For more than two centuries, shotgunners have sought to duplicate
their field shooting on a controlled range to provide practice for
hunting. Trap and skeet are shot from fixed stations and the target
trajectory is the same on every
regulation range. This encourages a
style habitually followed at each station and does little to prepare the
shooter for almost infinite variety of target presentations that will be
experienced in the field. While Sporting Clays doesn’t exactly imitate
field conditions, it does come a lot closer.
Sporting Clays has been referred to as ‘golf with a shotgun’ and
the typical course is designed to replicate the different shooting
experiences encountered in the field. This allows the shooter to improve
wing shooting techniques and become much quicker with a shotgun. Here at
Bird’s Landing (as at other Sporting Clays facilities) shooting stations
are designed with each one presenting a different set of challenges to
the shooter. One station, off a bluff, simulates a quail shoot with
targets moving so fast that some are even difficult to see. Our ‘Fur and
Feathers’ station involves one target flying overhead and the other
speeding across the ground on it’s side; mimicking the actions of a bird
and a rabbit. Other stations recreate many of the other shooting
conditions found in the field. The Bird’s Landing Sporting Clays course
is a dynamic facility with target presentations varying from day to day.
The speed, angle and the size of the clays can be, and are frequently
changed. Traps are moved and even cover and terrain is modified to
present ‘new shooting challenges every day’.
Over time, Sporting Clays has evolved from its beginnings as a
form of hunting practice into the popular recreational and competitive
activity that it is today. Bird’s Landing is a member of the National
Sporting Clays Association and hosts many tournaments and ‘fun shoots’
throughout the year.