Sporting Clays

All shotgun ranges are only open when a Range Officer is present and the event is listed on our Event Calendar.

Closed for the Season

The Sporting Clays course is closed for the winter and will reopen in April 2024

Overview

Sporting clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate a variety of field-shooting situations. On a sporting clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.

Courses are laid out in natural surroundings and typically include five or more shooting stations. Like golf, shooters move from one station to the next to complete the course. At any station, targets may be thrown as singles, simultaneous pairs, following pairs (one target right after the other) or report pairs (the second target launched at the sound of the gun being fired at the first). To further challenge shooters, target size may vary from the standard trap/skeet clay bird to the smaller "midi" and "mini" targets, or a flat disc-shaped "battue" target. There are also "rabbit" targets, special clay disks that are thrown on edge to roll and skitter unpredictably across the ground.

Sporting clays allows for either a pre-mounted or low gun approach, and a full round consists of 100 targets, with several targets normally thrown at each station. Find out more about sporting clays from the National Sporting Clays Association. The Scholastic Clay Target Program provides competition opportunities for young sporting clays shooters.

Course

Our course is comprised of 10 stations and includes all the various components listed in the Overview. Ten clays are thrown at each station and are typically true pairs or report.

Registration to shoot is located in the Sporting Clays parking area at the Stat Shack and is only during the first hour of operation. The course is typically open at 10am on the first three Saturdays of each month but it is always best to check the Events Calendar for the latest status.

Course Fees: (100 Clays): Member: $30, Non-Member: $35, RO/JR: $25

Payment Methods:  Credit Card, Check, Cash(exact amount only)

Course map: SCMap

Course Rules

  • Only shotguns with 7.5oz, 8oz, or 9oz shot are allowed
  • When on the course always keep the action open or if you have an over/under or side-by-side, keep it broken open
  • Only shoot from inside the shooting box
  • Never load more than two rounds
  • Never put a round into your gun until you are in the shooting box and ready to shoot
  • Never leave the shooting box until your gun is unloaded, open, and safe
  • Never approach a thrower machine as sever injury or death could result
  • Please pick up your empty hulls

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Sporting Clays Director

Ric Schug
Email: sportingclays@wcfw.org
Tel No.: 970-225-8007

Sporting Clays Range Officers

Brad Barker  970-214-8229
Jim Fortune   970-222-5412
John Daley  720-526-8241
Dave Hartzell   303-717-8284
Virgil & Marla Hawkins   970-218-1421, 970-222-4097
Judson Knowles  970-232-4308
Randy Jacobucci  719-342-0895