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.
July 18, 2021 Update -
Check out our PHOTOS page to see what's been happening at Ikes this year with the Girl and Boy Scouts, the Monarch Project, and the new Archery Range!
ELECTION and General Meeting -- July 28th, 6:00 PM
We will have a General Membership meeting with ELECTION of officers for 2021-2022 on July 28th, beginning at 6:00 PM.
Beginning at 6:00 PM, we'll have a potluck dinner (Ikes supplies the meat, coffee, and water, you bring your favorite covered dish). We'll have a social hour from 6:00 PM till 7:00 PM.
The General meeting begins at 7:00 PM. The election of 2021 - 2022 officers will happen during this meeting.
The MEMBERS AREA of this website has the meeting agenda, a copy of the list of candidates and a short biography of each, and a printable ballot for the election.
If you don't remember the password for the Members Portion of the website, it's found in the middle of page 25 of your 2020 Member Handbook, and the center of Page 26 of your 2021 Member Handbook.
Hope to see you all there.
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 has been moved across to the East side of our entrance road, from its current spot on the West side. Range upgrades are underway.
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.
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 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.