Izaak Walton League

Conservation, Outdoor Recreation,  Safety, and Shooting Sports
Linn County Chapter

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About Ikes

We are a local chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. We are a volunteer-run, privately owned facility located on approximately 47 acres in Linn County, just off 42nd Street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are a group of approximately 725 members dedicated to conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Open to all Members, 8am to 8pm

(Or sunset, when earlier)

Location

We're located on 42nd Street NE, west of Edgewood Road;

About 2.5 miles West from I-380.

IMPORTANT NEWS

February 4th, 2021 Update --

Indoor Range Construction -- Many of you may recall a time when the indoor range had a large viewing window, allowing people in the ready room to see what was going on in the range, and vice versa.  Sometime in the recent past, the window was removed, soundproofing was installed, and a camera system was installed so people could see in and out of the range.

Beginning Monday, FEBRUARY 8th, and continuing through Friday, FEBRUARY 12th, the indoor range will be closed as we will be putting the window back in place.  We will also be replacing the old acoustic ceiling tiles on the overhead baffles, and on the walls.  We replaced a large amount of ceiling tiles a year ago, using ballistic rubber.  The acoustic tile on the overhead baffles will be replaced with 3/8 inch ballistic rubber.  The acoustic tile on the walls, and on the first overhead eyebrow will be replaced by sound absorbing ballistic rubber.

The indoor range will be CLOSED during the construction -- Feb 8 through Feb 12th.

2021 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL Time

Per our By-Laws, we should be disabling gate card access for any member who has not renewed by February 1st.  We haven't yet done so, but the clock is ticking.....


2021 Safety Briefing News:

Due to Covid-19, we are encouraging members to review the safety briefing online, and to sign and return their waivers either by mail, or electronically.

If you're having trouble with the online stuff, send an email to Ikesmembership@gmail.com.  We'll send you a paper copy, and we can renew waivers using snail mail.

All members are required to have an updated safety briefing and General Waiver under your belt each year.  If you recently joined -- you, too, are required to renew your signed waiver for 2021 (even if you just attended one when you signed up).

When we receive your signed waiver, we will mail out your 2021 Range tag and 2021 Guest/Family range tags.  A copy of our 2021 Membership Manual is posted in the member's area of our website, under "Documents."

We hold safety briefings following each new member tour, beginning at noon.  You can renew your membership AND renew your 2021 Waiver by attending one of these in person.

For those members whom we have on record as having attended a Trap Safety Briefing, and/or passed the Indoor Range Safety Briefing/Qualification shoot, we will send you copies of the 2021 Trap and Indoor range waivers -- print 'em, sign 'em, return 'em.

David and Loesje Shema

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PLEASE continue to  maintain a 6-foot social distance from other members at all times. This does not apply to your immediate household family members.

If you're not feeling well (cough, fever, headache)  prior to entering the grounds, please turn around and go back home.  It's no fun to shoot anyway if you're ill!

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If you wish to qualify to use the indoor range without RSOs present, send an email to ikes.membership@gmail.com.  We'll take care of you.

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MEMBERS -- Take advantage of our Buy/Sell/Trade section.  If you have something you're looking to buy, to sell, or to trade -- send the description to ikesmembership@gmail.com.  I'll post it and you're on your way.  Let me know when I can take your listing down, so the site doesn't get filled with really old listings.  -- Dave Shema

Committee Updates

The 3D Archery and Air Gun Range is NOW OPEN!!!  The entry is found between the Air Gun/BB range and the Outdoor Pistol Range.  Follow Bert's wood-chip trail.  There are currently some 3D Deer and Turkey targets along the path, with more to come.  In addition there are some cross-bow friendly targets along the way.

We are adding five 42 inch by 42 inch all weather targets to the trail.  These will be outdoors in their own protective shelters.

We have added a 60-yard bow range and will soon be building a new tower.

Also, a separate walking trail is open, it starts behind the Indoor Pistol Range building and connects with the existing Girl Scout Nature trail.  No wood chips at present.  There are no wood chips to follow on this new trail (yet).

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If you wish to become an Action Range user -- there is a one-time fee of $200.  Once you pay the fee, you'll be asked to contact Walker Kelly to arrange an empty firearm check to demonstrate that you can safely get your gun in and out of a holster.  Following the holster check, you'll learn how the turning target system works, and learn other things that are good to know before shooting in the Action Range.  You'll then get the key code for the door, and you're in!  If you want to use the on-line calendar to schedule your time, you need to have a Gmail account, and we need to know what it is so we can add you to the list of users.

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There is a lot planned for our grounds in the coming months and years.  Pollinators, Prairie, Savannah, native trees.  And more!  Watch the newsletter for developments.

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The indoor range is again open to currently qualified members.   There is an additional cleanup step -- wipe down with sanitizer after you wipe down with lead remover.  Your gate card will once again get you inside the IPR.

Want to qualify to use the Indoor Pistol Range?  Send an email to ikes.membership@gmail.com.  We'll take care of you.

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The outdoor range building has been repaired.  It has a new roof and skylights.  Overhead baffle work will be next.

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The concrete blocks at the 100 yard line have been replaced with a bullet-friendly alternative to better protect against ricochets.

The overhead baffles are next on the repair list.

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People have been using the trap houses on a regular basis.  The trap ranges are here for your enjoyment.

Let us know if you need a Trap Range safety briefing.

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