Shoots

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Cross Registration of Targets FAQ
  1. What is Cross Registration of Targets?
    • Cross Registration is a vehicle to allow targets shot under the rules of the ATA and/or the PITA to be registered in each other’s association.
  2. Is Cross Registration allowed in all states?
    • Cross Registration applies only to those states/provinces that have both ATA and PITA state/provincial associations who conduct annual state/provincial tournaments.
  3. How are the rules made for Cross Registration?
    • The ATA and the PITA came to mutual agreement on the rules and process for Cross Registration. Both organizations have an opportunity to review the Letter of Agreement regarding Cross Registration annually for problem resolution. Both organizations published any changes in the agreement in their current rule book.
  4. Where can the Letter of Agreement for Cross Registration be found?
    • The Letter of Agreement is in the ATA Rules, Bylaws & Policies booklet page 62-63 (2015). It is in the PITA Official Information & Trapshooting Rules booklet, page 3-4 (2015-2016).
  5. Aren’t there differences between the way targets are set in the different organizations?
    • No, essentially targets are set the same for each organization; the minor variations are: In PITA Doubles targets are set at 38-40 mph, measuring speed on the left target; in ATA doubles are set between 39-40 mph, measuring speed on the right target.
  6. Aren’t there rule differences related to shooting targets?
    • The only rule difference when shooting targets is in doubles. In the PITA the lead-off shooter can ask to see a pair on each post. In the ATA the lead-off shooter can only ask to see a pair on the first post.
  7. Is there a difference in the distinction of a broken target?
    • No, both associations require that a visible piece is present before a target is considered “dead”.
  8. Are Cross Registered Targets used when computing shooting averages?
    • Yes, when each association reports target year average, the average includes all registered targets. If a target is cross registered it is considered a “registered” target for both Associations.
  9. Do states include Cross Registered targets when determining State Teams?
    • It seems most states count them since they are a part of the official ATA records, however the rules regarding state teams are left to the state to define. In order to not consider them, someone must review averages from the Association for each shooter and manually remove the cross registered targets and recalculate the average. This can cause errors, and can impact decisions regarding participation. Several years ago, California changed their position on cross registered targets and now includes these targets. Idaho has not included them.
  10. Does Idaho PITA include Cross Registered targets for their State Team determination?
    • Yes, however Idaho PITA considers more than average to determine their State Teams, for instance, points for “wins” is factored into a weighted calculation which includes average. ISTA only considers average, which appears to be typical of most ATA state organizations.
  11. Is there a financial implication for either association if targets are Cross Registered?
    • There is a POSITIVE financial implication for both associations. If cross registration is allowed at a shoot, and a shooter chooses to cross register, there is a daily fee and a state fee applied for both associations to shooter’s registration fee. This respective fee is sent into both the main associations and both state associations. There are many shooters who like to cross register for a variety of reasons, and thus if included in a program or eligibility for teams, shoot attendance can increase.
  12. How is earned yardage managed for Cross Registered targets?
    • The rules of the association hosting an event where cross registration are accepted for that shoot. Earned yardage is awarded according to the rules/earned yardage chart of the host association. Therefore, shooters cross-registering targets that earn yardage will have both their ATA and PITA cards punched accordingly.
  13. Are Cross Registered Targets included in the determination of ATA All American Teams?
    • Yes, these targets are included in the official ATA record, therefore they are included.
Shooting Disciplines

Trapshooting

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Trapshooting was developed in England late in the 18th century. The first targets were live pigeons, which were released from cages known as traps. The sport was first practiced in the United States early in the 19th century and was popular by midcentury in a number of areas, notably Cincinnati, Ohio, and the New York City area. In subsequent decades the scarcity of live pigeons prompted trapshooting enthusiasts in the United States to create ingenious artificial targets. The substitute targets first tried included glass balls filled with feathers and solid iron pigeons mounted on long metal rods. Platter-shaped clay pigeons were developed about 1870. The subsequent introduction of standard-ized traps facilitated nationwide competition. The first U.S. national championship match took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1885. The Amateur Trapshooting Association, with headquarters in Vandalia, Ohio, is the governing body of U.S. and Canadian trapshooting. Under its auspices numerous trapshooting competitions, notably the Grand American Handicap, take place each year. Trapshooting competition takes three forms: singles, handicap, and double-target shooting. In all three the targets are hurled from one trap, and 12-gauge shotguns are used. In singles shooting, contestants fire from a series of five stations located 16 yd (14.63 m) behind the trap. At a signal from the contestant, the clay target is hurled forward into the air, away from the firing line. In order to simulate the unpredictable flight patterns of birds taking wing, the targets are sprung out of the trap at various angles and in various directions. The clay pigeons rise to a minimum height of about 10 ft (about 3 m) and, unless hit, fall to the ground about 150 ft (about 45 m) from the trap. Champions often hit 100 out of 100 targets. In handicap trapshooting, contestants possessing superior records must shoot from stations located 17 to 27 yd (15.54 to 24.68 m) behind the trap. The added distance, or handicap, enables trapshooters of only average ability to compete on equal terms with experts. In double-target shooting, the trap springs two clay pigeons into the air simultaneously in different directions. Content provided by http://www.claytargetsonline.com


