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.
May 2, 2021 Update --
MAY 8th -- WORK DAY!!!
Saturday -- May 8th at Ikes, is the first work day of 2021. There are lots of things to do. If your chainsaw has become lonely following the August 10th derecho, this may be the time to give it some love. Hammers? Saws? Weed Whackers? Leaf Blowers? Work gloves? Sure. Got the urge to operate a paint brush or other fun tools? Got a truck and trailer that needs a workout? This is your chance to shine and help spiff up the grounds for 2021.
We also need 10 to 12 members willing to spend some time picking up trash along the stretch of Highway 100 that we've adopted. This doesn't take a lot of time, and isn't difficult work. Bags, safety vests, grabbers will be supplied.
Come on down. 8 AM till 2 PM. We'll provide food and refreshments at noon. The more people we have, the faster the work gets done!
Indoor Pistol Range Shooting Competitions:
Check out the new "PHOTOS" page -- for pictures from the April 18th Iowa State 3 Position Air Rifle Championship.
May 15th and 16th -- NRA Sectional .22 Caliber Handgun Meet. See the Latest News Page for details and Entry Form. Contact Ralph Reid at email@example.com for additional details. If you wish to help either as a Range Officer, or with scoring, contact Ralph.
ELECTIONS Coming in July -- The July General Membership meeting includes the Election of Officers and three board members for the 2021-2022 term. The offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer (all one-year terms) are up for grabs. Three Board member positions are also on the ballot, and these three people will serve three-year terms.
Want to put your name (or someone else's) in the hat? Contact the Nomination Committee chairman, Bill Grams, using the outdoor pistol range committee email address -- OPR.firstname.lastname@example.org to add yourself (or a friend) to the list for consideration by the Nominating Committee.
The Board also voted to offer an amendment to the by-laws, to create an additional, non-voting, honorary position to the Board -- "President Emeritus." This would be the outgoing President, and his role is to assist the incoming President with their duties. As soon as proposed wording is adopted, we will post it on the website and newsletter. The new amendment will be on the July ballot, as well.
2021 Safety Briefing News:
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 in late 2020).
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.
David and Loesje Shema
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!
If you wish to qualify to use the indoor range without RSOs present, send an email to email@example.com. We'll take care of you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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.
Our bees did not survive the harsh January and February deep freeze. Never fear, we're reloading the hives as soon as possible, and another bee keeper is going to move some of his hives onto the grounds.
Watch for Monarch Butterflies again this year.
The indoor range is open. The $10 fee is GONE! There is an additional cleanup step -- wipe down with sanitizer after you wipe down with lead remover. Your gate card will get you inside the IPR after you go through the safety briefing and qualification shoot.
Want to qualify to use the Indoor Pistol Range? Send an email to email@example.com. We'll take care of you.
The outdoor range building has been repaired. It has a new roof and skylights. Overhead baffle work will be next. We expect to be installing LED lighting inside the shoot house to give you a better sight picture on those overcast days. The automated target retrieval system is soon to be reinstalled.