Dr Malcolm Plant, chairman of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors, gives a masterclass in target practice
Targets in clayshooting
In clayshooting, be it trap, skeet or sporting disciplines, we have the advantage of knowing, more or less, where the target is going to be for a particular discipline and target presentation. And indeed, with clay shooting, the shooter has the advantage of watching other people shoot the target or combinations of targets before it’s their turn to have a go. This is not the case with pigeon or corvid shooting for crop protection, and definitely not the case for driven or walked-up game shooting where every bird is different.
That’s why to win a clay competition a shooter has to hit a high percentage of the presented targets, while in game shooting a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 of cartridges shot to targets hit is considered competent shooting.