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

OUTDOOR PISTOL RANGE CLOSURE -- July 18 and 19.  8:00 AM through 5:00 PM.

To make our outdoor pistol range more user friendly to those with disabilities, we will be installing an automated target retrieval system on one of our outdoor shooting range lanes.  The work will be performed on the weekend of July 18/19 and the range will be closed during this time.  Come help us get this system up and running!

Rifle Range maintenance this week.  The rifle range may see some periods throughout the week where it will be closed for planned maintenance.  The target stands at the 100 yard line are being updated to remove the concrete blocks which hold your target frame.   Please bear withus as we make these updates.

Other News --

ALL MEMBERS: 

We HAVE resumed our twice a month New Member Tours and Safety Briefings, starting June 6th, at 11 AM.

TRAP range safety briefings are back.  They are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, beginning at 9:00 AM.  Come to the briefing, learn how to safely use the trap throwers.  Get a short course on how to shoot trap -- then join in for a round or two of trap after the briefing.  Bring you shotgun, ammo, eyes and ears.  Have fun!

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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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07/07/2020 Update:  The Indoor Pistol Range is reopening SOON.

Your Indoor Pistol Range committee has blocked off four of the eight lanes to maintain social distancing while inside, and is modifying the cleanup procedure for each shooter to include disinfecting the areas that were used.  If you had been qualified to use the indoor range without RSOs present, you will soon be getting a copy of the new procedure and your gate entry card will be re-enabled to let you into the range.

If you want to qualify to use the indoor range without RSOs present, watch this space for announcements on when the briefings and qualification shoot dates will begin.

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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

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Thanks for being patient while we went through this period of uncertainty.  Maintain your vigilance and stay healthy.

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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.

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2020 Safety Briefing Schedule:

We still require a signed waiver from each current member to allow access to our grounds.

As we are resuming our twice per month New Member tours, if you need a 2020 Safety Briefing, you can get yours in person, at NOON, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month!

There are about 40 members who've paid for 2020, and who yet need to receive their 2020 briefing, and sign their waivers.  If your gate card doesn't work...maybe we need a waiver from you!

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 in their own protective shelter.

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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It's hot.  Neil and his team of bee keepers have been working to keep our bees happy and healthy during these hot and humid days.  With some luck, we expect a honey harvest to occur in August!!!

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The indoor range is reopening soon to currently qualified members.  Watch your email for additional safety and cleanup procedures, and for an announcement that your gate card will once again get you inside the IPR>

Qualification for individual use of the indoor range will resume shortly.

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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.

Lane numbers and yardage markers have been added to the range.  Very soon we will have an automatic target retrieval system in-place on one lane, and the shooting bench will be reconfigured to allow the range to accommodate disabled shooters.

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Rimfire Sporter Program starting this summer!

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 are being replaced with bullet-friendly alternatives, to better protect against ricochets.

The piles of shot-up, unsightly tires will soon be gone.  The berm at the far end of the range will get much needed attention.

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

Trap safety briefings have resumed -- 9:00 AM on the First and Third Saturdays of each month.  Come to the briefing, learn the mechanics of shooting trap, then put your briefing and skills to the test by shooting a few rounds of trap with us.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS -- beginning on July 8th -- 5:30 PM --- come to Ikes and shoot trap with us.  See you there!

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