FCS

Welcome to The Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen (FCS) website!  We hope you’ll find we’re what you’re hunting for!

Events (Includes Events Policies, the 2022 and 2023 Calendars, and Information on Current FCS Events)

How to Join FCS / How to Renew Your Membership

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FCS is a 364-member (including 105 supporting members (current with their dues)), non-denominational, non-political, family-friendly hunting, fishing, and sport shooting club established in Austin, Texas in 1988.  We have served the outdoors community for 32+ years!  We are non-profit but are not an IRS Section 501(c)(3) religious organization (we have not applied for tax-exempt status because our gross receipts do not exceed $5,000 annually).  We remain based in the Austin area.

We minister to sportsmen by offering quality and affordable fellowship opportunities for people to experience hunting, fishing, sports shooting, and similar activities in the beauty of God’s creation across the state (but primarily in Central Texas) year-round, encouraging people to establish and maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging people to serve God and others, and encouraging people to fellowship in a local body of believers that teaches the Bible.  We love to fish and strive to be fishers of men.

FCS membership, church membership, and being a Christian are not required in order to participate in FCS events or join FCS; however, FCS members and guests are required to uphold the FCS Rules of Conduct while on FCS events.  Participation in FCS events is not a requirement for membership; however, it is strongly encouraged.  For events where we have a limit on the number of people that can attend, we have an Event Hierarchy (pecking order), so, for example, if a supporting member and a non-supporting member want the last spot for an event, the supporting member would get the spot.  Of course, we appreciate it when people join FCS as that helps us meet our expenses.

FCS Events

Our 2023 events include:

  • A 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot
  • A Chartered Bay Fishing Trip
  • A FCS Family Celebration Banquet
  • A Guided Upland Bird (chukar, pheasant, and quail) Hunt
  • A Semi-guided Hog Hunt
  • A Student Instructor/Student Sporting Clays Shoot
  • An FCS Officers Meeting
  • Chartered Hybrid, Striped, White and Largemouth Bass Fishing Trips
  • FCS Meetings/Dinners
  • FCS Sporting Clays Shoots
  • Guided Inland Duck and Teal Hunts
  • Ministry Events (Dinners)
  • Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trips
  • Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trips
  • Self-guided/chartered Blasts and Casts (Duck Hunts and Fishing trips)
  • Self-guided Inland Duck Hunts
  • Semi-guided Deer Hunts
  • Semi-guided Dove Hunts
  • Sporting Clays Tournaments

We work hard to be successful, but we do not offer a guaranteed harvest for any of our hunts or fishing trips.

Evening meetings and dinners and Saturday sporting clays shoots last around 2 1/2 hours and hunting and fishing trips last from a half-day to four days.

We try to balance expensive and inexpensive events.  Through many years of experience, we have found that inexpensive guided hunting and chartered fishing trips often result in poor harvests (as the saying goes, you get what you pay for) and in frustrated participants who do not return.  We prefer to pay a standard landowner/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 by the guide), boat launch or state or county park fees, bait, food, shared lodging fees, and shared gas (both vehicle and boat).

We know that not everyone can afford chartered/guided events; therefore, we offer self-chartered/guided events without guide fees and tips and game cleaning fees.  Of course, for our self-chartered/guided events, we usually don’t do as well as we do on our chartered or guided events, as guides are on the water up to 262 days a year (if they are off on weekends) and we’re not on the water more than 24 days a year, generally speaking.  Our equipment is also not as good as the typical guide’s, as their equipment is very expensive.

FCS Email Distribution List

We send out regular emails on FCS news and sportsmen’s topics (e.g., TPWD communications, DU and CCA banquets, charity sporting clays shoots, sportsmen’s gear sales, etc.).  Contact info@fcs-texas.org to be added to our ‘Future Members’ Google Group (distribution list).  There is no charge for this service and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Website Policies:

Emphasized Information

Additional Information

See our “About Us” web page or contact info@fcs-texas.org.

FCS News
  • A young lady is looking for bird pelts, turkey feathers, deer hair on the skin, etc.  She could use those materials to tie her flies or share them with the young lady anglers in her fly tying group.  She competes against profesional adults in fly tying competitions.  The crawfish pattern she came up with requires a lot of pheasant tails and squirrel fibers (see the attached picture).  Let Jud Cherry know if you have anything to donate with Fly Girl Global.
  • FCS President Randy Rowley is offering his first book “Pursuing God’s Way: Meeting God In His Creation” (which includes 40 stories/devotionals, many from FCS hunting, fishing, and sport shooting events) at a discount to FCS supporting members.  If you’d like a signed book, contact him at randy@followinghistrail.org (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  He’ll mail one to you for $10 (1/3 off the Amazon price; shipping and the mailer are $4.00 – the total is $14.00).  He’ll also bring them to FCS meetings, so members can save from having to pay the shipping fee.  A Kindle edition is in the works.  Randy asks FCS members who buy his book on Amazon to please write an Amazon review after reading it.

Today’s Devotionals and Blogs

Kent Crockett’s blog – www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com

Mark Dillow’s blog – http://noclearline.blogspot.com/

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Austin, Texas

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