Activities Available at FishHawk Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of gamebirds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.
Our courses are laid out in natural surroundings and include 8, 12, or 14 shooting "stations" with shooters moving from one station to the next to complete the course. Each "station" presents shooters with a different type of shot. At a "grouse station," for example, shooters might face flushing "birds" that zip in and out of the trees. At a "decoying duck" station, incoming targets may float in toward the shooter.  Most courses make use of natural features such as woods and ponds to create a realistic setting for each type of shot. 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 even special "rabbit" targets that are thrown on end and skitter across the ground.

Five Stand is very similar to Sporting Clays in that a wide variety of targets are thrown. No two five-stands are exactly alike. There are five "stands" or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between 6 and 8 traps that throw targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the 5 stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps. Usually there is a menu card that will advise the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five Stand is a great way to get a Sporting Clays like experience in a small amount of space, with very little walking.

​Trapshooting requires the use of a target throwing device. American Trap and DTL utilize a single trap machine which is typically enclosed within a traphouse, downrange from the shooters' shooting positions. The house provides protection of the machine (e.g. from weather and errant shots) and also acts to obscure the machine's oscillating throwing position.   Modern automatic throwing machines can store hundreds of clay targets in a carousel and systematically self-load targets onto the throwing mechanism.  A sound activated device, causes the trap machine to throw it's targets after the shooter calls for their bird(s).
Skeet has eight shooting stations and two trap houses. Seven of the stations are arranged in a half moon between the two trap houses, and one station is directly between them. The high house, on the left side of the field, throws its targets from a trap 10 feet above the ground. The target rises to a height of 15 feet by the time it travels to the center of the field. The low house target, on the right side, leaves the trap house just 3-1/2 feet from the ground. It also rises to a height of 15 feet by the time it reaches the center of the field.
A round of skeet consists of 25 targets, with 17 shot as singles and 8 as doubles. The first miss is repeated immediately and is called an option. If no targets are missed during the round, the last or 25th target is shot at the last station, low house 8. The shooting sequence is as follows:
  • Stations 1 and 2: High house single; Low house single; High house/Low house pair
  • Stations 3, 4, and 5: High house single; Low house single
  • Stations 6 and 7: High house single; Low house single; Low house/High house pair
  • Station 8: High house single; Low house single
Skeet is shot in squads of up to five shooters. They move from station to station around the half moon, ending up in the center, at the end of the round.
Any gauge shotgun may be used, of any type, as long as it can fire at least two shots. The preferred shot size is #9, but nothing larger than 7-1/2 should ever be used. Since strength is not a factor, women are able to compete equally with men. Left handed shooters do just as well as right.
Ettiquette on any of our venues is just a matter of common sense. Here are a few guidelines:
  • If you're shooting on your own, you may find yourself grouping up with other individuals.   Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, and let them know you’re a new shooter.
  • Clays is an extremely social sport, so it’s not unusual to hear a lot of talking and joking going on between shooters. However, when any shooter steps on the shooting pad, into the shooting box, or up to their position, be respectful by remaining quiet until he’s finished on the station.
  • Always make sure the action on your gun is broken, or open, and when carrying always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Never load a shell until it’s your turn to shoot and you’ve stepped fully on to the shooting pad, or into the shooting box.
  • In sporting clays, you are welcome to stay at any station for as long as you'd like.  If you see groups waiting behind you, it is customary to let them "play through" and then resume your shooting, as some folks wish to shoot the whole course.  
  • If you are shooting an over/under shotgun, please catch your shells, and place them in the bins provided.  Ejecting the shells over your shoulder, and at shooters who may be behind you can result in injury.
  • You may pick up your shells and place them in the bins provided after your group completes the round or station

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