The sport of shooting clay pigeons has been popular for centuries. The technology in weaponry has improved drastically in recent years, but the sport itself has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Clay shooting allows a shooter to practice and train their skills at shooting birds out of the sky. The sport was originally conceived as a way for hunters to hone their skills at shooting and to simulate a real world situation where they might have to quickly draw, aim, and fire to shoot a bird that was flying away from them. The skill can be used in duck hunting, quail, hunting, pheasant hunting, or any other type of fast flying bird hunting.
Clay pigeon shooting can be done individually or it can be done as a social activity. Depending on the type of thrower that is being used, clay shooting is normally done in groups of three or more. Clay targets are simple clay discs that are ejected from a clay pigeon thrower. The thrower will project the clay disc high into the air, or straight out away from the shooter in a simulation of how a real live bird would fly away from a shooter who is hunting.
When clay shooting, the shooter will begin by standing behind the thrower. When the shooter is ready for the clay to be thrown, he will yell “pull”. This command will notify the thrower operator to release the clay. Once the clay target has been released the shooter will track the clay and try to shoot it out of the air. Shooting a clay pigeon can be very difficult and can only be mastered after a lot of practice. In fact, many people practice the sport for their entire lives to be good enough to shoot a clay pigeon on every shot.
Many people shoot clay targets to practice their skills to hunt real bird, while many other people simply decide to shoot clay targets for the sport itself. Clays are shot using a shotgun. The shotgun shoots out a combination of pellets that will spread out in an arcing pattern to hit their target. Different shooters prefer to use different variations of a shotgun and different shot loads, but they all serve the same purpose of hitting the clay pigeons. The sport of shooting clay pigeons can be fun and addicting for anyone who is willing to put the time in to learn.