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Clay Target Shooting Games

Clay Target Shooting is made of up various games that can be played by beginner to advanced shooters.  Most people play for fun or competition.

Our outdoor shotgun range offers various clay target shooting games for beginner to advanced shooters. View the game descriptions to get an understanding of these fun and exciting games.  Private or group instruction is available with an emphasis on safety. 


Trap shooting is easy to learn, but hard to master. In Trap, clay targets are thrown by a machine located at approximately ground level and covered by a "trap house” at the center of the field.

The trap machine oscillates side to side so the targets are constantly changing that should appear in a random and unpredictable manner.

A round of trap consists of 25 shots, with groups of five shots being taken from five shooting positions. There is a maximum of five people shooting per round which is called a squad.

Each shooter on the squad shoots five shots from each of the five shooting positions. The shooters take turns shooting such that the first shooter will shoot one shot, then the second shooter takes their shot, etc. until all five shooters have shot 5 shots from a given shooting position.

The shooters then rotate to the next shooting position and repeat the process. The Prince George's Trap & Skeet Center has 8 trap fields.

Wobble Trap

A variant of standard trap is Wobble or Wobble Trap. The main difference is a more extreme target flight path than in standard trap shooting. The trap oscillates up and down as well as side to side. Wobble trap is a good warm up for Sporting Clays.

The Prince George's Trap & Skeet Center has a five stand which has 5 stations to shoot from.

International Trap

Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center is one of 47 gun clubs in the U.S. that offer Olympic Games of International Trap (International Bunker) and International Skeet.

International Trap or Bunker is a single-target Olympic Trap shooting Shotgun event that has a history of over a hundred years old. It is considered more difficult than other trap versions, in that the distance to the targets and the speed with which they are thrown are both greater. Targets are thrown from one of 15 machines.

Each machine is set to throw targets from zero degrees up to 45 degrees from the center, with targets thrown up to 110 mph.


Skeet is hard, but easy to master. In Skeet, clay targets are thrown from two fixed and stationary machines located in “high house” (left side) & “low house” (right side) of the field.

A round of skeet consists of 25 targets shot from 8 different stations around a semicircle.  The difficulty comes with the ever-changing angles of the target flight path which changes from station to station.

The shooter shoots a series of shot sequences ranging from 2 targets to 4 targets.

The Prince George's Trap & Skeet Center has 13 skeet fields.

International Skeet

Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center is one of 47 gun clubs in the U.S. that offer Olympic Games of International Skeet and International Trap (International Bunker).

International Skeet (Olympic Skeet) is a variant of skeet shooting and the specific variant used in the Olympic Games. Two throwing machines at different heights and increased speeds, launch a series of 25 targets in a specific order, some as singles and some as doubles.

The shooter has a fixed position between them. In Olympic Skeet, there is a random delay of between 0 to 3 seconds, after the shooter has called for the target.

Also, the shooter must hold their gun so that the buttstock is at mid-torso level until the target appears. 

Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays is a shotgun sport that incorporates target presentations that will challenge a beginner or a seasoned shooter.

The shooting grounds are laid out in a ‘course’ of stations or stands. Each station or stand will have a set of target machines that throws out clay targets (aka clay pigeons) at various angles and speeds. 

These variations change the course to keep it challenging from round to round. At each station, clay pigeons are thrown in singles and pairs, five or more per station. 

The number of targets thrown at each station is up to each shooter or squad. The size of a course may change with a normal round consisting of 5-10 stations and 50 targets.

The Prince George's Trap & Skeet Center has a sporting clays course that consists of 22 stations that wind through the surrounding woods.