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8/11/18 ‘Cotton Canyon Open’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the Saturday, 8/11/18 Copperhead Creek Shooting Club (in Marble Falls) Sporting Clays Tournament.  There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required). The main event (100 targets) price is $70. We can have groups of up to five but must have a group of at least three (not all have to be FCS members). We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet. Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website. Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year. There will also be a 50 Target 5-Stand Event, 50 Target Side Event, and Concurrent options. Please contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net, or 512-970-7797 (Cell) if you have any questions.

8/18/18 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot
FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 8/18/18, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club.  The gates open at 9:00. We will gather by the front door of their clubhouse at 9:05.  We will shoot their 50 target Corporate/Hunter course, which is the easiest course.  You can shoot singles, report pairs or true pairs… or you can follow the menu at each station which is a mix of true pairs and report pairs.  We keep score just for fun and keep a history log on the web site so you can see how you have improved over time.  After we shoot the 50 target course, we will have a brief get together to brag about our scores, and pass around the excuses, and catch you up on our near term planned events.  Please contact Bruce Crockett at  bmc55@att.net (his preference) or at 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.
Approximate Schedule: 
-9:00 AM – Sporting clays
-10:45 AM – Scores and announcements
-11:15 AM – Depart (or, stick around and shoot 5-stand, skeet or the main course.)
Who should comeMembers and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have from 10-20 participants, and we break up into groups of 4-5. Note that the larger the group, the longer it will take to shoot.  We recommend all shooters be at least 10 years old.  For youths we suggest a 20 gauge that fits the child (if a youth shoots a .410 he or she will probably miss a lot and may get discouraged). We often have new shooters and delight in teaching others what we have learned.
Cost and what to bring: Each 50 round course is $23.27/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can use one of ours.  Most of us shoot 12 gauge, but 20 gauge is good also. Capitol City requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capitol City).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Wal-Mart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells if you plan to shoot sporting clays.  Randy Rowley recommends Winchester Game Loads /Federal Game and Target Loads / Estate Dove Loads / Rio Game Loads / Remington Sure Shot Heavy Dove Loads / Estate Dove and Target Loads. All of which are sometimes available at Academy.  1 oz or 1-1/8 oz loads and 1250-1300 FPS and 7-1/2 or 8 shot work well. They all sell for $5.50-7.00/box.   All six are great dove/quail loads in addition to being good clay target loads. If you’re a dove/quail hunter, Randy recommends that for you shoot sporting clays with the same load that you use to hunt dove/quail.  This enables you to develop consistent leads for similarly sized targets.  Most of the targets on their Corporate/Hunter course are designed for skeet chokes, but IC works just fine.
Location:
Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club  
8707 Lindell Lane   (Near the Travis County Exposition Center and Decker Lake)
Phone number:  512-272-4707
Weather- In the event of rain
Light rain – we shoot.   Heavy rain – we stay home.

9/1/18 Central Zone Opening Day Dove Hunt (Martinez) – ACTION REQUIRED (RSVP, LIABILITY WAIVER, AND PAYMENT IN FULL) IMMEDIATELY

FCS will hunt doves on the afternoon of Saturday, 9/1/18 (opening day) with Double H Outfitters near Martinez (between New Braunsfels and San Antonio).  Mike Walsh hunted with these guys a few seasons ago and limited out quickly.  He highly recommends them.  We cannot say at this point the exact ranch that we will hunt, as it will depend on the number of hunters that we round up.  For example, if we get 25 hunters we will have a ranch to ourselves.  Double H has several properties that they hunt doves on.
All ranches feature free-standing (not shredded) black oil sunflowers.  The family plants the sunflowers themselves exclusively for hunters.  The cost is $103/hunter (if paying by PalPal, includes 3% PayPal fee) or $100/hunter if paying by check.
RSVP is required to Randy Rowley and payment in full is required immediately.  You can pay via PayPal on his website.  Note, Randy realizes that some of you might not trust PayPal, but he’s had over 100 transactions through it without one problem on their end.  You do not have to open a PayPal account to pay with PayPal.  All that you need is a checking account routing number and account number or a credit card.  However, if you still don’t want to use PayPal you can send a check to Double H Outfitters.  Make the check out to Double H Outfitters.  Do not make the check out to FCS or Randy.  If you do so Double H Outfitters will return it to you.  Do not send cash.  Their address is:
Double H Outfitters
PO Box 802
La Coste, Tx. 78039
You must also complete their liability form electronically.  Simply type in your name and email address and they’ll send you a form to complete and sign electronically.
Randy registered for us, so there is no need for you to register.
RSVP to Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Identify yourself if you send a text.

