Skeet Range

The round is started at station 1, and four shots are fired in this order: high house, low house, doubles. When firing doubles, the high house is broken first. The next station is, logically enough, station 2, and again four birds are thrown in the order of high house, low house, and doubles. Again, when firing doubles, the high house is taken first. Stations 3, 4, and 5 are called the crossing stations, and no doubles in standard skeet are thrown from these three stations. Again, the order is high house followed by the low house. Stations 6 and 7 are sort of mirror images of stations 1 and 2 and are the other two doubles stations. Again the firing order is high house, low house, and doubles. The difference on these two stations is that when firing doubles the low house is shot first. When shooting doubles, it makes sense to shoot the going away bird first. That is, the high house bird at stations 1 and 2 and the low house bird at stations 6 and 7. If you were to shoot the incoming bird first, it is very likely that the going away bird will be out of range, or very close to it, by the time you were able to nail the incomer and then swing back onto the going away bird. Not only that, but by the time you can swing back onto the going away bird, it will also be dropping fairly rapidly. That is just another complication. Station 8 is in the middle of the field, approximately 20 yards from either trap mouth. The high house is fired first, followed by shooting the low house bird. If you have been keeping count to this point, you will have calculated that only 24 shells have been fired. The 25th shell is the option shot. The option shot is fired at the same bird when a shot is missed. If you have not missed any birds through low house 8, the final shot (the option) is fired at the station 8 low house bird.