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Sporting Clay Course

Sporting clay competition is like golf but with a shotgun. No two sporting clays stations (holes) are alike. Each station varies in terrain, background, and target flight path which has a lot to do with how targets are presented. Shooters progress through the course moving from one station to the next.

How the Game is Played

Sporting clays are the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. Rather than having clay birds thrown from standardized distances and angles as with skeet or trap, sporting clay courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants, other upland birds, and even rabbits. Since there is no set season and it can be shot at any time, many hunters shoot sporting clays to further their wing shooting skills during the off-season. Targets may be thrown from literally any angle or distance to simulate wing shooting. Different size clay targets may be used to further give the shooter the experience of actual hunting conditions.

Sporting clays is typically shot in squads of two to five people. The most common target used in sporting clays is a round disc made of clay that is used in skeet and trap. Sporting clays also use specialty targets to introduce the illusion of speed or distance in the eye of the shooter, moving at speeds or in ways of game birds. All can be thrown as singles or pairs.

Any shotgun that’s in safe working condition, capable of firing two shots, may be used. Any gauge can be used, but the most popular are 12 and 20 gauge. Ammunition must be a designated target load of either 7.5 or 8 shot. Shooters must bring their own shotguns and at least 2 boxes of the specified ammunition.

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To register compete the form below: Cost is $70 per shooter.

There will also be a short lecture given by a former Sheriff Deputy on how to be safe around any kind of weapon for you and your family. There is no charge to attend this lecture and it is not required to shoot the course. This lecture does not qualify you for a license to carry concealed. The lecture will be 30 to 45 minutes and starts at 8:30am under the pavilion.

There will also be a raffle for a new 12 gauge shotgun. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $25 each. Tickets will be available at the shooting range and there will only be one winner. Federal laws will be followed to transfer ownership to the winner.