Sunday, October 9, 2011

Shooting sporting clays on a beautiful fall afternoon

Rarely can you say that on October 9th in Rochester you have sunny skies and temperatures pushing 80 degrees. Today was one of those times.

I spent the afternoon shooting sporting clays with 3 friends. The woods were beautiful - not near peak yet but plenty of oranges, reds, and yellows in the trees.

If you have never tried sporting clays, folks, you are missing a lot of fun. Two of the people in our group today, while they had shot skeet, had never shot sporting clays. They will tell you now that they are addicted! Sporting clays has often been described as "golf with a shotgun." That is because you move from one "station" to another. Every shot is different - as opposed to skeet or trap - and to make it even more interesting for the regulars, they change the direction of the orange disks once a month. Sometimes the orange disk is aimed high and right toward you - the easiest shot! Or it could come low and from either side. The most fun one for me is one that simulates a rabbit running across your path! The disk rolls quickly in front of you and just when you think you got your shot all lined up and are ready to pull the trigger, the damn disk will "bounce" just like a rabbit!

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