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Published monthly by the Lincoln Izaak Walton League

WES’S NOTEBOOK
Just to let you know, the ice is holding nicely and with single digits predicted for all this week. Maybe we will have good fishing conditions for quite a while longer. We can only hope. Just wish I could make a bit more time to dunk a wax worm or two, but the deer season is coming to a close which will make it easier. RENEWING THE MEMBERSHIP I bet many of you just hand over the renewal notice for your Ikes membership to the wife to write the check, which is what happens at my house. BUT, when you do, please make sure you explain that we have two parts to maintaining the membership in our chapter and having range privileges. The pink and gray card lists $90 as the amount to pay for membership renewal. But that does not include any range card fees. You must add the appropriate additional amount for the rifle or trap range cards. I just hate the follow ups needed to make sure we are on the same page. Please remember that it is MEMBERSHIP plus RANGE CARDS that you need to calculate for your total package. STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR OUR
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N EW M EMB ER S week didn’t engage as many members as it could have so there was lots of chili left over. But we did have some great discussions about our future needs in the short as well as the long term. I am sure that we will have a few new rule changes aimed at common sense and making us a safer group of shooters. Of course proposals were made for use of the new rifle range which will be very similar to the existing 100 yard range. We also discussed at some length our holstered pistol rule. And a hard and fast “rack the rifles” rule on all cease fires with the possible exception of RSO (Range Service Officer) supervised shooting. Some of the operational activities proposed include registered trap, more five-stand use, and the very desirable action handgun/rifle shooting such as cowboy action or 3gun under USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) or IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) rules. Most of these will require more RSO supervision so we undoubtedly will be looking to train more volunteers. Of course there are additional facility modifications that are needed. Number one on the priority list will be the overhead baffling of our rifle ranges. Timothy Alberts Jason Carthel Robert Comiskey James Daubert Gale Griess Michael Grove Sandy Hansen Ko Inamura Leland Isaacson Bradley Jisa Lary Lehman Richard Long John Markey Danny McCullock Curt Mueting Gregory Nelson Gary Plank Randy Raymond Keith Schell Joshua Siefkes Tim Thompson Jason Wagner Jeff Williams

The membership meeting last

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[ CONTINUED ] funding level and for sure is not enough to solve the state’s budget concern. With two more days to introduce legislation, I am sure there will be plenty reasons for concern. Our Ikes Chapter, as a member of the Nebraska Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs, will participate in the annual review meeting and Senators reception on January 25th. The place will be The Woman’s Club just a block north of the Capitol on 14th street. All members are invited to help represent the Ikes and help do our share. Please feel free to show up and become involved. Enough Ramblin’ But remember this; “It is possible to lead a cow up the stairs, but not back down again.” Cheers, Wes Sheets, Secretary

Perhaps the most difficult up front will be the needed range space for action handguns. Where and how can we do something? Rebuilding the existing small bore range to be 7 and 25 yards deep only is proposed as soon as the new 75 yard rifle range is up and running. Some suggeste that some creature comforts, like scoring sheds and toilet facilities, should be included in any plans. Hopefully our board will be able to take up some of the proposals at upcoming meetings.

But, I think that LB 229 is an issue that our organization must pay some heed. This proposed legislation would redirect about one half of the Nebraska Environmental Trust lottery fund from use on resource protection and restoration projects to paying for delayed management needs of water resource utilization. My personal opinion is that LB229 clearly disenfranchises the original purpose and concessions that allowed our lottery to be created and put in place. Over the history of the NET funds have provided for huge LEGISLATIVE ISSUES wildlife and fisheries improvements Everyone knows the imthrough restoration and protection. portance of the final votes our state The proposal is on a fast track; the senators make each year as they first hearing is scheduled before pass laws that we must live by. this article can get to the press. This year is no exception. Right However, we all can communicate now issues of paying for our our thoughts yet before the final government gets the most ink in votes are taken. Urge your Senator the newspaper. All I hear is budget to strongly consider a no vote. The crisis and more budget crisis. And $70 million proposed to be rediI have no solution for that one. rected is about half of the trust’s

IWLA National Scholarships Now Open
Do you know a college student studying conservation or an environment-related major? The Izaak Walton League offers two $2,500 scholarships for qualified college juniors or seniors. Specific requirements are available on the League Web site:
(http://www.iwla.org/index.php?ht=display/ContentDetails/i/2217).

Scholarship applications will be accepted starting January 1. For more information about the application criteria and process, e-mail Earl Hower (ehower@iwla.org), IWLA Director of Chapter Relations, or call him at (800) IKE-LINE x216. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of the Izaak Walton League of America Endowment (https://sites.google.com/a/ikesendowment.org/endowment/).

