In all the time I’ve shot there I haven’t hit a single one!

Is this a trick shot put on as an eyesight test, or is it actually hittable?

And what quarry species is it supposed to represent anyway?

John Bidwell
Battues were originally designed to be thrown as a very fast overhead driven target, and in this form they represent a satisfying challenge to anyone who shoots driven game.

It’s actually quite a versatile clay because you can also place it upside down on a trap arm and it will now loop across the sky to create an interesting variation as a crosser.

However the target you describe is being thrown in the normal way.

Yes, it can be a tricky shot but the secret is not to track or shoot it while it’s edge-on, you need to take it just after it has turned and before it starts to fall.

To achieve this address the gun to a point slightly ahead of where the clay starts to turn and place the muzzles a little under the line of flight.

Holding under means you will be able to keep the clay in view all the time and not lose sight of it under the barrels as it starts to fall.

As soon as it begins to show itself, keep the now moving gun in front, bring the barrels up and into its line and squeeze the trigger.

Don’t let it get passed, and under, the gun.