Life With Laura: Sporting Clays

Hunters Pointe Shooting Club Open Six Days A Week

Pheasant hunting season in South Dakota comes to a close in less than a month, but if you’ve still got an itch to shoot, and hear the crack of a gun, there’s a place that offers year round excitement.

In this week’s Life with Laura, KDLT’s Laura Monteverdi pulls out the big guns and takes a shot at sporting clays.

It’s a popular sport making a lot of noise across the state of South Dakota.

Open 6 days a week, Hunters Pointe Shooting Club in Humboldt, offers everyone from top-level competitors to beginners like myself a chance to take a shot at sporting clays.

Chris Chamness: “Have you shot a shotgun before?”
Laura: “I might have. Uhhh I don’t recall.”

Chris Chamness has owned and operated the nearly 600 acre facility since 2008. With 94 shooting stands to choose from, the course presents a different challenge every time.

My first challenge?
Learning how to shoot a gun.

“Mount the gun for me, and show me how you’d shoot. Ok, you have to keep this in your shoulder; you want to keep this and want to hold it tight. Not really crazy tight, but you want to keep enough reverse pressure that you don’t get any gap between the butt of your gun or your shoulder,” explained Chamness.

I learn everything from the rules of the sport, to the feel of firing off a round for the first time.

Chamness: “Any time you’re in a sporting clay environment, you’re never allowed to have more than two shells in the gun while you’re on a course.
Laura: “Why is that?”
Chamness: “Because that’s the rules.”

However, once I get to take aim at the clay pigeons, the real fun begins and I quickly learn from my mistakes.

“You shot here and the target was down here. So you shot high to the right and the target was low and to the left,” said Chamness.

And build a bit of confidence with each break of the clay.

“I think it’s that way when you do anything first time. If it’s something that’s important to the person that is doing it, you’re going to be excited about it when you’re successful,” said Chamness.

In a sport where patience and precision is key, with a little practice, you’ll be aiming for excellence each time.

Hunters Pointe will continue to throw clays through the winter, down to about 10 degree’s. With the temperatures as warm as they’ve been lately, it looks like you’ll be able to shoot for a little while longer.

For more information, visit Hunter Pointe’s website.

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