primland , Meadows of Dan
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on overall enthusiasm and personality:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"I have taken a group to Primland three times in March over the last three years. Each of our experiences have been excellent. In my judgment Primland currently rates as the best resort experience in Virginia. I have done driven shoots all over the UK for the last 25 years and believe Primland's driven shoot ranks with the best in the UK."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Primland, VA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome,
April 11, 2013
By: hornhunter
from North Carolina
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
Excellent
Excellent
"This was my first Upland Bird Hunt after visiting Primland many times for golf and deer hunting. Wonderful place to take family or customers for outing. Food is always outstanding..If you do have the opportunity to visit you must order the "Pig Candy" appetizer.."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes