Ike’s Tract- Closed to the Public
April 13, 2012
Continuing problems experienced at the Izaak Walton Shooting Facility, located 2.5 miles west of Toledo, have led to closure of the facility, at least for the time being. “This was a very difficult decision for the County Conservation Board,” states Bob Etzel, Director. “We feel shooting sports and the hunting legacy is an important thing to hand down to future generations. However, spiraling problems at the facility leaves no other option while we regroup and evaluate the facility and its future mission.” The Tama County Conservation Board passed a motion at their meeting of April 4, 2012, to immediately close the facility on a temporary basis. The facility will be gated and padlocked at the park’s entrance. No one will be allowed to shoot at the facility until further notice. A report is expected from the Iowa DNR sometime in May with recommendations for changes in course design and management. Once that report is received a committee will meet to discuss the problems and make recommendations to the Conservation Board. The Conservation Board will then weigh these suggestions in determining the future course of management for the facility. This process is expected to take several months. Incidents at the facility recently have included an excessive number of shooters using the range at once, reckless use of a firearm by firing at random and improperly on the range, shooting after hours, shooting improperly from the 100 yard shooting station by placing targets on the wrong shooting berm, vandalism by shooting structures, trees and signs, and placing targets on the ground at improper distances from the shooting berm causing ricochet.
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