Clay Target Shooting is a sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family as a recreation at a local gun club, or at a competition level from registered club events to regional, state, national and international competitions. These include State Titles, National Titles, World Championships, Commonwealth right through Olympic Games.
Clay Target Shooting has different disciplines to try which include: Trap, Skeet, ISSF and Sporting Clays. Each discipline varies in its approach and delivery of targets to give a choice and different experience with Clay Target Shooting.
The Western Australian Clay Target Association is responsible for administering, promoting and developing the sport of Clay Target Shooting in Western Australia. No matter whether you are male or female, young or old, you will find clay target shooting to be a wonderful sport quite different to what you may expect. Unlike many other sports, there are very few physical limitations to participating. Clay target shooting is addictive, fun and challenging. Once you attend just one shoot you will realise what you have been missing - a great sport, and lots of fun!
What the NDGC can offer you
Camaraderie – Men and Women of all ages and skill levels coming together and enjoying the company, friendship a common interest in clay target shooting in a family friendly environment.
New friends – Our club has men and women of various ages and backgrounds who come together to share and compete in their chosen sport.
Coaching – We have a club coach and other members who through experience can share tips and techniques to help you develop your skills to become a competent shooter.
Shoot for fun or for competition – You can choose to shoot for fun only or to compete for trophies and prizes. People of all skill levels compete in competition.
Practice / Training days – we have practice or training days on each Wednesday at 3pm and most Saturdays at 3pm. Contact Eddie on 0447 776 969 to ensure if the range will be open. Practice days are a great opportunity to come and try clay target shooting.
Competition - (1 Sunday per month average) – The club conducts club competition during the year on an average of 1 Sunday afternoon per month. The NDGC members also attend the Cunderdin CMT CTC competition days if they wish.
Annual 2 ½ -day carnival - Each year we hold a carnival that attracts competitors from all over WA.
Associate membership – for a fee of approx. $40 you can be an associate member of the Cunderdin CMT Clay Target Club which entitles you to compete for their prizes on competition days.
Grading – The sport caters for all skill levels. You will be graded to your level of competency with grades commencing at C grade through to B Grade, A grade and AA grade.
Safety Safety can never be stressed too much, and with the Australian Clay Target Association, a firearm is always treated as loaded unless seen to be different. You, the individual, become the safety catch of all firearms and everything else on the firearm becomes a mechanical device. It is therefore essential that safe firearm handling becomes the first rule for all participants. 1. Treat any firearm with the respect due to a loaded gun. 2. Never point a firearm in fun or jest. 3. Carry the firearm so that you can control the barrel even if you stumble. 4. Become the safety catch of the firearm. 5. Load the firearm only when it is your turn to shoot. 6. Always unload when the red flag is shown or at the referee's command. 7. Ensure you have the correct calibre cartridge for the gun in use. 8. Do not play with or modify firearm mechanisms. 9. If a firearm misfires, keep the barrels to the front and wait for the referee. 10. Firearms and alcohol do not, and never will, mix.
Safety is your responsibility, not someone else's
NDGC has facilities for:
Trap and Down the line (DTL) In Down the Line (DTL) targets are released from the trap house on the shooter's call. The trap oscillates causing the target to be released unpredictably somewhere within the defined arc. DTL is further divided into the following disciplines: Double Barrel – 2 shots allowed per target.Double Barrel Point Score - 2 shots per target. (Score 3 points first barrel or 2 points for a second barrel hit and 0 for a miss)Single Barrel – 1 shot allowed per target.Double Barrel Handicap - 2 shots allowed per target shot from your handicap meterageDouble Rise - 2 shots. (One each at 2 targets thrown)Deauville Doubles - 2 shooters (team) double barrel at 2 targets thrown.Novelty Events
Skeet A round of skeet consists of 25 targets shot on a semi-circular layout with two trap houses, the left being the high house, the right the low house. There are 8 shooting stations. One shot only may be fired at each target. Squads consist of 5 shooters, each takes his turn to shoot from a position known as a pad. These are numbered from 1 to 8. From each of these stations a single target is released from each house on the call of "pull". The shooter may have his gun on or off his shoulder as he chooses. After the competitor has shot his two single targets from stations 1,2, 6 and 7, he remains on the pad and shoots a "double", ie two targets are released simultaneously, one from each house, one shot is fired at each target. If at any time during a round a competitor misses a target he then reloads one cartridge and repeats the first target that he has missed; however, if he gets to station 8 and has broken all the 24 previous targets, he then repeats his last target to complete the 25-target round.
5 Stand Sporting Five Stand is a type of shotgunsport shooting similar to sporting clays, trap and skeet. There are five stations, or stands and six to eighteen strategically placed clay target throwers(called traps. Shooters shoot in turn at various combinations of clay birds. Each station will have a menu card that lets the shooter know the sequence of clay birds he or she will be shooting at (i.e. which trap the clay bird will be coming from). The shooter is presented with 5 targets at each station, first a single bird followed by two pairs. Pairs can be either "report pairs," in which the second bird will be launched after the shooter fires at the first; or "true pairs" when both birds launch at the same time. After shooting at the 5 birds on the menu at that station, the shooter proceeds to the next stand, where they find a new menu of 5 targets. Typical five stand targets are a rabbit, chandelle, overhead, standard skeet high house and low house shots, teal (launched straight up into the air), trap (straight ahead from ground level), and an incoming bird.
Fees 2020 membership fees. Full member $240.00 Veteran (65+) $199.00 Junior $120.00 Recreational $155.00 Partner $194.00
Associate member $40.00 (if you are a member of another gun club).
The cost to shoot
You can shoot to your own budget. An average Sunday afternoon competition day will cost approx. $40 to enter and cover targets. Your ammunition is extra. There is an average of 100 targets over 4 rounds on competition days. A practice day can cost as little or as much as you desire to shoot. One round (25 targets) as a member will cost $7 for targets plus your own ammunition. (Non-members $10.00 plus ammunition). An average practice day has time to shoot up to 3 or 4 rounds if you wish.
1. Club Presidents and Committees are honorary, they respect your constructive criticism and expect your assistance and cooperation. 2. It is your responsibility to ascertain your squad and layout and be on time. 3. While on the tracks, respect the other shooters' rights to perform without interference. 4. In the Trap discipline, do not move from your track until the shooter on your right has shot. 5. Do not dispose of empty cartridges into receptacle until after next shooter has shot. 6. Always unload your gun when traversing from station 5 to station 1. 7. In the Skeet discipline, unload before leaving the shooting station. 8. Remain on the layout until the last shooter has finished. 9. Dress in a neat, clean and tidy manner with closed in footwear. (No camo gear) 10.Respect the referee's decision and do not obstruct his vision. 11. As we are a family environment, no bad language.