My instructor, Wes Russum, pushes a button, and an orange clay disk sails away from the spring-loaded contraption at our feet. It spins up into the sky, floating like a tiny Frisbee, then stalls and falls to the ground, where it shatters noiselessly.
It's a straightaway bird, the easiest shot in the game.
Rounds are 50 and 100 birds, $18 and $35, respectively. Guns for rent.
Here are Web sites to check for more information about sporting clays:
* National Sporting Clays Association; www.nssa-nsca.com/
* Shotgun Sports Guide at www.shotgunsports.com.
* Women Shooting Sports Foundation; www.wssf.org