Skeet Shooting

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In 1920 in the town of Andover, Massachusetts, a small group of upland game hunters took to shooting clay targets as a means of practicing their wing shooting. As friendly rivalries started to develop amongst the group, a uniform series of shots were developed to keep the competition fair and even for all. It was from this crude beginning that the modern day version of skeet shooting developed into what is now an international sport practiced by hunters and non-hunters alike. Charles E. Davies, an Andover, Massachusetts businessman and avid grouse hunter, is recognized as the inventor of the skeet game as we know it. The word “skeet” is derived from the Scandanavian word for “shoot.”Credit for naming the game goes to Gertrude Hurlbutt, a Dayton, Montana housewife, who in 1926 won a contest for naming the new game. Among the thousands of entries in the contest were “Bang” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” Skeet Shooting today involves 10’s of 1000’s of people across North America and the world. There is American Skeet, International Skeet and English Skeet. Each form of Skeet Shooting varies slightly from the other. The National Skeet Shooting Association is the governing body for American Skeet. More than 20,000 skeet shooters shoot “registered targets” that are sanctioned by The National Skeet Shooting Association each year. If you want to shoot better in the field, enjoy a day at the gun club, or compete with the top skeet shooters in the world for honor and glory (notice that I left out money), then skeet shooting is a great sport. The basic difference between skeet shooting and trapshooting is that in skeet, most of the targets are crossing targets and in trapshooting, most of the targets are outgoing targets. Content provided by http://www.claytargetsonline.com


Sporting Clays Boise Gun Club does not offer Sporting Clays at this time. This is for educational purposes only.

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Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of gamebirds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots. Courses are laid out in natural surroundings and typically include five or 10 shooting “stations” with shooters moving from one station to the next to complete the course. Each “station” presents shooters with a different type of shot. At a “grouse station,” for example, shooters might face flushing “birds” that zip in and out of the trees. At a “decoying duck” station, incoming targets may float in toward the shooter. Most courses make use of natural features such as woods and ponds to create a realistic setting for each type of shot. At any “station,” targets may be thrown as singles, simultaneous pairs, following pairs (one target right after the other), or report pairs (the second target launched at the sound of the gun being fired at the first). To further challenge shooters, target size may vary from the standard trap/skeet clay bird to the smaller “midi” and “mini” targets, or a flat disc shaped “battue” target. There are even special “rabbit” targets that are thrown on end and skitter across the ground. Content provided by http://www.claytargetsonline.com


Five Stand Boise Gun Club does not offer Five Stand at this time. This is for educational purposes only.

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Five Stand is very similar to Sporting Clays in that a wide variety of targets are thrown. No two five-stands are exactly alike. There are five “stands” or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between 6 and 8 traps that throw targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the 5 stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps. Usually there is a menu card that will advise the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five Stand is a great way to get a Sporting Clays like experience in a small amount of space, with very little walking. Content provided by http://www.claytargetsonline.com

Shooting Etiquette
  1. Make sure you understand where your assigned trap bank is located. Be sure you are behind the bank well in advance of your turn to shoot. Forcing the rest of your squad to wait for you is most inconsiderate, and it holds up every squad behind you. This also means having all of your equipment and gear ready to go.
  2. Be ready when your squad is called and when it is your turn to shoot in the squad.
  3. Do not lean over each time to pick a shell out of a box on the ground or to pick up empties. Have your shells where you don’t have to stoop to get them; it is distracting to other shooters.
  4. Do not raise you gun until the shooter ahead of your fires. Avoid any unnecessary movement on your post that might distract or interfere with other shooters.
  5. Remain on your post, standing facing the trap quietly, until the fifth man has fired and then move to the next post. At the end of the round remain still on your last post facing the trap until the last man has fired the last shot. If you are leadoff, do not fire until you have check and endured that all members of the squad are on their posts and red after each change of post.
  6. Never load your gun before changing positions. When going from Post 5 to Post 1, turn to the right to avoid bumping guns with shooter coming from Post 4. When moving from Post 5 to Post 1, always walk behind the other shooters.
  7. Load only one shell at a time except in doubles. If a delay occurs, remove the shell(s) from the chamber. Close your gun only when you are on the post and facing the trap. Close it only when you are preparing to shoot and avoid disturbing other shooters when doing so.
  8. Do not allow ejected shells from your gun to hit or annoy other shooters.
  9. No unnecessary talking on the firing line. When not on the firing line, keep your voice down when you are around other squads who are shooting. Remember, other shooters on the squad and on adjacent traps deserve the soot undisturbed. Coaching is not allowed while shooters are on the line.
  10. Time your shooter to establish a rhythm in the squad. Call for your target in a clear voice; do not call in such a loud voice so as to trip the voice releases on adjacent fields.
  11. Be a sportsman at all times. If you are shooting well, others are aware of it, and you don’t need to brag. By the same token, if you are having a bad day, accept it without complaint or displays of anger. Don’t do anything that might interfere with other shooters.
  12. Observe safety rules. Do not point your gun at another, even I you think it is unloaded. On the firing line, always keep you gun pointed toward the ground or the traphouse. Off the firing line, keep your action open and your muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  13. Shooters are almost always happy to have you look at their guns if you ask permission first. Do not pick up a shooter’s gun from the gun rack and handle it without asking.
  14. Above all, have fun and treat every other shooter the way you would like to be treated.