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2018 – Hunting Reports

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9/15/18 Guided Teal Hunt

Three hunters had a great time at the 9/15/18 Guided Teal Hunt with Rayce Jenkins near El Campo.  The three men bagged 16 teal (15 blue and one green).  Clayton Carrier’s dog, Sally, did most of the work retrieving.  Fortunately the weather cooperated.  They did get rained on and left the blind a little earlier than planned because the radar was showing a big cell coming, but there wasn’t any thunder.

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

Sixteen hunters mostly had a disappointing hunt on 9/2/18 with Elm Creek Hunting near Hutto.  It was hard hunting with wide open plowed corn fields and not much cover.  There was also a lack of birds.  Although Paul Ellis got a limit at a tree line.  We will not have another Club hunt with them.

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

Sixteen participants (14 hunters) mostly had a disappointing hunt on 9/1/18 with Double H Outfitters near Martinez (just north of San Antonio).  Louis Drott and Mike Walsh got limits.  Hunters averaged around six birds.   There were plenty of sunflowers and birds, but they had far too many hunters.  They put about 30 hunters 100 yards from us by a tree line.  Before they got there most of us had a few birds.  After they got there most of us got few shots.  The tree line hunters killed any bird that was headed our way.  I let them know that we would not have another Club hunt with them.

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

Three hunters had a disappointing dove hunt on 9/1/18 with Central Texas Dove Hunts  near Hye (east of Stonewall).  The three hunters killed seven birds.  Mainly singles or doubles flew.  They only saw one flock and they were flying high.  They hunted a 48 acre field with around 12 hunters.  It was very windy.

5/18/18 – 5/20/18 Self-guided Hog Hunt

Five participants enjoyed the deer, scenery, rain, and lightning at the 5/18/18 – 5/20/18 Self-guided Hog Hunt on Charles Batts’ ranch near Junction.  Burl Fulenwider saw a hog that ran by his blind in the darkness (lightning illuminated it).  Daryl Shipper heard a hog.  Burl killed about a 30 lb. raccoon.  We saw axis deer, whitetails, and auodads.  Randy Rowley led a devotional on being On the Rocks.  Thanks to Daryl for leading this event.

5/19/18 – 5/20/18 Semi-guided Hog Hunt

Three participants mostly enjoyed the scenery at the 5/19/18 – 5/20/18 Semi-guided Hog Hunt with Tenney Creek Outfitters near McMahan.  Jose Primera and Ian Daniels had four come in.  One of them had a shot but missed.  Larry Mitchell had some come in but they were too far away.  Thanks to Ian for leading this event.

3/3/18 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

The 3/3/18 Guided Upland Bird Hunt was our most successful yet!  Seven hunters and two spectators (nine total participants) had a great time with Mike Schumann at the old Dismukes/Bieberstein Ranch near Dimebox.  47 of 56 quail, all 14 pheasants, and all 14 chuckars (a total of 75 birds – a new record) were bagged.  It was comfortable day with cloudy skies , mild breezes, and temps in the 60’s & low 70’s.  The morning hunt concentrated on quail and chukar while the afternoon hunt was limited to pheasant.  We also enjoyed blasting away at clay targets.

1/27/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt

Three hunters had a good time of fellowship at the 1/27/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt on Granger Lake between Sore Finger and Willis Creek Wildlife Management Areas. We saw about ten ducks but only had a shot at four.  Randy Rowley hit one, and it started to go down, but recovered and flew off.  The other six started to come in, but saw that our dekes weren’t moving due to no wind, and flared.  It was extremely foggy and not much was moving.  Later in the morning we had about 100 loons come our way.  We could hear their wings beating the air long before we could see them.

1/19/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt

Two hunters had a good time of fellowship at the 1/19/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt on Belton Lake at the back of Owl Creek.  We saw ten ducks but only had a shot at one.  It came in shortly after legal shooting time but was so fast and close that by the time we realized it was a duck it was out of range.  Randy Rowley heard some ducks quacking a couple hundred yards behind us.  He decided to see if he could sneak up on them, but the eight of them flushed when he was 100 yards away.  The Owl Creek WMA featured some of the thickest brush that we’ve ever seen.  Fortunately there were trails of a fashion.   Also, the bottom is very soft.  Randy sunk down to his knees a foot from shore.

1/15/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt

Two hunters had a good time of fellowship at the 1/15/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt on Somerville Lake.  We saw five – six flocks, but they were on the other side of the lake.  We also had a small flock of teal zoom by about 150 yards away.  Later, two ducks headed our way but flared about 60 yards out.  We didn’t shoot at them as if we had hit one we wouldn’t have been able to recover it in water that was over our heads.  We hunted near Iron Bridge Park.  The last 50 yards was very tough sledding with many vines with thorns, branches, logs, and trees.  Randy Rowley poked two more holes in his waders.  We also saw several cormorants, including many low flying ones, seagulls, and coots.

1/13/18 Guided Inland Duck Hunt

Four people had a good time of fellowship at the 1/13/18 Guided Inland Duck Hunt with Ricky Ethridge near Marquez.  Three huntes bagged four mallards.  Only two groups came in.  Two other ducks flew by but didn’t come in.  This was our worst harvest with Ricky (the previous worst was 13).  Ricky added a blind to his pond by the levy.  When we started hunting it was 27 degrees.

1/5/18 – 1/7/18 Self-guided/chartered Coastal Blast and Cast (Duck Hunt and Bay Fishing Trip)

Seven hunters/fishermen had a great time at the 1/5/18 – 1/7/18 Self-guided/chartered Coastal Blast and Cast (Duck Hunt and Bay Fishing Trip) at Port O’Connor.  On Friday afternoon, Randy Rowley, Ryan Rowley, Daryl Shipper, and Jim McGee hunted near the old coast guard station.  Birds started to fly shortly after we set up and we had a limit of redheads, plus one ring-neck, by 4:50 PM.  Wayne Weilnau, Michael Armstrong, and Binh Chu didn’t have any luck fishing.  They then set up for ducks about 600 yards west of Randy’s group and bagged three redheads.   On Saturday morning both groups were skunked fishing.  Wayne’s group set up about 300 yards SE of Randy’s group and got their limit of redheads on Saturday afternoon.  Randy’s group set up at the same place and was skunked (most of the ducks that we saw headed over to Wayne’s group).  On Sunday morning we all hunted near where Wayne’s group had hunted the night before and killed four redheads but couldn’t recover one.  The final tally was 21 redheads bagged and no fish caught.  Randy lead a devotional titled Dominance.  Thanks to Wayne for letting us stay at his house and to Wayne and Daryl for letting us use their boats!

1/2/18 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt

Three hunters endured the cold and wet on Stillhouse Hollow Lake on 1/2/18.  It was 25° but felt like 14° and everything iced up.  Worst of all the ducks took a holiday (the cold front probably encouraged them to head south).  We only had two come within range and they were behind us and we couldn’t get on them in time.  We saw about 10 ducks.

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