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Jun
30

Hog Hunting Rotation (Self-guided)

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided hog hunts.

Costs:

  • Shared lodging (not applicable if we’re camping or if the ranch is close to where we live).
  • For out-of-area hunts, we’ll carpool and split the vehicle gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).  If we take a toll road we’ll split that fee.
  • We’ll stop for drive-through food on the way to the hunt and will stop for drive-through food on the way home.  We’ll share food costs for camp (if applicable) or we’ll eat out if we’re staying at a motel.
  • Hunters will be expected to bring their own corn and/or hog bait or contribute money to help fill the feeders (if applicable) and fill the game cameras with batteries (if applicable).

What to Bring:

  • Hunting license.
  • Weapon of choice and ammo (note that some ranches limit what weapon and/or ammo you can use and how many shells you can have in your gun; for example, some ranches do not allow buckshot, calibers smaller than .243, or more than three shells in your gun.  The ranchette near Austin is limited to crossbows and .22’s.  For recommendations on guns and ammo see Hog Hunting Basics.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Spotlight for night hunting (see Hog Hunting Basics).
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential, unless you’re hunting from an elevated stand).  If rain is predicted bring rain gear.
  • A Thermacell is highly recommended to repel bugs.  Bug sprays are not recommended (hogs will smell it and won’t come anywhere near you).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • Camping gear (if we’re camping).
  • Game cleaning tools (knives, sharpeners, saw, loppers, gambrel, and rope) if the ranch doesn’t have them and if it allows hogs to be cleaned on the ranch.
  • A large ice chest to take your hog(s) home in (if you get any) and if the ranch allows hogs to be cleaned on the ranch.
  • Corn and hog bait.  If not bringing corn, contribute money to help fill the feeders (if applicable)
  • 12 volt, 6 volt, or AA batteries or contribute money to fill the feeders and game cameras with batteries (if applicable).

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not a FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will not tolerate the below actions.  I can and will remove a person from the rotation for any of the following reasons (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Not hunting in a safe manner, including deliberately not following my or the guides/outfitters instructions or rules and the FCS Shooting and Hunting Rules.
  • Not paying your fair share of gas and/or food.
  • Not paying for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost.
  • Not helping.
  • Indicating that he or she will attend a trip and then not showing up.
  • A pattern of being more than a few minutes late.
  • A pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Not returning the organizer’s phone calls and/or emails.

The following people who are on the Hog Hunt Rotation for 2020:

  1. Burl Fulenwider
  2. Ted Lieb and son
  3. Larry Mitchell
  4. Ian Daniels
  5. Steve Fusco
  6. Jim McGee
  7. Don Hebert and son
  8. Binh Chu
  9. Ken Miller

The following people are on the Master Hog Hunt Rotation list:

  1. Ted Lieb and son
  2. Larry Mitchell
  3. Ian Daniels
  4. Mike Smith
  5. Steve Fusco
  6. Jim McGee
  7. Robert Ochoa
  8. Monalisa Almanza and son
  9. Jose Primera
  10. Jonathan Fleming
  11. Greg Moerbe
  12. Burl Fulenwider
  13. Edwin Zamora
  14. Don Hebert and son
  15. Binh Chu
  16. Ken Miller

Let Randy Rowley know if you would like to be added to this rotation at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or at 512-922-2484.

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The following is a rotation list for self-chartered freshwater fishing trips on central Texas lakes within 90 miles of Austin.  We primarily target largemouth bass but can also go after crappie, white bass, hybrids, and/or stripers, so be prepared (for reel, line, and lure recommendations see the bottom of this page).

As I, Randy Rowley, have a full-time job, am not a guide, fish on Saturday’s or state of Texas holidays (usually), and fish on highly pressured lakes, do not expect to always catch limits on these trips.

We will fish either Lakes Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Decker, Stillhouse Hollow, Belton, Lady Bird, Austin, or a creek such as Yegua off of Somerville during the white bass run.  I can take up to two fishermen (three if they’re smaller) on my boat (not counting me).  Trips will usually be six to ten hours, counting travel time, unless the fish are biting well, in which case we may decide to fish later, or if they’re not biting well or at all, in which case we may decide to quit earlier.

We will fish out of my 20′ 3″ 2019 Excel Bay Pro 203 with a 115 HP Yahama motor, an 80 lb. thrust trolling motor, and a fish finder (unless we’re fishing a creek during the white bass run, in which case we’ll be on foot).  I usually will have at least one of these trips a month during non-hunting months (February through August), but will not guarantee a set number of times.

We will primarily fish with artificial lures.  I’m willing to fish part or all of the time with live or dead bait, but everyone in the boat must agree how we will fish before we leave as people who want to fish with lures will become frustrated if the boat isn’t moving often and people who want to fish with live bait will become frustrated if the boat is moving (as movement will drown the minnows).

