Sporting Clays - How to Play
Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as "golf with a shotgun" because a typical course includes 10 or more different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes. For this reason it is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. Since it can be shot in any season, many hunters shoot sporting clays to further their wingshooting skills during the off-season.
Our event will be shot in squads of four shooters and played over a course of multiple shooting stations laid around the natural features of the shooting range. The clay target used in this event is the type that is used in skeet and trap. Clays may be thrown as singles or in pairs. The course will include 100 clays per shooter.

Safety First
The first consideration in shooting a round of sporting clays is safety. It begins when you first remove your shotgun from your vehicle. Make sure your gun is not loaded by opening the breech. Then look down the barrel to check for obstructions. Keep the breech open to let everyone see that it is safe. If you have a over/under or side-by-side, carry it broken open with the muzzle down or up in the air.
  • At all times, treat the gun as if it is loaded and ready to fire EVEN IF YOU ARE CERTAIN IT IS NOT.
  • Do NOT load gun until in the cage, in designated shooting position and ready to fire.
  • Never load more than two (2) shells in a gun.
  • No shot size larger than 7 1/2s (7 1/2s, 8s, and 9s ONLY). Use only the supplied ammunition, and ask the staff at the shooting range if you are uncertain which type to use.
  • Any reckless or unsafe driving of golf carts is prohibited.
  • Do not attempt to fix or load any machines or equipment.
  • Alcohol is prohibited on the shooting range.
  • If there is a malfunction or the gun does not fire, continue pointing the gun safely downrange. Then unload it or ask for assistance. The problem may be due to faulty ammo or a mechanical failure of the gun. If at any time a shot sounds light or different, stop immediately, unload, and check your barrel to make sure the wad has cleared and there are no obstructions.
  • Never move off a station until your gun is open and safe.
  • Eye and ear protection are MANDATORY whether you are shooting or not.

Shooting a Round of Clays
Before you begin shooting, you will attend a brief training session to familiarize you with safety procedures and rules of the game. To shoot a round of sporting clays, you’ll start on the assigned first station and shoot each station in order. Before the first person in every squad shoots, the referee will show your squad the targets so you'll be familiar with what and how the targets are being thrown and strategize how you’ll shoot them.
When the previous squad has finished shooting a station and it’s your squad’s turn to shoot, hand your scorecard to the referee. When your turn comes up to shoot, be ready. Step up to the station. Then and only then do you load your shotgun. Point it safely toward the target firing area. When your gun is ready and you are in position, relax and call “pull.”
When you shoot, the target will be considered a “dead bird” if any part of it is broken. The referee will score each shot a hit or miss and has the final word.
When you have finished shooting at a station, open your gun, remove the used hulls, and exit the station. Remain behind the station, out of the way of the scorer, until all shooters have shot that station and are ready to move on.
When waiting your turn, you are permitted to speak in a low voice so as not to disturb shooters, scorers, and others.
For more information about this exciting sport, visit the National Sporting Clays Association website at

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