Political Correctness in Shotgun Land. I have already blundered as I contemplate the shotgun sport. I referred to those things that one tries to shoot as "clay pigeons". (Originally, the game had real pigeons. These were released for the shooters from holes in the ground or boxes called "traps".. Thus the name "trap shooting".) One must refer to these objects as "clay targets" out of respect for pigeons and all things living. Thank you.