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Ames Izaak Walton league Officer Installation
September 6, 2016

 

Tonight at the regular board meeting for the Ames Izaak Walton League we had the installation of the officers and board members for the new fiscal year.   They have a lot of responsibility with the operations of our park for the benefit of our 1,000 or so members.   We wish them well with their duties.


Ike’s Youth Archery Classes
August 15, 2016-September 5, 2016

 

The Ike’ are offering a second Youth Archery series of classes starting August 15 through September 5, 2016.   If you know of anyone one from 9-14 years of age that would be interested, please email Terry Witt at ikesarcheryames@gmail.com or call him at 319-415-0646.


DUes to Increase at Ames Ikes
August 9, 2016

 

The National Organization had a vote at its last annual meeting that will raise the national dues.  This was necessary because while they still have money in their operating fund, that fund has been decreasing because of increased expenses and decreased revenue.   Revenue has decreased by 26% or $900,868 and the organization has cut expenses by $210,000 from 2010-2015 along with cutting staff from 24 to 13 employees.   As a result, of the national increase, the board at the Ames Izaak Walton League voted to increase the dues to match the national increase by $10.00 for each member.   Along with this, we also did an adjustment to the family membership dues to be more in line with payments by an individual.   The new dues for 2017 will be $130 for an Individual membership and $175.00 for a family membership.   

 

There has not been a dues increase at the national or local level since 2012.  While none of us like paying more for dues, we understand the need for our organization to maintain a level fund to keep up with its conservation and educational offerings and mission.

 


 

Ike’s Participate in Arbor Day Activities
April 24, 2015

 

The Ike’s Chapter House was busy with Arbor Day activity Thursday night April 23, when 12 volunteers gathered to package 942 seedlings for delivery to Ames area 3rd and 4th grade school children on Friday, Arbor Day, April 24th.  This year we gave away red oak seedlings, an excellent replacement for the Ash trees being cut down.  Other years, we have given away a variety of seedlings of native trees and scrubs. The Ike’s have given seedlings to children in the Ames area regularly each year for at least 40 years. 

 

The seedlings were obtained from the Ames State Forest Nursery in large sacks bundled in groups of 50, which must be separated, individually wrapped in a wet paper towel, put into a plastic sack, and closed with a twisty. They are then counted out according the number in each class for each school and placed in paper grocery sacks for delivery to the various schools by volunteers on Arbor Day morning.  This year there were 39 grocery sacks of seedlings. The packaging supplies were donated by Hy Vee, West.


Photo:

Left to right:  Adults, Tod Bertram, Paul Readhead, Jake Strohm, and 2 Scouts package seedlings. 
Others who helped (not shown) were Zachary Strohm, Jen Strohm, Kyle Charter, Sandi Charter, Quentin Strohm, Zane Barker, Roger Elliott, Kevin Martin, Marvin Scott, and Bill Cook.

 


 

2015 COMPONENT ORDER INFORMATION


It is time for the 2015 component order.  To make this process run a little smoother, we are not going to take order via email.  All orders must be made in person, no exception.


Below are links to the lists of available components and prices. 


To place an order, bring your printed lists with your selections to the Ames Ikes Chapter House on Saturday, March 7th 2015 between 8am & 1 pm.


Payment will be made at the time of pick-up.  Orders will be picked up at Kurt Lehman’s farm on a date to be decided.  When the orders come in you will receive an email, phone call or text.

 

Target Loads                          Powder                              Primers and Wads                               Shot                     Pistol

 


IKES PARTICIPATE IN ARBOR DAY ACTIVITIES - APRIL 24, 2014

 

The Ike’s House was buzzing with Arbor Day activity Thursday night April 24, when 12 volunteers gathered to package 1000 seedlings for delivery to Ames area 3rd and 4th grade school children on Friday, Arbor Day, April 25th.  This year we gave away red oak seedlings, an excellent replacement for the Ash trees cut down.  Other years, we have given away a variety of seedling of native trees and scrubs. The Ike’s have given seedlings to children in the Ames area regularly each year for at lease 40 years.

 

The seedlings were obtained from the Ames State Forest Nursery in large sacks bundled in groups of 50 which must be separated, individually wrapped in a wet paper towel, put into a plastic sack, and closed with a twisty. They are then counted out according the number in each class for each school and placed in paper grocery sacks for delivery to the various schools by volunteers on Arbor Day morning.  This year there were 45 grocery sacks of seedlings. The packaging supplies were donated by Hy Vee west.

