Shooting Instruction2018-09-17T10:12:42+00:00

Interested in shooting for the first time and don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’ve been shooting and would like to learn how to add a few targets or points to your scorecard? If this sounds 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. Michigan Shooting Centers’ 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 scheduling just one lesson or a series of lessons, we will surely take your shooting to the next level.

With several NSCA certified shotgun instructors and NRA certified rifle and pistol instructors on staff, you will be certain to find an instructor to fit your personal learning style. Lessons are available by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling or emailing the appropriate range location or instructor.

Our Instructors

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 plieske@mishoot.com.

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 dlieske@mishoot.com. Drew is available at both Island Lake and Bald Mountain.

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 being certified as a NSCA Level 1 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 dhughes@mishoot.com. You can also contact and follow Don via Facebook.

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 eplocek@mishoot.com.