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1/1/17 State of the Club Report

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2016 was a fair to good year for the club.  Highlights include:

  • Our attendance was 441 people, which was our tenth best.  For a year-by-year comparison, see our Events Statistics page.
  • We had 62 events, which was our fifth best.  For a year-by-year comparison, see our Events Statistics page.
  • We averaged 7.11 attendees per event, which was our twenty-seventh best.  For a year-by-year comparison, see our Events Statistics page.  This is not a significant concern.  I took guys on 13 events in my boat (eight self-chartered bass fishing trips and five self-guided duck hunts).  As the most people that I can fit in my boat is four, these trips made our overall average lower.
  • We set event category attendance records for deer and hog hunts (15; the old mark was 14) and guided pheasant, chukar, and quail hunts (16; the old mark was 10). Our clay target shoots attendance was our second-best (165; the record is 166).  For a year-by-year comparison, see our Events Statistics and Attendance pages.
  • We set event attendance records for guided pheasant, chukar, and quail hunts (12; the old mark was 10) and tied the event attendance record for a self-guided largemouth bass fishing trip (4). For a year-by-year comparison, see our Events Statistics and Attendance pages.  Also, see our Records page (although there is not a year-by-year comparison).

Event Attendance Comparison

Yearly Attendance and Event Grid
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
2016 441 62 7.11 -122.00 -00.40
2015 563 75 * 7.51 +08.00 +00.01
2014 555 74 7.50 +59.00 +00.71
2013 496 73 6.79 +44.00 -00.38
2012 452 63 7.17
Banquets/Dinners
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
2016 16 1 16.00 -05.00 -05.00
2015 21 1 21.00 -09.00 +11.00
2014 30 3 10.00 +15.00 -05.00
2013 15 1 15.00 +05.00 +05.00
2012 10 1 10.00
Big Game Hunts
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
Deer and Hog
2016 * 15 2 7.50 +05.00 -02.50
2015 10 1 10.00 -03.00 -03.00
2012 13 1 13.00
Hog
2016 7 2 3.50 -14.00 -07.00
2015 21 2 10.50 +06.00 -04.50
2014 15 1 15.00 -07.00 +07.67
2013 22 3 7.33 +02.00 -02.67
2012 20 2 10.00
Clay Target Shoots
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
24 Hour Shoots
2016 5 1 5.00 -02.00 -02.00
2015 7 1 7.00 +/-0.00 +/-0.00
2014 7 1 7.00 +01.00 +01.00
2013 6 1 6.00
Regular Shoots
2016 165 12 13.75 +13.00 -00.07
2015 152 11 13.82 -14.00 -00.01
2014 * 166 12 13.83 +46.00 +03.83
2013 120 12 10.00 -02.00 +1.87
2012 122 15 8.13
Tournaments
2016 24 8 3.00 +03.00 +00.37
2015 21 8 2.63 -05.00 -00.62
2014 26 8 3.25 -06.00 -00.31
2013 32 9 3.56 +01.00 +00.46
2012 31 10 3.10
Dove Hunts
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
2016 42 3 14.00 -52.00 -01.67
2015 94 6 15.67 +18.00 +04.81
2014 76 7 10.86 +02.00 +00.29
2013 74 7 10.57 +41.00 -00.43
2012 33 3 11.00
Dove Retreats
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
2016 6 1 6.00 -06.00 -06.00
2015 12 1 12.00 -01.00 -01.00
2012 13 1 13.00
Fishing Trips
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
Bay
2016 7 1 7.00 -08.00 -08.00
2015 * 15 1 15.00 +05.00 +05.00
2014 10 1 10.00 +01.00 +01.00
2013 9 1 9.00 +05.00 +05.00
2012 4 1 4.00
Freshwater
2016 33 9 3.67 -13.00 +00.60
2015 46 15 3.07 -10.00 -00.43
2014 * 56 16 3.50 +11.00 +00.69
2013 45 16 2.81 +20.00 -00.32
2012 25 8 3.13
Meetings  
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
FCS
2016 52 6 8.67 -15.00 -02.50
2015 67 6 11.17 -13.00 -02.16
2014 80 6 13.33 +06.00 +01.00
2013 74 6 12.33 -02.00 -00.34
2012 76 6 12.67
FCS Officer
2016 11 2 5.50 -02.00 +01.17
2015 13 3 4.33 +03.00 -00.67
2014 10 2 5.00 -03.00 -01.50
2013 13 2 6.50 +01.00 +00.50
2012 12 2 6.00
Ministry Events
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
2016 12 1 12.00 -01.00 -01.00
2015 13 1 13.00 +04.00 +04.00
2014 9 1 9.00 -07.00 +01.00
2013 16 2 8.00 -07.00 -05.00
2012 23 2 13.00
Upland Bird Hunts
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
Pheasant, Chukar, and Quail
2016 * 16 2 8.00 +08.00 +04.00
2015 8 2 4.00 +/-0.00 -04.00
2014 8 1 8.00 -02.00 -02.00
2013 10 1 10.00
Waterfowl Hunts
Year Total Attendees Number of Events Average Attendees per Event Attendance Change From Previous Year Average Attendance Change From Previous Year
Duck
2016 32 9 3.56 -27.00 -00.37
2015 * 59 15 3.93 +12.00 -00.34
2014 47 11 4.27 +04.00 -00.13
2013 44 10 4.40 +13.00 +00.53
2012 31 8 3.87