In the Photo above, left to right:   Arzy Clapp, Tom Wnuk, Steve Holmes, Arron Kester, Marv Scott, Cale Doyle package seedlings.  Others who helped (not shown) were Jim Pease, Monica Reising, Bill Cook, Tod Bertram.  Four youth were involved: Alex and Wyatt Holmes, Ronnie Hannagan, and Quenton  Strohm


 

2014 Ikes Air Rifle Team

By Marv Scott

The air rifle team representing the Ames Ikes took third place in the Iowa Junior Rifle League.  Four individuals earned awards.   The match was very much dominated by the Marines of North Des Moines High School JROTC, who took first in the team matches with D. L. Heim, a Marine, winning the individual contest with a score of 2210.  The Ames shooters were:

 

Micaela Osuch score 1906 awarded third junior.

Daniel Parsons score 1873

Mallory  Toresdahl score 1827 awarded second sub-junior

Zack Strohm score 1581 awarded second class B

Luke Grzech score 1479 awarded fifth class B

 

Team standings:                                                      won      lost

Des Moines North High School JROTC Gold           5          0          Champion

Des Moines North High School JROTC Silver         4          1          2nd

Ames Ikes                                                                       3          2          3rd

Swisher  S S                                                                   2          3                     

Muscatine Jr. Rifles                                                      1          4

Lone Tree Jr. Rifles                                                      0          5

           

Our rifle team shoots on the IKES indoor range on Sunday afternoons October into March.  The Daisy 853 air rifles are on loan from Ames Post No 37 of the American Legion.  It is open to girls and boys ages 12 to 18.  There is no cost to shooters and they do not have to be members of the IKES or the Legion.  For more information contact Marv Scott at (515) 233-1849.  Marv is an NRA trained coach who coaches the team.

       

The team has a second identity as “Cyclone George” when entering matches sponsored by the American Legion. 

Special thanks to Mrs. Stoner who generously donated pellets for the team.

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The 2013 Olav Smedal Conservation Award Recipient
( by Michael MeeKS)

                                                     

The 2013 Olav Smedal Conservation Award recipient is Pat Schlarbaum, Milford Township, Story County.
Sponsored by the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Story County Conservation Board, this award is presented to, "Those who, by their actions and/or their communications have done the most to accurately present to the public of central Iowa", the need and importance of sound conservation and environmental practices. These individuals, who represent the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship, and who help cultivate a sound ecological conscience, are so honored and recognized by the significance of this award.

 

Olav Smedal was associated with The Daily Tribune for 39 years, 22 of these years were as an outdoor writer columnist and 17 years as the outdoor editor.  Ole was a member of the Outdoor Writer Association of America, and the Association of great Lakes Outdoor Writers.  He was also a Founder and charter member of the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.

 

Because of Olav's many long-term contributions on behalf of natural resource conservation on the local, state, and national levels, The Daily Tribune established the Olav Smedal Conservation Award which is currently sponsored by the Ames Izaak Walton League Chapter and the Story County Conservation Board.  For the last 2 years Karsten Smedal, Ole's son, has paid for the plaque presented to the winner and the etched name plate added each year to the plaque displayed at the County Conservation Center.

Pat Schlarbaum grew up on a farm near Garden Grove in Decatur County, Iowa. As a youth, Pat recognized the importance of Iowa's natural places. He holds a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Animal Ecology and has worked as a member of the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's (IDNR) Non-game/Wildlife Diversity Program since 1985.

 

He currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the IDNR's Wildlife Diversity Program. Pat has been a key player in Iowa's Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program, the Osprey Restoration Plan, Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, American Kestrel Nest-box Program, Eastern Blue Bird Nest Box Recovery Program and many other programs.
 
Pat is an important participant with the Iowa State Fair Wildlife Bureau and has worked tirelessly for the past 20 years on the outdoor exhibits and in conservation outreach and education. He is one of the primary natural resource state event organizers. Some of these include the Effigy Mound's Hawk Watch, Pelican Watch, Prairie Chicken Viewing Days, and numerous bird banding and animal releases.

His Restoration, Reintroduction, and Release work has help many native species including critters like Barn Owls, River Otters and Trumpeter Swans.  These are but a few of the many species and natural habitats he has helped shape.

 

In addition to his personal experiences and formal training, Pat's association with the First Nations communities and the mutual sharing of knowledge, has helped him develop his reverence and understanding of the creatures and their habitat needs.  These abilities enable Pat to share his enthusiasm and knowledge by volunteering as an on air host and reporter covering natural resource and conservation issues for the Ames Community Radio Station, KHOI.

 

Pat Schlarbaum is a member of the Ames, Big Bluestem Audubon Society and many other conservation groups and continues to build on a natural legacy that our future generations can strive to enjoy and honor. He is an inspiration to us all. 

 

Thank You, Pat!


Protocol to nominate an individual(s) for the  Olav Smedal Conservation Award

The Olav Smedal Conservation Award sponsored by the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.  
Contact: Michael Meetz,  nomination committee chair at mcmeetz@iowatelecom.net .


