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If you are interested in a guided goose hunt with Rayce Jenkins near El Campo RSVP to Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221.  We must have a minimum of three hunters and as of right now two hunters have expressed interest.  The other issue is presently there are not a lot of geese near El Campo.

12/03/16 - El Campo Goose Hunt

 1/19/19 ‘New Year’s Clay Opener’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament
FCS will participate in the next Copperhead Creek Shooting Club in Marble Falls Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday, 1/19/19.  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.  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.
1/25/19 Guided Duck Hunt with Ricky Ethridge (Location TBD)

FCS will hunt ducks with Ricky Ethridge, probably near Donie again, on Friday, 1/25/19.

The cost is $125.  We also usually give a 15% ($19) to 20% ($25) tip.

What to bring:

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp (the super combo license does not include the federal duck stamp)
  • Shotgun and case
  • Shotgun shells (Winchester Xpert shells or equivalent in 2 shot (the 1550 FPS variant), chambered for 3 inch (if your gun is also chambered for 3 inch); Randy Rowley does not recommend anything smaller than 4 shot.  10 gauges and 3 1/2 inch shells in 3 1/2 inch chambered 12 gauges are overkill for ducks, in his opinion; steel shot (if of adequate size) will kill ducks – there is no need for Hevi-shot, Tungsten, Bismuth, etc. (you’ll pay a lot more for those shells and they aren’t needed))
  • Shotgun shells bag, vest, or box
  • Bucket or stool
  • Headlamp or cap light
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential)
  • Mud boots (waders are not necessary)
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Drinks (optional)
  • A small to medium sized ice chest to take your ducks home in

Randy has two headlamps, a hat lamp, two buckets, and several small to medium sized ice chests he would be happy to loan, if you let him know before we leave.

We have had several very successful hunts with Ricky, including 39 ducks killed on 12/8/18.

Ricky will set out decoys, call the birds in, his dog will retrieve them, and he’ll cleans the birds after the hunt.  The limit is five hunters and we are full.  Contact Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 to be added to his will-call list in case someone drops out.  Also contact Ian if you have any questions.

12/8/18 hunt – 39 ducks
1/26/19 ‘Promatic Open’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capital Clays (8707 Lindell Lane, 512-272-4707) sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 1/26/19. 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. Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

2/4/19 FCS Meeting and Wild Game Dinner

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) will be on Monday, 2/4/19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Ron Denison’s home (1009 Ambrose Cv., Pflugerville, 512-670-7717 – Home, 512-217-4677 – Cell).  The meeting will feature a wild game dinner.  The cost will depend on how many people bring wild game but should be approximately $5/person.  RSVP is required to Randy Rowley to ensure that we’ll have enough food.  RSVP to randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 before 2/3/19.  Let Randy know what food that you intend to bring.  Let Randy know if you have a recent hunting, fishing, or shooting experience or tip that you would like to share.  In addition, 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

2/9/19 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 2/9/19, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at the Capital Clays.  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.

-9:05 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 come: Members 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. Capital 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.

Location8707 Lindell Lane (Near the Travis County Exposition Center and Decker Lake)

Capital City’s phone number: 512-272-4707

Weather- In the event of rainLight rain – we shoot.  Heavy rain – we stay home and Randy will send out a notice of cancellation.

Questions:  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net (his preference) or 512-970-7797.

2/15/19  – 2/17/19 Self-guided Hog Hunt

FCS will host a Hog Hunt on Friday, 2/15/19 – Sunday, 2/17/19 at FCS member Ronnie Ross’ deer lease between Goldthwaite and Brownwood.  It has seven blinds with feeders, three of which can hold two hunters, for a total of 10 hunters.  There is also a trap and a couple places to put snares.  There is no limit on hogs taken or kill fees.  Hunters will need to clean hogs themselves.  The property includes a cabin that has water, electricity, beds, a full kitchen, a shower, and a toilet.

The cost is $100 for the weekend.  Ronnie will also consider trading labor for the weekend of hunting.  The cost includes lodging, but hunters will need to cook their own food. There is no charge for minors hunting with a parent.  (As with all of our events preference is given to adult hunters; if we are hosting an event with space limitations.)  If more than 10 hunters are interested, we can do more than one weekend.

RSVP is required to Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  As Randy is spending his piggy bank money on guided duck hunts, he’ll probably need an on-the-ground leader for this hunt.  Let me know if you’re interested in leading it.

Christopher Ross with a hog that he shot on 11/10/18 on Ronnie’s lease

Piggies on Ronnie’s lease

Pigs on Ronnie’s lease

2/23/19 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on 2/23/19 at the old Dismukes/Bieberstein Ranch near Dime Box.  They have 900 acres of blackland prairie covered with native grass and short brush, post oak savannah with improved pasture, lightly wooded uplands, and heavily wooded bottomlands – an ideal match for upland birds like quail, pheasant and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike.

This will be a full day hunt starting at 9:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM.  You can choose from 18 quail, 9 chukar, or 6 pheasant, or a mixture of all three.  As with all ranches in Central Texas, these will be pen raised birds.  The price is $250 per person.  A 15 – 20% tip is highly recommended.  The hunt includes:

– Kids (15 years old & under) hunt FREE with paid adults

– FREE shooting lessons

– Sporting clays and bird processing included

– Hunting dogs will be provided.  If you would like to bring your well-trained (for upland bird hunting) and well-mannered dog you can but only one or two dogs can come.  We must clear your dog with Mike Schumann and the other hunters if you want to bring a dog.

Lunch is not included.  We will eat at a nearby restaurant.

There is a discount for additional packages of birds.  The most hunters that we can take is eight, and we have one spot open.

RSVP to Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  A $100 deposit is due on 1/28/19.  Contact Randy if you have any questions.  

4/12/19 – 4/14/19 Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip and Lodging on a Floating Cabin

FCS will host a Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip on 4/12/19 – 4/14/19 near Corpus Christi.  We will fish the bays during the day and spend the nights at Laguna Madre Cabin #2 (a floating cabin).  We will have two boats for this event.

The cabin is located in the Upper Laguna Madre along the Crash Channels close to the Boat Hole and JFK Causeway.  The Crash Channel is a prime fishing location for black drum and Redfish during the day and night fishing for Speckled Trout.  The cabin has three sets of bunk beds, sleeps six comfortably with plenty of room to sleep two more on cots, for a total of eight. The cabin has a full kitchen, grill, A/C, and heater.  The cabin has a reputation as a fantastic fishing spot for speckled trout at night.

We will need to bring food and drinks with us or we can eat at restaurants that have boat slips, like Snoopy’s Pier, or both.  If we decide to buy the food, Randy Rowley will buy it and we’ll split it by the number of participants.  We will split the boat gas and vehicle gas.

The cabin rents for $100 a day per person ($200 total).

Presently we have five participants and can take three more fishermen.  This event is full.  Contact Daryl Shipper at shipperdog@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-638-6971 to be added to his “will-call” list in case someone drops out.

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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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