July 19, 2014
Bill and I met shooting Sporting Clays and we've shared the love of the sport for years. We don't get to shoot as often as we would like too, but we always shoot a couple of charity tournaments each year. Bill is a natural shooter and is very good. I have had to work at it over the years, but am pretty good too. I achieved the highest score of the women in this tourney, so I was tickled to win the "High Lady Score" trophy.
This is a photo of what the shooter sees from one of the shooting stands (see yesterday's potd for a typical stand/cage that the shooter is in for safety) on this particular range. Although most ranges change their sporting clays courses quite frequently to vary the degree of difficulty.
In this capture, you can see the orange clay pigeon (in the left of the frame) as it flies away from the shooter into the trees. It was launched from the machine to the left of the shooter The next target is coming directly towards the shooter, over the trees, from the right side of the frame (not visible in this photo).
There are two kinds of action that are allowed to be a part of the game. Each station is either a "Report Pair" which means that the trapper pulls the first target on your call, then immediately after your shot (report of the gun), he pulls the next target. Then there's the "True Pair" - in this situation, when the shooter calls "Pull" both targets (birds) are released at the same time. You only have two shots to break two targets regardless of the type of target it is.
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. One of my favorites is the "rabbit" which is a clay target that rolls on it's edge across the ground. And when it hits bumps, valleys, plants, etc. in the terrain, they make its path erratic and sometimes difficult to hit.