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Welcome to the Itasca Gun Club web site!

 


For updates on range closures, please check the Calendar.  Updates to the calendar occur at night, so checking mornings is the best bet. 


The club's monthly meetings are held at 7:00 PM the third Tuesday of each month at the clubhouse.   There is no meeting in December, and the Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday January 12, at the Sugar Lake Lodge.  Registration information will be coming in the mail.  


Disabled American Veterans' Hunt


In 2017, Itasca Gun Club made a decision to close the range during deer opener weekend.  This was done partly to be a good neighbor and give the local residents some quiet after two weeks of sighting in hunting rifles.  The club chose to use the weekend to hold a deer hunt opportunity for Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  This year, Marine Staff Sergeant Jake Turner was at the range assisting fellow Marine DAV Corporal Tony Austin.

 

SSGT Turner is on Active Duty and is a Marine Recruiter in this area. Being new to the area, and not having a hunting spot lined up, he asked if he could also hunt our property.  Conley Janssen, the IGC Chief Instructor and Joe Oliver, IGC President approved the request.  SSGT Turner took this nice four pointer on Sunday. We would like to congratulate SSGT Turner on his good luck, and for being there to help CPL Tony Austin. We would like to thank both of them for their service. We would also like to thank Tike Sutherland from Tike’s Trophy Meats for processing SSGT Turner’s deer at no cost. 

 

Left to right are CPL Tony Austin, SSGT Jake Turner, and Tike Sutherland






Range News!


Indoor shooting programs will be starting soon.  These programs require a small fee, and are open to both gun club members and the public.  These events are run by volunteers from the club.



The existing clubhouse and indoor range will remain open and operational until the spring of 2019. IGC has been in discussions with the MN DNR to extend the club’s lease at that property into 2019, allowing us to continue using the indoor facilities this winter. In the spring, we will move the clubhouse over to the new range on Prairie Lake Road and begin site clean-up at the old location.



This fall, there are three things that will be accomplished at the new range.

 

1. The concrete has been poured for the 50 yard pistol range firing line.  The shooting structure has been moved into place on the concrete, so there's now overhead cover.  No more shooting in the rain!


2. Contractors have completed the underground plumbing work, and the concrete building slab for the classroom/ckubhouse relocation has been poured. 


3. IGC Volunteers will need to clear enough timber this fall so that the building mover can get the clubhouse/classroom out to the new site. This means clearing everything out eight feet from the sides of the existing entrance road and maybe a bit more in some areas. We need the roadway cleared at least 30’ wide to move that 25’ wide building. This will also make snow removal much easier.  Joel Adamson is the lead for this work.



Sight In Days Slideshow

Itasca Action Pistol Slideshow

Service Rifle Slideshow



Handgun carry permit classes are taught twice a month by Certified Itasca Gun Club instructors.  Check the Calendar for dates and information.  


You can join Itasca Gun Club for only $30 a year, $18 for seniors, as a family membership.


The outdoor range hours are 08:00 until 1/2 hour before sunset.  People live in the area, and we want to remain good neighbors by not making noise too early or too late.  Tannerite and similar explosive targets are banned at this range, due to insurance requirements.  Be careful driving out to the range in the winter.  Don't exceed safe speeds for the existing road conditions.

 

There are multiple slide shows of range construction efforts on the "Range Relocation" tab above.  There's a new slide show as of Oct 17 2016 here.


While the range is open to members, please check the club calendar before you head out to make sure that the range is not temporarily closed for construction, training or scheduled shooting events.


Want to Join or Renew Your Membership?


Information on joining or renewing is on our Membership Page


 

Looking for a Pistol Carry Permit Class?

 

Certified Itasca Gun Club Instructors teach Minnesota Carry Permit Classes at least once a month at our indoor range and classroom. The cost is typically $75 for a one day class that meets all the requirements of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  Check our Calendar for class dates and times.  Information about carry permits is on the same page as the classes.  Here's more information on Minnesota and Florida Carry Permits.


Looking for Fun Long Range Shooting?


We have built and placed the new 300 yard steel gong. It is 28” across and constructed of AR500 armor grade steel.  It will easily withstand 30-06 armor piercing at 50 yards so it should last a long time at 300 yard line! Conley Janssen and Grant Janssen built and assembled it, with Grant doing some of the final welding so he earned first “GONG”!  He put two shots in a 2 inch spotter with his custom 300RUM Remington 700 and Burris F class scope.  It rings very nice!  Gong Slideshow


 

Who Are We? 

 

The Itasca Gun Club of Grand Rapids, Minnesota is an all-volunteer, 501(c)4 non-profit corporation. Our facilities include a clubhouse/classroom that can seat up to fifty, an indoor pistol and smallbore range, and outdoor rifle and pistol ranges.  We host a number of types of classes - click the Calendar tab above to see upcoming events or change the calendar to a "list" view.

  • Adult Permit to Carry
  • Women-Only Permit to Carry
  • MN DNR Youth Firearms Safety
  • MN DNR Adult Firearms Safety (not for carry permits)
  • Mother-Daughter MN Youth Firearms Safety
  • Train the Trainer for Youth Firearms Safety
  • Train the Trainer for Adult Permit to Carry



The club has relocated to a new site about a mile away from the old range.  The new outdoor range will include two pistol ranges, a smallbore range, a 300 yard rifle range and eventually a 1,000 yard rifle range.  The indoor range at the original site will be open until the spring of 2018.

 

MN DNR Firearms Safety for Youth

Firearms Safety Certification for Adults (not for carry permits)

Hunter Safety Certificate Requirements for Other States

Mentoring the Young Hunter

 
Range Relocation Info
Please check the "Range Relocation" tab above for maps, layouts and information on range design and construction.

