Shoot with us! Over 100 members and
their guests did so in 2016.
Clay pigeon shooting can be a really sociable
and engaging sport and it continues to surprise me how many boat owning folk
love to have a go at breaking a few clays!
We welcome experienced shots and novices alike. Novices have a bespoke programme
with a shooting instructor. School guns are provided and instructors guide each
novice through gun safety, gun fit and, of course, how to shoot those clays.
Our objective is to select clay shooting grounds within 40 miles of Hamble.
circuit is selected from a variety of rural locations for instance:- Owls Lodge
at Sutton Scotney, Lains Shooting School at Quarley nr Andover, Ley Farm nr
Salisbury, the Spitfire Shoot at Stockbridge, Acorn Shooting School at Compton
nr Kings Somborne.
Presently we have four days across March, April, May and September.
The Club Shooting Society has been running for over 15 years - it's a well
established part of the portfolio of activities members can enjoy. Typically we
each shoot about 110 cartridges on a Club clay day.
This will consist of 80 shots at eight different targets shot in teams of four
or five members and their guests. Targets are designed to simulate a variety of
game birds in flight, for instance springing teal, partridge or pheasant. Its
known in clay shooting terms as a sporting layout.
An unusual part of our day is the 'googly'. We each have a crack at one very
difficult clay with one cartridge - Southern shots normally achieve about a 30%
success - but are rewarded with a suitable prize!
Following a mid morning break we enter the flush. This is where teams of four or
five 'guns' are presented with a flush of randomly flying clays - again to
simulate a real day in the field - we allow 30 clays per gun, so you will see in
a typical five minute flush 120 different clays from many directions and flying
at a variety of speeds, an amazing adrenalin rush.
All in all it is a glorious day enjoyed with like minded folk in beautiful
We run two competition themes. Firstly on the shoot day a score is kept of
misses and hits and at the end of the day, after a warming lunch, prizes are
awarded. Secondly at the end of the year the aggregate performance by category
prize is awarded.
Our prize winners for 2016 were:
High Gun - Richard Curry
Guest High Gun - Nick Shone
Novice High Gun - Hugh Nash
If you have never tried clay shooting or you already shoot and would like to
join us, please keep your eye on the Clay Shooting calendar to our right and
weekly newsletters for our next Royal Southern Shooting Society clay day.
Shoot Captain 07713 612431