The indoor shooting simulator is perfect for work functions, corporate functions, private parties and promotional events. Shoot ducks, pheasants, small game, big game or just cans off a wall in the comfort of your own event venue. All you need is a wall to project onto and a power socket and we do the rest. The self contained projection unit and guns are easy to set up and fun to use, watch our video below to see how it works.
The Christmas holidays are nearly upon us and its time to start thinking about what we can do to keep everyone entertained over the festive season. There is plenty to do here in the Hawke’s Bay when the weather is at its best over Christmas. What better time to spend the afternoon with friends and family enjoying friendly competition shooting clay targets?
Packages start from $50 per person for a 15 target shoot for groups of three or more which takes about an hour and a half with expert supervision. If you’re a regular shooter you can use the Christmas break to hone your skills with some coaching and practice. Gift vouchers available for clay shooting lessons. One hour’s individual coaching $85 or $115 for a shared lesson for two. Minimum age 13.
Our Boxing Day shoot is perfect for regular clay target shooters. Shot as two 42-target rounds of the sporting circuit starting at 9.30am on Wednesday 26 December 2018. Please call or email to book your place.
If the weather is not cooperating or even if it is dark, no problem. Our indoor shooting simulator ‘Shooting Cinema‘ is available for rent for $300 including GST for 24 hours and suitable for all ages. Great for functions and events or just a bit of family fun. Details of all our shooting options are on our website and if you want to see how much fun our previous customers have had take a look at our trip advisor listing.
If you are in the Hawke’s Bay over the summer break and want to book in for some shooting fun, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 021 680 053
A quick reminder that our club shoot is on tomorrow (Sunday) from 9.30 – 12 pm. The shoot is open to members and also visitors who are regular shooters (with own gun and licence). We shoot two rounds of the six-stand sporting circuit. Non-members pay $86 per round including ammunition and clays. Please call or email to book, as numbers are limited. Paul@handsome-apparel.flywheelsites.com or 021 680 053
The shooting season is almost upon us. Nothing is guaranteed to get the dog more excited than the sight of guns being dusted off and other shooting gear being retrieved from the dark recesses of various cupboards. Very timely then to remind ourselves how to actually shoot our chosen quarry.
Many game shooters will have spent the off season practicing on clays. OK, maybe not many but at least one or two. Whilst clay target clubs are a great way to keep your eye in during the long wait for the start of May they seldom present clays driven over the shooter which is the most common shot with which pheasant shooters are likely to be presented. Even duck shooters may have to deal with a panicked mallard making a bid for safety straight over the maimai. Useful then to be reminded of how to take the shot and this video by Alan Rose tells you everything you need to know.
There’s nothing like trying it out for yourself though, preferably before you find yourself stood on your peg for the first drive of the season or sat in your maimai waiting for dawn on the first weekend in May. Hau Ora Clays still has days available for simulated game practice on flurries of clay targets as the perfect warm up for your driven day or duck shoot.
Call Paul on 021 680 053 or email email@example.com to check availability and book your practice shoot.
Ever thought how much easier shooting would be if you could do it indoors? No, me neither, but now thanks to laser technology that is exactly what you are able to do. Hau Ora Clays is delighted to announce its new partnership with Shooting Cinema Ltd and introduce its indoor laser shooting simulator.
The simulator is huge fun to use and offers clay target, dove, pheasant and duck shooting as well as small and big game hunting plus pistol shooting. The promotional video shows how it all works and having used it I can confirm it is very realistic, requiring you to swing through and lead the moving targets in order to hit them. All you need is a plain wall on which to project the targets and a power socket and off you go.
The simulator system is now available for rent in the Hawke’s Bay and is also available in Palmerston North. It is ideal for events, functions and celebrations and has proved something of a people-magnet at trade shows. It is also a great way to liven up staff drinks on a Friday and let off a bit of steam at the end of the week.
Details of the system and how to rent it are available on our website and Facebook page and more information is also on the Shooting Cinema webpage. Alternatively call 021 680 053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Of course having tried the simulator you will want to have a go at the real thing……..
The Boxing Day shoot is a wonderful English tradition. A great excuse to get out and work off some of the festive excess. It would be even better if it weren’t so cold. Well this year English tradition returns to Havelock North with some Boxing Day clay shooting, so break out your Ray Bans and shorts, round up your mates and come and shoot our sporting circuit on Boxing Day. Give me a call to book your place. Kick off is 2pm.
Hau Ora Clays will also be available for shooting throughout the Christmas and New Year break and we will be advertising our shoot days on Facebook. Visit our page and like us to keep up to date with our shoot calendar or call to book a day and time.
Here’s hoping Santa brings you all the shooting gear you need for next season but if, like me, you have left everything to the last minute have a look at www.matheson.co.nz for something special for the shooter in your life.
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It’s December again already and time to think about Christmas gifts for shooters. Online shopping brings a fabulous array of goodies within reach and if you’re quick it will all be here before Christmas. Happy shopping.
Shotkam – A brilliant piece of kit which records each shot, downloads it onto your phone and shows you exactly where it has gone. Makes sure you will never miss again, or at least if you do you know where and have one less excuse. Check out the videos.
Classic Upland Shell bag – Beautifully made shell bags, and a whole variety of other shooting stuff, supplied right here in New Zealand. The very thing for next seasons driven shooting.