* – Record

2016 FCS Events That Were Canceled (14)

Event Reason Cancelled
Friday, 1/1/16 AM – Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt. Randy Rowley went deer hunting instead.
Friday, 1/8/16 through Sunday, 1/10/16 – Parent/Child Self-guided Deer and Hog Hunt on Frank Hamilton’s ranch near Trickham. Frank did not host the hunt.
Monday, 2/15/16 – Self-chartered Bass Fishing Trip. Randy’s boat was in the shop.
Sunday, 4/3/16 through Tuesday, 4/5/16 – Semi-Guided Hog Hunt on the Wild Hog Hunting Ranch near Gonzales. We did not get their minimum number of participants.
Saturday, 5/21/16 – ‘Spring to Summer’ Sporting Clays Tournament. It was too muddy.
Saturday, 9/3/16, all day – Dove Hunt with Tony Arce, Jr. near Uvalde. Art Barrera was too busy at work to plan and implement the hunt.
Saturday, 9/10/16, 5:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Blast and Cast (Dove Hunt and Bass Fishing Trip) on the AOK Ranch near Lometa. Joel Kirby season leased his land.
Saturday, 10/15/16, 10:00 AM – sunset – Dove Hunt on the Evans Ranch near San Saba. There was a lack of birds.
Saturday, 10/22/16, AM – Self-guided Inland Duck Scouting and Bass Fishing Trip. Randy was house hunting.
Saturday, 10/29/16, AM – Self-guided Inland Duck Scouting and Bass Fishing Trip. Randy was house hunting.
Saturday, 11/5/16 – Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt. Randy was house hunting.
Friday, 11/11/16 – Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt. Randy went deer hunting instead.
Friday, 11/18/16 through Sunday, 11/20/16 – Self-guided Coastal Duck Hunt near Corpus Christi. Randy was house hunting.
Friday, 12/9/16 through Sunday, 12/11/16 – Self-guided Coastal Duck Hunt near Port Arthur. Randy was house hunting.

2016 FCS Events That Were Added (6)

  • Friday, 1/8/16 – Sunday, 1/10/16 – Semi-guided Management Deer and Hog Hunt near San Saba.
  • Friday, 1/15/16 – Sunday, 1/17/16 – Semi-guided Management Deer and Hog Hunt near San Saba.
  • Saturday, 2/27/16, 1:00 PM – dark – Self-guided Hog Hunt and White Bass Fishing Tripon Granger Lake.
  • Friday, 5/20/16 – Saturday, 5/21/16 – Semi-guided Hog Hunt near McMahan.
  • Friday, 12/23/16 – Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt on Granger Lake.
  • Monday, 12/26/16 – Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt on Somerville Lake.

There was a net loss of 8 events.

Event Summary Originally Planned Actual +/-
Freshwater Fishing Trips (two are also duck scouting trips) 13 9 -4
Sporting Clays Shoots 12 12
Waterfowl Hunts 12 10 -2
Sporting Clays Tournaments 10 9 -1
Dove Hunts (one is a blast and cast) 6 3 -3
FCS Meetings (one is also a shooting range shoot) 6 6
Upland Bird Hunts 2 2
Officer Meetings 2 2
Deer and Hog Hunt 1 2 +1
Hog Hunt (one was also a white bass fishing trip) 1 2 +1
Dove and Hog Retreat 1 1
Bay Fishing Trip 1 1
24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot 1 1
Banquet 1 1
Ministry Event 1 1
Total 70 62 -8
Category Summary
Hunts 23 20 -3
Shoots 23 22 -1
Fishing Trips 14 10 -4
Meetings 8 8
Banquet 1 1
Ministry Event 1 1
Total 70 62 -8

Analysis

Included were events attendance and averages from 2016 plus a comparison with the past four years, as applicable. Although we had 122 fewer attendees in 2016, we also had 13 fewer events (the reasons for the cancellations were included).  The biggest drops were in our dove hunts, self-chartered bass fishing trips, meetings, and self-guided duck hunts attendance.  We had three fewer dove hunts this year than last due to a lack of birds.  This dropped our attendance by 52.  Meetings were down by 15.  Self-guided duck hunts and self-chartered bass fishing trips were down 13 and 27, respectively, as I was busy house hunting and could not lead as many trips.  Except for meetings, which have been on a downward trend, there are no concerns.

  • We had 5 people join the club (tied for our thirteenth best; the record is 32). For a year-by-year comparison, see our New Members page.
  • We had 28 members renew their memberships (tying our sixth-best; the record is 52 since we kept records in this category). For a year-by-year comparison (since 2006), see our Renewals page.
  • We ended the year with 58 supporting members (our fourth best; the record is 81). For a year-by-year comparison (since 2002), see our Supporting Members Summary page.
  • We had 30 first time guests (tying our tenth best; the record is 50 since we have been keeping records in this category). For a year-by-year comparison (since 2002), see our First Time Guests page.
  • During Fiscal Year 2016 (9/1/15 – 8/31/16), we received $952.30 and spent $1,160.52, for a net loss of $208.22.  For a year-by-year comparison, see our Finances web page.

We have 69 events planned for 2017.  See our Calendar and Upcoming Events page for details.

Hunting His way,

Randy Rowley
President
The Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen

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