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Our Story


Michigan Shooting Centers was founded in 2001 by Patrick Lieske, a world-renown sporting clays shooter and coach. It was then that Lieske, an accountant, decided to turn his passion for the shooting sports into his full-time profession. He bid on and was awarded a long-term lease to operate the Island Lake Shooting Range in Brighton as a private concessionaire to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Eight years later, in 2009, Pat added Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion to his portfolio. With the help of his family and staff, Pat has built his two ranges into Michigan’s most-trafficked public shooting ranges. Nearly half a million people visit our ranges each year.

To this day, we remain a family owned-and-operated business with a strong passion for the shooting sports. The company is currently led by Pat and his son, Drew.

We are dedicated to offering Michigan sportsmen with safe, fun, and family-friendly shooting experiences! Whether you are a complete novice, a hunter, or a seasoned competitor, we’ve got something for you!


  • CLAY TARGET SHOOTING // Island Lake and Bald Mountain are nationally-renown for their clay target shooting amenities. Our 5-star rated courses are meticulously manicured and designed for both the novice and experienced shooter alike. Take a different shot at fun and come crush some clays with us!

  • RIFLE AND PISTOL SHOOTING // Whether you are sighting in your rifle for opening day or introducing your grandson to your old .22, you’ll feel at home and safe on our outdoor rifle and pistol ranges. We have positions at 25, 50 and 100 yds. Portable targets are available to bring your target as close as 10 yds.

  • GUN SALES // Michigan Shooting Centers is home to one of the nation’s premier full service gun stores. Our specialty is service to our customers. Our professionals are experts in the latest trends in competition shooting and equipment. Let us help you find your next competition shotgun, rifle or pistol.

““I have been going here for about 5 yrs and have never had a bad experience. From the employees to fellow shooters, it is always a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and the Range Officers are awesome!”” – Nathan Dudek