Costs:

  • We’ll split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).
  • There is also often a per person park entrance fee (usually $5 each) or a boat launch fee that we will split (no more than $5 each).
  • If we take a toll road, because we’re running late, we’ll split that fee.
  • We’ll also stop at Whataburger on the way to the lake and will probably stop for brunch on the way home.

What to Bring:

  • Freshwater fishing license.
  • Rods and Reels (at least two in case you break one; I usually fish with eight)
  • Lures.
  • Headlamp/cap light (preferred) or flashlight (to help ready my boat for launch).
  • Cap/hat (optional).
  • Sunglasses (optional).
  • Sunscreen (optional).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • A small ice chest to take fish home in if we decide to keep them (I usually return largemouth bass to the water; there will be a large ice chest on my boat to put your drinks and snacks in).
  • Rain gear if rain is predicted (however, I have three ponchos on my boat if you forget your rain gear).

If you need to borrow an item(s) let me know before we leave.

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not a FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will not tolerate the below actions.  I can and will remove a person from the rotation for any of the following reasons (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Not fishing in a safe manner, including deliberately not following my instructions and the FCS Fishing Rules during a fishing trip.
  • Not paying your fair share of gas and park entrance fees/boat launch fees.
  • Not paying for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost (including losing lures that you borrowed).
  • Not helping during a fishing trip (including not helping get the boat back on the trailer).
  • Not talking quietly (bass can hear you and will get away from the sound).
  • Indicating that he or she will attend a fishing trip and then not showing up.
  • A pattern of being more than a few minutes late.
  • A pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Not returning my phone calls and/or emails.

The following people are on the Bass Fishing Rotation for 2020:

  1. Ryan and Claire Rowley
  2. Nathan Hoeft
  3. Roy Zengerle
  4. Roland and Lena Olivarez or grandson
  5. Dustin Rhodes
  6. Kevin McConnell
  7. Jonathan Fleming
  8. Earl and Janet Prochnick
  9. Chris Campbell
  10. Jeff Cates
  11. Harold and Edward Terry
  12. Jim McGee
  13. Chris Rowley
  14. Burl and Daniel Fulenwider

The following people are on the Master Bass Fishing Rotation list:

  1. Bill Smith
  2. Flint and Harrison DeShazo
  3. Jeff Cates
  4. Ryan and Claire Rowley
  5. Jeff Peterson and sons
  6. Rex Yokum
  7. David Lesser and sons
  8. Nathan Hoeft
  9. Eddy and DaLee Trevino
  10. Monalisa Almanza and child
  11. Roy Zengerle
  12. Jim McGee
  13. Earl and Janet Prochnick
  14. Roland and Lena Olivarez or grandson
  15. Dustin Rhodes
  16. Burl and Daniel Fulenwider
  17. Binh Chu
  18. Mike Walsh
  19. Chris Rowley
  20. Steve Fusco
  21. Kevin McConnell
  22. Jonathan Fleming
  23. Chris Campbell
  24. Harold and Edward Terry

Lure recommendations for Bass

Topwaters – walk the dog lures like Heddon’s Zara Spook, Zara Spook Jr., or Zara Puppy, Xcalibur’s Spittin’ Image, or Rapala’s Skitter V; poppers like Heddon’s Chugger Spook or Hula Popper, Storm’s Rattlin’ Chug Bug, or Rebel’s Pop-R; torpedo lures like River2Sea’s Whopper Plopper, Heddon’s Baby Torpedo; and Buzz baits like Booyah’s Buzz Clacker.  Colors – bass, shad, chartreuse, bone, and clear.  For lakes with a lot of grass (such as Bastrop, Decker, and Fayette) you can add frog colored topwaters or plastic frogs such as River2Sea’s Phat Mat Daddy, Bully Wa II, and Spittin’ Wa, Lunkerhunt’s Lunker Frog, Strike King’s KVD Sexy Frogs, American Baitworks’ Scum Frog Bigfoot, Scum Dog, and Scum Frog Popper, and toad style baits such as Stanley’s Ribbits.

Lipless crankbaits – Rapala Rattlin’ Rapala, Xcalibur Xr75, Strike King Red Eye Shad, hard swimbaits, etc.  Colors – bass, shad, perch, red (best in spring), and chartreuse (best in the summer). Crankbaits – Norman Little N, Strom Wiggle Wart, Strike King KVD 2.5 or Pro-Model 3XD, Rapala Shad Rap, Bandit 200, and similar.

Deep divers include Norman’s DD-22, Strike King’s 5XD and 6XD, and Bomber’s Fat Free Shad.  Same colors as the lipless crankbaits.

