COVID-19 Impacting Shooting and Events at Michigan Shooting Centers

March 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Michigan DNR closes outdoor shooting at both Island Lake Shooting Range and Bald Mountain Shooting Range, events prior to April 13, 2020 cancelled/postponed LAKE ORION, MICHIGAN — In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has mandated that Michigan Shooting Centers close our outdoor shooting to the public and cancel all events and tournaments scheduled between now and April 13, 2020. Michigan Shooting Centers will be closed until further notice. All outdoor shooting at Island Lake Shooting Range in Brighton and Bald Mountain Shooting Range will be closed to the public and our gun store will be closed to walk-ins. The following two events will be impacted by the written mandate: March 22, 2020 - NSCA 75 FITASC [...]

Christmas Gift Guide for Target Shooters

November 30th, 2019|Categories: Hunting, Sales, Shooting Tips|

Across the country, the popularity of the shooting sports continues to grow.  Men, women, youngsters are all enjoying competitive and recreational clay target shooting in greater numbers than ever before.  Hundreds of thousands joined the ranks last year. So chances are pretty good you have shooters – especially new shooters – on your Christmas gift-giving list.  Michigan Shooting Centers is here to help with gear to earn you big smiles and warm hugs when the wrappings come off! Apparel view  more > Shotguns view  more > Accessories view  more > Gift Cards & More view  more >

5 Best Value Shotguns for Upland Hunting

November 5th, 2019|Categories: Shooting Tips|

In the market for a new upland gun? Below are what we believe are the best upland hunting guns for the price on the market today. Whether your quarry is pheasants, quail, or grouse, any of these shotguns will get the job done. Fabarm L4S Initial Hunter  - MSRP $1,295 The L4S is powered by the same Pulse Piston gas operating system as its flagship XLR5 competition sporting semi-automatic. The L4S features a slimmer forearm than the XLR5 that makes it feel and point more like a light over/under. A shorter, reduced capacity magazine also improves balance and drops weight to well under 7 pounds, making this lightweight semi a pleasure to carry. The basic L4S Initial Hunter model has a black alloy receiver, but Grey Hunter and Deluxe Hunter models are available with scroll and game scene engraving. The [...]

Clay Target Prep for Hunting Season

November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Hunting, Shooting Tips|

When the success of a hunt is so often gauged by how many birds you come home with, hunters must do everything they can to stack the odds in their favor. Using the off-season to hone your skills as a shot-gunner will lead to more birds in your bag at the end of the day. The majority of successful hunters will tell you that they shoot a lot of clays in the off-season, and “practice like you play” is as true in this situation as any other. In the clay target shooting world, that means shooting the same amount of targets (or more), wearing the same type of clothing, and using the same choke tubes in practice as you would when you shoot in the field. This type of repetition increases a shooters comfort level and helps to work out any kinks that could potentially arise. This [...]

The Battue Target

August 5th, 2018|Categories: Shooting Tips|Tags: , |

Earlier this month, a reader emailed to say that for as long as he could remember – in a shooting career of nearly ten years or so – the battue had always been his bogey bird.  He went on to say that it was often the battue that ruined his scorecard and sometimes made the difference between winning his class and being in the middle of the pack. I too have had my fair share of bad experiences with the battue. To this day, I still recollect the left-to-right battue that was thrown over the pond on station 13 – the last station - of the 2011 Michigan State Championship. It cost me three losses and a perfect score. I had a 97 that day.  Providentially, the battue is now a target in my comfort zone. It’s time it be in [...]

The Looping Chandelle Target

June 26th, 2018|Categories: Shooting Tips|Tags: , |

In this issue of Target Tactics, we are going to examine the strategies for crushing the chandelle target. The chandelle, or arching target, is thrown vertically off of the trap’s arm, usually showing full face or full belly to the shooter. Why the weird name? The word “chandelle” originated from the aircraft aerobatics world. It designates an aircraft maneuver where a pilot executes a steep climbing turn accompanied with a simultaneous change in. It is a maneuver designed to show the pilot's proficiency in controlling the aircraft while performing a minimum radius climbing turn at a constant turning radius. The chandelle target mimics this movement. General Technique There are essentially three different ways for a target setter to utilize the chandelle – quartering in, quartering out, or crossing. Determining the line of the chandelle target at your breakpoint is critical. Pat [...]

The Outgoing Trap Target

June 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The straight-away, or trap-style target, is perhaps the most straight-forward of any target you may encounter on the course. It’s undoubtedly one of the first target presentations you ever learned to break. Having said that, people seem to miss more straight-away targets than they should. For the purposes of this Target Tactics article, let’s characterize the “trap target” as any presentation that consists of a machine in front of you launching the target away. Sometimes straight away, other times angled to one direction or another. In many ways, the trap target is similar to the teal. The significant contrast being that the trap target is usually lower in height and edgier. Whether you’ve found yourself uncomfortable with the trap target once again, or you are just missing one here and there, this article is for you. The objective of this installment [...]

The Teal Target

June 26th, 2018|Categories: Shooting Tips|Tags: , |

Whether you are new to sporting clays or at the top of your game, you’ve likely had the teal target eat your lunch. The springing teal can be petrifying, but why? At close distances, the teal is everyone’s favorite target. Its vertical trajectory displays the target’s full face or full belly. It’s like a garbage can lid; how could you possibly miss? Add distance, speed and height to the mix and the teal quickly evolves from the target you can’t miss to the one that’s got your number. The chances are it’s the high, fast and bloody far away teal that has you flummoxed. Like any target, solid technique is the key to consistently crushing the teal clay. Technique No one strategy will work for every teal. You must analyze each teal you encounter with a plan that best suits your [...]

The Driven Target

June 26th, 2018|Categories: Shooting Tips|Tags: , |

Pushed off a high hillside hundreds of yards in front of the guns, soaring, perhaps with a tailwind that makes him even faster, a tall, driven pheasant is one of the most testing targets one will ever encounter in the field. In this second installment of Lieske’s Target Tactics, we will discuss the clay counterpart to this tricky shot: the driven target. Though seldom thrown in the states, primarily due to its safety concerns, the driven target can pose a serious threat to your scorecard. The relative level of inexperience that most shooters have with the driven clay makes it one of the most challenging targets you can encounter. Visually, think of the driven target as an overhead target, but in reverse. In order to simulate the height of a driven pheasant, target setters typically employ a tower or high bank [...]