There is an immense satisfaction in being able to hit a moving target, a skill that is honed in the sport of clay pigeon shooting. Gone are the days of using hounds to flush game bird from their roosts. Instead clay targets are released from a spring-loaded trap, which launches it into the air for you to shoot. Your weapon: a shotgun loaded with real ammunition - the stuff of GI Jane/Joe aspirations.
A sport with numerous disciplines, clay target shooting is represented in South Africa by the Clay Target Shooting Association of South Africa. There are various disciplines within the sport and competitions are hosted throughout the year. Clay target shooting is part of the shooting programme at the Olympic Games.
As an activity that caters to all ages, there are many shooting venues - each with various sporting ranges - around South Africa; both close to major centres and located at lodges and in game reserves around the country.
Closer to the cities, you'll find clubs and instructors as well as organised activities of weekly sporting shoots, mid-week shoots and competitions. Minimum age is often around six-years old.
Packages for company teambuilding events, birthdays (teen and adult) and bachelor/bachelorette parties are offered by venues. No experience is necessary as experienced instructors will have you and your friends ready to aim and fire in next to no time.
Venues provide instruction, safety equipment, shotgun, ammunition and the clay targets. You should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather and, as you will be outdoors, remember your sunscreen lotion, sunglasses and a hat.
There is a definite thrill in aiming at a target and pulling the trigger of a shotgun. There is an even bigger adrenalin rush when you successfully hit a flying clay target! Best of all, no birds or animals are harmed by this sport.
Clay target shooting opens the opportunity to explore scenic locations around South Africa by planning your family holidays around venues that offer clay pigeon shooting activities.