Welcome to LincolnIkes
Izaak Walton was a fisherman who lived in England over four hundred years ago. It was his namesake that our “Izaak Walton League of America” used in 1922, when it was established to help preserve our fishing streams. The Lincoln Chapter was organized soon afterwards in 1924, and has provided a conservation voice for our wildlife and natural resources for over 87 years.
Today our chapter hosts many conservation programs, and has some of the most active shooting sports programs available in this area. We provide the only full service shooting range within fifty miles of Lincoln. Here you will find opportunities to practice shooting skills, with pistols, rifles and shotguns, on our well-kept ranges located one half mile south of Highway 2 on South 134th Street. At the Lincoln Ike’s, we focus on education and the experiences we provide to younger shooters. We firmly believe that properly trained shooters are important to our future. We offer young hunter safety training, youth trap shooting, an orientation to shooting for youth who have passed the hunter safety course, and many individual clinics such as “women in the outdoors”.
Our programs operate entirely from a membership organization. To maintain the skills we learn, our members enjoy the privilege of using the rifle ranges, the pistol range, a five stand sporting clays range and an automatic trap range. Recently we have added an archery range where all of our members can hone the archery skills they need for hunting and a catch-and-release fishing pond for the youth. These facilities are operated on a self-serve basis on the member’s timeframe, except when an organized event is scheduled.
We welcome non-members to participate in any number of organized shoots like 300-yard target events, Black Rifle Challenge, CMP, Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette, Vintage Military Bolt Action Match, ARA .22 shoots, Glock matches, handgun silhouettes, Sporting Clays, summer and fall trap leagues, high school trap shoots, and a host of other fun events.
A special event takes place on the last two Sundays in October and the first Sunday in November, prior to the start of the Nebraska Deer Rifle Season, when we invite the public to Hunter Sight-in Days. Qualified coaches assist hunters to obtain a zero with their rifle, which is very important to the success of their hunting season. Range hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Lincoln chapter has active members who are working hard to conserve our state’s wildlife resources with their involvement in the Nebraska Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Nebraska Sportsmen’s Foundation. Our members work hard to bring our views and oversight in wildlife matters, wildlife regulations and the environment into the legislative processes.
As one of the nineteen Izaak Walton League chapters across the state of Nebraska, we are proud of our conservation heritage as we make it our mission to make a difference for the wildlife and the environment.
Membership information is available at our website, by calling (402)474-6555, or at P.O. Box 6755, Lincoln, NE 68506.
For more information on our parent organization, The Izaak Walton League of America, go to www.iwla.org.