Five Stand Sporting Clays

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I met Ty Harris, a volunteer with Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Education program, at the five stand sporting clays field at the Parrie Haynes Ranch, near Killeen.

:12—And it’s a type of shooting game. There are numerous games. But in this type of shooting game you basically have five stations. And from the station, you’ll be presented a series of targets. Some right to left, some incoming.

Clays are launched remotely from each location, including from atop a huge wooden structure behind the shooters.

:07—This structure is called a tower shot. So it throws the clay from over your head and behind you; so it’s a very challenging target.

Harris says sporting clays offer real hunting situations.

:10—For a bird hunter, you never know where the birds are going to be coming from. So sporting clays provide that uncertainty, yet, you still have the anticipation that you know a bird is coming.

The shooting sports, says Harris, should come before you ever go into the field, gun in hand, to hunt.

:15—Before we become hunters, we are shooters. We can’t hunt if we don’t know how to shoot. So, a situation like this, where we can provide that shooting experience in a safe environment, just really lends itself to hunting.

That’s our show for today…with support from the Wildlife Restoration program…working to increase shooting and hunting opportunities in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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