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E IGHT H UNTING -R ELATED INCIDENTS R EPORTED
LINCOLN, Neb. – Eight hunting-related incidents were reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2010, including one that resulted in a death. Of the incidents, two involved the discharge of a rifle, two involved the discharge of a shotgun, two involved the discharge of a muzzleloader, and one each involved the discharge of a handgun and a fall from an elevated stand. Injuries were self-inflicted in five incidents and caused by someone else in three. In four incidents, the cause was careless handling of a firearm and in one each the cause was victim covered by shooter swinging on game, victim in line of fire, dropped firearm, and fall from an elevated stand. "All of these incidents were preventable," said Mike Streeter, Nebraska hunter education coordinator. In the fatal incident last October in Washington County, the 14-year-old shooter was following the 38-year-old victim down a trail. The shooter was carrying a loaded, capped, cocked muzzleloader as he crossed a log. The muzzleloader discharged into the victim's back. Hunting incidents resulting in injury or death are rare in Nebraska. The injury rate per 1,000 hunters commonly is lower than .01 percent. Nebraska

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has about 170,000 hunters each year, and, over the past 10 years, there have been nearly 12 incidents a year. There were 12 incidents, including two fatalities, in 2009. "Hunting safety is a concern for everyone and Nebraska hunters do an excellent job of ensuring safety each year," Streeter said. "Safe hunting is no accident. Follow the rules of safe hunting and enjoy the great outdoors in Nebraska." For a list of available hunter education classes in Nebraska or to view a full report on the Nebraska 2010 Hunting Incident Report, visit
huntsafenebraska.org.

IZAAK WALTON BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Tuesday, February 8th 7:15pm AT THE CLUBHOUSE ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

GOT A PARTY? RENT THE HALL
Clubhouse, food service area, and beverage services are available. Beverage service includes a full bar. The hall will seat 300. The daily rental fee is $500.00. A refundable damage deposit is required. The facility is perfect for receptions, class reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, or office parties. For price quotes and hall availability call the clubhouse at 4746555 and leave a message on the answering machine. Members and non-profit organizations may receive a discount on the rental fee. Contact Mike Kunkee (540-7120) for discount information.

Conservation Tax Incentive Renewed
After a year-long lapse that left many important conservation donations in limbo, Congress renewed an enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements. The renewed incentive will be in effect through December 31, 2011, and retroactive to January 1, 2010. America is losing land to development at an estimated rate of 1.5 million acres per year. By helping modest-income landowners deduct the full value of their contributions, this enhanced easement incentive has increased the pace of private, voluntary land conservation by about 250,000 acres a year nationwide. To find a land trust in your community, visit the Land Trust Alliance's Find a Land Trust Web site (http://www.findalandtrust.org/).

MOVING?
You will save the chapter nearly a dollar if you make sure we have your new address. Call Wes (466-9040) or send an update to: LIWL PO Box 6755 Lincoln NE 68506

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300 Y ARD B ENCHREST , J ANUARY 1, 2011
Well how cold was it saying “Good on the first day of the New Call”. And I How cold was it? Year? It wasn’t as cold as the talked to a guy weather report said it was who got some going to be. When I checked new overalls for the Internet at 7:30am on Christmas. He was Saturday, the temperature was looking forward to 10° with a 10-mile hour wind trying them out. I making the wind chill only told him by all –1°. The site: means, test them www.wunderground.com, out, and let me gives you a break down of know how they wind direction and speeds and worked. I’ll still be temperatures through out the at home in the day. Plus you can find weather morning. reports from locations that are This is the EDITORS NOTE: The Adélie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae, is not indigenous to nearer your own home than second year in row Nebraska. Don’t get your hopes up for a season any time soon. coming from say the airport. that the January On the Friday morning off you. If a guy dresses in the match was cancelled. Last year we before the match I notified the right clothes he may not feel cold cancelled because we had a LOT persons I had on my shooting list at all. My own experiences tell me of snow on the ground. Maybe the that it would be cancelled because that I am warm at first, then the start of some trend? We’ll keep an the wind chill was suppose around longer I’m out I always start to get eye on the weather before match –20° most of the day. Just how cold. Especially if you don’t get dates and than make a best guess cold does it have to be before the sunlight and the wind is blowing. on what’s best for the shooters. match is cancelled? I guess it really And with the firing line being depends on your own experiences covered, a good thing when it’s Good shooting to all and start when you have been out in the raining, you’re always in the shade, reloading for next match on cold. Trying to stay warm while on so it feels colder than if you had February 5th Mike Shapoval a deer stand, or in a duck blind, some sunlight on you. waiting to for the sun to come up I got some responses back so it will take some of the shiver from may e-mail later in the day

