skeet is a pure american sport. its as american as basketball.
being a texan..its your duty as an american to learn it!
click this. its pretty straight forward.
clay shooting can be broken into 3 catagories, competitive, informal, and recreational.
competitive: is advanced shooting where trophies and titles are pursued with score sheets and referees. its highly regulated and pretty expensive.
informal: is where skeet is a social event, where hunters brush up prior to hunt season, friends challenge each other, or the curious give the game a whirl. though its regulated, the pressure of losing is not present.
recreational: is where shooters with little experience go to walmart, buy a box of shells, a box of targets, a portable or a hand thrower, pull out grampas old gun in the closet and go in a field and blast away. it is the least regulated and in some senses, its the most dangerous.
ranges come in 2 catagories....public and private.
public is pay as you go and private requires dues to maintain the range.
public ranges tend to be more dangerous than private. in private ranges you must pass indoctrination, hold training cards to known national shooting associations(NRA - NSSA,) and be voted in.
in public its hail mary from the moment a car pulls in the lot.
my range is public by invite only, being its on my property i maintain total control at all times. its used both for competitive and informal shooting.
what ive done is i dropped the iron curtain and allow total beginners to peek into what in many cases is a closed society....allowing new shooters to test drive the sport prior to commiting to expensive memberships and shooting costs.
nationally, a game of skeet is anywhere from 3.00 to 12.00 depending on location.
public ranges tend to be cheaper and private ranges only tend to be cheaper after spending bundles on annual memberships. private ranges with high costs are usually designed to shun or discourage certain classes, namely the socio-economic classes. simply put, its a form of segregation.
best way to explain skeet is....think golf. recent trends show skeet ranges are trying to model themselves after golf.
case in point:
you have a club house.
you have a local pro.
you have a pro shop.
you have pullers (caddys)
you can tip pullers.
some clubs have taverns now.
you have range fees.
you make tee-times.
you squad up with other shooters.
some even have golf carts to get to your field.
public ranges are basically... you sign a waiver saying you wont kill yourself or others, review safety rules, pay, shoot...and go home.
on public ranges your fellow shooters can be anyone from 'what end do i point' to pros practicing, to husbands teaching wives, to tacticool owners wasting ammo trying to hit moving targets, to oldtimers with 10 year old grandsons.
games move slower on public ranges as everyone endures each other.
on competitive ranges, 4 games can be played in 90 minutes.
at the ftf shoot and hoot in comparison, it takes about 4 hours to shoot 5 games.
hope this gives you some insight.