The main competitions for this year are winding down, so talk surrounding the off-season awards is gearing up. There is still some deliberation over who the winners of the Clay Shooters of the Year will be, and we are now opening up the reader-voted competition for the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground.
This year we are offering more categories to the shooting grounds around the country. No longer will it just be the top grounds and the best in each region, we are now looking to promote the good work of the grounds that specialise in Trap, Skeet and Sporting. Plus, this year, we have opened up a voting opportunity that will turn the world of clay shooting on its head – what ground offers the best breakfast? That’s right! You can have your say over where in the country you can get the best sausage bap, the tastiest bacon sarnie and any other mouthwatering foods that get you in the best mood to smash clays.
The competition’s history
When the search for the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground began in 2011, clay shooting fans had never before been given an opportunity to have their say on what matters most in a top-rated shooting ground.
Several locations receive a massive number of votes each year, including Southdown, Auchterhouse, Headley, High Lodge and more, but no ground has won this prestigious award twice in the five times it has run.
2011 – Southern Counties
2012 – Barbury Shooting School
2013 – Royal Berkshire Shooting School
2015 – North Devon Shooting Ground
2016 – Sporting Targets
How to vote
As we look back on the past year, we want you to vote for the location that has made sure targets are perfect, service is outstanding and the grounds are always in good shape. There may be other points to consider when it comes to separating your favourite. And whatever personal methods you use to decide your favourite will be valid.
Some grounds use different marketing techniques to encourage visitors to vote for them, which we have no issue with – however, note that only one vote per person is counted, and our vote counters have grown accustomed to spotting different names with the same handwriting!
In the November and December issues, we have supplied a paper insert, so you don’t need to tear a page out of your magazine. But you can also click here to enter online. Entries close Friday 3 December.
Make your favourite ground look even better
Don’t think for a second that there is nothing in this for you. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out this form, so, in return, we have arranged a consultation with sports-vision supremo Ed Lyons. One lucky reader will win a free session with Ed where he will run all sorts of tests to analyse your eyesight in relation to smashing clays. He will be able to recommend different tints, products and prescriptions to better your shooting. But more than that, Ed has thrown in a pair of Oakley Radarlock shooting glasses worth £235, making a total package worth over £500.