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Lincoln Izaak Walton League December 2010

Lincoln Izaak Walton League December 2010

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Published monthly by the Lincoln Izaak Walton League
 Alyx KnightGene Alpin John SwansonMatthew PetersonScott MatthewsGreetingsI trust that you are fully pre-pared for the holidays and have acomfortable chair lined up for thecontinuous line up of football games. As for me, I appreciate the sportschannels, but I heard today that thereare 5 inches of clear hard ice on my favorite farm pond and the bluegillare biting. I guess I will have to forgoa few of those goal line stands and seeif we can put a fillet of two in the skil-let. After all it just doesn’t seem rightto just sit around the living room all winter.
ENEWING
 
 YOUR 
 
MEMBERSHIP
 Keep those cards and lettersand your checks coming. To date weare approaching almost 50% member-ship renewal, but that doesn’t meaneverything is smooth sailing. Ithought I might have simplified thereturn form but I guess no such luck. While I pretty much solved the prob-lem of members not sending inenough money now the reverse is thecase. Several members inadvertently have been remitting too much andthen we must get the treasurer to puta refund back in the mail. So justmake sure you ask for what you really  want, which in most cases is onemembership at $90 and one shooting range card at $35 for a total of $125.If you have a gate card it will continueto be good without further charge.Since we are working also with our national office in Marylandfor the printing of membership cards,it takes a while to get them back tothe members. At this time of yearand dealing with 40K members, amonth is normal turnaround. So bepatient, I’ll send your card as soon asthe batch comes back. In the mean-time your new orange rifle card orblue self-loader card is sufficient iden-tification to use on the range. Inmost cases I will be able to get therange card back before the spring thaw.M
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 I sure hope you can partici-pate in our upcoming general mem-bership meeting which we havescheduled for January 12 at 7:00 p.m. This will be a working meeting withfree food on the counter. One of theolder folks has agreed to try his handat preparing chili for the masses. The mission of the meeting  will be to discuss how our operationsare working and where we should di-rect our attention in the coming months. We as board members haveheard suggestion and requests fromtime to time about our facility needsand/or how we are using the facilitiesat hand. As you know in recent years we have made numerous range
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 January 12,20117:00 p.m.
Help chart thecourse for theFuturePlan new facilitiesDiscuss new rulesand regulations
free food
 
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range improvements and a few more are still on the drawing board. A strategic planning meeting toassess our accomplishments and what’s next is in order.Is our growth in member-ship and range use threatening our very existence? We seem to behaving more and more reports of less than safe practices on the rifle/pistol range. Is this a design erroror do we need different rules foruse?Please come out and beprepared to discuss any facility issues you see that need attention. And at least you will get a delicioustaste of our wild resources. Somelike it hot.C
EASE
F
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!! As a friendly but I hopefirm reminder:
 All range users areexpected to know, understandand observe our cease fire rules
.Perhaps every one of our membersshould re-acquaint themselves withproper shooting range protocols.
No One
 
