Shooters take aim at plastic spinners, not birds

Alhaurín promotes 'helice shooting' as alternative to live pigeon shoots

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Councillor Prudencio Ruiz, centre, and club members showing one of the 'helice' targets

By Oliver McIntyre

ALHAURÍN de la Torre, where animal rights activists protested outside a live pigeon trapshooting championship held in the town in October, now aims to become a top proponent of a non-bird event known as helice shooting.

The event involves the release of a fast-spinning plastic propeller known as a helice, or ZZ, which flies in an erratic and unpredictable way – imitating a bird’s flight – as the shooter attempts to blast it out of the sky, knocking out its detachable centre piece to score a verified hit.

Alhaurín town hall last week held a press conference to help present a recently created local helice shooting club, which already has nearly 50 members and two weekends ago hosted a competition at the town’s private Jarapalo shooting range – the same facility where the controversial live-bird event was held last October.

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