The Izaak Walton Shooting Facility (aka Ike's Tract) located 2.5 miles west of Toledo reopened last year on Aug. 3 under new rules and regulations. Since the reopening area shooters have shown a renewed interest in the facility.
Three sign up meetings held in 2012 saw 95 responsible shooters from the area go through a 45 minute training/informational session. Following the training they paid a $40 user fee to become authorized shooters at the facility. Each authorized shooter has been issued a gate key and a range use card. This allows the shooter to use the facility through December 31, 2013. No one can use the facility without going through the training, paying the user fee, and being issued a gate key and range use card.
"This is very encouraging as a good number of responsible shooters that want to see the facility be successful have stepped up," reports Bob Etzel, Director, Tama County Conservation Board. "These folks are showing they appreciate such a facility and are setting an example for others in the area regarding responsible shooting."
The next sign-up meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb.SignS 23, starting at 9 a.m.. The meeting will be held in the Tama County Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake and Park in central Tama County. Anyone interested in shooting at the facility should attend this meeting. This will be the last sign-up meeting until late April or early May.
The goal for the Izaak Walton Shooting Facility is to return the facility to its original intended use and provide a safe and neighborhood friendly facility where responsible shooters can hone skills and share the joys and challenges of safe shooting sports with our youth while developing skills for hunting.