As with many sports, clay-target shooting was born out of necessity, when 19th-century pioneers began hunting the flying clay plates for use as domesticated tableware. Forage for your own feast holders with today's Groupon to Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Decatur. Choose between the following options:
• For $35, you get admission to a 12-station sporting clays course with 100 targets (a $35 value) and golf-cart rental (a $35 value; a $75.78 total value, including tax).
• For $45, you get admission to a 12-station sporting clays course with 100 targets (a $35 value), golf-cart rental (a $35 value), and gun rental (a $20 value; a $97.43 total value, including tax).
Marksmen and women take aim at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, blasting 100 clay targets out of the sky with pinpoint precision. Strap on ear protection ($0.50) and provided eye protection, hop into a rental golf cart, and head out to one of three 12-station sporting courses set amid the natural beauty of North Texas countryside. The Green course leads straight shooters on a twisting path through trees and meadows and along a babbling creek, the open-and-hilly White course challenges deadeyes with trap-hiding brush and gullies, and the Hills course changes regularly. Accuracy and a quick trigger finger prove essential to bagging fast-moving clay pigeons and the even more impressive clay pterodactyl. After a round of shooting, players can retire to a wraparound porch of the 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, an ideal place to watch flying plates shatter outside of a poltergeist-possessed kitchen. Call ahead to reserve a golf cart.