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.
October 15. 2021 Update -
Prairie, prairie, and more prairie. Pollinators, too. You may have noticed that the grass in our "front yard" has been dead all summer, and even the new weeds from the past few weeks are dying out.
Ikes is preparing to re-seed this area, transforming it into pollinators and Iowa Prairie. Neil Mittelberg told us of his plans for the area this past Wednesday, October 13th.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 13th, beginning at 8AM, Neil is asking for volunteers to come out and plant the seed. It's not difficult, requires you and your hands (no special tools), and nature takes care of the rest.
Also -- NOVEMBER 13th, beginning at NOON -- a General Membership meeting. We will supply Hot Dogs and Burgers -- you bring your favorite side dish and/or dessert. You will get an update on our Chapter's new three-year budget plan, an update on current finances, and have a chance to see how we're making sure Ikes leadership is making sure the finances are well taken care of. And, of course, bring your questions.
2022 Membership Renewal Time:
Membership renewal notices for 2022 went out in the mail about a week ago. So far, response has been great. Thanks and hope to see you all again, next year.
The 2022 Safety Briefing schedule has not yet been determined. Watch this space for updates.
David and Loesje Shema
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
We have a new Archery Committee chair. Welcome member Cameron Woodson to the committee. Thanks to Bert Carmer for his past work as chair.
The archery range has been moved across to the East side of our entrance road, from its current spot on the West side. Range upgrades are underway.
Remember -- broadhead arrows are not permitted on the range -- they tear up the target butts!!!
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.
Prairie and pollinator restoration planting is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th, beginning at 8:00 AM. Bring your hands and your enthusiasm! General Membership meeting follows at Noon.
The outdoor range building has been repaired. It has a new roof and skylights. Overhead baffle work is complete. 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 back in action, and being used.