This past Sunday at Owens Station Sporting Clays in Greenwood Delaware, The Pittsville Volunteer Fire Department held it's 3rd annual sporting clay shoot. Under moderately overcast sky, which was not a bad thing, more than 70 shooters showed up to compete. Trappers at every station were kept quite busy with the crowd and made sure the target flew on demand from the the shooters. Each station held a new target presentation and true pairs and report pairs were the order of day.
The great thing about sporting clays is that as a general rule there's not much doubt about whether a target is hit or not. Anything from a little chip breaking off to a complete "dusting" of the target counts as a dead target or a hit. If there is is ever any question though, you can believe that in a competition like this there are always plenty of judges around to make the call. Of course these judges are for the most part your competitors so sometimes even their calls are, shall we say questionable depending on how close you are to their score. Most of these guys know one another and the bantering is all good natured and very seldom is there any disputes.
The game consists of 50 targets divided at around 10 stations over the entire course. From start to end it take about an hour to shoot the course depending on the size group you may be shooting with. Afterwards, the entry fee for the tournament includes lunch and this year Pittsville VFD had pulled pork sandwich platters. The pork was prepared by Station 7 Restaurant in Pittsville and I have to say it was quite tasty and plentiful.
The last shooters had to be on the field by 1:00 o'clock so that the day could finish up by mid afternoon. The side games also were completed by around 1:30 and at a little after 2:00 Bobby Bell & Shiloh Harris begin to to distribute the door prizes and shooter awards. My wife and I both shot in this event and I'm sorry to say neither one of us fared to well this year. Worse than that I have to admit that I lost all my bragging rights here at home, and that's all I'm going to say about that.
(I knew I shouldn't have bought her that Beretta)
Interested in shooting sporting clays? Click on the title of this post and it will take you to the Owens Station site where you can all the information you need about their facility. They're great folks and any time you need a shooting partner drop me a line I'll see what we can arrange.