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Five Stand

How to play a Round of 5-Stand


A game of 5-stand consist of targets shot in 25 bird (clays) increments from five shooting stands with each shooter rotating from station to station. The game offers several skill levels and utilizes six or eight traps to simulate game birds. Targets are released in a predetermined set sequence marked on a menu card.

At each station the shooter will call "pull" and the controller will release the target from the trap. 

How to play a Round of Skeet


A round of skeet consists of 25 targets, with 17 shot as singles and 8 as doubles. The first miss is repeated immediately and is called an option. If no targets are missed during the round, the last or 25th target is shot at the last station, low house 8. The shooting sequence is as follows:

  • Stations 1 and 2: High house single; Low house single; High house/Low house pair or double

  • Stations 3, 4, and 5: High house single; Low house single

  • Stations 6 and 7: High house single; Low house single; Low house/High house pair or double

  • Station 8: High house single; Low house single


Skeet is shot in squads of up to five shooters. They move from station to station around the half moon, ending up in the center, at the end of the round.

Any gauge shotgun may be used, of any type, as long as it can fire at least two shots. The preferred shot size is #9, but nothing larger than 7-1/2 should ever be used. Since strength is not a factor, women are able to compete equally with men. Left handed shooters do just as well as right.

How to shoot a round of Trap
In singles, participants shoot from five different stations located 16 yards behind the trap. When the participant says, "Pull!", the clay pigeon is hurled into the air at a height no more than ten feet and travels at a distance approximately 150 feet from the trap. To really get a sense of the unpredictable flight pattern of birds, the targets are released at different angles that go into different

directions. The object for the shooter is to hit the target before it hits the ground. In double-target shooting, two targets are released at the same time.


Handicap trapshooting makes it possible for the average trap-shooter to compete against a superior one. Participants that are expert marksmen will shoot at shooting stations located up to 27 yards behind the trap. The added distance makes for more of an even playing field.
Every Wednesday Low Country Preserve hosts the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) "Big 50" Participants will shot 50 registered trap targets. The 3rd Saturday of each month 100 registered targets will be thrown. Please contact us for times.
Sporting Clays
Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as "golf with a shotgun" because a typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Usually 5 to 10 targets are shot at each station by a squad of up to six shooters for a total outing of 50 to 100 targets per person. Targets are thrown as singles and pairs. Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances.
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