Clays

History

 

Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. The sport dates back to England in the early 1900’s when trap shooting used live pigeons. With the introduction of clay targets, the sport began to take on the popular form known today. But rather than using standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and even rabbits. Six different sizes of clay targets give the participant the experience of actual hunting conditions, so you can see why the sport is so popular with hunters.

Join the National Sporting Clays Association today!

 



Course Information

Contact: Gordie Forbes at 413-594-6497

Registration: Starts at 8:30

Course Hours: Saturdays, 9 am – close
Member Price: $25.00 for 100 targets

Non-WMBDC members $30.00 for 100 targets

Sporting Clays Discount Program
Non-WMBDC members can purchase a discount card for $25.00.
The card is good for one calendar year!

 



Course Rules

 

  • Safety Glasses must we worn at ALL times when on the course, even when you are not shooting. Please remind your squad if someone is not wearing their safety glasses.
  • Only shoot from the station that is manned by a trapper.
  • All shots must be taken from in the station. Shooting from anywhere else including “next to” or “in front of” is strictly prohibited.
  • A shotgun should only be loaded when a shooter is in a station and the target area is deemed safe. All other guns shall be unloaded and placed on a rack.
  • When leaving any station or shooting area, shooters must ensure that the shotgun is unloaded and the action is open.
  • No practice swings will be allowed except while in a station or in a practice area. Practice swings behind any station are not permitted.
  • Everyone must stay on the course trail.
  • At no time will a shooter load more than TWO shells in a shotgun. The largest shot size permitted is #7 (i.e. # 8, 9 allowed – No #6 or larger).
  • Never handle another shooter’s gun without their permission.
  • It is forbidden to shoot at any live game.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the course or any designated shooting areas.
  • Never try to fix a thrower if there is a problem.
  • If you experience or see something that is unsafe, please notify our staff or range official as soon as possible.

 

Visitors must adhere to all Mass. State firearm Laws, and NRA Rules of Gun Safety.