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The Best Place to Go Clay Shooting – Werribee, Victoria

Up until this weekend, I’d never shot a gun, let alone a clay target. It remained on my bucket list staring back at me with eager anticipation: 

  • “SHOOT A GUN!”

However, in Australia, there are only a few places that allow you to shoot a gun as an unlicensed member of the public:

  • Clay Target Shooting
  • Paintball 
  • The occasional gun range or club that offers beginner experiences 

This weekend, I partnered with Go Shooting in Werribee (Victoria) to experience, first hand, what it’s like to go clay target shooting in Werribee, Victoria. 

And boy-oh-boy was it fun!

In this article, I’m going to share my shooting experience with hopes that it’ll encourage of you to give it a go, while supporting this awesome Victorian-based business.

But before I get into the details, let’s talk about clay target shooting in more detail.

 

What is Clay Target Shooting?

Clay target shooting, also known by some as clay pigeon shooting or “skeet” shooting, is a sport that involves using a firearm (eg. shotgun) to shoot at special flying targets. 

Back in the day, this sport often involved shooting live pigeons (hence its original name), however these days clay or asphalt targets are used. Clay targets were introduced in 1875, and a further bill was passed in 1921 to make shooting birds from traps illegal (British parliament) 

Being an animal lover myself, I very much prefer this. 

Clay Target Shooting in Werribee, Victoria

 

Who are Go Shooting?

Go Shooting was formed in 1999 by two of the most well-known clay target shooters in the world:

  • Russell Mark – Olympic Gold Medallist and ‘Best in History in Olympic Double Trap’ and
  • Lauryn Mark – Triple-Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and dual Olympian.

Talk about a power couple!

They have both accumulated impressive achievements over the years including:

  • Competing in 6 Olympic Games for clay target shooting (Russell)
  • Thirty-nine open Australian Championships for clay target shooting (Russell)
  • Setting an all-time Australian Record in 1992 for the most clay targets hit in succession without missing: 1,177 targets in a row – wow!!
  • Competing in 2 Olympic Games (Lauryn)
  • Making history by becoming the youngest competitor EVER to win the United States Open Women’s Skeet Championship (Lauryn)
  • Winning the team and individual Gold Medals in the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Lauryn)

Together, they have been running clay target shooting adventures for over twenty years and pride themselves on providing:

  • An understanding of clay target shooting and how it works
  • Coaching sessions for all levels of shooters in a variety of disciplines
  • A memorable experience that everyone can enjoy no matter your experience

 

How Can I “Have a Go” at Clay Target Shooting?

If you’ve never done clay target shooting in Victoria before, Go Shooting have the perfect package for your to enjoy.  It’s called the “Have a Go” package.

(See what I did there…)

I’m definitely not a coordinated person, yet I managed to hit 5 targets as part of this package! If I can do it, you can too. 

This package is a perfect experience if you want:

  • To try clay target shooting for the first time
  • The guidance of an expert instructor to teach you how it’s done
  • To hit a target in a fun environment without pressure
  • To make a complete day of it and don’t mind driving out to Werribee, Victoria

My Experience Clay Shooting in Werribee, Victoria

So how did I find it?

Well, all I can say is that it was freaking FUN!

The team at Go Shooting in Werribee, Victoria, were a fantastic bunch of people. Their clear direction and ongoing encouragement made everyone feel safe, welcome and relaxed throughout the day. 

Lauryn and Laetisha, made the experience even more enjoyable with their entertaining dry sense of humour, skilful shooting abilities and light-hearted competition.

If you’d like to take a sneak peak into what Go Shooting Werribee is all about, check out my VLOG below.

The day was structured as follows:

1) Arrival at Go Shooting, Werrribee

After arriving at the venue, Go Shooting Werribee, you’ll be allocated to your group and will proceed to the relevant firing gates for instruction. 

There, the coaches provide a quick safety briefing and insight into how the shot guns work. They also spend time with each individual shooter to show them how to hold a gun properly and aim at a target. 

I found this part of the experience extremely valuable as it really helped me to build my confidence.

Particularly given I had NO IDEA what I was doing!

2)  Practice Round

At the first few gates, you’ll get the chance to warm up with 10 beginner targets.  This is great practice for what’s to come…

3) Competition Round

After you’ve had some time to practice, you’ll commence the 20-target competition between others in your group.

This will give you the chance to hit:

  • 8 singles (a single target released) and 
  • 6 doubles (two targets being released one after the other from separate locations).

Now, before you panic at the idea of being in competition, don’t worry.  Despite the name, it’s all just a bit of fun.

If you’re incredibly uncoordinated like me, you may even have some additional targets thrown in. 

Click here to learn more about the “Have a Go”Package

Clay Target Shooting with Go Shooting in Victoria

Other Questions About Clay Shooting in Werribee, Victoria:

 

1. Is clay shooting hard?

I must admit, some of the targets were fast and challenging. There were some that I couldn’t even see once released, let alone hit. 

However, most of the targets can be shot by beginners, especially after some practice and practical instruction from the coaches. 

If you do manage to hit the more advanced targets, let me know.  I would love to hear about your success stories at Clay Shooting Werribee!

