Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes. Our courses operate using a TargetKey counting system, which counts how many clays you launch and allows shooters to utilize any combination of the clay target presentations – whether it be singles, reports or true pairs. The system also offers a delay feature for individual shooters. Eye-twisting target presentations, as well as the variety of models of clay targets make the sport extremely interesting, each station presents you with a whole new experience!
The course at Island Lake is 1.25 miles in length and can be traversed by foot or with the use of one of our rent-able golf carts. Each of our 14 semi-covered sporting clays stations at Island Lake feature 4 automatic clay target machines, A and B machines that tailor to beginner shooters and C and D machines that are more suited to those interested in a real challenge.
Skeet utilizes two machines for presentations from eight shooting stations. The targets emerge from a high house ten feet above ground on the left and a low house 3-1/2 feet above ground on the right. Targets face one another forty yards apart and pass fifteen feet above a crossing stake set twenty yards from the shooting stations. Shooting stations are arranged around an arc running from one house to the other. A round of skeet consists of twenty-five shots, beginning with a high-house bird at station one, then a low house bird, then a double at one, two, six, and seven. We have four skeet/trap overlay fields at Island Lake.
In trap, the targets are thrown from a single automatic trap quartering away from the shooter at various angles. One to five shooters move through five positions, shooting 5 shots at each – totaling twenty five targets in one round. We recommend trap for beginning shooters and novices.
5-Stand is very similar to sporting clays in that a wide variety of clay targets are thrown. There are five “stands” or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between six and eight traps that throw the twenty-five targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the five stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps. A menu card, with the availability of at least four levels of difficulty, advises the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five-Stand is a great way to get a sporting clays-like experience in a small amount of time and walking distance.
Whether you are sighting in your rifle for opening day or introducing your granddaughter to your old 22 rifle, you’ll feel at home and safe on our rifle and pistol ranges. We are known for having one of the largest, safest and best run public outdoor rifle and pistol shooting ranges in the State of Michigan. At our rifle and pistol ranges, you’ll find black powder and bench rest enthusiasts, experts and novices alike enjoying their deer rifles and defensive handguns, single shots and the latest modern auto loaders. Trained range personnel are always on hand to assist with problems, to give advice and to make sure that the range and safety rules are strictly enforced for everyone’s safety. Both ranges also have the availability of steel reactive targets on designated steel shooting nights. Positions are available at 25, 50 and 100 yards. Portable targets are additionally available free of charge to bring targets even closer than 25 yards.
During all of the seasons, take a different shot at fun and take to the sporting clay course. Nationally recognized as a premier location for sporting clay tournaments and outings, novice and experienced shooters alike can appreciate the target presentations, picturesque setting and knowledgeable, friendly staff.
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