Criteria: The award will seek to honor those who, by their actions or communications, have done the most to accurately present to the public of central Iowa excellence in the conservation of natural resources, the air, water, woods, wildlife, and soil; and outdoor pursuits representing the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship.  Preference will be given to candidates who exhibit excellence in providing public information, leadership, and/or involvement. 

Nomination questions included: 1) Briefly describe the nominee's background,  2) Describe the successful program, project, or event for which the nominee was responsible, 3) What measurable results were achieved by the program/activity described in #, 4) What impact did this program or activity have on the general public of central Iowa.

 

Additional supporting documentation, testimony or letters of support are welcomed.  

 

Past recipients:

1988 Dale Brentnall

1989 Bill Horine

1990 Steve Lekwa

1991 Nancy Kurrle

1992 Cele Burnett

1993 Dave Van Waus

1994 Robert Pinneke

1995 Jim Pease

1996 George Patrick

1997 Ed Powell

1998 Mike Meetz

1999 Linda and Hank Zaletel 

2000 Erv Klaas 

2001 Cindy Hildebrand

2002 Jim Dinsmore

2003 Todd Burras

2004 Jim Colbert

2005 John Pohlman

2006 Rick Deitz

2007 Jimmie Thompson

2008 Carl and Linda Kurtz

2009  Lloyd and Gaylan Crim

2010  Deb Lewis

2011  Tom Rosburg 

2012   Marlene and Bruce Ehresman
 


 

Ames Ikes Deer Hunt 

 The Ames Ikes Has an opportunity for members to hunt the grounds during the first and second bow season for deer. deadline for interested parties is this Friday (9-27).  Sorry about the short notice. Below is the rules for the Ikes Hunt. Any questions can be directed to Michael Broderick mkbroderick32@gmail.com.   If the interest is higher than 10 we will have a drawing of offer split season.
Each of you interested in hunting at the park will need to be current members and follow the rules below.

 Ames Izzak Walton League Rules for Park Bow Hunting
• Ikes’ bow hunters must pass a Bow Hunter Safety class in addition to regular hunter safety.
• Must hunt from a tree stand elevated at least eight feet.
• Must wear a safety harness at all times while in the stand.
• Must follow all Iowa DNR bow hunting regulations.
• Must report all deer taken to the Ikes’ deer hunt coordinator in a timely manner.
• Must hunt in a predetermined area of the park assigned by the hunt coordinator.
• Only one tree stand per hunter.
• No screw-in steps are allowed.
• Stands may be placed one week before the season and must be removed within one week after.
• The deer bow hunt must, in no way, interfere with regular use of the park.
• Ames Perimeter Zone tags are the preferred tag.
• We encourage does to be taken, but any legal Iowa archery tag is valid. If you shoot a buck, please take mature bucks if possible.
• Season will be October 1 through the Friday before first shotgun, and the Monday after second shotgun to January 10.
• Carcasses may not be placed in the park dumpsters.

Thank you for your membership and interest in hunting at the Ikes
Mike Broderick
Archery Chair and Hunt coordinator

 


 

 

3-D archery results

Thank you again to all the shooters that came out to our last shoot of the year.

I hope only to improve this shoot next year, please send me any feedback you have.  I had a mishap and some scorecards got misplaced, I apologize for that.

Good luck this hunting season and see you next year!

Mike Broderick

Ames Ikes Archery

 
 

 

Match results can be downloaded from the following link for our April and June 3-D Archery matches:

3-D Archery Results

 

 

 

3-D archery results

Thank you everyone for coming out and shooting in our June Shoot.  we again had a good turnout and the weather was great (at least in the Morning).

We have our next shoot in August and we will have some new targets to take aim at on the course.  Watch for or next reminder e-mail or visit www.amesikes.org and visit the calendar.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Mike Broderick
Ames Ikes Archery
 

Match results can be downloaded from the following link for our April and June 3-D Archery matches:

3-D Archery Results

 


 

 

 

The Ike’s House was buzzing with Arbor Day activity Thursday night April 25, when 12 volunteers gathered to package 984 seedlings for delivery to Ames area 3rd and 4th grade school children on Friday, Arbor Day, April 26th.  This year we gave away Nannyberry bush seedlings.  Other years, we have given away a variety of native seedling native tree and bush seedlings. The Ike’s have given seedlings to children in the Ames area regularly for at lease 40 years.

The seedlings were obtained from the Ames State Forest Nursery in large sacks bundled in groups of 50 which must be separated, individually wrapped in a wet paper towel, put into a plastic sack, and closed with a twisty. They are then counted out according the number in each class for each school and placed in paper grocery sacks for delivery to the various schools by volunteers on Friday morning.  This year there were 45 grocery sacks of seedlings. The packaging supplies were donated by Ames West Hy-Vee.

