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Our Story

ESTABLISHED IN 2001

Michigan Shooting Centers was founded in 2001 by Patrick Lieske, an accountant and part-time professional sporting clays shooter. Lieske sought to turn his passion for the shooting sports into his full-time profession by bidding on a long-term lease to operate the Island Lake Shooting Range in Brighton as a private concessionaire of the MI-DNR. He was awarded the lease and has been a full-time range owner ever since. In 2009, eight year later, Pat added Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion to his lease portfolio.

Within just a matter of time, both facilities saw dramatic improvements under Pat’s helm. He built sporting clays courses, purchased and upgraded equipment, hired staff, and stocked the clubhouses. As a result of Pat and his team’s efforts, Island Lake and Bald Mountain are now Michigan’s most visited public shooting ranges. Our ranges welcome over half a million people through their doors each and every year.

Today, we are proud to say that we remain a family owned-and-operated business. Our team of approximately forty full and part-time employees is led by Pat and his son, Drew. Their passion for the shooting sports is indisputable and contagious, which is one of the many reasons why you will find us always working to ensure that your next experience is better than your last.

In the end, our mission is quite simple: to offer you venues for which you, your family, and your friends can all have a safe and fun shooting experience. Whether you are a complete novice, a hunter, or a seasoned competitor; we’ve got something here at Michigan Shooting Centers for you! From our family to yours, come visit us and see the Michigan Shooting Centers difference.

““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

WHAT WE DO

  • 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.