What do you get when you mix the Scottish Borders with the Wild West? Don Coyote Outdoor Centre, which is located in the scenic countryside of Lamancha, just 20 minutes from Peebles.
Don Coyote offers all sorts of outdoor shooting activities – including clay pigeon shooting, .22 rifle shooting and even archery.
Anyone over the age of 12 can have a go at rifle or clay pigeon shooting, while over-14s can try a bow and arrow, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
That means teens and pre-teens will have a blast alongside the rest of the family in this fun but controlled environment.
The centre was set up in 2010 by entrepreneur Jamie Flynn, who – along with his expert staff – is always on hand to ensure a day at Don Coyote is enjoyed safely by all.
“Our customers enjoy the personal touch – from the first point of contact to the last shot, they get a one-to-one, hands-on experience.
“The thrill of shooting in a safe and professional setting lets them have the experience of a lifetime – no two days are the same at Don Coyote,” Jamie says.
“The rolling hills of the Borders, which surround the centre, are as much of an attraction as the shooting itself,” Jamie says.
“The beautiful and rugged Scottish countryside is stunning,” he says. “We’ve been lucky enough to meet people from every corner of the world – from Alaska, Fiji and South Africa to name just a few!”
Offering the chance for anyone to experience the sport of shooting for their first or 100th time, Don Coyote Outdoor Centre is one of premier places in the Borders for a high-octane thrill.
Clay pigeon shooting began life as a rather grisly blood sport. Competitors used to shoot at live pigeons but although clay targets began to be introduced in 1875, it wasn’t made illegal until 1921.
Clay pigeons are actually made of pitch, a ceramic-type material and are produced in various colours.
A target is still referred to as a bird and a hit is often called a kill, while a missed target is known as a bird away and the machine which projects the targets is still known as a trap.
Shooting has been an Olympic sport since the start of the modern games, with the exception of the 1904 and 1928 games.
The US leads the medal table for shooting sports at the Olympics, with China second and Great Britain sitting in sixth position.
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