Irwin Sportsmen's Association's mission shall be the encouragement and development of the honesty, good fellowship, and self discipline which are essential to good sportsmanship in all phases of sports afield as well as the conservation of wildlife and to own or lease grounds and buildings for these purposes.
There has been a rash of break-ins at our county & state parks again this year in visitors vehicles. When you go to these places make sure that you do not leave purses & other valuables in plain sight. Lock them in the trunk or at least cover them with something. Walkers seem especially vulnerable,because a lot of women just leave their purses on the front seat & leave. It only takes seconds for someone to break a window & grab your stuff
DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® 38 SPECIAL 130 GRAIN SYMBOL USA38SPVP WITH LOT NUMBERS KF21, KL30 or KM52. The ammunition Lot Number is ink stamped inside the right tuck flap of the 100-round carton as indicated here. The symbol is printed above the UPC bar code.
Musings from Our President
We are a small club – a family oriented club – not too many rules but with safety as our first priority. We don’t want to have a thick manual of do’s and don’ts on how to conduct ourselves and as a member we trust that you would conduct yourselves as the good sportsmen and sportswomen that I know you are.
Due to the recent damages to club property: to list a few, metal post at the pistol range was shot at, 223 rounds at the silhouette range (no bottleneck cartridges), shot up glass at the lower pistol range, etc…For safety reasons we had to take the metal gongs down at the rifle range because of the risks of ricochets (gongs were shot up and looked like Swiss cheese) and now the pistol range gongs and the post holding the gongs were shot clear through and need removed.
Fellow members have spent their time and monies to make the ranges a fun and safe place to shoot. It brings us no joy to be put in the position of having to place the grounds and/or facility under video surveillance. The few rules that we have are clearly posted at all ranges and on the bulletin board inside the clubhouse. The explanation that “this happens at other clubs” – so it must be the normal thing? Does this mean that we need to be complacent and allow it to happen here? I believe that we have the responsibility to ourselves, each other and to the club to fix the problem – to keep our ranges safe and to stop the damages done to the club property. Joyce
Pennsylvania's New Hunting Licenses will be available starting June 17, 2019! Then doe license applications next, click on PA schedule to see dates.
You can now archery hunt screaming bugling bulls during the rut for the first time ever in Pennsylvania. Also, 14% more elk licenses are being issued for the 2019 elk seasons compared to last year. Pennsylvania ishometo some of the largest-antlered, record book elk in theNATION! Don't forget to apply for your elk license when you purchase your hunting license. Licenses go on sale June 17, 2019. You can apply to 1, 2 or 3 seasons. Each application costs $11.90, applying for all three seasons would cost a total of $35.70. Archery Season Sept. 14-28, 2019 General Season Nov. 4-9, 2019 Late Antlerless Season Jan. 4-11, 2020. Applicants can only be drawn for one season/tag per year, and all three drawings are held on the same day (Mid-August) in consecutive order. DON'T FORGET TO PURCHASE YOUR BEAR LICENSE WHEN YOU BUY YOUR GENERAL HUNTING LICENSE.
NEW TRAP SHOOTING SCHEDULE
Every Sunday at 1 PM trap shooting will be in progress. This is a new schedule and is a result of major work on the trap shooters.
Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife
Whether in your backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain you could encounter young wildlife this time of year. While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby.
Even though at least one work party is not mandatory starting this year, we still need to keep records of work party attendees as $10 is added on to the dues payment for each up to three work parties missed.Please sign the work party sign up sheet and make sure all persons attending a work party sign up and the sign up sheet is left in the folder or given to Smokey Burdin as soon as convenient. He needs to keep a running record to answer questions and to lessen the year end work load of recording the info. Please do not hold on to the sheet. Thanks for your help.
Please do not shoot solid projectile ammo at the ground (possible ricochets) or in the air (has to come down somewhere). This practice could harm a neighbor.
Please consider letting us know your occupation or your expertise and whether you are willing and able to use that expertise at a work party. Please let President Joyce know to get on the list. Thank you.
Entry Gate - Open or Closed
Note that the entry gate has to stay open if anyone is on the property. This is for fire and ambulance admittance as needed. And it should be closed and locked if you are the last one to leave the property.
