Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. The sport originated in England in the early 1900’s as practice to hone the hunter’s skills. 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. In the 1980’s, Sporting Clays came to the United States. Compared by some to be “golf with a shotgun”, sporting clays has quickly become one of the top participation sports in the country. Action packed and exciting, sporting clays is a sure bet for an enjoyable outing.

The CourseThe Sporting Clays Division features a 100-bird sporting course along with a 5-Stand Compak Course & Patterning Board. All machines are automated and target presentations are changed periodically. The course features a 70’ Tower and a variety of upland, waterfowl & rabbit hunting presentations. 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.

Shooting HoursHours: contact sportingclays@billingsrodandgun.org
Summer Hours (April – September): Thursday evenings from 4:30 PM until 8 PM

Types of Shooting EventsThe club hosts weekly open shooting, private practice during closed hours by arrangement, a spring/summer league, buddy shoots, 2 NSCA registered shoots, The Field Gun Classic fun shoot and a variety of charity shoots throughout the year. Dates for all events are listed on the link below and in each monthly newsletter.
2017 MT-WY Sporting Clays Schedule (updated 01/11/2017) >>>  2017 Sporting Clays Schedule as of 01112017
2017 Spring Sporting Clays League Starts Thursday, April 13th  – For Registration Information – 2017 Spring Summer League_Info  – 2017 Spring Summer League Registration

 Target Fees

Shooter 25 Bird Compak 100 Bird Sporting
Adult $7.50 $30
Young (under18) $5.00 $20

Beginning Shooters & Public Shooting Times
The course is open to the public on Sundays and for all special events/charity shoots, and for league shooting on a limited basis. For access at any other time call Jim Trythall at 855 – 8254. New shooters and youth (over 70 lbs.) are invited to come try Sporting Clays at any time! No experience is required other than a good knowledge of gun safety. Any type or gauge of shotgun that shoots two shells is acceptable. Typical chokes for Sporting Clays include Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Light Modified and Modified. A youth model shotgun may be borrowed by prior arrangement with the Division.

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Special Events
The Sporting Clays Course can be reserved in advance for your special event or fundraiser. Rates are $30 per shooter and a deposit is required. Check the schedule link above for available dates and contact the Sporting Clays Division at sportingclays@billingsrodandgun.org to reserve your date.

 

Safety
All shooters and spectators must wear eye and ear protection at all times. Shells must be no more than 1-1/8 oz. of #7.5 shot or smaller (no hunting loads or steel shot are permitted). Ammunition and hearing protection may be purchased at the Clubhouse. Safety glasses can be borrowed. Think Safety First!!!

Our mission is to provide well-balanced target presentations to all skill levels of shooters that improve their shotgun shooting skills in a fun, safe and well maintained environment. Additionally, we endeavor to provide education of shotgun shooting and camaraderie in a friendly atmosphere for all participants.