Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as "golf with a shotgun" because a typical course includes from 10 to 18 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes that change regularly to keep challenging shooters.
The Bay County Conservation and Gun Club has two courses A and B, that can be shot alone for 50 birds or combined for 100 birds. Each course consists of 8 stations, with each station presenting targets from trap machines. There are 6 or 8 targets shot at each station for a total outing of 50 to 100 targets per person. Targets are thrown as singles and pairs. A pair of targets may be thrown as a true pair, as a following pair or on report. Numerous hunting conditions are simulated by combining various speeds and angles with different types of clay targets. Each station is unique. Throughout our course, the shooters might see targets crossing from either side, coming inward, going outward, flying straight up, rolling on the ground, arcing high in the air, or thrown from towers. The possible target presentations are limited only by safety considerations, the terrain, and the imagination of our course designers and their mood. The configuration of the stations are changed to maintain interest for the shooters. Golf carts are available to rent for those shooters who would prefer to ride than walk.