Have a Blast with Clays

Field and Stream - - F&S - —Phil Bour­jaily

Not that the fun ever goes out of watch­ing clay tar­gets break, but it is pos­si­ble to make them even more en­ter­tain­ing with some in­ge­nu­ity. Turns out, a clay saucer is a per­fect ve­hi­cle for launch­ing pay­loads of chalk, glit­ter, tails, and more. Here’s how.

Flash Tar­gets: These doc­tored tar­gets puff dra­mat­i­cally when they’re hit, thanks to the pow­dered chalk in­side their domes. Make them by fill­ing the tar­get’s top cav­ity with medium- or low-per­ma­nence orange car­pen­ter’s chalk. If you’ll be shoot­ing un­der lights at night, add some glit­ter for an even cooler ef­fect. Then run a light bead of Elmer’s glue around the rim and slap on a round pa­per cover. Or, even eas­ier, use Avery’s ad­he­sive 21⁄2-inch Easy Peel round la­bels.

Tails: A tail turns a clay pi­geon into a clay pheas­ant. Make one with 18 inches of sur­veyor’s tape. Tape one end in­side the bot­tom dome with pack­ing tape, curl the rest in­side, and throw it. The tail will stream out be­hind the bird as it flies. I first saw tar­gets like these used as sim­u­lated live birds at a pi­geon shoot, where you had to drop the tail in­side a bound­ary ring for it to count.

Cot­ton Balls: Glue a cot­ton ball onto the un­der­side of a tar­get. I played a game at a fancy gun club once where the man­age­ment had made a sort of dart­board on the ground, with dif­fer­ent point val­ues in the rings. They threw an in­com­ing bird, and you tried to break it so the piece with the cot­ton ball fell in the bull’s-eye.

Pas­sen­ger Pi­geons: A mini sport­ing clays tar­get nes­tles per­fectly un­der a stan­dard clay. Put both on the arm of a man­ual trap and load two shells. When the larger clay breaks, the mini speeds on like an es­cape pod, giv­ing you a tiny, tricky fol­low-up shot.

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