Are you interested in shooting for the first time and but not quite sure how to start? Or maybe you’ve been shooting for a while but would like to learn how to add a few targets to your scorecard? If either of these situations  sound like you, then it is time to schedule a lesson with one of our experienced shooting professionals.

Shooting lessons are available by appointment and start at just $50 per hour here at Michigan Shooting Centers. Our founder, Pat Lieske, has been shooting and instructing for over 30 years. His staff of instructors teach shooters of all ages, abilities and shooting disciplines. Whether you plan to schedule just one lesson or a series of lessons, count on us to take your shooting to the next level!

Below you will find a directory of our instructors. Lessons are available by appointment with a 24 hour notice by calling or emailing an instructor:

Pat Lieske is the founder of Michigan Shooting Centers. He is a professional sporting clays shooter and instructor with over 30 years of experience. Pat’s interests in clay target shooting were sparked in the late 1970’s when he shot his first round of skeet in order to obtain his hunter’s safety certificate. It wasn’t soon after that Pat began working at the skeet range and competing, winning local and state skeet tournaments across Michigan. At the age of 16, Pat shot an 800 straight in 12 gauge skeet. After a few years off to attain a business degree from the University of Michigan – Flint, Pat began to shoot competitive sporting clays in 1989.

Since that time, Pat has been on the NSCA All-American team 15 times, NSCA Team USA Open team 8 times and has over 65,000 lifetime targets. In 2014, Pat won the NSCA National Championship, the FITASC U.S. National Championship, and was inducted into the NSCA Hall-of-Fame. As a coach, Pat works with shooters of all ages and abilities – from first-timers to seasoned veterans. Pat’s students include national and state champions as well as numerous All Americans and Team USA members. Many others are simply recreational shooters looking for some extra targets, or a few more birds in their game bag. His calm and composed demeanor immediately puts you at ease and ready to learn.

You can contact Pat for more information and to schedule a lesson via email at Pat is available at both Island Lake and Bald Mountain. He charges $150 for a one hour private lesson.

Drew Lieske is the director of sales for Michigan Shooting Centers. He has been shooting sporting clays competitively since he was ten years old. Drew is the youngest Michigander to ever achieve NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) master class – a feat which he accomplished at the age of 15. In 2017, at age 21, he became the youngest individual to ever win the Michigan State Championship. He has been named to the NSCA All-American team eight consecutive times and to the NSCA U.S.A Team twice.

Lieske graduated from Davison High School in 2014 as the valedictorian. He received a full-ride academic and athletic scholarship to attend Hillsdale College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018 with a double major in Finance and Mathematics. Drew is the first and only member of the Hillsdale College Shotgun Sports Team to earn ACUI (Association of College Unions International) All-American honors for all four years of his collegiate career. He led the team to Division III first place titles in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2017, he edged out all 900 individual competitors to win the 2017 Collegiate National Championship by a record-breaking 12 target margin.

Drew has experience both competing and coaching sporting clays, FITASC, 5-stand, skeet, and trap. You can contact Drew for more information and to schedule a lesson via email at Drew is available at both Island Lake and Bald Mountain. He charges $100 for a one hour private lesson.

Don Hughes joined the Island Lake team in 2003. He started shooting trap and skeet in 1968 and has been actively been shooting sporting clays since 1990. He shoots competitively and earned his way into Master Class at the National Championships in 2007 – now shooting a Caesar Guerini Invictus Ascent. Don has assisted in the coaching of an SCTP team from 2004 thru 2007 where they won medals in their divisions in the Michigan State Championships as well as at Nationals.

Since becoming a NSCA Certified level one instructor, Don has given hundreds of hours of instruction to students from beginners to AA Class shooters. He has also conducted numerous “Introduction to Clay Target Shooting Clinics” as well as an Introduction to F.I.T.A.S.C clinics.​ Don is available for lessons at both Island Lake and Bald Mountain.

You can contact Don for more information and to schedule a lesson via email at You can also contact and follow Don via Facebook. Don is available at both Island Lake and Bald Mountain and charges $50 for a one hour lesson.
Ed Plocek has a couple decades of shooting experience with a Level 1 NSCA Shooting Instructors Certificate (taught by Gary Greenway) and five years of instruction at Island Lake Shooting (under the watchful eye of Pat Lieske) and you will find Ed’s developed his no non-sense instructional style that is not only enjoyable but highly effective for all levels of shooters. Ed’s philosophy is “to aid any shooter, you must first watch them shoot thereby identifying strengths and weaknesses allowing formulation of a plan which will quickly and effectively be of benefit”.

​Ed’s instructions do not end with the lesson but continue on with “homework” in the form “specifically selected exercises” that target the shooters weaknesses, this coupled with the suggestion of practice, practice and more practice. You’ll find a lesson with Ed to be both enjoyable and beneficial.​

You can contact Ed for more information and to schedule a lesson via email at Ed is available at Island Lake and charges $50 for a one hour lesson.
Pete Berishaj of Black Mountain Defense offers private training by appointment for individuals and groups interested in handgun and rifle shooting. The goal of Black Mountain Defense is to offer top-tier instruction with real-life application, in the hopes that it will never need to be used.

His training is focused on fundamentals, safety and the reality of violence. At the end of the day, going home safely is the goal. In addition to private training, Peter offers concealed pistol license (CPL) classes, basic handgun, and competition shooting courses.

You can contact Pete for more information and to schedule a lesson via email at Pete is available at Bald Mountain and charges $75 per hour.