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How to Aim at Clay Pigeons

Updated July 20, 2017

Some upland bird hunters practice before the hunting season by shooting at clay pigeons. For others, shooting at clay pigeons -- known as skeet shooting -- is a sport in itself. In both cases the clay pigeons fly through the air, so shooters learn to fire at a moving target. While the clay pigeons may fly from a wide variety of angles, shooters who know how to aim at them properly will hit them most consistently.

Hold the shotgun so the butt is against your shooting shoulder. Your shooting hand should be near the trigger, while your other hand holds the gun on the stock just before it meets the barrel to provide stability.

Bend your neck so your cheek is against the shotgun stock and you are looking down the barrel with your dominant eye.

Follow the flying clay pigeon with your shotgun. As you are looking at it, the pigeon should be slightly above the end of the gun.

Move the end of the gun so it is slightly ahead of the clay pigeon.

Pull the trigger, but keep swinging your gun. A proper follow through after pulling the trigger will increase the number of pigeons you hit.

Things You'll Need

  • Shotgun
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About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.