New sporting clays course in Las Vegas valley features 30 stations, carts

Joyce Lupiani

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New sporting clays course in Las Vegas valley features 30 stations, carts

CREATED Jan. 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A new sporting clays course has opened in the Las Vegas valley.

The 75-acre, 30-station sporting clays course at the Clark County Shooting Complex features elevated and panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and nearby mountains.

But that is not the only thing that makes it unique.

The course is modeled after a golf course. Shooters will make their way to each station in motorized carts.

The course was designed by world-renowned outdoorsman and course designer Marty Fischer.

Fischer has designed more than 100 courses in the United States. He is also host of the highly acclaimed "Shotgun Journal" on the Outdoor Channel.

Unlike sporting clay stations at most other courses, each station at the Clark County Shooting Complex will feature three shooting positions at each station for a total of 90.

The shooting positions are labeled in red, white and blue indicating degrees of difficulty associated with each position.

Two of the stations also offer targets running on the ground, while the others simulate birds in flight.

Shooting Complex Manager Steve Carmichael believes that the new sporting clay course will be tremendously popular with both residents and tourists. He also said that he expects it to be a big draw for the younger crowd.

Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting that is designed to simulate the unpredictability of shooting live birds. Sporting clays appeal to both the experienced shooter and those that are new to shooting.

In addition to the sporting clays course, the complex also features an archery center, shotgun center, rifle-pistol center, and education center.

It is located at 11357 North Decatur Blvd., about five miles north of the 215 beltway.

Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Equipment renal, ammunition and eye and ear protection are available on site.