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5/25/19 ‘Bluebonnet Special’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capital Clays sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 5/25/19. 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. Capital Clays is located at 8707 Lindell Lane.  Their phone number is 512-272-4707. Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

 

6/1/19 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot, the FCS Open, on Saturday, 6/1/19, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Capital Clays.  We’ll shoot two rounds of sporting clays, so bring at least four boxes of shells.  We’ll probably shoot their corporate/hunter course (the blue course) and their intermediary course (the red course).  You can shoot one round if you prefer.

After we shoot we’ll eat lunch at La Palapa (6640 E. Highway 290, Austin, 512-459-8729), which has good Tex-Mex.  It’s near Reagan High School.  You can just come to the luncheon (and not shoot), if that’s what you prefer.

The gates open at 9:00.  We will gather by the front door of their clubhouse at 9:05.  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.

  • 9:05 AM – Sporting clays
  • 1:30 PM – Lunch and scores
  • 3:00 PM – Depart

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 per round of 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: 8707 Lindell Lane (near the Travis County Exposition Center and Lake Decker)

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

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

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

 

6/6/19 – 6/9/19 Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip at Port O’Connor

Our next Self-Chartered Saltwater Fishing Trip will be on Thursday, 6/6/19 – Sunday, 6/9/19 at Port O’Connor.  We presently have three boats committed and can take eight fishermen, including the boat owners.  We’ll split the gas (including boat gas) and bait costs.  We’ll eat out for our meals.  Eight of us will stay at Wayne Weilnau’s house.  Four of us will stay at a cabin at the Captains Quarters hotel.  Lodging costs will be a $150 house cleaning fee plus the $270 cabin fee ($135/night) for a total of $420.  This will be divided by everyone except Wayne (about $40 each).  We have had several successful fishing trips to Port O’Connor, including catching eleven fish 24″ or over on the 6/7/18 – 6/10/18 Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip.

This event is full.  Contact Wayne Weuilnau at txfalcon59@gmail.com or 512-589-4120 to be added to his ‘will-call’ list in case someone drops out.  Also contact Wayne for more information.

6/8/19 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

FCS will host an upland bird hunt on 6/8/19 at the Austin Gun Club, a private hunting preserve on a 1,000 acre ranch south of Lampasas, specializing in quail, pheasant, and chukar hunts.  FCS member Raul Pena will guide and lead the hunt.  He has an upland bird dog.

We had an upland bird hunt and later a 5-stand/flurry shoot there several years ago and enjoyed both of them.

Total price per hunter is $149.00 plus 8.25% tax.  This includes:

  • Upland bird hunt – $125.00 (a total of 12 quail, 10 Chukar, and 2 Pheasant per group of four hunters – up to a total of six birds each; depending on the weather the group may choose more quail or chukar)
  • A round of sporting Clays (50 birds) – $24.00

As always, we recommend a 15 – 20% tip for the guide.

As Raul is new to guiding, he will have the hunters rotate being the shooters (two at a time).

This hunt is limited to four hunters.  RSVP is required to Raul before 5/25/19 at raul.c.pena@gmail.com or 210-364-0720.  Please let Raul know if you have any questions.

6/13/19 FCS Meeting and Chili Dinner

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) will be on Thursday, 6/13/19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting and Fajita Dinner at Jim McGee’s home (2605 Izoro Bend, Cedar Park, 512-791-3464).  The cost should be approximately $10/person.  RSVP is required to Randy Rowley to ensure that we’ll have enough food at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 before 6/12/19.  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

 

6/29/19 ‘Copperhead Creek Tournament’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Copperhead Creek Shooting Club in Marble Falls Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday, 6/29/19.  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 Side Event and Concurrent options.  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

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7/20/19 ‘Clayfest’ Sporting Clays Tournament (National Shooting Complex San Antonio)

FCS will participate in the ‘Clayfest’ Sporting Clays Tournament at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio on Saturday, 7/20/19.  There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required).  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.  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

 
9/1/19 (Opening Day) Dove Hunt (New Braunfels)

FCS will host a Dove Hunt on Sunday, 9/1/19 (Opening Day) with Bryce Brandl of Triple Play Outfitters near New Braunfels.  The 100 acre field is ten minutes off of I35 and includes a nice pond and lots of sunflowers.  Mike called Bryce’s references and learned that he is top notch.  He drives around and checks on the hunters to make sure they are in a productive spot.  If needed he will move hunters to a better spot on the property.  One man said that he would hunt with no one else.  See the pictures of past harvests.

The fee is $100/gun.  If we bring 20 hunters we will have the field to ourselves.  A deposit of 50% ($50/gun) is due to Mike by 6/15/19.  The first 20 people to RSVP to Mike Walsh will get the spots.

RSVP to Mike at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.  Send your check, after you RSVP, to:

106 N. San Saba St.

Round Rock, TX, 78664

Make your check out to Mike.  He’ll send one check to Bryce.  Do not send cash.

We may book other hunts there this coming season, depending on the outcome of this hunt.  Also let Mike know if you are interested in a Monday, 9/2/19 and/or Saturday, 9/7/19 hunt there.

Contact Mike if you have any questions.

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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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