What is Sporting Clays?

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What is Sporting Clays?
Sporting Clays IllustrationSporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting. It is sometimes described as "golf with a shotgun," because of the challenge and fun it presents to a shooter or groups of shooters. Over the course of completing a sporting clays game, the shooter will travel from one station to another, firing at targets from a variety of platforms -- some raised above the ground and others at ground level.

Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays targets are thrown in a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances. Some target presentations will cross the shooter's line of fire, some will move away, some toward, and some are even thrown from behind. Often, at least one station will offer a target that is thrown in a way it rolls and bounds along the ground. Such targets are called "rabbits."
Sporting Clays Illustration
The original idea behind sporting clays was to create an experience that more closely reflects actual hunting conditions. Like golf, sporting clays requires a shooter to bring many skills to each station -- and to be alert to angles, trajectories, and wind speed and direction. There are few shotgun disciplines that offer more sheer fun that sporting clays!

Source: Wikipedia