Rifle Range Maintenance Update 07-08-2020
Phase one of our rifle range upgrade is completed. The concrete blocks which were located at the 100-yard line have been removed and replaced with a bullet-friendly alternative. The concrete blocks which held the target frames were a source of possible ricochets, and could have caused bullets to go outside the boundary of the range.
Those blocks are gone, having been replaced with ground-level timbers and gravel. The existing target frames will still work as designed.
Phase two will begin soon. This will involve removal of the tires at the backstop. The tires are shot up, scattered randomly, and as they retain water, are a good breeding ground for mosquitoes. The tires will be removed from our grounds and properly recycled. The berm will then be regraded and covered with wood chips to help prevent erosion.
A big thanks to John Welton and his skid loader skills.
Expect to see periodic closures until Phase two is complete. We will need help removing the tires. Look for a work day coming to an Ikes near you, soon!
Dave Blankenship's Venture Crew lent a HUGE hand at our Outdoor Pistol Range on Friday, May 29th. Armed with weed whackers, pitch forks and lots of enthusiasm, they cleared the range of weeds and assisted John Welton as he was distributing wood chips on the range.
Rimfire Sporter Program
The Rimfire Sporter Program is starting this summer, when current public health restrictions are lifted. This is a developmental marksmanship program for members/family ages 12 and up.
Our Rimfire Sporter Program will provide a fun and economical way to develop your marksmanship skills. We’ll fire from prone, sitting/kneeling, and standing positions. All you need is a magazine-fed .22LR rifle that has a 5-shot capacity. To keep your costs low and to ensure a level playing-field, no “tricked-out” rifles are allowed. You can begin now with our self-paced video tutorial, which will provide the knowledge for you to begin practicing on your own. The video series can be found in our Members Only area.
We’ll follow-up with an instructional practice match, and finally a series of fun rifle matches.
Please direct any questions to RifleLCIWLA@gmail.com.
We hope to see you at the range!
Watch this space for future announcements regarding our Hunter Education programs. At present, there are no plans to hold classes until the COVID-19 virus subsides, and we're able to hold group meetings once again.
Officers and Directors receiving IWLA Oath
Left to right: Bill Grams, Doug Becker, Dave Blankenship, Jan Carmer (Secy), Sue Wehmeyer (Tres), Stan Pfoff (Vice Pres), Bert Carmer, Dave Shema, Loesje Shema, Vicki Arnold (Iowa Division President), Dale Braun (Pres), Jeff Haycraft and Paul Nye. Absent from this picture is Neil Mittelberg.
Save Our Streams (SOS) Program Coming
The Izaak Walton League’s Save Our Streams (SOS) program training was held at our clubhouse the weekend of June 15/16, and was a success. Attendees spent about half of each day working at the McCloud Run urban trout stream, learning how to perform simple water quality tests, how to gather samples from the water and from the stream-bed, and how to identify aquatic macro invertebrates. Saturday, June 15th, saw a couple attend our workshop who had driven ten-hours straight from Mississippi, to attend the class. Many of the attendees were from the general public.
For more information about IWLA Save Our Streams program, see: https://www.iwla.org/