At Hilltop we have a wide range of opportunities for the clay shooter - from the absolute beginner to the very experienced clay shooter or the hunter looking to ‘get their eye in’ before the opening of the new season, there is something for everyone. For those that would like to work on their technique or just get a bit of instruction, our experienced Range Officers are always on hand to help. For those who may wish to avail of a course in the safe handling and operation of their firearms we can arrange those on demand. We have facilities on site for the purchase of ammunition should you require it and if you should be in the market for a shotgun, be it you’re first or indeed looking to trade up, we should be able to help you out. Please find below a short description of the available ranges and disciplines. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the range or arrange to come and try it all out.
For beginners and for those of you who have not shot for some time we have the Novice Clay Pigeon Stands. We have traps set up out in the open and under cover from the elements, with flood lighting providing during the winter evenings. . There are two options available for novice shooting, a 25 bird shoot or a 50 bird shoot. We will supply both the standard 12 gauge shotguns and the lighter 20 gauge shotguns for use on the range and can therefore cater for the slighter built individual. Once on the range our experienced range officers begin with a safety briefing and instruction on handling the firearms correctly, followed by tuition on how to shoot clay pigeons. Then it’s your turn to take over and challenge yourself to a sport that has tested enthusiasts since the 1880’s.
For the more experienced shooters we have the Compact-Sporting Discipline set up under cover from the elements with flood lighting. Our unique Compact-Sporting layout includes 5 stands with a total 35 bird count utilising 7 traps. Each stand includes 3 birds shot at with full use of the gun, 2 birds shot at on report and 2 birds shot at simultaneously. We can supply club shotguns for use on the Compact Sporting and our experienced range officers are available to offer advice and coaching.
For the experienced shooter we have the Sporting Clay Discipline set up out in the open. Depending on wind conditions there are two options to shoot this. On a calm day we offer a 60 bird shoot that comprises of 6 stands. This includes driven birds, trailing pair, fur and feather crossers and a high tower, all shot in combinations of birds on report and simultaneously. On a more blustery day we offer a 50 bird shoot comprising of all of the above less the high tower. We can supply club shotguns for use on the Sporting Layout and our experienced range officers are available to offer advice and coaching.
The ball trap is slightly similar to a ‘down the line’ bird set up under cover from the elements and under flood lighting. The layout includes 5 stands with a total 25 bird count utilising 1 trap throwing the birds at speed in a number of different angles and heights. Each stand includes 5 birds shot at with full use of the gun. Maximum score is 25 points. We can supply club shotguns for use on the Automatic Ball Trap and our experienced range officers are available to offer advice and coaching.
This is a team discipline where two experienced shooters must engage targets together. This is available by pre-arrangement. Once ‘Pull’ is called the clays are thrown from a number of traps - up to a maximum of four at a time and continue to be thrown on a fixed schedule until complete. This requires the participants to choose their shots carefully and reload in the minimum time. Usually shot with 20 clays this can also be shot with a larger number of clays if so required.