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Welcome to the Itasca Gun Club web site!

The new permanent range is open for shooting!  After two weeks of heavy equipment work, the site was cleared, leveled and the berms built for the 25, 50, 100 and 200 yard target lines.  (The 300 yard line will be built in 2016, and the 1,000 yard line in the future).

Crews of selfless volunteers put in many hours during the middle of October 2015 to remove the range shack, posts and roofing from the old range, move it to the new range and reassemble the roofing over the new concrete firing points.  There's a slide show that makes it look easy 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.

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.  

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 about fifty, an indoor pistol and smallbore range, and outdoor rifle and pistol ranges.  We host a number of types of classes - click the Events tab above to see upcoming events as a list, or choose to view it as a calendar.

  • 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

IGC Member Map.pdf

The club is in the process of relocating to a new site about a mile away.  The new range will include two pistol ranges, a smallbore range, a 300 yard rifle range and eventually a 1,000 yard rifle range.


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 "Events" 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

05/06/2016 4:00 PM (UTC-06:00) • New Range 28716 Prairie Lake Road, P.O. Box 201, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
05/07/2016 7:50 AM (UTC-06:00) • IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
05/12/2016 3:30 PM (UTC-06:00) • New Range 28716 Prairie Lake Road, P.O. Box 201, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
05/17/2016 3:00 PM (UTC-06:00) • New Range 28716 Prairie Lake Road, P.O. Box 201, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
05/17/2016 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00) • IGC Clubhouse, 10000 Arbo Rd, Grand Rapids
  • 03/29/2016 10:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There will be a class to train and certify people to become DNR Firearm Safety Instructors, on Monday April 4th from 6pm till 10pm.

    Successful students will leave this class certified to teach the online DNR Firearms Safety class, and the field day.

    This is a great opportunity to get involved in the DNR Instructor program and can open the door for many other instructor certifications.

    Please contact Conley Janssen at dvldog8793@yahoo.com  or 218 244 2841 with questions and to sign up.


  • 03/28/2016 11:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A member of the Itasca Gun Club Bullseye League has volunteered to run the Monday night Open Indoor Range for three more weeks, running through Monday April 18th.  You've got three more nights for indoor shooting!

    As always, check the Calendar to see what shooting/training opportunities are available, as well as scheduled closures for the outdoor range.

    Volunteers are what makes this club work!  Thank you to everyone who volunteers!

  • 03/23/2016 10:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well everyone, it’s spring, and time to start outdoor work again. 


    This year we will be hauling fill from the old range to the new one.  To do this we need to clear the old Prairie Lake Road enough so dump trucks can get through.  We took a ride down the road and it looks like there is only a small section that needs to be cleared of brush.  So on April 11 and 12 there will be work days to get this done.


    Work will start at 8:00 AM and go until 12:00 PM.  If the clearing gets done the first day then we will switch to cleanup at the old range. 


    What do you need to bring you ask?  Well if you have a wheeler bring that, gloves, brush cutter (if you have one) or a chainsaw.  We are getting a permit to take a trailer down the snowmobile trail to the road.  This will give us a platform for hauling equipment and people to the areas that we need cleared.


    Mike Silvis will be in charge of the group, so if you have any questions contact him at  (218) 360-1641.


    Thank you to all.  The move to the new range is all coming together with the hard work of all you folks that help by donating time.

  • 01/23/2016 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The indoor range is open to general shooting two days a week in the winter.  These sessions are open to both the public and to club members.


    1)  Roger Morrell and Bobby Hansen will be running the Wednesdays open indoor range until April 20, 2016.  See Pistols and Coffee.

    2) If we could get some volunteers to help out we could keep the Mondays evening open indoor range going until April 17th. See Monday Open Range.

    Please call Joe at 326-8812 if you can donate some time to oversee the range Monday evenings.


    You can just show up, pay the fee, sign in and go about your shooting.  Bring your own eye and hearing protection, or borrow some of the club’s equipment.


    It’s a great way to take a couple of winter hours to try out a new gun, try out new ammunition, keep your skills honed or introduce someone new to shooting.  The bullet traps cannot handle heavy loads, so shooting is restricted to .22 rifles, and any pistol shooting with non-magnum loads.  You can show up with a .357 magnum, but limit yourself to shooting lower power .38 Special ammunition.

    The outdoor range is open year round to members, unless otherwise reserved for events.  Membership is only $30 per year, a tremendous value compared to some other ranges.  Consider joining by using our New Member page.

  • 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

  • 10/15/2015 10:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello All

    With the help of an amazing crew we finished up putting the roof on the new firing line. The target frames were all finished and installed. We have a few small projects to do yet to make life more comfortable out there. But most importantly we can now shoot our firearms out to 200 yards.

    The range may need to be closed for short periods of time to install a few things but we will try to do it early in the day so people can get there rifles sighted in. A big THANK YOU to those members who showed up last Saturday and today

  • 06/19/2015 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Action pistol has become so popular this year that we've had to split into two groups!  We're now using the old pistol range and the old rifle range to accommodate all the interest.  To see what's going on, check out the slide shows on the Action Pistol page.  There's also a link there to our Action Pistol Facebook page, where you can watch videos of the action.

    Chuck, Mark and the participants keep coming up with new challenges and scenarios.  When was the last time you fired a pistol while wearing intentionally dirty safety glasses?  From a moving treadmill?  Or from inside a car?  At a target rolling toward you?  

    If you think you might be interested in trying, all you need to do is show up and watch.  But bring your gear, because you'll probably want to try it out!  There's a list of the gear you need on the Action Pistol page.  And, the Calendar lists all the events through September.  It's $5.00 per night, and the proceeds go to developing the new range.

  • 03/05/2015 7:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The February installment of the "Just Outdoors" TV show hosted by retired Conservation Officer Tom Chapin focuses on the Itasca Gun Club.  Tom interviews club staff and members, shows the indoor range, and brings out information on membership and shooting opportunities available to the public.  He interviews people about club history, club activities and youth firearms safety programs.  Some members show and share information on specific guns.  You can watch this hour long segment on You Tube.

  • 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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