The Izaak Walton Shooting Facility (Ike's Tract) located 2.5 miles west of Toledo reopened on Aug. 3 under new rules and regulations. Since the reopening area shooters have shown a renewed interest in the facility.
Four sign up meetings since August, 2012, has seen 115 responsible shooters from the area go through a 45 minute training/informational session. Following the training they paid the 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, May 11, 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. No other sign-up meetings are scheduled for the foreseeable future.
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.
Interested persons can request a copy of the new rules for the facility by e-mailing a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org