9/1/18 Central Zone Dove Hunt (Hye)

FCS will hunt doves on 9/1/18 with Central Texas Dove Hunts (this is a Facebook page) near Hye.  The cost is $100.  Michael Armstrong has used this outfitter before and has always gotten some birds.  Contact Michael at mlarmstrong32@gmail.com or 830-596-0015 to RSVP or for more information.

9/2/18 Central Zone Dove Hunt (Hutto)

FCS will hunt doves on Sunday, 9/2/18 with Elm Creek Hunting near Hutto, near Covert Ford on Hwy 79.  They have three properties for day hunters, all with cut corn fields.  The price is $75/hunter.  We can take 25 hunters and are full.  Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001 to be added to his will-call list in case someone drops out.

9/14/18 – 9/15/18 Guided Teal Hunt (El Campo)

FCS will go on a guided teal hunt with Rayce Jenkins near El Campo on Saturday, 9/15/18.  El Campo is around 140 miles from Austin, so you might want to go down and spend the night the day before.  We need to be in the stands before 6:00 AM.  The limit is four hunters.  The first four people to RSVP to Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 get the spots.

The cost is $125 plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Remember: steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Rayce will set out decoys, call the birds in, his dog will retrieve, and he’ll cleans the birds after the hunt.

9/21/18 – 9/23/18 South Zone Opening Weekend Fall Dove Retreat (Big Wells) ACTION REQUIRED (RSVP AND 50% DEPOSIT DUE IMMEDIATELY)

FCS will have a Dove Retreat on 9/21/18 – 9/23/18 at the 5500 acre Sugar Ranch near Big Wells in the South Zone.  Two FCS members know the outfitter.  The season starts on 9/22/18, so this will be a two-day hunt (you can hunt one day if you choose).  You can go down the afternoon before and set up camp.  It has fields for hunting and there is a total of 200 acres that are planted/watered (with three types of millet, red and white sorgum, and sesame).  The landowner will allow us to camp on the property.  If you would prefer to get a motel room there are motels in Big Wells and Dilley.

The price is $90/day.  There are no half day rates or discounts for youth hunters.  RSVP is required (to Randy Rowley) and a 50% deposit is due immediately.  If you’re going to hunt one day send $45.  If you’re going to hunt two days send $90.  Make the check out to Sugar Ranch.  Do not make the check out to FCS.  If you do so it will be returned to you.  Do not send cash.  Send your checks to Randy at:

11612 Birchbark Trail

Austin, TX  78750

This is a dove hunt only – shooting hogs or varmints is not allowed.  The landowner will allow clay target shooting but will not allow rifle/handgun shooting.  If you are on FaceBook here is their page.

RSVP to Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Identify yourself if you send a text.

9/29/18 ‘Patriot Day’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, 512-272-4707) sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 9/29/18. There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required). The main event (100 targets) price is $70. We can have groups of up to five but must have a group of at least three (not all have to be FCS members). We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet. Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website. Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year. There will also be a 50 Target 5-Stand Event, 50 Target Side Event, and Concurrent options. Please RSVP to Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net, 512-244-1555 (Home), or 512-970-7797 (Cell). You can also email or call him if you have any questions.

10/9/18 FCS Meeting and Shrimp Boil

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) will be on Monday, 10/9/18, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Bruce Crockett’s home (2119 Woodston Dr., Round Rock, 512-970-7797).  The meeting will feature a shrimp boil.  The cost will be approximately $12/person.  RSVP is required to Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Contact Randy if you have any questions.

Schedule:

7:00 PM – fellowship, cook, and eat dinner

8:30 PM – president’s report, upcoming events, and short devotional

9:00 PM – DVD

9:30 PM – depart

11/30/18 – 12/2/18 Self-guided Duck Hunt (Tehuacana)

FCS will hunt ducks on 12/1/18 – 12/2/18 at the Pinock Ranch near Tehuacana, 45 miles east of Waco (134 miles from Austin).  We’ll head there on 11/30/18, the evening before the second half of the season starts.  In addition to duck hunting the deal includes lodging in a barndominium that sleeps 13.

