Sporting Clays - Our Most Popular Clay Shooting Activity
Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Sporting clays offers a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes. Eye-twisting target presentations, as well as the variety of models of clay targets make the sport extremely interesting, each station presents you with a whole new experience!
All of the sporting clays courses at Michigan Shooting Centers operate using a TargetKey counting system, which count how many clays you launch and allows shooters to utilize any combination of the clay target presentations – whether it be singles, reports or true pairs. The system also offers a delay feature for individual shooters.
The sporting clays course at Island Lake Shooting Range is 1.25 miles in length and can be traversed by foot or with the use of one of our rent-able golf carts. Each of our 14 semi-covered sporting clays stations at Island Lake feature 4 automatic clay target machines, A and B machines that tailor to beginner shooters and C and D machines that are more suited to those interested in a real challenge.
The sporting clays venues at Bald Mountain Shooting Range include three separate courses, known as the “Ridge,” the “Upland” and the “Executive”. Spread across nearly 150 acres, our three courses at Bald Mountain feature a combined total of 33 stations and 94 automatic clay target throwers.
Five Stand - A Faster Sporting Clays Experience
5-Stand is very similar to sporting clays in that a wide variety of clay targets are thrown. There are five “stands” or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between six and eight traps that throw the twenty-five targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the five stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps.
A menu card, with the availability of at least four levels of difficulty, advises the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five-Stand is a great way to get a sporting clays-like experience in a small amount of time and walking distance. Both Island Lake and Bald Mountain have one five-stand.
Skeet and Trap - For The Traditionalists Out There
Skeet utilizes two machines for presentations from eight shooting stations. The targets emerge from a high house ten feet above ground on the left and a low house 3-1/2 feet above ground on the right. Targets face one another forty yards apart and pass fifteen feet above a crossing stake set twenty yards from the shooting stations. Shooting stations are arranged around an arc running from one house to the other. A round of skeet consists of twenty-five shots, beginning with a high-house bird at station one, then a low house bird, then a double at one, two, six, and seven. Island Lake Shooting Range has four skeet/trap overlay fields.
In trap, the targets are thrown from a single automatic trap quartering away from the shooter at various angles. One to five shooters move through five positions, shooting 5 shots at each – totaling twenty five targets in one round. We recommend trap for beginning shooters and novices.
Island Lake Shooting Range has four skeet/trap overlay fields. We do not have skeet or trap at Bald Mountain.