Sporting Clays


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The History of Sporting Clays and Five Stand:

Sporting Clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting that has been described as golf with a shotgun, the sport differs from trap and skeet shooting in that:

1. It is considered by many to be more difficult than trap or skeet.
2. It involves shooting clay targets at multiple locations (called stations).
3. Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays targets are thrown in a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances.

The original idea behind sporting clays was to create an experience that more closely reflects actual hunting conditions. Whereas top-tier trap and skeet professionals may have hit ratings nearing 100%, the best sporting clay shooters hit their targets only about 93% to 95% of the time.

Equipment Required:
Clay-throwing Machines also called a Trap for each station

Although the sport is challenging, it is quite popular with novice shooters and ordinary hunters. While many shooters opt for expensive double-barreled shotguns, the game is equally enjoyable with an inexpensive pump-action shotgun or a semiautomatic autoloading shotgun.

Safety is an important part of sporting clays. Proper ear and eye protection and firearms safety procedures are required to be followed at all times while on a course.

Course layout and play:
A typical course will consist of 10–18 stations. Varying numbers of clay pairs are shot at each station, with the total shots for an outing adding up to 50 or 100 (two or four boxes of shells, respectively). Advanced shooters have the clays thrown as simultaneous pairs (called true pairs in most of the US, and sim pairs in the UK), while novice or intermediate shooters can opt for the clays to be thrown on report (the second clay launched on the report of the shooter’s gun, hence the name report pair). Targets are thrown at different angles and speeds; sometimes across the shooter’s view (crossers), towards the shooter (in-comers), away from the shooter (out-goers), or straight up in the air (often called “teals”). The shots are intended to simulate hunting for quail, grouse, pheasant, pigeon, or other game. Many courses have traps which throw targets from tall towers simulating high-flying ducks or geese. Some courses have targets that roll and bounce along the ground to simulate rabbits. There are also targets, called ‘battues’, that loop in the air — this does not simulate any particular animal, but it is usually a challenging target.
Five Stand a Varation of Sporting Clays:

Five Stand is a type of shotgun sport shooting similar to sporting clays, trap and skeet. There are five stations, or stands and six to eight strategically placed clay target throwers. 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 clay target thrower the clay bird will be coming from).

Typical five stand targets are a rabbit, chandelle, overhead, standard skeet high house and low house shots, teal (launched staight up into the air), and an incoming bird.

Rates & Hours

*Daily $1 Environmental Fee is assessed at each range and is not included in Range Fees

November 1st – March 31st
Wednesday/Thursday 10am-4pm
Saturday/Sunday 10am-3:30pm
April 1st – May 31st
Wednesday/Thursday 10am-5pm
Saturday/Sunday 10am-3:30pm
June 1st – September 30th
Wednesday/Thursday 10am-6pm
Saturday/Sunday 10am-3:30pm
October 1st- October 31st 
Wednesday/Thursday 10am-5pm
Saturday/Sunday 10am-3:30pm

Sporting Clays5-Stand
50 Target Round25 Target Round
Work Hours$18.50$8.00
Associate Member$21.50$9.50

The Detroit Sportsmen's Congress (DSC) was founded in Detroit Michigan in 1936 for the purpose of promoting better hunting and fishing within the state.