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Thursday Bulletin – May 2, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – May 2, 2024

May 4, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson

Assault Weapons Ban Brief has been Filed with the Supreme Court of the United States.  We have filed a brief in our case Harrel v. Raoul, as to why they should hear our case.  That brief has been filed and we are waiting to get a reply from the Supreme Court of the United States. We will keep you posted.

Illinois General Assembly Session
Suddenly May is upon us. That means that the Illinois State General Assembly will be extremely busy between now and the end of May. Please standby for alerts as they may come at any moment. There are all kinds of legislation, both good and bad, at the state legislature, so we will be dealing with those, as they come up. We will keep you up to date with our alerts.

NRA Scores Legal Victory in Dispute with DC Attorney General
Claims Against the National Rifle Association (NRA) have been dismissed. No fines, penalties or relief against the NRA by the Office of the Attorney General, for the District of Columbia (DCAG).

This high-profile case, filed by the DCAG on August 6, 2020, in coordination with a lawsuit brought by the Attorney General in New York, alleged that the NRA misused tens of millions of dollars of NRA Foundation funds. In response, the NRA challenged the claims as politically motivated and stated that it always acted appropriately. Discovery proved that all funds received from the NRA Foundation were applied exclusively in furtherance of its charitable programs and that there was no misuse of funds.

Severe Weather Tips and Ticks
Spring is a good time for preparedness checks. Have a severe weather and tornado plan in place. In case of power outages, have several days of potable water and food on hand. If hunting mushrooms, don’t eat them unless you are certain they are not poisonous “when in doubt – throw it out”. Clean your firearms and check your ammunition supplies. Protect yourself from ticks when going outdoors everywhere, including when you visit the ISRA Range, or any other range.

I’ve had more reports on ticks already this year, more than I’ve ever had. Thirteen species of ticks live in Illinois, but only about six of them are seen regularly by people. Many ticks carry harmful diseases, so you should use spray that has high concentrations of Deet in it, for example “Deep Woods Off” and take extra precautions by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and hats. Also treat your pets.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (American Dog tick, Lone Star tick), Tularemia (American Dog tick, Lone Star tick) and Lyme Disease (Black-Legged tick) are among some of the diseases that ticks can transmit. Most ticks are not infected, but those in some areas are more likely to be infected than others. Ticks can even be found in your backyard!

Location of particular tick species by Illinois counties, see map: See map.
For more information on types of ticks and the diseases they may carry, -go to:

It is the season when lightning and thunder walkabout, 
making things tremble. 
When tornadoes draw near trees, 
and man-made things, disassemble.
~ Richard Pearson, 2024

In Wildlife News 
Researchers have clocked a mallard duck flying north at 99.3 miles an hour. No one knew that mallards could fly that fast, but apparently, they can. The mallard had just landed in Illinois and was anxious to get out as fast as possible.

The debate about releasing wolves in the western states rages on. Are the ideas that ecologists have had, that wolves are prey to other animals, correct? When some animal populations get smaller, this was found not to be true. Declining elk populations were most concerning in some areas. It was thought that as elk declined, wolves would switch to hunting bison.  That appears not to be true. Wolves don’t care. They have a taste for elk and bison. Another thing that wolves and some other predators do (in particular owls) to my knowledge, is that they kill for fun.

Recently in Wyoming 19 elk were found dead – 17 of which were calves killed and left by the wolves. This is why hunting seasons are so important to balance the populations of predators, so that other wildlife can survive.

The youth hunting season for turkeys has just concluded. The youthful hunters harvested over 2000 turkeys this year compared to a little over 1200 in 2023. Well done!



Turkey Hunting Information

For more information on the Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons, go to

Click here, or on the flier above to download a printable order form, or call (815) 635-3198, and we can take your order over the phone.

May 2, 1918 – European Allies Attempt to Force U.S. into World War I 
Great Britain and France tried to push General Pershing into using United States troops in British and French units. Pershing refused knowing they would become cannon fodder because of outdated tactics. He did supply some troops but insisted on the rest being held back for further training. The problem was Trench warfare. Trenches had been implemented during the Civil War because of advancements and technology making rifles and cannons more accurate. Pershing had been taught by generals and officers who fought in the Civil War. He knew the only way to win and not lose troops at a high rate was open-field warfare, not trench warfare. Pershing held his ground. He formed entirely American units, which distinguished themselves in World War I.

