How To Get Into Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Shooting

Ever thought about getting into clay pigeon shooting, well here is your step by step guide as to how to start! 

Whether you’ve seen it from afar, overheard people in conversation about it or you’re simply interested in taking up a new hobby, clay pigeon shooting is a popular sport that’s completely safe, challenging and fun. 

Honesberie Shooting School offers many different forms of tuition depending on what you wish to do. You can ease yourself in with a 25 shot experience or immerse yourself in a course of 6 lessons, get in touch today and we will talk you through the options. 

Why Should I Get Into Clay Shooting?

Clay pigeon shooting is an increasingly popular sport where the aim is to break as many moving clay targets as possible using a shotgun. This might sound easy as you read it but don’t be fooled. Clay pigeon shooting truly requires skill, concentration and solid hand-eye coordination. It’s this combination that tests your strength and accuracy as you learn all aspects of this fun and exhilarating sport. If you’re looking for a new shooting experience then you’ve come to the right place!

Here at Honesberie Shooting School, our shooting venue is set in an idyllic country location near Rugby where each experience can be tailored to you and your specific goals. We have a team of instructors with extensive knowledge to guide you on your clay pigeon shooting journey from beginner through to expert.

Is Clay Pigeon Shooting Safe?

Clay pigeon shooting comes with its hazards however, here at Honesberie Shooting School safety is paramount. It is our job to make sure all staff and customers are always operating in a safe manner.

At Honesberie Shooting School, you will have the benefit of shooting tuition with a qualified instructor who will show you exactly how to handle the gun safely and correctly. Without taking the fun out of your shooting experience, whether you are brand new or a regular, our instructors will provide pointers on every aspect of shooting. 

Furthermore, our experienced team will also cover all areas of techniques, etiquette and how to behave responsibly on the shooting ground, which should be taught and understood for all ages and levels of experience. 

How Old Do You Need To Be To Shoot?

Believe it or not, clay pigeon shooting can start from the age of seven. Here at Honesberie Shooting School, we offer a completely safe and specific course called ‘Young Shots’, where your child can spend a day learning everything there is to know about clay pigeon shooting. 

As part of this, we provide an introduction to different types of shooting ranging from clay pigeon shooting to archery, crossbows and air rifle shooting. So if your child expresses an interest in clay pigeon shooting, these days are a great way to get them started. 

Although the days are based around a fun learning experience for your child as experts guide them, we will also highlight the extreme importance of gun safety as mentioned above. On these shooting days for this younger age group, we start at 9.45am and continue until 4.00pm. Lunch is provided as well as snacks and refreshments. They’ll even walk away with a Honesberie Shooting School cap! 

Can I Attend Shooting Lessons?

Absolutely. We encourage you to! Our clay pigeon shooting instructors will show you everything you need to know. It really doesn’t matter if it’s your first time and you have no idea where to begin, learning a new skill needs some guidance. Our patient and highly-qualified instructors will work alongside you as you learn to become a safe and experienced shooter. There’s no rush in having this accreditation of full experience either. Even the most talented clay shooters will seek a bit of expert advice here and there. 

All of our clay pigeon shooting lessons include a dedicated and qualified coach, gun hire and all of the safety equipment you need, such as ear protectors. Honesberie Shooting School not only possesses some of the most stunning clay pigeon shooting grounds but also some of the most talented instructors and professionals. They’ll get to know you and work with your strengths, allowing you to improve your skills and progress your knowledge through each lesson. Visit our Meet The Team page to read more about our full-time instructors!

We take it upon ourselves to ensure that whatever level you are at, we can provide you with value from the very moment you step into our grounds. If you’re having your first lesson, feel free to bring a friend, partner or family member along as they’ll be great support cheering you on as you get started. 

After lessons with us, you’ll soon be hitting clay targets and have complete confidence when it comes to shooting. We also offer a range of tuition packages that can accommodate individuals or a couple of people in one lesson.

Are There Different Levels For Shooters?

Clay pigeon shooting is a skill that genuinely accommodates all levels. It’s a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age and physical ability. We welcome newcomers to the sport and make sure that your experience is tailored. 

If you’ve never shot before then don’t worry, our experienced instructors will teach beginners all of the basics in your very first lesson and ensure you have all the skills you need as you develop into a confident shooter.

As you continue you with lessons, you’ll be shooting in and around different clay traps available which accommodate a wide variety of levels and plenty of challenges so you’ll never get bored! 

What Is The Best Way To Book My Lesson?

Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, our site is closed. However, we are still contactable and working on a schedule to accommodate new lessons as soon as we’re in a position to do so. Don’t let this put you off clay pigeon shooting if you’re still interested! We look forward to hearing from you. For all inquiries or if you’d like to find out more information on how to get into clay pigeon shooting, please get in touch with us today. You can either email us at or