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.
June 13, 2021 Update -
GIRL SCOUT DAY CAMP -- JUNE 20 through June 25
Ikes will be hosting a Girl Scout Day Camp, the first time since 2019. The scouts will be using the Chapter House as well as the grounds surrounding the chapter house and archery range.
THE TRAP range, the PRACTICE TRAP range, as well as the ARCHERY range will ALL BE CLOSED on the days listed above. We want the scouts to have a safe and enjoyable camp, after missing one last year.
The Indoor Pistol range, Outdoor pistol range, BB gun/Air Gun range, the Rifle range, and the Action Range will be open for use, as usual.
Please be careful, there will be a lot of kids running around the upper grounds.
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.email@example.com 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.
NRA/Winchester Pistol Qualification Class Kickoff Meeting -- June 16th at 6:30 PM
If you own a pistol and want to improve your shooting skills, this may be for you. All members and family welcome to participate. This program is defined by the NRA It is a self-paced, progressive format having 56 courses of fire with 6 levels from beginner though distinguished expert. We are targeting younger and novice pistol shooters – a family teaching opportunity is an ideal example – but all are welcome even proficient shooters acclimating to a new handgun could benefit.
Any questions should be directed to the Outdoor Pistol Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 will soon be moved across to the East side of our entrance road, from its current spot on the West side. If you wan to help move and plan the new layout, talk t Cameron.
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.
The beehives have been reloaded with fresh bees, and they seem to be doing well. We welcome an additional hive from one of our members.
A large Monarch butterfly tent is up, and we have somewhere in the neighborhood of ten "wild" caterpillars, already in the chrysalis state. More to come.
The HWY 100 cleanup last May went well. Thanks to those who helped.
Watch for Monarch Butterflies again this year and with some luck, Ikes honey.
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.
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 back in action, and being used.