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Attention gun range users

October 14, 2012
Nick Buseman - Grundy County Conservation Supervisor , Reinbeck Courier

To all who use or have used the Grundy County gun and archery ranges located in Reinbeck please be aware of the rule change that has been put in place at the ranges. On September 4th the staff and the Conservation Board received a letter expressing great concern about the safety of the archery and gun ranges. With proof of inappropriate use of the ranges, the board developed a few rule changes to the range in order to decrease the likelihood of any potential injury to persons or property.

Starting October 5th, the range users are now required to log in and out every time they use the ranges. Placed on the large rules sign is an orange box which contains a sheet of paper where you will need to print and sign your name, along with writing the date and time you were using the range.

We understand that the inappropriate actions by just a few may have caused a new requirement to the range that will take some time to get used to, but in order to present the shooters with some accountability the Board feels that this is the only way at this time. In an effort to make the logbook be effective, there will be disciplinary action taken for those that refuse to log in while using all ranges. All cases of range users not logging in will be brought to the attention of the Conservation Board that meets the second Tuesday of every month. At those meetings, the Board will decide what disciplinary action is necessary, ranging from suspension to expulsion from the range.

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New log in area at the Grundy County gun and archery ranges.
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Also any unsafe or inappropriate actions identified will also be handled by the Conservation Board. To take the baseball analogy, this problem might be the second strike against the ranges. Again, we understand that most people appreciate and use the ranges safely and as they were designed. We hope by making this little change we will eliminate issues.

One other change that we have decided is to move the annual bow shoot to the Black Hawk area just north of Morrison. We feel that removing the shoot will help in the general safety of the area. The year round archery range will stay as it is for the time being, but any inappropriate actions will put the use of that area in stronger jeopardy.

I realize that these statements may seem a little harsh, but we want the public to know that this is a very serious matter that cannot be taken lightly. We do realize that the majority of the users treat the ranges exactly as they should. The actions of the few often dictate the changes for many.

These ranges are one of our highest use areas by people of all ages. It is our goal to have them continue. With your cooperation and assistance we feel that this is possible. Once again we express thanks to all that use and cherish these ranges and we hope that your cooperation will make this a smooth transition. If you witness any inappropriate actions please call the Grundy County Sherriff's Office or the Grundy County Conservation Board Office. If you have any questions or concerns, also feel free to call our office at 319-345-2688.



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