Must- To Hit Tips For Trap Shooting

Hitting accurately at the clay pigeon or skeet calls for consistent practice by following certain tips such as explained below.


Trap shooting broadly, refers to 3 categories of shooting; pigeon shooting, skeet shooting and sporting clays. You have to shoot and break a target in motion before hitting the ground. In fact, trap shooting originated with the shooting of a particular species of live pigeons. But, as those species were threatened for extinction, the game was switched over to shooting pigeons made of clays and breaking them. Besides giving the satisfaction of shooting a pigeon, it is adopted more for entertainment and target practice. Trap shooting has other versions such as Double trap, Olympic trap, Nordic Trap and Down Line; taken up widely in the USA.

Avoid Being Trigger Happy

Being trigger happy spoils the very essence of the game. Therefore, avoid handling or fidgeting the trigger until the gun is mounted properly and pointed in a safe direction. You can avoid being trigger happy by keeping your finger away from the trigger.

Perfect Focusing

Put your full concentration on the target. This can be done by focusing and refocusing so that the target becomes clear and brighter. If you do so, you will be prevented from chasing the target and thereby jerking your arm. You can then stab at the target correctly and can have a relaxed swing and can get better scores.


Follow through is of great importance. Take for example of a situation where you have shot one clay pigeon and intending to shoot another in the air. Instead of lowering the gun, you need to follow through and continue looking down the barrel, so as to move to the next target. For achieving this skill, you need to practice shouldering the gun and looking down.

Choke a Block

You must practice an extra-full choke for having a perfect hit on the target. That way, you can achieve precision shooting. The extra-choke will enable you for throwing a smaller tight pattern and leading to many missed targets. Additionally, any kind of slop in your aim and shooting can be eliminated.


Under all circumstances, you must use a protective gear. Those under the age of eighteen must protect their eyes and ears.

Self –Educating

Make the habit of reading shooting-related books and subscribe to relevant magazines. You acquire a number of theoretical aspects of shooting and equip yourself with the knowledge and skill for target shooting. If you do this during the off-season, you are attuned to the game when you embark upon the real execution.

Composite bow is also used as a part of shooting games. This is a kind of bow used for ranged combats. It is equivalent to shield bows but has a longer range of 9 spaces. There are versions of composite bows; such as Willow, vew and magic composite bows. It gets its name ‘composite’ because it is made out of a mixture of horn, wood and sinew; all laminated together.

The horn is on the belly that faces the archer. The other side of the wooden core is sinew. The horn is compressed on the inside and store better energy, compared to wooden bows of same length. With the introduction of gun, it has lost its importance in shooting but is still used as leisure and entertainment. Turkish bows are used for distance shooting. Modern replicas are made from materials like fiberglass and a natural man-made core.

A compound bow is a modern version of bows and is more technologically advanced. It uses a levering system with attachment of cables and pulleys for bending the limbs. Because of the mechanical advantage, the limbs of a compound bow are stiffer than the limbs of recurve bow or longbow. Moreover, it is more energy-efficient and accurate than other bows. It is less sensitive to humidity and temperature.

Because of the pulley and cam system, the compound bow yields an advantage known as’ let-off,. As the pulleys are eccentric, their effective radius changes, when it rotates. Therefore, less force is needed while drawing the bow. The compound bow was first developed in 1966 and has gained much popularity in the United States.

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I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.