Trap shooting, skeet shooting, sporting clays. These are all used interchangeably for shooting orange clays discs with a shotgun, but they’re all very different.
Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays
Clay Target History
Trap Shooting Rulebook
I personally started with the plastic hand thrower, then moved to a mechanical thrower in a field behind my house, even though there’s a gun and conservation club on my road. I knew they had public trap nights every Tuesday and I’d hear the shots going off in the distance and I was pining at the chance to shoot some clays in a real trap shooting environment, but for some reason I was so nervous about going. I eventually mustered up the courage and headed over one Tuesday, and I’m so glad I did. Everyone there was real nice and helpful, and one guy even has 2 world championships in trap shooting from the 1980’s. I’ve hardly missed a Tuesday since then.
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In conclusion, nothing is as rewarding as seeing that orange clay turn to dust, and nothing sharpens your upland bird hunting skills better than shooting moving, flying targets.