Sporting Clay Etiquette

An executive at Quality Milk Sales, Rance Miles enjoys participating in outdoor activities. A hunter, Rance Miles likes to practice his shooting skills by sporting clays.

Upholding proper etiquette while sporting clays is necessary to ensure that both amateur and seasoned shooters enjoy their time at a range. Because it is a more sociable activity, maintaining absolute quietness is not necessary–it is appropriate to hold conversations about how to improve one’s shot, and to congratulate a person following a direct hit.

In addition, shooters pay in advance for a specific number of targets to hit. Once all birds are pulled and attempted shots are taken, a shooter should not request that a puller release extra targets. Each target represents a material expense to a shooting range and should be paid for prior to its use. Other rules of etiquette in sporting clays include loading one’s gun only when in a cage, throwing away hulls, and tipping the trap kid following a round of clays.


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