The 25th shot, which completes the round, is taken immediately after the first miss and is called an “option.” However, if a person has not used the “option” and 24 consecutive targets have been broken, a second single target at low house 8 is required.
Skeet may be shot with any gauge gun (of almost any type) as long as it is capable of firing two shells. Ben Avery Clay Busters’ skeet leagues are conducted in accordance with NSSA (National Skeet Shooting Association) rules and are unregistered events. Trophies are awarded at the conclusion of each league at a special awards banquet, and Lewis Class rules are applied in order to determine winning shooters who have earned trophies. Rules for skeet shooting may be found at: NSSA Rules
Shooters will need to take the following equipment to the Clay Target fields with you.
Squads of up to five people shoot from eight shooting stations, which are arranged in a semi circle between two skeet houses. One skeet house is identified as the high house, and the other is the low house. The high house targets are launched at approximately 10 feet above the ground, while the low house targets are approximately at a 3-foot height. The shooting sequence is:
Ben Avery Clay Busters’ sporting clays leagues are most often on the Rattlesnake Course, and shooters must complete 50 targets each week (rotating odds & even numbered stations), and all targets must be completed before dark. Sporting Clay shooting is conducted in accordance with NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) rules. For those who are members of the NSCA, registered targets are available at an additional fee for monthly target accruals. Trophies are awarded at the conclusion of each league at a special awards banquet, and Lewis Class rules are applied in order to determine winning shooters whom have earned trophies. 5-stand, FITASC and Super Sporting are included in the link above.
Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all the shotgun sports. Rather than having standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of wild birds and even rabbits. Because there may be six different clay targets sizes, shooters experience actual hunting conditions and some very technical challenges. The Ben Avery Clay Target Center (CTC) has three courses: the Quail Course (6 stations); Rattlesnake Course (15 field stations); and Roadrunner Course (15 field stations). Because of these various individual stations and target presentations, it has also been likened to “golf” with a shotgun. Each station offers two targets of varying degrees of difficulty, each has a “menu” for shooting style, e.g. single shot reports or pairs – and it is a lot of fun!
Trapshooting is a specific form of clay target shooting, which simulates the flight path of a bird fleeing a hunter. It is a game of action, timing and accuracy, in order to repeatedly aim, fire and break clay disks 4.25-in. that are launched in the air at a speed of 41 mph. As a sport, trapshooting’s popularity is due to the fact that people of all ages, incomes and abilities can compete. Youths shoot alongside “seniors” who have been in the sport for decades. However, it is not unusual for many grandpas to be new to the sport also. In brief, there are five posts (stations), and shooters rotate during a shoot, so that each
person shoots five targets at each post. The shooter is required to shoot at a target after he/she calls "pull." If the shooter hits the target (regardless of whether it is a small piece or whether it is shattered), the target is considered a "dead" or "lost" bird. If the target is hit, it is "dead." Squads of five compete, and handicaps may be used.
Ben Avery Clay Busters’ trapshooting leagues are conducted in accordance with ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) rules and are unregistered events. Trophies are awarded at the conclusion of each league at a special awards banquet, and Lewis Class rules are applied in order to determine winning shooters who have earned trophies. Rules for trapshooting may be found at: ATA Rules