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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 Annual Meeting of the Itasca Gun Club will be held Friday, January 19th at Rutgers Sugar Lake Lodge, just south of Grand Rapids.  The social hour will begin at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 and Annual Meeting at 7:30.  Reservations are required.

Service Rifle competition is over for 2017.

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, 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.

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 relocating 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 2017.


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.

NRA Awards Grant to IGC

The Friends of the NRA has awarded a grant to Itasca Gun Club to continue the work of new range development.  At the club's Annual Meeting on Jan 22 2016, the presentation of an $8,000 check was made to the club.  Left to right are Bob Ross, Treasurer; Mike Hughes, Pistol Chairman; Jim Kelley, Friends of the NRA/NRA Foundation; Joe Oliver, IGC President.  We deeply appreciate this kind of support.

Recognition - Chuck Pearson

Thursday September 10th - The weekly Itasca Action Pistol competitors shot the first ever "Chuck Pearson 45 Drill Trophy Shoot." This trophy is to honor Chuck for all his work in starting up and running the Action Pistol Shoot every Thursday during the summer months, and to also honor him for all his other services to the club. One only has to mention a project that needs to be done and Chuck quietly just does it. It is members like Chuck that makes IGC continue to be the great club it is.  This event will be held sometime every summer during one of the Action Pistol Shoots. This year's winner was Nate Mahoney with a combined time of 15.39 seconds. Pictured are IGC President Joe Oliver, Nate Mahoney, and Chuck Pearson. Congratulations Nate and many thanks to Chuck

NRA Donation to IGC

At our February monthly meeting, the Local Chapter of the Friends of the NRA presented us with a check for $7,500 for use in the new range development. Thank you Friends of the NRA!


Left to right: Mike Hughes, IGC Grant Writer; Joe Oliver, IGC President; Phyllis Anderson, IGC Secretary; Marge Kelly, Friends of the NRA 

Burn the Loan Paperwork!

At February’s monthly meeting a special event took place. Ted Gustafson had the honor of burning the loan papers for our new range property. We now own the land. Ted was instrumental in finding and negotiating the purchase of the property so it was only fitting he had the honor of lighting the paper. Now we need to raise money for the continuing construction of the new ranges.

Upcoming events

03/21/2018 8:30 AM • Indoor Range, IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
03/21/2018 4:00 PM • IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
03/22/2018 3:00 PM • Indoor Range, IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
03/26/2018 5:00 PM • Indoor Range, IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
  • 09/17/2017 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There will be a benefit dinner for Vince Rittmiller on Sunday Sept 24th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Eagles Club in Grand Rapids.

    Vince was diagnosed with terminal cancer and we are asking everyone to come together and show support for this wonderful man who has given selflessly to our community.  Vince has been a tireless supporter of the Itasca Gun Club, going above and beyond to help with new range development, Sight In Days, firearm safety instruction and many other club projects.

    The dinner cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free.

    Tickets sold at the door friends and family welcome.

    Meal includes spaghetti and meatballs.

    Please come and help us support Vince and his family.
  • 06/27/2017 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Itasca Gun Club is in the process of planning and possibly hosting a Disabled Veteran Deer Hunt.

    This hunt would coincide with the first 9 days of the MN Firearms Deer Season. The new outdoor range would be closed to general use during this time, but would be available for firearms sight-in by appointment only.

    We would need volunteers to help with assisting the Disabled Veterans and to staff the office at the new range to assist as needed. Hosting this hunt would give some of our Disabled Veterans a chance to hunt as well as giving our Prairie Lake neighbors a reprieve from the noise of our 2 week long Sight In Days.

    If you would like to volunteer to help out with this project please contact one of the club officers; we need to know the numbers of volunteers that we can count on before this project moves forward.

  • 05/10/2017 11:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Itasca Gun Club Outdoor Range Work Day


    As you can see from the picture on the home page, berms on the pistol range are progressing nicely! A special thanks to Ron-Ex for donating this day of work to the club so we can use this space, and Joe O and Bob R for making it happen.

    HOWEVER, the berms are still full of rocks and it is not faced with clay yet and won't be for a while.  In order to use it we will have to pick the loose rocks from the surface or ricochets will be a problem. As this is a safety issue, use of the pistol range and Action Pistol program startup will be delayed until the work is complete.

    This Saturday May 13, beginning at 8:00am and going until we are done or 3:00 which ever comes first, we need as many volunteers as we can get for as long as you can be there.  As it is also the fishing opener I'm sure some of you will be busy fishing but after you shoot your limit I'll be expecting you. ;-)

    Be sure to sign in when you get there as every hour of donated work counts for grant money to the club for additional construction!  All hours of work donated to the club are considered “in-kind” donations, and those hours increase the amount of money we can get in future grants.

    You will likely want gloves, boots (some areas are wet), some buckets or a wheel barrow to put rocks in, maybe a shovel or rake. I'll have a wheel barrow, an ATV with a trailer but it doesn't dump.  If you have a trailer that does, please bring it..  The rocks are going to be moved to fill in the low wet spot on the north west corner by the white stake, no hauling. If you have a drag to pull behind an ATV that may be helpful also.