Left to right:  Jim Pease, Cindy Pease, Arzy Clapp, and Tod Bertram sort and package seedlings.  Monica Reising is in the left background coming over to help.

Left to right:  The Pahl family and Marv Scott team up to package seedlings..


 

CYCLONE GEORGE SCORES

by Marvin Scott

Five shooters from team Cyclone George sponsored by Ames Post no. 37 entered the American Legion’s Preliminary and State and Regional Championship  sixty-shot postal match and enjoyed some success.  They shot the match on the Ikes indoor range in December, 2012 during winter break. The individual scores were:

Micaela Osuch            437

Mallory Toresdahl       423

Cody Toresdahl          405

Irene Nickerson           392

Luke Grzech               231

In March Cyclone George was notified that they had qualified as a team for the Qualification Round, and that Micaela Osuch had qualified as an individual.  As one parent remarked, “This is big, really big.”  This round requires that a representative of the Legion observe the shooting and verify that all rules were followed.  On March 19, 2013 Ames Post no. 37 was represented by Everett Freel and David Rehbein as Cyclone George shot their team match.  The shooters reported the following scores, which are not official:

Michaela Osuch         457

Mallory Toresdahl       446

Cody Torsdahl            401

Irene Nickerson          393

Official scores will be available in April.  Michaela Osuch is scheduled to shoot her individual match on March 30.

 The shooters and coach of team Cyclone George say thanks to Ames Post no. 37 for your support.  It is a privilege to represent you in these matches. 


 

 AIR RIFLE MATCH RESULTS

by Marvin Scott

 The air rifle team, jointly sponsored by the Ames Ikes and Ames Post no. 37 of the American Legion, had some individuals win awards in the Iowa Junior Rifle League.  The League is sponsored by the Iowa State Rifle and Pistol Association and includes six teams.  The event is shot in a series of eight postal matches running from November 15 to March 1.  It includes awards for individuals and teams.  The individual champion was Dylan Brandon from Des Moines North Marine Corps Junior ROTC, who shot 2068 out of a possible 2400.
Cody Toresdahl was the highest scoring shooter from Ames and won the award for First Junior, shooting 1839.  Micaela Osuch shot 1820 and got an award as Third Intermediate Junior.  Mallory Toresdahl's score was 1683.  Luke Neutzling shot 1662.  Irene Nickerson shot 1628 and won Second Junior award.
Luke Grzech shot 1177, Koen Pahl shot 1163, and Zak Strohm shot 953.

The team matches were a round robin and produced a very tight contest for second.  The team standings were:

 

Place
  Team Won Lost
First MCJROTC 5 0
Second Lone Tree 3 2
Third MCJROTC Silver 3 2
Fourth Ames 3 2
Fifth Swisher 1 4
Sixth Muscatine 0 5

The tie in wins and losses was broken by highest score in match 8.  The Ames team was very lucky to make it seem that close.

 The Ames team shoots the matches on the Ikes indoor range on Sunday afternoons and starts practice in late September.  The team uses Daisy 853 air rifles provided by American Legion Post No. 37, but some shooters have chosen to purchase their own rifles.  New shooters, girls or boys, are welcomed to join the team come September.  There is no cost for shooters.
All fees and supplies are paid for by our sponsoring organizations.  Our thanks to them.  Marvin Scott, an NRA trained coach, coaches the team.  Anyone interested in joining the team should contact him at (515) 233-1849.  No precious shooting experience is required. 



IOWA AIR RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

By Marvin Scott

The Cyclone George air rifle team had four shooters qualify for the American Legion of Iowa's Championship tournament held March 16 at Des Moines North High School.  This was a sixty- shoot match with thirty-four shooters entered.  All competitors must be residents of Iowa and have a sixty-shot match (possible score 600).  The match was dominated by the North High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC team which took the team trophy and the top three individual awards.  No surprise there.  North's MCJROTC took second in the national MCJROTC match for 2013.  First place went to Kathy Navaro, who shot 546 out of 600.  She was one of eleven Marines shooting.  Ames shooters were able to outscore some of them:

 Cody Toresdahl shot 457 and placed 7th

Micaela Osuch shot 455.5 and placed 8th

Irene Nickerson shot 400 and placed 11th

Mallory Toresdahl shot 399 and placed 12th

 Cyclone George team is sponsored by Ames Post Number 37, which provides seven Daisy 853 air rifles and pays entry fees if any in matches sponsored by the Legion.  The team shoots on the indoor range of the Ames Ikes and is coached by Marvin Scott, an NRA-trained coach.  The team is open to girls and boys age 12 to 18 who want to learn to shoot.  There is no cost to shooters, and beginners are welcome.  Call Marvin Scott at (515) 233-1849
 

 

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