 

2. What do I need to bring?

When doing the “Have a Go” Package, there is very little that you need to bring given all equipment, ammunition, targets, and safety gear are provided. Pretty cool ey!

In terms of clothing, you will want to ensure that you dress appropriately with warm comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes.

We went in April, and it was FREEZING at the Clay Shooting Werribee venue due to the open plains and amount of wind they get there. 

I was very glad to have packed my puff jacket with me!

Here is a summary of what they recommend you bring: 

  • Sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen (if going in Summer)
  • Any corrective lenses you need to wear to see things at a distance
  • Warm Jacket (Eg. a Puff Jacket)
  • Comfortable closed-toed shoes
  • Camera
  • Yourself!

Avoid wearing any of the following: 

  • Singlets 
  • Camouflage gear (for obvious reasons…) or
  • Thongs (Flip-flops for the Americans out there) 

 

3. How much does clay shooting in Werribee (Victoria) cost?

The price of clay target shooting in Victoria does vary depending on where you go. With Go Shooting, the prices of clay shooting are as follows.

Clay Shooting – Werribee and Brisbane venues:

  • $165 for adults
  • $139 for kids (12-17 years old)

Clay Shooting – At the Yarra Valley venue:

  • It is the same as Werribee, but with limited availability

Click here to book the “Have a Go” Package

 

Clay target shooting in Melbourne

Other Tips & Tricks:

Based off my personal experience, here are some tips you should know as a first-timer:

1)  The Best Way to Get to Go Shooting, Werribee

When driving to the Werribee venue, DO NOT put the venue address into your Sat Nav. Especially, if coming from Melbourne. Instead, drive directly to Werribee and once in Werribee, enter the venue address.

There seems to be an issue with sat navigation apps, where the suggested route tries to drive you through a river/creek.

Despite the directions, this creek is not passable in a standard vehicle. If you go this way accidentally, you may have to add an additional 30 minute detour to your trip to get to the right location.

  

2) Pack Warm Clothes – Werribee gets COLD!

As I mentioned earlier, the Werribee venue can get very windy leaving you feeling cold, especially in the evening as the sun goes down. 

I’m not sure about the other venues, but either way, I recommend packing a warm Winter jacket as a back up. 

 

3) Look for the Figure 8

On the day, Clay Shooting Werribee will teach you about the importance of lining up small circular nodes on the gun barrel. Doing so helps to improve your aim and increase your chance of hitting the target.

Which of course, we all want!

The key tip is to position the gun (and your face) in a way that the 2 small nodes create a figure 8 when lined on top of each other.

If this makes absolutely no sense, don’t worry, they will explain it in more detail on the day.

 

4) Avoid a Cartridge to the Face 

Funnily enough, I copped a bullet cartridge to the face. 

It didn’t hurt, other than the aches I felt in my stomach from laughing so much after it happened. Lauryn felt bad and apologised multiple times, but I thought it was hilarious.

So, how did it happen?

Well, when you shoot a bullet, the empty cartridge is flicked out from the back of the shotgun and replaced with a new one. 

If you’re positioned right behind the gun (like I was), it’s easy to get in the way.

 

5) No Firearm License Required

No firearms licence or previous shooting experience is required at Go Shooting Werribee as they cater to all levels of ability. 

There is an age limit of 12+ though. 

 

6) The Go Shooting Venue has a Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs

Go Shooting Werribee enforces a strict ZERO BLOOD ALCOHOL & DRUG policy. No alcohol or drugs are to be consumed before or during the activity. 

If you are thought to be under the influence, you will not be able to hold or handle a gun.

At most venues, there is a bar on site, so you can enjoy a cheeky beverage after the activity if that tickles your fancy.

 

7) Sessions are Mainly Held on the Weekend 

The “Have a Go” Clay Target Shooting experience is usually held on the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) between 9am-2:30pm. Times can vary depending on the day.  

The experience goes for approximately 2.5 hours. 

 

Ready to Try Clay Shooting in Werribee?

Book the “Have a Go”Package here

Go Shooting - Clay Shooting

 

Is the “Have a Go” package the only one you can do?

If you’re unsure of whether the “Have a Go” experience is right for you, then listen up! Go Shooting also provide a smaller package called the “Discover” package.

The “Discover” package is great for first-time shooters who want to try clay target shooting but with a smaller budget.

Similar to the “Have a Go” package, you’ll get:

  • A full safety briefing
  • The opportunity to warm up with 10 single targets 
  • A fun 10-target competition
  • All equipment, ammunition, targets and safety gear included

The main downside compared to the “Have a Go” package is that you: 

  • Don’t get to shoot as many targets (only 20 compared to 30)
  • Don’t get as much flexibility when it comes to dates (Usually only held once a month)

Click here to learn more.

 

In Summary 

In summary, my first experience with Clay Shooting Werribee was fantasticI felt safe the entire time and had a lot of fun learning to shoot a shotgun for the very first time. 

If you’re keen to try clay target shooting in Victoria yourself, I can highly recommend taking a drive out to Werribee and joining the team at Go Shooting.

They give you a great number of practice shots, so even if you don’t hit a target in the first round, you will be able to try again in the second round with a diverse number of different angled-shots.

Happy shooting!

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