Clay pigeons are targets used by hunters for sport and target practice. The target gets its name from the materials used to make it, which include clay and chalk. The materials are strong enough to withstand being flung into the air at high speeds but break apart easily when shot.
Some people use shotguns to shoot clay pigeons for target practice and prepare for hunting season, while others treat the activity as a sport itself. Many people shoot clay pigeons as a social activity as well. The sport offers different disciplines that have varying sizes of clay pigeons for their respective discipline.