Hunters and sport shooters alike rejoiced when they learned getting ammunition and guns wouldn’t take more than a short drive to up-town Mayville to the new local gun shop.
Lone Tree Shooting Supply is owned by Tyler Sletten, a Bismarck native, who attended the University of Mary, where he received a bachelor of science in education. After college, Sletten withdrew from achieving his masters of business administration to enter the military. Sletten worked full time for the North Dakota National Guard, and afterward for Gander Mountain in Fargo.
Lone Tree prides itself on its ability to special-order items and keep prices well below their competitors. “There is nothing better than seeing the look on peoples’ faces when they realize they can get a really good deal in a small shop,” said Sletten.
When asked why he decided to open a gun shop, Sletten stated, “I started Lone Tree because I saw an opening in the market for traditional, small gun shops in North Dakota and Minnesota. Buying a firearm is a lot like going to the bank or meeting with your insurance agent- people want to know who the person is they’re talking to…it’s a relationship. Outside of the military there is no other industry I could ever see myself working in.”
Tyler Sletten’s wife, Sarah, who is a teacher at Mayville State, was one of the many reasons he chose to open a shop in Mayville. Sletten stated, “My wonderful wife Sarah has been teaching at Mayville State for the last five years; we’d been living in Fargo and she was commuting every day. But beyond the commute, Mayville is an excellent place to start a business. The community leaders have been outstanding to work with.”
Goals for the future of the store? Well, according to Tyler, “Our goals are pretty strait forward. I am committed to the smaller-footprint model of sporting-goods. We don’t want a bigger store… but we might like more of them.”