Serving the outdoors community for 27 years!
Welcome to the Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen website! Thanks for visiting!
FCS is a non-denominational, non-political, family friendly sportsmen’s organization, established in Austin, Texas in 1988. We remain based in the Austin area. We are also non-profit but we have not applied for tax-exempt status.
We minister to sportsmen by providing hunts, shoots, fishing trips, and similar activities across the state year round.
We make our best efforts, but be aware that we do not offer a guaranteed harvest for any of the hunts or fishing trips that we host.
FCS membership is not required in order to participate in our activities.
- A 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot
- A Banquet
- A Ministry Event (Wild Game Dinner)
- A Shooting Range Shoot
- Deer Hunts (self-guided)
- Dove Hunts (self-guided)
- Duck and Goose Hunts (inland and coastal; guided and self-guided)
- Fishing Trips (inland and coastal; chartered and self-chartered)
- Hog Hunts (semi-guided and self-guided)
- Sporting Clays, Skeet, and 5-stand Shoots
- Sporting Clays Tournaments
- Student Instructor/Student Sporting Clays Shoots
- Upland Bird Hunts (chuckars, pheasants, and quail; guided)
We frequently add new events. Evening events last around 2 1/2 hours and hunting and fishing trips last from 1/2 to three days. We think that you’ll find that we’re what you’re hunting for! For more information see our “About Us” web page or contact us at email@example.com.
I’m about to go on my first deer hunt, do you have any tips for me? Do I need a fancy rifle and scope?
I wrote an article titled Hog Hunting Basics a few years ago, and update it periodically. Several of the concepts in it translate to deer hunting (scent and noise control, for example).
Here’s an article that I wrote on Choosing a Deer Rifle and here’s one on Choosing a Deer Rifle Riflescope. You’re correct, a fancy rifle is not needed, but one that will go bang when you pull the trigger and will hit what you’re aiming at is. I’ve owned a Remington Model 700 for 40 years and it has brought home plenty of venison and bacon. Remington, Winchester, and Ruger are like the Ford, Chevy and Dodge of rifle companies – nothing fancy but they get the job done. Other bargain rifles to consider include Savage, Stevens (a Savage without the accutrigger), Howa, and the Weatherby Vanguard. Savage’s have a reputation as being nail drivers (very accurate). Go with a bolt action. They don’t have the speed of a semi-auto, pump, or lever action, but their accuracy can’t be beat. If you have an accurate rifle and you make an accurate shot, then you probably won’t need a quick follow-up shot.
Beware of combo rifle/scope deals. The scopes that Savage, Remington, etc. put on their rifle/scope packages are cheap. In many ways, a cheap scope is worse than no scope at all. You spend a couple hours at the range in August (when it’s hot) and a box of shells sighting in your rifle and then when it’s deer season and it’s cold and more humid outside you find that your point of impact has shifted six inches (if you’re trying to make a neck shot you can completely miss the deer).
I’d take the scope that comes with the rifle off (and sell it on ebay or Craigslist) and get you one of the cheaper ones that I mentioned in my article. I’m impressed with my Vortex Crossfire II and you can get them for less than $200. Other jewels under $200 include the Burris Fullfield II, Sightron SII, Simmons Master Series Aetec, Mueller Sport Dot, Bushnell Legend, and Simmons Master Series Prohunter. I recommend no more than a 3 – 12 X 44. A 3 – 10 X 44 or 40 and 3 – 9 X 42 or 40 will meet your needs for most deer hunting situations. If you were going to hunt in West Texas a lot where long shots are more common, you should consider a scope with a higher magnification, such as a 4 – 16 X 44.
We have five dove hunts and one dove retreat planned this season. See our Upcoming Events web page for details.
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