Sporting Clay League

Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as "golf with a shotgun" because a typical course can include 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes.

The type of Sporting Clays shot here at the Ikes is called Five Stand. Five Stand is a type of shotgun sport shooting similar to trap and skeet. There are five stations, or stands and five or more strategically placed clay target throwers (called traps). Shooters shoot in turn at various combinations of clay birds. Each station will have a menu card that lets the shooter know the sequence of clay birds he or she will be shooting at (i.e. which trap the clay bird(s) will be coming from). Each round of Sporting Clays consists of a variation of single and double targets for a total of 25 shots.

The five stand targets are some variation of a rabbit, overhead, crossing right and left targets, teal (launched straight up into the air), and an incoming bird. The angles of these targets may vary from week to week as the traps are easily moved.

The sport is popular with a wide variety of shotgun enthusiasts, the shotguns used do not fit an exact standard; however, every shotgun used for sporting clays must be capable of shooting two cartridges of 12 gauge or smaller. The most popular shotgun configurations are over-and-under, semiautomatic, and pump-action, using traditional cartridge shot sizes of 9, 8, or 7.5.