FCS

Welcome to the Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen (FCS) website! Thank you for visiting!

Serving the outdoors community for 30+ years!

FCS is a 290+ member non-denominational, non-political, family friendly sportsmen’s organization, that was founded in Austin, Texas in 1988. We are also non-profit but we have not applied for tax-exempt status. We remain based in the Austin area.

We minister to sportsmen by providing quality and affordable hunts, fishing trips, shoots, and similar activities across the state year round. We love to fish, but we strive to be fishers of men.

FCS membership is not required in order to participate in our events.

Our events include, but not limited to:

  • A 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot
  • A Banquet
  • A Ministry Event (Wild Game Dinner)
  • A Upland Bird (chuckars, pheasants, and quail) Hunt (guided)
  • Dove Hunts (semi-guided and self-guided on day or 1/2 day leases)
  • Fishing Trips (inland and bay; chartered and self-chartered)
  • Hog Hunts (semi-guided and self-guided)
  • Meetings
  • Sporting Clays, Skeet, and 5-stand Shoots
  • Sporting Clays Tournaments
  • Waterfowl (duck, goose, and teal) Hunts (inland and coastal; guided (all) and self-guided (duck))

We frequently add new events.

We make our best efforts, but we do not offer a guaranteed harvest for any of the hunts or fishing trips that we host.

Evening events last around 2 1/2 hours and hunting and fishing trips last from a half day to three days.

We try to balance expensive and inexpensive events.  Through many years of experience we have found that inexpensive hunting and fishing trips often result in poor harvests (as the saying goes, you 051216_FCS Guided Fishing_Group 1get what you pay for) and in frustrated participants who do not return.  We prefer to pay a standard land owner/outfitter/guide rate to have a better chance of success.

Additional expenses often include tips, game cleaning fees (for those who wish to have their game cleaned), motel rooms or campsite fees, boat launch fees, gas, bait, and food.  We also understand that not everyone can afford expensive events; therefore, we offer events with minimal costs.  At many events we are able to cut expenses by carpooling, sharing motel rooms and campsites, and cooking.

We send out regular emails on FCS news and sportsmen’s topics and will be happy to add you to our distribution list.  There is no charge for this service and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Contact Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com to be added to the list.

For more information see our “About Us” web page or contact Randy.

We think that you’ll find that we’re what you’re hunting for!

Club News

FCS celebrated it’s 30th birthday in December 2018!

Ask Randy

I’m kicking around the idea of getting an auto-loader shotgun.  Is there a particular time of year the stores put them on sale that you know of?  I’m trying to figure out if I need to try and figure out which one is a good fit for me sooner than later.  Any ideas?  Typically stores will run sales about two weeks before dove season starts and about two – four weeks before Christmas.  However, you can find deals year round at places like www.gunbroker.com and www.gunsamerica.com.

When you go on the FCS clay target shoot at Capital Clays ask guys if you can shoot their guns.  It will give you a good feel for the different brands and features.  I’ll be happy to let you shoot my Winchester SX4 at a sporting clays shoot or a hunt.  Bruce Crockett also has a Browning Maxus for sale.  It is an excellent gun.
Here is an article that I wrote – Choosing a Shotgun for Birds and Clays by Randy Rowley.  Your biggest decision will be whether to go with a piston operated gun or a recoil operated gun.  The former has the advantage that some of the expelled gases are forced into the magazine and operate the piston, through two holes in the barrel.  This causes the recoil to be more spread out and results in a softer felt kick.  Their disadvantage is the piston needs regular (around every 100 shells or so) cleaning or the piston can get fowled and fail to eject a shell or chamber a new one.  Recoil operated guns have no piston (they have a large spring in the stock) so they don’t have to be cleaned nearly as often as a piston operated gun.  Their disadvantage is you will feel more recoil with heavy dove loads and heavier.  They kick like a pump or double barrel gun.  I haven’t updated the article in over 11 years, so be aware that there are newer models available.

Here is other sportsman’s news that might interest you.

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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