One of the side trips during a recent travel writers' conference in Bethlehem, Pa. was a visit to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays. Naturally I signed up and toted my favorite .20 gauge and 100 rounds of No. 8's.
Alas, it was only a "fam" visit, meaning about a half dozen writers who were unfamiliar with the game got to shoot a half dozen shells at one stand. I was not happy, but invited back to shoot the full 17 stations anytime.
Lehigh Valley has 120 acres over an abandoned limestone quarry. It's a neat place to shoot and I've been there three times. Go to www.lvsclays.com for details or call (610) 261-9616.
If you want to save some money, you can shoot for free at selected wildlife management areas in New Jersey. Five of us had a great time recently at the Black River WMA outside of Chester. We brought two ground machines and two hand throwers, several boxes of birds and ammo and shot for free for about two hours.
Now's the time to shoot, before the general bird seasons open in November.