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grouse season to September 1st will begin at 8:30 a.m. Regulations currently call for the season to open on the Saturday nearest September 15th. Among the other issues the board will consider are funding recommendations for the State Wildlife Grant program, a revision of the Focus on Pheasants Plan, funding for 2011 Recreational Trails Program grant applications, and rankings for funding of 2011 Land and Water Conservation Fund projects. For a complete meeting agenda, visit:
http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/ admin/commission/pdf/agenda.pdf.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners will consider expanding the grouse-hunting season when it holds its regular meeting Jan. 21 in Lincoln. The 8:00 a.m. meeting will be held at Game and Parks headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. A public hearing on a proposal to move the opening date of

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Please Support Native Prairie and Wetland Conservation
Native prairie and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the Dakotas and Montana are known as "America's duck factory" because they support the single largest concentration of breeding waterfowl in the country. Duck hunters and bird watchers across the country enjoy incredible opportunities in large part because this region supports so many species of ducks, grassland birds, and other wildlife. At the same time, native prairie and wetlands in this area are among the most threatened habitats in the entire country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) estimates that at existing conversion rates – driven by draining and plowing – fully one-half of the remaining native prairie in the region will be lost in less than 35 years. The FWS recently proposed the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area initiative. This project is designed to accelerate protection for these resources through voluntary conservation easements. With this effort, the Service can increase the pace of conservation in the most cost-effective manner. The Izaak Walton League is leading efforts to conserve these essential resources. We encourage you to submit a comment supporting the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal. Your comment is important and will help the Service to implement this critical initiative.

Deadline for Input on Waterfowl Boundaries is January 31
LINCOLN, Neb. – Waterfowl hunters have until January 31 to comment about possible boundary changes to duck zones and goose units, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules allow boundary changes to be made every five years. Any changes would be in effect for the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting seasons. Game and Parks wants to hear from hunters who would like to see boundary changes, as well as from hunters who would not like to see changes. Hunters have two options for giving input: attend one of several remaining public meetings around the state or download a survey from
http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/ hunting.asp.

The following is a list of remaining public meetings, all starting at 7:00 p.m.: Jan. 13 – Columbus, Izaak Walton League, 3521 9th St. South Jan. 17 – Alma, Johnson Community Center, 509 Main St. Jan. 18 – Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Center, 428 N. Main St. Jan. 19 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. Jan. 24 – Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20 Jan. 25 – O'Neill, Cubby's Godfa-

ther's Pizza Express, 204 E. U.S. Highway 20 Jan. 26 – Albion, Cornerstone Bank, 240 S. 3rd St. Jan. 27 – Ponca, Ponca State Park, 88090 Spur 26E Jan. 31 – Kearney, Mitzi's Pavilion at Yanney Heritage Park, 2020 W. 11th St. Feb. 1 – North Platte, North Platte Police Department, 715 S. Jeffers.

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OFFICERS / DIRECTORS
Dave Tunink (483-4973) pres. Ed Mundorf (782-8081), v.p. Wes Sheets (466-9040), sec Art Bryant (488-7781), treas. Mike Kunkee (540-7120) Dick Mavis(421-3485) Mike Moore (483-7394) Jeff Rawlinson (488-7879) Tracy Ross (474-4327) Ray Rowen (730-2808) Mike Shapoval (420-5763) Doug Woodbeck (327-7161) STATE DIRECTORS Wes Sheets and Art Bryant CORPORATION BOARD REPRESENTATIVE Gene Ripa (328-0078) NATIONAL DIRECTOR Wes Sheets WEB MASTER Mike Moore (webrat@windstream.net)

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
CLUBHOUSE RENTALS CLUB MANAGER BAR MANAGER Mike Kunkee RIFLE/PISTOL RANGES Bob Sibal (423-1315) NEWSLETTER EDITOR John Carter (477-2150) jecarter@neb.rr.com MEMBERSHIP Wes Sheets HUNTER SAFETY Jeff Rawlinson YOUTH TRAP Dick Mavis AMERICAN RIMFIRE ASSOCIATION Mike McConnell (423-3809) RIFLE SILHOUETTE Chris Westover (466-1535) PISTOL SILHOUETTE Mike Kunkee (mhkunkee@gmail.com) 300-YARD INFORMAL SHOOT 300-YARD MATCH SHOOT Mike Shapoval TRAP LEAGUES Bill Siedhoff (423-5525) GLOCK PISTOL EVENTS Chris Zeeb (402/525-4505) CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM & CMP Doug Woodbeck

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Dave Tunink (483-4973) SELF-LOADING TRAP Lou Buller (489-2513) SPORTING CLAY 5-STAND Todd Walters (423-5551)

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