Sig Sauer 516 AR15, Ten Point Crossbow, and 8 sealed tan bags of PMC 5.56 62gr ammo, 120 rounds per bag, so 960 total. Eric Betz 815-315-2206 (7/19)
Sell, Buy or Trade - An ISA member and have something you don't use anymore? Want something you really need? Have something you wish to trade. To sell, buy or trade, send identification and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send info to email@example.com to list. Items will be posted for 3 months unless renewed.
No Dumping on ISA property. If you have material you think could be used, please contact VP Kevin first. Thanks.
VEHICULAR TRAFFIC RULES
Vehicles coming down to the gate have the right of way. Vehicles entering must not enter or must back down to give vehicles leaving room to exit. Hopefully this will prevent damaging the sides or drainage of the paved way. Thank you for your help.SHOTGUN RANGE
Any shotshell ammo from pistol, rifle or shotgun can be used on the shotgun range (to right of rifle range). Please do not use single projectile.
The archery door is there to protect the straw (and shade the black snake). Please open the door fully when using the range, put your targets in front of the hay (hay serves as a backstop) and please do not shoot the door. All arrows stuck in the door will be confiscated.
We do not want anyone to be hurt while operating our equipment and machinery. We will continue to keep a logbook of those who are authorized to operate certain machinery. If you wish to be qualified, let any officer or Kevin Kennelty know, and you will either be trained at that time or we will schedule group classes as convenient.All shooting ranges are closed at SUNSET. Please abide by that rule, as it might not take much for neighbors to try to shut us down. Anyone caught shooting after sunset might have their membership card taken and will have to come to a board meeting and explain their reasoning. Ejection from the club is a real possibility.If you have any ideas, changes, or improvements to the facility; you are encouraged to give them to any officer for board consideration. Thank you in advance for your input.
Please shoot on the proper ranges. .22 pistols and rifles only on the clubhouse. Pistols and .22 rimfire rifles on the upper pistol and lower pistol ranges. Rifles on the rifle range. Shotshells on the new shotgun range (right of the rifle range) and if shooting trap on the silhouette range, please shoot from center to right only. Please pick up your shells on the rifle range. Please don't leave them for someone else to slip or fall and injure themselves.
Membership in ISA is an important venture. The ability to shoot rifles, pistols, muzzle loaders, shotguns, and/or arrows to sharpen your skills and to give you the satisfaction of being "On Target" is valuable. Your membership includes the right of your "significant other" and/or ANY child under 18 years of age to participate with member accompanying. Other family members and guests have to become members. We do have several events that are open to the public, and for these events, invite those not included in your membership and plan ahead for a good time.
What's Broken? - Anyone noting something that needs fixing or attention please let Kevin Kennelty or one of our officers know. We want to make sure our facility stays viable, respectable, and usable.
Safety/Accidents - Please report any safety violations or accidents to one of our principal officers. The officers and board members need to review and have correct facts to respond to media, members, and public questions. Rumors travel fast and can be distorted. We are not looking for scapegoats or reasons to act against any members. Accidents happen, we all have done our share. If something can be done reasonably to correct a problem, be assured it will be done. Thank you.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON
An ISA member and have something you don't use anymore? Lose something? Need something? Send info by firstname.lastname@example.org to list on the For Sale, Found, Wanted listing. It will be listed for at least 3 months unless you contact us first.
We have entered into an agreement with Manor and Irwin Boroughs to allow their police to train and qualify on our pistol and long rifle ranges. They have paid to have member rights. ISA will have a representative on hand during the scheduled dates to assist.
If you are not getting a monthly Newsletter and want one (email saves up to $1.50 over mail) please contact Smokey Burdin. If you want to change or add an email, please let us know. Thanks.
If you or your young person harvests game, please send me a photo. I will put it on the webpage and room permitting, the newsletter. They will be excited to see their photo. Send photos to email@example.com.
There is a lot of information and fun to read matters in Outdoor News magazine. One way to get it is to go to this site http://www.outdoornews.com/Pennsylvania/. You can go to other states or a general category can be viewed. You can also subscribe to regular emails and/or magazine from them.
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