May 2, 2011 – Osama Bin Laden is Killed by United States
The raid on Bin Laden’s hide-out in Pakistan, was conducted by Seal Team Six.

May 3, 1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea Begins. The battle was historic because it was the first time an Air naval battle had occurred. The aircraft carriers used airplanes and never fired a shot at each other. The battle halted the Japanese invasion to Port Moresby and lessened the threat to Australia.

May 4, 1776 – Rhode Island Becomes the First Colony to renounce allegiance to King George III

May 5, 1961 – Astronaut Alan Shepard, Jr.  – First American in Space 
The trip into space was a short one, lasting only 15 minutes but it put the United States back in the space race.

May 6, 1937 – The Airship Hindenburg Catches Fire 
While attempting to moor the dirigible, it contacted its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The airship was filled with hydrogen, a highly flammable gas that made it lighter than air. Thirty-six passengers and crew were killed. The cause of the Hindenburg disaster has been and will be long debated. The causes include everything from sabotage to static electricity, to lightning, to a back-firing engine. No one knows.

May 7, 1945 – Germany Surrenders Unconditionally to the Allies Fighting would go on for another day, but a sigh of relief spread across the countries of the world, when they found out the war in Europe was coming to an end.

May 8, 1846 – General Zachary Taylor Defeats Mexico at the battle of Palo Alto This was before the United States had formally declared war on Mexico. Despite negotiations, Mexico had refused to recognize the Rio Grande as an international boundary. American forces were already in Texas and Mexican forces attacked them. Despite being outnumbered, General Taylor won the battle. Taylor’s efforts added 500,000 square miles to the United States and made him the leading presidential candidate in 1848.

May 8, 1945 – V-E is Celebrated in the United States and Great Britain 
There was literally dancing in the streets with good reason. WWII was not over yet, and the invasion of Japan was eminent. Americans feared the worst. It was estimated that there would be a million casualties among US Troops if they invaded Japan. The Atomic bomb saved casualties on both sides.

The Illinois State Rifle Association
is the home of marksmanship in Illinois. 

At the Range

Click here to view the entire calendar. All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.  here

Smallbore Rifle League Begins Thursday

Open to the public. Sixty-shot Smallbore Prone and F-Class League shoots two relays every Thursday afternoon, starting at 2:00pm and ending at dusk. Meets weekly through August. Contact: Jim Miller at 815.268.4411 or email Jim.

Empowering First Shots – Free Women’s
Shooting Event on Saturday June 15th!

Saturday, June 15th. This event is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for women to learn about shooting and self-defense and welcomes women of all skill levels. For more information and to register for this event, click here, or go to:

The ISRA Range is located at 1589 N 7000w Rd, Bonfield, IL 60913.

The ISRA Range offers great classes and leagues
for shooting enthusiasts!
Interested in joining a league?
Just show up 15 – 30 minutes early.
Range memberships are available.
A day at the ISRA Range is always a  great day!

Thank you for being a member!


If you are not an ISRA member,  join today
Upcoming Meetings:
Upcoming Range Events:

Upcoming Gun Shows & Events

While the gun show information shown in this email is believed to be correct – sometimes changes occur. This is provided for informational purposes only.

If your club or organization is holding a gun show, event or class, let us know the details, and we’d be happy to post it in our Thursday Bulletin.

Looking for a Hunter Safety Class?  You can them here throughout the state on the IDNR website, which lists classes by county and date: 

May 3 – 5   Pecatonica Gun Show, Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica

May 18 –   ISRA Range Open House Tours 

May 17 –   Kids & Clays Charity Fundraiser, Decatur Gun Club

May 18 – 19   Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee Co. Fairgrounds, Kankakee

May 18 – 19   Introductory Wingshooting Clinic, Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area, Wilmington

May 19   Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

June 1   Youth Wingshooting Clinic    Gardner Camp, Hull

June 1– 2   Hunter Clinic, Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area, Wilmington

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“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”


“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe or to prevent the people of the United States from keeping their own arms.”

Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution THEY don’t like.”

Alan Dershowitz

“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”

Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997