New clay target course opens

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Dr. Wayne Hite, left, and Eric Rooth look over one of the clay target throwing machines at the new Clay Time

   Growing up, Dr. Wayne Hite has fond memories of the Bay City Gun Club just west of Markham and learning from his father and other men how to shoot.
   Now a Houston physician, Hite has opened Clay Time, with 163 acres off Texas 60 North to develop for “sporting clays” to instill the same spirit and excitement of shooting.
   “My dad, Ted Devant and others spent so much together at the Bay City Gun Club in those days in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Hite, a 1971 Bay City High School graduate.
   Opening day was last week for Clay Time and Hite, with the help of longtime friend Eric Rooth of Bay City and Jason Menke with Briley Manufacturing, set up an impressive shooting pavilion on land owned by Wayne and Jaesoon Hite, Paul and Eva Allison and Robert Allison. 
   Hite tries to return to Bay City as often as possible to relax and shoot.
   Sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a wide variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances and target sizes. It’s fun and challenging.
   And it’s a rapidly growing sport nationwide and tournaments can bring in lots of people to a community.
   “We’ll see how it develops and see the demand,” Hite said.

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