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The second house - 3 feet to the
right of Station 7, and 3 feet, 6 inches
above ground level - is called the Low
House. It throws the bird out in front
of the shooter, as well.
Four shots each are taken at Stations 1, 2, 6 and 7. A single clay bird
is thrown from each house separately,
then a bird is thrown from each house
simultaneously.
Birds thrown simultaneously from
both houses will cross one another, 18
feet forward and 15 feet high, off the
center of Station 8.
Only one bird each is thrown from
each house when shooting at Stations
3, 4, 5 and 8.
A total of 25 shots are used per
round. Anyone missing a bird can use
the 25th shot to shoot again at a station
where he or she missed. And if the
shooter misses no birds in the first 24
attempts, the 25th shot is used at the
last station.
When shooting doubles - or birds
thrown simultaneously from each house
- you can up your chances of hitting
both birds by swinging on the clay bird
launched from the closest trap house.
When the shooter yells the word
"pull," the launcher has a full second
to send the clay bird off at 45 mph, and
the shooter has only about 2 seconds to
dust it before it gets out of range.
The optimum shot distance is at the
course's centerline, halfway between
the two houses and about 20 yards from
any of the stations, except Station 8.
So the secret here is to learn to "Take
your time - fast."
The short-range game of skeet best is
served by open chokes such as "skeet"
or "improved cylinder" chokes, and
shot in Nos. 7½, 8 or 9.
Since that bird is flying at 45 mph,
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the shooter will learn to pull the aiming
point farther ahead of the flying bird as
stations become more perpendicular to
the path of the target.
The clay bird's path is predictable,
and can be learned very quickly.
For more of a challenge, a newer version of the game called "wobble skeet"
or "modern skeet" has two throwers at
each end oscillating up and down, testing anyone's skill.
But taking part in either game will
sharpen shooting skills for upland game
that explodes out of cover.

TRAP

Trap shooting is the oldest shotgun
game, and still a favorite.
Created in England in the mid1700s, the most popular variation
of trap shooting in the U.S. is called
"American Singles Trap," which consists of five shooters standing in five
different positions, 11 degrees apart.
Shooters get five shots each at clay
birds thrown from a trap house 16 yards
in front of them.
The trap machine oscillates within
a 45-degree horizontal angle, with the
shooters unaware of the bird's direction
until it's in the air.
By the time a shooter reacts, the bird
is usually at least 30 yards away. So
the typical gun of choice is a 12-gauge
with a full choke, although I find a lot
of shooters use a modified choke, which
works nicely.
Many shooters, myself included,
also might give it a go with a .410,
20-gauge, 28-gauge or 16-gauge, just
for the challenge.
With less of a shot payload delivered
through the smaller gauges, the shooter
must be quicker to make those lighter
patterns count.
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