    I'm also bringing my pistol, eyes, ears etc because if we do get finished picking rocks there will likely be some testing required.

    Hope to see you there!


    Mark Bonasera
    612-616-8489 Cell and text.

  • 01/13/2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Itasca Gun Club annual meeting is coming up soon.  It will be held at the Sawmill Inn, Friday January 27th, beginning at 5:30 PM.

    5:30 social

    6:30 buffet carved roast beef, plantation chicken

    7:30 business meeting, election of officers, awards

    Raffle for guns, lots of door prizes

    Contact Dave Samuelson at igcmembership@yahoo.com

    or Bob Ross at kg0fd@mchsi.com

  • 08/15/2016 5:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great news for shooting range construction!  Itasca Gun Club has been awarded a grant from the DNR Large Shooting Range Grant Program.  This program is funded by appropriations from the legislature. 


    The DNR approved the IGC grant proposal, committing $225,073 to further construction at our new range site.  All together, the DNR funded 14 grant requests for both large ranges and small ranges throughout the state.  The total statewide work funded this year is $606,200. 


    IGC volunteers put in a great deal of time writing the grant proposal, and clearly did an excellent job.  The Itasca Gun Club wants to thank Representative Anzelc and Senator Saxhaug for their tireless work on behalf of our members to continue to improve our facility. We would also like to thank Mike Twite from Magnetation for his technical support and Magnetation for allowing him to do so.


    The money granted to IGC will allow a great deal of construction this summer and fall.  Most of it will be moving the berm material from the old site to the new site, and hopefully most of the work can get done this summer.  IGC volunteers already brushed the old road that runs between the old and new ranges, so that road can be used to haul dirt.


    The expectations for using this funding are:

    Complete the 300 yard berm, so we can shoot out to 300 yards

    Build two outdoor pistol ranges at the new site (so we won’t have to shut down the whole range for pistol programs)

    Begin work on an outdoor smallbore range as time and money allow


    Further work this year (already funded) will include moving the old garage to the new site, and turning it into an office and warming house.  This will involve transporting the building, sheet rocking, painting, installing heaters and wiring.


    Indoor pistol will continue at the current indoor range through the winter and spring. Outdoor pistol is currently set up as part of the rifle range.  It’s on the right side of the firing line, and there are tables, benches and target frames for handgun shooting.


    Remind someone you know to join the club!  For the price of about an hour of shooting at a Twin Cities range, you can get a family membership to IGC, allowing hundreds of hours of outdoor and indoor shooting!
  • 06/27/2016 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    100 Year Old Rifle Fun Match


    Itasca Gun Club will hold a "100 year old rifle" fun match on Tuesday July 19th, at 7:00 PM, at the new outdoor range.  Rifles must actually be over 100 years old, not just a replica of an old rifle.  The rifles can be any caliber, from any country of origin.  Iron sights only.  Up to 5 sighting shots are allowed, targets will be NRA SR-1.


    The 100 yard course of fire includes:

    5 shots, any position.  Bench rest and bags may be used.

    5 shots, standing position.  Cross sticks and slings are allowed.

    Total of 10 shots for record, most bullseyes wins bragging rights and a small prize.


    Targets are $1.00 each.

    You supply your own ammo.

    Itasca Gun Club has shooting mats and spotting scopes.

    Contact Richard Karpik, (218) 326-4928 or rpkarpik@gmail.com

  • 01/10/2016 10:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some club volunteers got together a few months ago and processed a large quantity of lead.  If you are interested in purchasing some, there are still 400 lbs. available in cast ingots.  $2.00 per pound.  For info, contact Dave Samuelson at igcmembership@yahoo.com

  • 02/24/2015 9:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At our February monthly meeting, the Local Chapter of the Friends of the NRA presented us with a check for $7,500 for use in the new range development. Thank you Friends of the NRA!   The photo is on the lower left of this page.

  • 01/05/2015 7:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On December 23, 2014 the Itasca Gun Club (IGC) received a special gift donation of $5,000 from Steve Wilcox, Chairman of the Grand Rapids State Bank, to assist in the development and relocation of the Itasca Gun Club.   Mr. Wilcox stated “the importance of this step forward is for the betterment of Itasca County and the teaching of safety for our youth and hunters of the area.  The Wilcox family is dedicated to hunting and shooting sports and is pleased to help keep these traditions alive in Itasca County and northern Minnesota.”


    Joe Oliver, President of IGC, spoke of the importance of area business helping with the new development, citing how each goes hand in hand to make this endeavor come to fruition.  With the development of the new gun range, Mr. Oliver speaks highly of local businesses and club members who have given volunteer help with the relocation as well as monetary donations to allow the club to move forward. 


    Bob Ross, IGC treasurer, gave credit to the Wilcox family and Grand Rapids State Bank for their support by being an early leader to assist with loans and development of a workable financial plan for IGC, so we can relocate our shooting range and expand our capability for the shooting community.


    Anyone wanting to become a member of the Itasca Gun Club may contact:  Bob Ross @ 259- 3535 or Marty Motherway @ 326-1108, or click to go to our "Join" page.

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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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