Clay Shooting

We offer a wide range of shooting disciplines for members and non-members alike. These include

• Found in our natural woodland the sporting traps offer a range of targets.
• The clays simulate high birds, rabbits or springing teal to name but a few and include the targets being quartered, driven and coming overhead.
• For game shooters we have recently added an 86 foot tower which houses three traps, practice on an oscillating trap, driven grouse, and simulated partridge are available all year round but are always very popular in preparation for the shooting season.

ABT a new challenge
ABT (Automatic Ball Trap) is a relative newcomer to the clay shooting scene and is a product of modern trap technology. Widely known just as ‘Ball Trap’ it was devised to provide much of the challenge of Olympic Trap but instead uses just one automatic trap that is constantly varying both the angle and elevation of the target. This gives Ball Trap an enormous variety of targets for the shooters but the one major challenge is that the targets are random.
The target parameters are set at a distance 10 metres out from the trap house roof. The lateral angles are set between 30 and 45 degrees from the straight ahead point, while the height can vary between 1 and 4 metres. At an elevation of 2 metres the targets should fly 70-75 metres, considerably faster and further than any DTL target.

Squads of six shooters shoot a ‘line’ of 25 targets each. Numbers one to five occupy the pegs while number six stands behind peg one. Each shooter takes just one target from each peg before moving to his right. As peg one is vacated shooter six moves on to it while the shooter from peg five moves down behind the line to peg one. This constant rotation continues until all six have shot 25 targets each, five from every peg.
Etiquette note: it is considered bad manners to move from the peg until the shooter to your immediate right has fired.

TIP: Full use of the gun is allowed and all kills count equally, whether first or second barrel. Specialist trap guns would be considered essential for all serious competition work. These will typically be tightly choked – 3/4 and full – with barrels of 30 or 32 inches. Shooting glasses with interchangeable lenses will be invaluable so that lens colour can be altered to suit the prevailing light conditions.

Universal Trench & Double Trap
Universal Trench (or Olympic Trench) uses five traps set approximately 1m apart in a trench 15m in front of the shooters. Each trap is set to send targets 60m-75m at various elevations (1.5m-3.5m high at 10m from the trap) and various horizontal angles (0 to 45°). Each round of UT consists of 25 single targets with two shots allowed at each one. Scoring is based on a single point being awarded for each hit, regardless of whether it was the first or second shot. On ‘Pull’ the shooters do not know which trap will be triggered, and therefore which target they will receive. This gives the feeling of a random selection of targets, however each shooter will shoot the same targets by the end of the round.

Double Trap uses the same shooting layout as Olympic Trench but as the name implies shooters are presented simultaneous pairs. There are no singles in Double Trap shooting. The Double Trap set-up uses the three centre traps from the UT, essentially the ones sited directly in front of the centre line.

  • The left trap throws targets to the left (up to 5deg from the centre line)
  • The centre – throws straight away targets
  • The right throws targets to the right(up to 5deg from the centre line)

The vertical elevation of targets is 3 to 3.5 meters at a distance of 10m from the trap. Maximum distance covered by a target is 55 meters. The sequence of targets released is referred to as a scheme. Each competition is run over three schemes ensuring that shooters shoot the same schemes.

  • Scheme One – uses the middle and left trap only
  • Scheme Two – uses the middle and right trap only
  • Scheme Three – uses the left and right trap only

Scheme three is the hardest of the sequence and is used in the final of a competition. We are pleased to be able to add these disciplines to the current line up at the ground, as always if you need any assistance as to how they work or would like to book a lesson to tighten up your technique, just ask at the clubhouse.

As the name suggests, Compak Sporting is a “compacted” game of Sporting Clays. With Compak Sporting our space requirement is considerably less, and a squad of up to 6 shotgun shooters (5 actively shooting), will stand in a straight line and take it in turns to shoot the clays. Our Compak traps combine six traps and give single, on report and simultaneous pairs.

Down the line
Is one of the oldest of the shooting disciplines. Clays are launched from a central trap house that throws a random target from an oscillating trap between 0 and 22.5 degrees to either side of a center post, set 50–55 yards from the traphouse. There are five firing positions, shooting five targets from each moving left to the next post after your five shots. You shoot 25 clays in total, you getting different points a for a first shot hit and a second shot hit.

DTL is perhaps the ‘easier’ single shot to make of any clay shooting discipline, but the result is an incredibly high standard of competition. Even a small club shoot will see almost perfect scores posted by the better shots, so concentration and mental strength are the real talents displayed by competitors.

One of the most popular disciplines, two targets are fired horizontally across the range from two traps, a high house 10ft above the ground and a low house 3ft above the ground. The shooter shoots from seven positions on a semicircle with a radius of 21 yards (19 m), and an optional eighth position halfway between stations 1 and 7. At stations 1 and 2 the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house, then shoots a double where the two targets are launched simultaneously but shooting the high house target first. At stations 3, 4, and 5 the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house. At stations 6 and 7 the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house, then shoots a double, shooting the low house target first then the high house target. At station 8 the shooter shoots one high target and one low target. The shooter must then re-shoot his first missed target or, if no targets are missed, must shoot his 25th shell at the low house station 8. This 25th shot was once referred to as the shooter’s option, as he was able to take it where he preferred. Now, to speed up rounds in competition, the shooter must shoot the low 8 twice for a perfect score.

Often, shooters will choose an improved cylinder choke (one with a tighter pattern) or a skeet choke (one with a wider pattern), but this is a matter of preference. Skeet chokes are designed to be a 30-inch circle at 21 yards distance. Alternatively a sporting gun or a trap gun is sometimes used.

Training Stands
For the novice we have 10 training stands which are in the open so it is easy to track the target and they also offer the chance to learn in an un- pressured environment.

We have recently added a Pro-matic Huntsman Game Machine which allows up to 5 shooters at a time to work together to hit as many clays as possible. A great way to round up your time at the ground, the flush will exhilarate your group and challenge your shooting skills and best of all, the entire group will have great fun.

We offer lessons with qualified instructors. Click here to find out more

We are open to both members and non-members.
Clays are 30p each for a non-member (24p to a member) shoot as many or as few as you like and pay at the end of your visit.
Our average cartridge price is £6 for 25. Plastic and fibre can both be used on the ground nothing bigger than 28g

Please Note: Unfortunately no one who is pregnant can participate on Clay shooting due to health and safety regulations.