Sporting Clays: Golf with a shotgun


The Natchitoches Shooting Range hosted a Spring Clay Hunt through the National Sporting Clay Association (NSCA) April 1.

This was the first NSCA tournament the range has held since 2001 and there were 60 shooters participating in the event. Shooters ate Grayson’s BBQ for lunch.

Terry Sklar (Class E) and Brian Carroll (Class E) said Jim Talmidge is responsible for getting them and other friends into the sport in Natchitoches. Carroll, president of the Natchitoches Range, said anyone interested in getting started could contact the range.

Jim Talmidge (Class B), Chris Lee (Class E) and Mike Murphy (Class B) agreed that the sport has a lot to do with friendship and camaraderie as it brings together members from all over.

“This is our golf,” said Jim Rambin. “Golf with a shotgun.”

NSCA is the largest Sporting Clays association in the world with over 22,000 members in all 50 states.

“This sport teaches discipline,” said Rambin. “It teaches you to focus on what’s going on around you and to be precise.”

David Lansou (Class AA) and David Warren (Class C), both from Lafayette, said every shooter learns from his fellow NSCA members. Lansou said he’s done shotgun sports since the late 70s (trap and skeet) and was introduced to sporting clays in Scotland in the mid 80s.

According to the NSCA, the sport dates back to England in the early 1900s when trap shooting used live pigeons. When clay targets were introduced, the sport began to take on the popular form known today. Sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and even rabbits.

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