Luxury guest ranch opens shooting academy

A luxury guest ranch near DeBeque has added shooting instruction to the outdoor recreational activities offered there.

The Kessler Canyon Shooting Academy offers instruction in long-range and wing shooting techniques as well as opportunities for students to put their skills to the test in big game and upland bird hunting. Students learn ethical, proficient and strategic techniques for rifles, shotguns and pistols in classroom and range instruction.

“Our shooting academy offers what no other program does — the ability to bring the most experienced instructors in the world together with the finest brands of outdoor gear,” said

Jim McKenzie, operations manager at Kessler Canyon. “Students will learn how the proper combination of guns, ammo and optics all lead to perfection in the field. This, plus the nation’s premier full-service outdoor resort and hunting lodge, all point to the most distinct instructional and shooting experience the country has to offer.”

Academy instructors include Terry Vaughan, a former Royal British Marine commando who appeared in the History Channel cable television show “Top Shot;” Elliott Farro, a nationally ranked rifle shooter and instructor through the Army marksmanship unit; and Marshall Teague, a Hollywood actor and National Rifle Association shooting instructor.

Spread out over 23,000 acres, Kessler Canyon offers luxury accommodations, gourmet cuisine and such recreational activities as hunting and fly fishing as well as biking, hiking and ATV and Jeep tours. Kessler Canyon is part of the Kessler Collection of luxury resorts.

For more information about the shooting academy or Kessler Canyon, call 283-1145 or log on to