is allowed in front of the firing line on any rangeunless there is a cease fire andsafe range in effect
. We have hadsome occasions lately where ashooter has decided to go downrange and change targets withoutcalling for the cease fire and there were shooters only a few benchesaway on the same range.
This behavior cannot continue.
If you seesuch actions please do your best tocorrect the practice but at a mini-mum find who the offenders are orat least a license tag and reportthem. We have had very few rulechanges in recent years but maybeit is time to look again and have allmembers attend another seminarbefore getting the cards renewed. Ireally hate the thought of that dras-tic action. Official range rules arenow posted on all of the ranges incase you have any question, andthere are phone numbers of who tocall if you still have misunderstand-ings. Spend a few minutes whenyou get your range card and goover the set of rules that you re-ceive with the card. A
CCOMPLISHMENT
 It was a major accomplish-ment. Our chapter dramatically imporved hunter education andfirearm familiarization this pastyear with seven hunter safety classes, three hunter education fielddays and two live fire events forhigh school graduates, not to men-tion a First Shots day and the QuailForever family encounter day. While I don’t have a count of how many participants this made, I amsure it was a significant number. Those of you that have handledfirearms for all your life may find ithard to see the remarkable benefits,but rest assured they are very real. Think back to the time of your firstexperience, probably as a young-ster. That must have been an eventthat formed your future as a hunterand/or shooter. Whether youknow it or not, your use and under-standing of firearms took a majorstep with that first day. The liber-ties that we strive for with our 2
nd
  Amendment rights are dependenton passing that knowledge and un-derstanding on to our successors.Keep up the good work members.
Enough Ramblin’
But remember this;
“The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum. AND Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks.(So watch your Ass)”.
From the desk of Dennis GroneCheers---
Wes Sheets 
,Secretary 
- Must be at least
21 years of age
 -
Cannot be prohibited from purchasing or possessinga firearm
 by state or federal law.- Must have the
eyesight
necessary for a Class "O" driverslicense- No misdemeanor
crime of violence convictions
in thepast 10 years.- Cannot have been adjudged
mentally ill or dangerous
isthe past 10 years.- Current
resident of Nebraska
for the past 180 days (thereis an exception to this for Active Duty Military stationed here)-
No violations
of any firearms, weapons or controlled sub-stance laws in the past 10 years.- Cannot be on
parole, probation or house arrest
for anyoffense of any degree.- Must be a
United States Citizen
 - Must provide
proof of training
. (more info on this later inthis article)- Must
pay a $100
fee to the state of Nebraska for the permit.The Nebraska CHP is valid for 5 years, which you can renewfor another 5 years prior to your permit expiring for a $50 fee(no extra training class required).
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GOT A PARTY?RENT THE HALL
Clubhouse, food servicearea, and beverage servicesare available. Beverageservice includes a full bar.The hall will seat 300.The daily rental fee is$500.00. A refundabledamage deposit isrequired. The facility isperfect for receptions,class reunions,anniversaries, birthdays,or office parties. For pricequotes and hall availabilitycall the clubhouse at 474-6555 and leave a messageon the answering machine.Members and non-profitorganizations may receivea discount on the rentalfee. Contact Mike Kunkee(540-7120) for discountinformation.
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IZAAK WALTONBOARD OF DIRECTORSMEETING
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MOVING?  
You will save the chapternearly a dollar if you makesure we have your new ad-dress.Call Wes (466-9040) orsend an update to:LIWLPO Box 6755Lincoln NE 68506I got acquainted withRod Dewey a few years backsince we both worked for thesame company. He was look-ing for a place to shoot, andwe talked about the Ikes andwhat it had to offer. He wasfairly new in the rifle-shootingdepartment, but wanted tofind a place to shoot andwanted to work on being a better shot. His goal was toshoot a deer out farther than100 yards if he had to. He was just looking to improve hisrifle skills. He was using fac-tory ammo, tried several dif-ferent brands, and settled onone that worked the best in hisrifle.Rod started comingto some of the Benchrestmatches and the Informalshoots. There he got pointersfrom various people andworked on his technique, andchecked out equipment othersand were using. (Became amember of the Ikes some-where in here.)After a while I toldhim that I would reload hiscases if he supplied the compo-nents. I did not have the stuff to load the 300 WinchesterShort Magnum that he wasshooting in his Tikka rifle. Sowith some help, he boughtwhat we needed to reload. Itwas an eye real opener to Rodthe first time he shot the re-loads at 200 yards.We loaded up fivegroups of five shots with vary-ing powder weights. Most of the groups were a little betterthan this factory loads, but onegroup stood out from the rest,it measured about 1½ inchesfor the five shots. Rod was soldon hand loads. He didn’t real-ize that those changes couldmake such a difference till hesaw the groups on paper.A little while afterthat he purchased his own re-loading equipment and got intothe world of reloading his ownammo. He has been goingalong, shooting matches,tweaking his loads, and learn-ing to shoot more consistentlyat 200 and 300 yards. He hasgone from buying factoryammo to reloading his ownammo, knowing that his riflewill deliver the best accuracypossible. He talks to the othershooters and uses that informa-tion when he is shooting. Hisscores in the matches have been improving and that’swhat he says he’s after: Tryingto better a better shot. He sayshe’s learning new things andthat it has been fun.So as the deer seasonwas close to winding down Igot an e-mail from Rod. This iswhat it said:
Hi Mike,Shot this 10 pt, 200 lb, buck lastSunday evening. 200
 yd 
shotthru the heart. 243 Tikka T3Light; using my own load and 100 gr Sierra Gameking SPBT. Buckran 10 yds and dropped.Shooting the 300 yd B[ench] R[est] and with the guys at Ikes hashelped alot. I zeroed this rifle inat 200 and practiced a lot withDoug Davis on Tuesdays.
That pretty much saysit all. Rod now has two morerifles and traded the 300 WSMfor a smaller caliber that didn’trecoil as much. He is reloadingfor his son-in-law’s rifle nowand has been helping him alongin his shooting efforts. Youmay also remember seeingRod’s name in another news-letter article as the person whopainted the wheelchair rampon the 300-yard range. All inall, the Ikes has a contributingmember and he’s become a fairrifle shot. It’s looks like Rod’sdoing OK.
Mike Shapoval 

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