Izaak Walton League
Linn County Chapter
Izaak Walton League
Linn County Chapter

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 40 acres in Linn County, just off 42nd Street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are a group of approximately 500 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

IZAAK WALTON COVID-19 VIRUS INFORMATION:  updated 04/02/2020:

Ikes members, we have entered into a new, never-before seen world due to the presence of the COVID-19 virus.  As you probably know by now, the situation changes not only daily, but it seems it is changing almost by the minute.

Your Ikes Leadership team is in the same boat as all the rest -- until further notice, meetings of ANY kind at the Chapter House, the Indoor Range, etc., have been canceled (or at least postponed to some unknown date in the future).

04/03/2020 Update:  The Indoor Pistol Range is closed until further notice.  This is because we have no way to properly sanitize the range on a continuous basis.  Those who have been granted access will find their gate cards no longer open the door.  When we can, we will reinstate access.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Our grounds are still open, the indoor range is open to those who have qualified to date.  Please act responsibly when on our grounds.  Practice all social distancing guidelines while on our grounds.

Our Chapter has made great strides since our reboot in late 2017, thanks to each of you, and thanks to the support you have given your Leadership team.  We will work to maintain and increase the momentum when we can.

In the mean time, simply hunker down as best you can, stay safe, stay healthy, and help your neighbor, if possible.

Thank you all for your support, we hope to be able to resume "normal" life as soon as humanly possible.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE OFTEN, THIS IS HOW WE CAN BEST COMMUNICATE WITH OUR MEMBERS, AND THE PUBLIC.

Important news will be communicated via email, and snail-mail.  If  we don't have an email address for you, if you can somehow access email, please let us know your email address.

David Shema -- Director

 

Another Important Note -- we are mailing out 2020 range tags and guest/family passes, as people return their signed waivers (see below) via email or snail-mail.  The envelope flaps are being sealed using using water and a small sponge dedicated to envelopes.  Stamps are self-adhesive type.

 

2020 Safety Briefing Schedule --- IMPORTANT UPDATE

Calling all members.  Each year, all members are required to attend a safety briefing and sign a general waiver.  When you attend one of the scheduled sessions, you will receive the briefing, sign the general waiver, then you will get a new copy of the 2020 Member handbook, your 2020 Range tag, and a couple of 2020 Guest/Family Range tags.

The MARCH Safety Briefings have been CANCELED -- the Leadership Team has decided that with the current status of the Corona Virus, and with "large gatherings" being discouraged, it is in the best interest of our members and their health to cancel the briefings scheduled for March.

We have approximately 150 current year members who have NOT yet attended a meeting and signed a 2020 General Waiver.   We still require a signed waiver from each current member to allow access to our grounds.  To accommodate those of you who have not yet attended one of the earlier briefings, we ask you to do the following:

1.  Download and review the Safety Briefing Power Point show by clicking THIS LINK.

2.  After reveiwing the Safety Briefing material, download the 2020 General Waiver by clicking THIS LINK.

3.  Read, Sign, and fill out the 2020 Safety Briefing, then mail the signed copy back to us.  You can use either of the two addresses below:

Ikes Membership

341 Eastland Drive SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403-2001

When we receive your signed waiver, we will mail you your 2020 Range Tag, your 2020 Guest/Family Range tags.  We ask you to go to our Members Area to download a copy of the 2020 Membership Manual, to save on postage and having to mail out a bunch of large manila envelopes.

You can also scan both sides of the signed form (as a PDF file, please), and email the signed version to our  --  ikesmembership@gmail.com      address.

Your gate entry card will be disabled APRIL 10th if we don't receive your waiver by that date.  We can easily re-enable it once you get a signed 2020 waiver to us.

 

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.

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).

Contact the Committee

The configuration of the turning target system has been changed, opening up half of the Action Range for other types of targets and shooting.

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It is beginning to get warmer out.  We will soon bring the bees out of their winter hibernation and hope that they had a good, safe winter.

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Qualification for individual use of the indoor range has been postponed for now.

Keep an eye on this space and our site to find out when Ikes begins to ramp back up after the virus.

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Wood chips have been added downrange and the crosses for target frames have been raised to prevent ricochet rounds from going over the backstop.  This is a work in progress.  Thanks to those who have helped.

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We have raised the top of the berm at the end of the rifle range several feet by adding more than 14 truckloads of dirt, to prevent stray rounds from heading outside the range.

The concrete blocks at the 100 yard line will soon be replaced with bullet-friendly alternatives, to better protect against ricochets.

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

Safety Briefings for use of the Trap range this summer have been postponed till we can safely meet as a group.  Those who have expressed an interest in trap shooting will be notified via email when we resume our briefing schedule.

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