Purdey upland boots – Brilliant shooting boots from one of the top brands and surprisingly modestly priced too, at least compared to the other Purdey boots. Perfect for a bit of walked up grouse shooting, or any other type of shooting for that matter. Don’t look at the rest of their website though or it could get very expensive.
Holland and Holland side by side pair – The perfect thing for the man who has everything, even if he already has an H&H pair as it is always important to have a choice of barrel lengths, engraving and woodgrain to shoot with. Plenty to choose from in London and New York including new off the shelf if you can’t wait. Go on, you know you want to…..
Dog collar – but not any ordinary dog collar. Made from special stuff developed by NASA which doesn’t pick up any dog smell and seems to be just about indestructible (our dog has had a pretty good go). After all a smelly dog in space would be a bit of a nuisance.
Pigeon decoys – Featherlight windsock decoys which work very well on New Zealand pigeons as well as rotary decoys and a host of other shooting and hide building stuff. Use NZ Post’s Youshop service to get it delivered here.
Wiley X Shooting Glasses – Full ballistic rated glasses with three coloured lenses. They also have a great “tactical strap” to replace the arms and saves having an image of the arms embossed onto the back of your ears when wearing earmuffs. As used by the US Marines HUA!
Peltor Earmuffs – Electronic noise reduction earmuffs with slimline profile designed for shooting. Very comfortable for that all day pigeon or pheasant shoot and they even have a jack plug so you can plug in your phone music and shoot to your favourite soundtrack. Ride of the Valkyrie anyone?
Beretta classic shooting vest – Great all purpose classic vest which won’t look out of place at a driven shoot or clay grounds. Made of cotton so nice and cool in the Hawkes Bay summer with a handy lined game pocket for walked up days.
Hau Ora Clays Gift voucher – Having got all this stuff you need to try it out of course so head on down to Hau Ora Clays for a shoot or buy a gift voucher so you can loan your new H&H to someone else to try out for you. We are open Christmas Eve and Boxing Day and throughout the Christmas period. Call 021 680053 or email email@example.com to book your festive shooting.
How many times have you been shooting and someone has helpfully observed “you were behind that one”? It is a useful observation up to a point, but most birds are actually missed because you are off the line of flight, rather than behind. The problem is usually your swing and it can often be very difficult to tell exactly what you’re doing wrong.
Thanks to modern technology however, help is now at hand. One of our club members recently brought his latest gadget, the ShotKam, down to Hau Ora Clay Target Shooting to try it out and see how it can help improve his shooting. The results were impressive. The Shotkam is an entirely self-contained camera system, which mounts under the barrel of a shotgun. It records a slowed down video of the clay target or bird, but most importantly places an orange dot at the point in the image where the gun is pointing. When a shot is fired it clips the video 2 seconds before and after the shot and stores it in the on-board memory.
This enables you to see how you swing the gun through the target, the line you are following relative to the target and the lead at the point you pull the trigger. The video shows any errors in technique very clearly and during our test we identified a see-sawing of the gun when it was being mounted, which was throwing the shot off line and causing a miss above.
The unit weighs about 400g so tends to change the balance of the gun somewhat and it isn’t really suitable for side by sides. The benefits however are considerable. If you want to record that high pheasant or 60 yard duck or pigeon for posterity, this is a must have. Just don’t forget to turn it on when you start shooting…
I recently spent a very enjoyable day at Te Para pheasant preserve on a walked up pheasant shooting day, or rough shooting as they call it in England. There is certainly nothing rough about Te Para however. The secret to a good walked up day is to have good dogs and plenty of birds. Te Para, like most pheasant preserves, provides both. You will not shoot as many birds as on a full driven shooting day but you will certainly see many more than on public areas which receive a great deal of shooting pressure. It is also a lot cheaper and more active than a traditional day so you get plenty of exercise as well as a knowledgeable local guide in to the bargain.
Driven shoots often run walked up days shooting the boundaries of the property which can be great fun. You get to shoot some interesting places you wouldn’t ordinarily see and do the shoot a favour at the same time. Most shoots like to harvest as many of the released birds as possible as, if left in the wild over the summer, they gradually stray further away and can draw off next seasons released birds from where they need to be for the forthcoming shooting.
Tuna Nui is running walked up days this year so if you fancy an enjoyable day out on a beautiful property with the prospect of taking home some delicious wild game then get in touch as there is still eight weeks or so of the season to go. If you want to sharpen up your skills to make the most of your day out then book yourself in at Hau Ora Clays and we can show you some of the likely targets you will see out in the field.
With the shooting season in full swing, we are busy at Hau Ora Clays with pheasant shooting teams coming through for a warm up on our simulated game targets, before going out for the real thing. Shooting driven pheasants is a wonderful day out, but quite an investment for most of us. I was delighted to discover last season that you can enjoy the whole experience, except for actually pulling the trigger, for free.
The focus of the day is shooting the birds, but the beaters play a very important part in moving them to the right point and making sure they fly over the guns. A team of five to ten beaters is under the control of the gamekeeper who directs operations and runs each drive. The beater’s job is to move quietly through the cover and gently move the birds towards the guns, ideally flushing a few at a time.
I was a regular beater last season on the Hawke’s Bay shoots at Tuna Nui and Whana Whana and thoroughly enjoyed spending a day out in the countryside with a group of like-minded people who were all great company. It’s a wonderful experienc and you even get lunch included. If you’re interested in finding out what beating is all about, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively if you fancy finding out what it is like down at the business end with the guns, but don’t want to invest in a full day’s driven pheasant shooting, ask about our simulated game days.