Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting. Often described as golf with a shotgun, the sport differs from trap and skeet shootingIt is considered by many to be more difficult than trap or skeet because it involves shooting clay targets at multiple locations (called stations).  Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays targets are thrown in a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances.

The original idea behind sporting clays was to create an experience that more closely reflects actual hunting conditions. Whereas top-tier trap and skeet shooters may have hit ratings nearing 100%, the best sporting clay shooters hit their targets only about 80% to 85% of the time.

Although the sport is challenging, it is quite popular with novice shooters and ordinary hunters. While many shooters opt for expensive double-barrelled shotguns, the game is equally enjoyable with an inexpensive pump-action shotgun or autoloading (semiautomatic) shotgun.  Naturally, safety is paramount. Proper ear and eye protection and firearms safety procedures are required while on a course.

A typical course will consist of 10 stations. Varying numbers of clay pairs are shot at each station, with the total shots for an outing adding up to 50 or 100 (two or four boxes of shells, respectively). Advanced shooters have the clays thrown as simultaneous pairs (called simo pairs on the east coast, and true pairs on the west coast), while novice or intermediate shooters can opt for the clays to be thrown on report (the second clay launched on the report of the shooters gun, hence the name report pair). Targets are thrown at different angles and speeds; sometimes across the shooters view (crossers), towards the shooter (in-comers), or away from the shooter (out-goers). The shots are intended to simulate hunting for quail, grouse, pheasant, pigeon, or other game. Many courses have traps which throw targets from tall towers simulating high-flying ducks or geese. Some courses have targets that roll and bounce along the ground to simulate rabbits. There are also targets that loop in the air, this does not simulate any particular animal, but it is usually a challenging target.

The foregoing was shamelessly borrowed from Wikipedia.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club is always developing and improving the Sporting Clays course.  We now have a full ten stands with target launching machines, located on a bush trail. Shooting in 2017 will be every other Sunday starting May 7th, at 10 AM.  As well they will hold shoots on Tuesday evenings starting at 6pm from May 9th.

Additional dates will be added throughout the year, please check the calendar of events for updates, or check with Tom. 

The Club Committee Chairs for Sporting Clay are Brian Robinson for Tuesdays (705) 444-6249, Brian Schryver for Sundays (705) 441-3632, and Tom Plummer (705) 888 3170.

External Links - National Sporting Clays Association


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