Sporting Clays is laid out over an area called a “course”. This course consists of shooting stations were the shooter would stand and shot at different presentations of clay targets. There are normally two “trap” machines at each station that would throw a variety of target presentations i.e., incoming target, outgoing target, crossing target, straight up (teal) target and targets rolling across the ground (rabbits) to name a few. The shooter would go from stand to stand and shoot those presentations set at those stands until the round was complete. A normal round of Sporting Clays is one hundred targets, but the shooter can shoot as much or as little as they want. Most courses rent powered “clays carts” and also allow you to bring your own cart. Of course, you may walk the course if you wish.
This sport utilizes shotguns only. The shotguns allowed at these facilities are 12, 20, 28 and .410 gauge. These shotguns can be semi-automatic, pump, side-by-side and over and under models. The reason that these types are utilized is that the facility only allows two shotgun shells to be loaded at any one time. There are rules and regulations involved with competitive shooting as well as club rules that have to be adhered by. One of the most stressed is that ear and eye protection must be worn at all times.