Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. The sport dates back to England in the early 1900’s when trap shooting used live pigeons. With the introduction of clay targets, the sport began to take on the popular form known today. But rather than using standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and even rabbits. Six different sizes of clay targets give the participant the experience of

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Welcome back to the 2024 Sporting Clays season! 
Another exciting year of sporting clays awaits at the Western Mass Bird Dog Club / Clay Course

 Our Sporting Clay course is a public affair that is open to all levels of experience and age groups.

This year fees remain at the same $ 35 for a non-club member, and $30 for all club members & we still have season passes for non-club members for an initial payment of  $70, which in turn allows non-club members to participate at regular club member prices for the rest of the season at $30.

 Also, this year our sporting clays course will kick off with the annual Leprechaun shoot on March 16th (rain day April17th). This is a special event, with 50 targets and traditional Irish fare and is open to public.

 Please click on EVENTS tab for more information on this event and all other events for this year.

The clay course it self will fully re-open (all 100 targets & all 15 stations) on Saturday May 4th 2024, and weather permitting, will run every Saturday and two more weekends following the annual Piemonte & Mulak NSCA shoot which has been scheduled this year for SATURDAY September 7th, 2024.

 If you are interested in the two mentioned events above, the Leprechaun shoot and the NSCA shoot, please click on the EVENTS tab for more information.

 ** Additionally, the highly popular Wednesday Night Shoot is back again!

Opening day for that will be June 5th 2024 and will run through August 14th 2024. This event will have 50 targets followed by a light meal, this has proven to be a great time for those who have attended it in the past.

FEE: $30 Start time for this weekly event is 5:30pm.

 Once more, wishing you all a Happy New Year & we look forward to seeing you on the course.

 Lets break some clays!

 The Western Mass Bird Dog Club / Sporting Clay crew


Course Information

Contact: Gordie Forbes at 413-594-6497
Registration: Starts at 9:00am
Course Hours: Saturdays, 9:30am – 1:00pm
Member Price: $30  for 100 targets
Non-WMBDC members $35.00 for 100 targets
Sporting Clays Discount Program:
Non-WMBDC members can purchase a discount card for $70.00 
The card is good for one calendar year

Course Rules

    • Safety Glasses must be worn at ALL times when on the course, even when you are not shooting. Please remind your squad if someone is not wearing their safety glasses.
    • Only shoot from the station that is manned by a trapper.
    • All shots must be taken from in the station. Shooting from anywhere else including “next to” or “in front of” is strictly prohibited.
    • A shotgun should only be loaded when a shooter is in a station and the target area is deemed safe. All other guns shall be unloaded and placed on a rack.
    • When leaving any station or shooting area, shooters must ensure that the shotgun is unloaded and the action is open.
    • No practice swings will be allowed except while in a station or in a practice area. Practice swings behind any station are not permitted.
    • Everyone must stay on the course trail.
    • At no time will a shooter load more than TWO shells in a shotgun. The largest shot size permitted is #7 (i.e. # 8, 9 allowed – No #6 or larger).
    • Never handle another shooter’s gun without their permission.
    • It is forbidden to shoot at any live game.
    • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the course or any designated shooting areas.
    • Never try to fix a thrower if there is a problem.
  • If you experience or see something that is unsafe, please notify our staff or range official as soon as possible.

Visitors must adhere to all Mass. State firearm Laws, and NRA Rules of Gun Safety

Sporting Clays Results 

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09-02-18 WMBDC Pete Piemonte/Steve Mulak Memorial Shoot Results

09-08-19 WMBDC Pete Piemonte/Steve Mulak Memorial Shoot Results

09-12-21 WMBDC Pete Piemonte/Steve Mulak Memorial Shoot Results

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