The owner reports that duck hunting is GREAT with 80% limits with a variety of ducks.  He also reports that geese come in occasionally.  He has a 21-acre lake.  He charges $100 day/hunter for hunting and lodging, so he is between $50 – $64 cheaper than the guides that we have been using over the past three years (when you include 20% tips for them).  Friday evening to Saturday evening is considered a day.  If you add in a motel at Marquez/Franklin or El Campo (for the times we elected to stay in a motel when we hunted with guides near there) then he is $100 cheaper or more.

Also, in addition to hunting there are a large number of things that we can do during non-hunting times (such as bass fish, play pool, watch TV, hit golf balls, play Frisbee golf, etc.).

We have eight hunters committed for 12/1/18 and are full.  We have five hunters committed for 12/2/18 and can take three more.  RSVP to Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

12/8/18 Guided Duck Hunt (location TBD)

FCS will go on a guided duck hunt with Ricky Ethridge.  Ricky has properties near Marquez, Cameron, Bastrop, and south of DFW.  We most often hunt his place at Marquez, which is around 110 miles from Austin, so you might want to go down and spend the night the day before.  The limit is four hunters.  The first four people to RSVP to Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 get the spots.

The cost is $125 plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Remember: steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Ricky will set out decoys, call the birds in, he will retrieve, and he’ll cleans the birds after the hunt.

1/12/19 Guided Duck Hunt (El Campo)

FCS will go on a guided duck hunt with Rayce Jenkins near El Campo on Saturday, 1/12/19.  El Campo is around 140 miles from Austin, so you might want to go down and spend the night the day before.  The limit is four hunters.  The first four people to RSVP to Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 get the spots.

The cost is $125 plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Remember: steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Rayce will set out decoys, call the birds in, his dog will retrieve, and he’ll cleans the birds after the hunt.

1/25/19 – 1/27/19 Self-guided Duck Hunt (Tehuacana)

FCS will hunt ducks on 1/26/19 – 1/27/19 at the Pinock Ranch near Tehuacana, 45 miles east of Waco (134 miles from Austin).  We’ll head there on 1/25/19, the evening before Saturday’s hunt.  In addition to duck hunting the deal includes lodging in a barndominium that sleeps 13.

The owner reports that duck hunting is GREAT with 80% limits with a variety of ducks.  He also reports that geese come in occasionally.  He has a 21-acre lake.  He charges $100 day/hunter for hunting and lodging, so he is between $50 – $64 cheaper than the guides that we have been using over the past three years (when you include 20% tips for them).  Friday evening to Saturday evening is considered a day.  If you add in a motel at Marquez/Franklin or El Campo (for the times we elected to stay in a motel when we hunted with guides near there) then he is $100 cheaper or more.

Also, in addition to hunting there are a large number of things that we can do during non-hunting times (such as bass fish, play pool, watch TV, hit golf balls, play Frisbee golf, etc.).

We can take four hunters on 1/26/19 and four hunters on 1/27/19 (or four hunters can hunt both days).  RSVP to Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

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Event participants are expected to follow the FCS Rules of Conduct.

Event participants will be required to sign FCS liability waivers for events that involve risks, if they have not already done so.

FCS membership is not required in order to participate or attend FCS events; however, if you are interested here is how to join.

Members and guests, feel free to bring your spouse, child, and/or a friend (but RSVP for him, her, or them and pay in advance, if required).

People who are 18 years of age or older are considered to be adults for purposes of figuring out a person’s share of lodging, gas, etc.  For dividing up food costs, for example, minors may be treated as adults, depending on their size (e.g., a 12-year-old boy who eats as much as a man will be charged as a man, and not as a child).

The event coordinators are told dozens of things each work day.  They also are told numerous things pertaining to FCS each week.  With the amount of information that they receive they will inevitably forget some of it.  Therefore, it is much better for you to RSVP via email than to call them.  (If you call them, please follow it up with an email.)  Some events have space limitations and the event coordinators have to ensure that we do not bring too many people.  Please help them to prevent overbooking by emailing your RSVP to them.  Also, if you text them be sure to let them know who you are.

Be aware that for events where we have a limit on the number of people that we can take that the hierarchy preference is as follows:

  1. Supporting members
  2. Spouses and minor children of supporting members
  3. Members who are not current with their dues
  4. Spouses and minor children of members who are not current in their dues
  5. Guests
  6. Spouses and minor children of guests

To quote the old American Express TV commercial “Membership has its privileges.”

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