 

Club Activities Info

 

Click the "Calendar" tab above to view the full list of upcoming events.  You can choose to see it as a list or as a calendar.



Upcoming events

12/17/2018 5:00 PM • IGC Indoor Range 10000 Arbo Rd. Grand Rapids
12/19/2018 8:30 AM • Indoor Range, IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
12/24/2018 5:00 PM • IGC Indoor Range 10000 Arbo Rd. Grand Rapids
12/26/2018 8:30 AM • Indoor Range, IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
  • 10/05/2018 12:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Itasca Gun Club's Sight In Days is coming up soon, and we need to get the range ready.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your help to make it successful.  There are three things you can do to help.

     

    1.      Help us in a work party on Saturday, October 6th, to get the outdoor range refurbished and set up to handle hundreds of shooters sighting in firearms over a two-week period.

    2.      Sign up for a four or five hour shift, either using our spotting scopes to help hunters sight in firearms, or working in the office selling shooting tickets, raffle tickets or reclaimed lead and brass.  There’s coffee, cookies and donuts to be had.  Sight In begins Saturday October 20th, and ends Friday November 2nd.  Check the IGC Sight In Page to see a slideshow to get a feel for what it’s like, and to see the schedule and sign up instructions.

    3.      Sell your book of $2.00 raffle tickets, and either drop them off at the range during Sight In Days, or get them to TJ Russell.  If you didn’t get a book of tickets, or you’ve been successful at selling yours, TJ has more books of tickets.  You can also consider just buying your own book of tickets for $20!  There’s a Thompson Center 30-06, a Ruger 9mm, a Ruger .22, a Burris 3x9 scope and a Buck folding knife available to be won.

     

    Outdoor range work needed, typically done as small crews:

     

    ·        Repair wood target frames.  This requires a little carpentry skill and hand tools.  Materials are ready to go.

    ·        Install mill felt in the ceiling of the firing line.  This job needs a few people with stepladders, cordless drills and basic hand tools, screwing a large sheet of cloth to the ceiling joists for noise abatement.

    ·        Clean up the area around the firing line.  There are small piles of construction materials that need to be moved/organized so they’re out of the way and the place looks nice.

    ·        Organize the equipment/materials in the shooting shack, office and trailer.  It’s like any garage cleaning – organize and move things into the new Conex container at the range.

    ·        Install a few road signs.  Arbo township donated a stop sign, some speed limit and curvy road signs.  We have the signs, bolts, posts and a post driver ready.  We just need some thoughtful sign placement and some muscle.

    ·        Slide the firing line structure on the pistol range out of the way, so a concrete pad can be poured.

    ·        Spread wood chips on walkways down in the range area.  If you have an ATV and a trailer, that could help speed things up.

    ·        Cordless drills, hand tools, rakes, shovels and stepladders would be handy things to bring.

    ·        Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available.

     

     

    If you’re considering signing up for a shift or two at Sight In Days, the schedule and instructions are on the Sight In Page.  We really need some people on October 20 and 21, the first weekend of Sight In.


  • 06/06/2018 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Itasca Gun Club is a club of skilled people.  We’re looking for a licensed plumber who can help with laying out the sanitary drain drawings for pouring the concrete slab for our new clubhouse location.  If you can help with this, please call Mike Twite at (218) 259-3795. We need this layout in order to go out for concrete bids.

     

    Range Construction

     

    It will be a busy and unpredictable summer.  Range construction will result in multiple range closures as contractors do their work.  Please check the calendar regularly if you plan to use the range.  Sometimes we have no control over when contractors can do their work, and range closures may happen on short notice.

     

    In the short term, contractors will be hauling fill dirt for backstop berms, hauling clay for surfacing the berms to keep rocks from causing ricochets and building up three outdoor pistol bays to safety standards. 

     

    Concrete will be poured for the new pistol shooting points, and overhead cover will be erected.  Concrete will be poured for the new clubhouse location, and a mover will haul the clubhouse over and place it on the concrete.  

     

    This work is being funded by a grant from the IRRRB.

     

    There will be a great deal of work in disassembling the clubhouse, ready room and indoor range -  breaking down the heating and ventilation systems, removing the interior fittings, the cabinets and other items.  A new trail for DNR Youth Firearm Safety classes is laid out and needs to be constructed.  


    This will require a large chunk of volunteer work.  We’re looking to club members and other volunteers to get this work done in stages, as specific work tasks.  Your volunteer work helps the club twice, as the hours spent are recorded as an in-kind donation, which helps the club acquire future grants.

     

    In order to ask for volunteers, we will be sending a few more regular and irregular emails asking for work parties to accomplish specific tasks. 

     

    The outhouse will be moved to the new site, and the existing port-a-potty by the rifle range will remain.  The clubhouse will operate on a generator until heavy construction is finished.  At that point, power can be run into the new site.

     

    Summer Programs

     

    Itasca Action Pistol happens every Thursday evening.  Service Rifle matches are held every third Tuesday, as are the 100 Year Old Rifle matches.  There will be pistol carry permit classes in the clubhouse/indoor range June 9 and June 23 (these require pre-registration).  Monthly IGC meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.  And a new pilot event, a 3 Gun Run will be held June 23.  All these events are open to the public, and are on the Calendar, where you can click on any event to learn more and find contact information.


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Mailing Address - PO Box 201, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Clubhouse / Training Classroom Address - 10000 Arbo Road, Grand Rapids, 55744

New Range Address - 28716 Prairie Lake Road, Grand Rapids, 55744

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