The straight-away, or trap-style target, is perhaps the most straight-forward of any target you may encounter on the course. It’s undoubtedly one of the first target presentations you ever learned to break. Having said that, people seem to miss more straight-away targets than they should. For the purposes of this Target Tactics article, let’s characterize the “trap target” as any presentation that consists of a machine in front of you launching the target away. Sometimes straight away, other times angled to one direction or another. In many ways, the trap target is similar to the teal. The significant contrast being [...]
About Drew LieskeDrew Lieske is the Vice President of Michigan Shooting Centers. Following in his father's foot-steps, he is an accomplished sporting clays competitor. In 2017, Drew won the Collegiate National Championship by a record-breaking 12 target margin.
Whether you are new to sporting clays or at the top of your game, you’ve likely had the teal target eat your lunch. The springing teal can be petrifying, but why? At close distances, the teal is everyone’s favorite target. Its vertical trajectory displays the target’s full face or full belly. It’s like a garbage can lid; how could you possibly miss? Add distance, speed and height to the mix and the teal quickly evolves from the target you can’t miss to the one that’s got your number. The chances are it’s the high, fast and bloody far away teal that [...]
Pushed off a high hillside hundreds of yards in front of the guns, soaring, perhaps with a tailwind that makes him even faster, a tall, driven pheasant is one of the most testing targets one will ever encounter in the field. In this second installment of Lieske’s Target Tactics, we will discuss the clay counterpart to this tricky shot: the driven target. Though seldom thrown in the states, primarily due to its safety concerns, the driven target can pose a serious threat to your scorecard. The relative level of inexperience that most shooters have with the driven clay makes it [...]
Bouncing bunnies have been known to zip across the terrain, hop, skip and jump. It is this unpredictability that makes the rabbit target a problematic one for many people. In this first issue of Lieske’s Target Tactics, we’ll discuss some tips and tricks to executing the perfect shot on that rascally rabbit. According to Pat, “people tend to misread the rabbit, particularly those on the ground, because rabbits appears faster than their true speed.” It is an optical illusion caused by their motion across a fluctuating background. In addition, due to rabbits being “flatter and thicker than your standard clay,” the [...]
Human beings are blessed with a wonderful thing - binocular vision. The body has a unique, subconscious coordination among the hands, brain, and eyes. This coordination is all we need to smash true pairs in flight or bring down a hard-flushing quail. When we put impediments between the target and our innate shotgunning ability, the chances of missing increases. Impediments that keep one from seeing the target to our best ability can prevent the brain and body from successfully executing the task at hand. Tapping into this underlying reservoir of shotgunning talent isn't difficult. The proper mindset, combined with some basic [...]
Visit http://mishoot.com/grand-prix-photos/ to view event photos taken at the U.S. FITASC Grand Prix and Kolar Classic at our Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion, Michigan. Feel free to download the photos, print them or do whatever you wish with them. All photos taken by Drew Lieske.
Though a Kolar shotgun is arguably the most dependable and reliable firearm known to man, you should take proper maintenance precautions to ensure that it will function flawlessly. As with any type of firearm, residue can collect. Carbon, dirt, powder, dust, and even grease buildup can lead to gun malfunctions. Luckily, these malfunctions can be avoided by keeping your shotgun properly cleaned, maintained and stored. Proper gun maintenance is a must for any responsible gun owner. Storing Your Kolar The gunsmiths at Kolar recommend that all Kolar shotguns be stored with the hammers dis-engaged. That being said, it is a good [...]
Michigan Shooting Centers, Inc. is pleased to offer you a unique advertisement opportunity for 2017. For the first time ever, we are offering businesses the ability to sponsor the construction of new stations for our sporting clays courses. For each station sponsorship, we will affix a large, highly-visible metal sign (approx 42in x 16.5in) featuring your business name/logo to a brand new covered shooting station. The sign will be bolted to the entrance to the stand for 3 years. You can provide your own artwork or we can design the sign for you. The cost for one station sponsorship is $2,500. [...]
Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion, MI was selected to host the prestigious U.S. FITASC Grand Prix and Kolar Classic. FITASC, as it is called in the U.S., is an international shooting discipline which is governed by the "Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse" in Paris, France. FITASC is an international form of sporting clays which features layouts, instead of stations. Many would argue that it is the ultimate challenge in clay target shooting. The U.S. FITASC Grand Prix & Kolar Classic which will be held June 19-25, 2017, is one of only two international World Cup FITASC [...]