Sporting Clays

Our sporting clays course is laid out across our 40+ acre site of trees, meadows, and streams. We feature 15 shooting stations, 30 fully automated traps, and electronic counters. The trail is easily walkable and golf cart accessible.

You never have to wait for a trapper again, just go out and shoot when you’re ready. It’s also ideal for practicing and for new shooters. We use standard, midi, mini, rabbit, and battue targets.

The course changes regularly and features presentations ranging from those focused on fundamentals through the truly challenging. All levels of skill are incorporated into the course of woods and field target presentations.

Check out our Youth Clays Program that makes it easier and less costly than ever for youngsters to learn clays shooting!


The clubhouse is open and staff is on hand during the following hours for sporting clays, five stand, greeting new members, and other business:

Wednesday 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Last sporting clays start time is 6:00 pm
or 1 hour before dusk
Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Last sporting clays start time is 12:30 pm

Members may use the rifle and pistol ranges any day from 9:00 am – Dusk, Exception; rifle range is CLOSED during the above periods of time or any other time when there are shotgun events taking place.

To get in touch with us check out our club’s contact information.

Prices (50 Targets, view targets included)

Members (first round) $14
Members (extra round) $12
Non-Members (first round) $17
Non-Members (extra round) $15
Extra Targets $0.25 each


Sporting Clays, A Brief Explanation

by Doug Vittum

Here at Canandaigua Sportsmen’s Club, we can shoot many types of weapons on different courses or ranges. Rifle, pistol and shotgun can all be shot on the rifle and or pistol ranges, at stationary targets. Pistol shooters can also shoot at steel targets. What makes Canandaigua different from a lot of gun clubs, is we also have a sporting clays course.

Sporting Clays is not a new sport/game by any means. First started in England in the early 1900’s, it soon became popular as a way to practice live bird shooting, without the live birds. When Sporting Clays arrived in the US in the early 1980’s, it was a totally new shotgun game. Designed to simulate hunting wild game the sport caught on quickly and became popular very quickly. Sometimes referred to as “golf with a shotgun”, because just like no two golf courses are exactly the same, neither are any two sporting clay courses the same.

Generally a sporting clay course can be set up on most any type of terrain, including swampy, wooded, or open fields. A “round” of sporting clays is usually 50 targets (clay birds) or 100 birds, depending how the club has its course set up. Some of the larger clubs may have two or three separate sporting clay courses. Most clubs have between 12 and 20 shooting stations on each course.

Since the courses are designed to simulate hunting situations, a shooter can use most any type of shotgun, capable of holding two shots. Experienced shooters often desire to use over/under shotguns. Two advantages of an over‐under gun are; you can have separate chokes in each barrel, and the shells don’t fly onto the ground when fired, a desirable feature if you reload your shells.

Because many people shoot sporting clays to keep their wing‐shooting skills sharp for hunting season, many shooters shoot the same shotgun they hunt with. Pump action, side by side doubles, and auto loaders are all popular types. The majority of hunters shoot mostly 12ga guns, but a 20ga is not a handicap on most courses. Sub gauge guns; 20ga, 28ga, and even .410 gauge guns are getting more popular each year, as the smaller gauges have less recoil, are cheaper to reload for, and generally more fun to shoot.

Shooting is done in “squads”‐ usually between 2 and 6 people make up a squad. They travel a specific path from station to station. At each station, they are required to shoot at various targets in a specific order as indicated by the menu, displayed on the shooting stand. Each person shoots the same menu. The birds can be thrown one at a time (singles), as a pair,(doubles) both being thrown at the same time, or as a “report pair “, where the second bird is released (thrown) when the shooter fires at the first bird.

The “birds” or clay targets can appear at different distances, speeds, or angles, depending how the traps are set that day. There are five basic targets used.

A “standard” or full‐size target is 110mm in diameter. This is the same clay target used in Trap or skeet shooting. There is also a “midi” target, which is 90mm in diameter. A midi target travels at a faster speed due to weighing less. The smallest target is a “mini” target, measuring only 60mm in diameter. Sometimes, just plain hard to see, a mini target puts the shooter to the true test. Then there are specialty targets. The most fun is a rabbit target. 110mm in diameter, like the full‐size target, it rolls and bounces across the ground, just like a rabbit. Next is a “battue” target. 110mm in diameter, it is very thin, presenting little or no visible area for the shooter to see or the shot to hit and break …until…it begins to slow, then it turns on edge, presenting a full size profile, while also falling from the sky like a rock.

Safety is always at the top of all shooters mind, and there are a few basic rules all sporting clay shooters comply with, no matter what club they are at. First; eye and ear protection is a must. 2Nd; guns are never loaded with more than two shells unless shooting a special event like a “flurry”. 3Rd; guns are always empty unless shooter is on a shooting station and it’s his/her turn to shoot. 4H; guns are always open and empty before shooter steps off of the shooting station. Lastly; only standard shells with shot no larger than 7‐1/2 size is allowed.

Costs? They vary from club to club, private or public and usually run between $14.00 and $18.00 for 50 targets, (double that for 100 targets). Your ammo is extra. Reloads are allowed except at many registered tournaments.

In comparison, you can’t shoot too many center‐fire handguns or rifles today, with factory ammo for that price, so I’d say costs are very similar to other venues.

Sporting clays is a great way to keep your wing‐shooting skills sharp in between hunting seasons. It’s even more fun if you bring a son or daughter along for a “walk in the woods”. Check out our Youth Clays Program that makes it easier and less costly than ever for youngsters to learn clays shooting!

Our sporting clays course is open Wednesdays 1pm till about 6pm. and on Sunday, 9am till 1pm. Come on out with a few friends and have some fun. There are plenty of experienced members who will be glad to let you shoot with them or go with you and show you the ropes.