Jerk baits (stick baits) – Bomber Long A, Rapala Husky Jerk, Rapala X-Rap, Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue, and Storm Thunderstick.  Same colors as the crankbaits.

Spinnerbaits – white, yellow, chartreuse, combo white/yellow or white/chartreuse, watermelon (green), red (in the spring), and black/blue or black/red when it’s dark or there is a heavy overcast.  I prefer spinnerbaits with two blades over one.  The type is not that important but I tend to prefer the Colorado blade.

Slabs/spoons – 1/2 – 1 1/2 ounce in white, silver, chartreuse, or combos of those colors.  These are particularly good for white bass, hybrids, stripers, and largemouth bass along steep rocky ledges.

Soft plastics (usually will only attract largemouth bass – not whites, hybrids, or stripers) – Zoom finesse worms, flukes, crawdads, lizards, or baby brush hogs, Berkley power worms, crawdads, or lizards, Senko worms, Yum Dinger worms, Big Bite worms and grubs, Grandebass rattlesnakes, and Roadrunner’s with grub tails.  Colors depend on the time of year and such things as if it’s overcast or sunny.  The general rule is darker colors work best when it’s overcast and during the winter.  Lighter colors work best in the fall, spring, and summer and when it’s sunny.  Some of my favorite colors include Smokin’ Green, Watermelon, Watermelon Red, June Bug, Red Bug, Red Shad, Motor Oil, Pumpkinseed, Dark Blue, and Camo.  Zoom’s Baby Brushhog in pumpkinseed is a good choice for Travis in the fall.  Lizards and crawdads in pumpkinseed are good in the spring.  Toad style baits like Stanley’s Ribbits and Frog style baits like Lunkerhunt’s Lunker Frog and Strike King’s KVD Sexy Frog are good early and late in grassy areas or lily pads.  Soft swimbaits are good in the grass.

Lure Recommendations for Crappie (also good for white bass in creeks)

Crappie jigs (1/16, 1/8, or 1/4 ounce and crappie grubs such as the Bobby Garland Mo’Glo (glow-in-the-dark) 2″ Baby Shad or Hyper Grub in Ghost Sparkle or Ghastly Minnow).

Spinners – inline spinners such as the Mepps Aglia Ultra Lite spinners (1/18 ounce with a gold blade and yellow wool) and Blakemore Roadrunners (1/8 ounce white or chartreuse, the grub version).

Line Recommendations for Bass Reels

It depends on the reels that you are using.  Generally for spin cast reels you don’t want to use anything heavier than 10 lb. mono.

Spinning reels can usually handle heavier line that spin-cast reels, but they shine as finesse applications, so I recommend 8 – 10 lb. fluorocarbon or lighter.

For topwater baitcasting reels use mono in 12 – 15 lb. test.  The exception is fishing with frogs, in which case 50 – 65 lb. braid is the best (to cut through weeds, lily pads, etc.; braid also floats).

For crankbait/spinnerbait/chatterbait/jerk bait baitcasting reels use fluorocarbon in 12 – 15 lb. test.

For soft plastics reels use fluorocarbon in 12 – 15 lb. test or braid in 30 – 50 lb. test (braid does not have the same thickness as fluorocarbon or mono – 40 lb. braid = 12 lb. fluorocarbon or mono).

Line Recommendations for Crappie Reels

Have a spinning reel spooled with fluorocarbon or mono in 2 – 6 lb. test, the lighter the better.

Let me know at randywrowley@gmail.com (my preference) or at 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.

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Jun
15

7/11/20 FCS Sporting Clays Shoot

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Our next FCS Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, 7/11/20, from 9:00 – 11:30 AM at Capital City Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of 50 sporting clays.  We’ll probably shoot their red course (formerly called the corporate/hunter course).

Note that the following restrictions are still in place by Capital City Clays – Randy Rowley’s commentary is in red):

  • Groups cannot exceed four people.  (Consequently, this shoot might take longer.)
  • Proper distancing is required.  Do not “pile-up” at a station.  If the group in front of you is not done shooting, please wait several yards away until they move on.
  • The clubhouse and bathrooms are locked.
  • They cannot put out bottled water.

Face masks are not required.  Hopefully, things will be back to normal for our August shoot.

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 FCS website (now under Events) so you can see how you have improved over time.

  • 9:00 AM – Sporting clays
  • 11:00 AM – Scores and announcements
  • 11:30 AM – Depart

Who should come: Members and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have around 10 participants, and we break up into groups.  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 costs $23.81/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can use one of ours.  Most of us shoot a 12 gauge, but a 20 gauge is good also. Capital City Clays requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capital City Clays).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Walmart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells per round of sporting clays.  Randy 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 Red course are close enough for skeet chokes, but IC works fine.

Location: 8707 Lindell Lane (near the Travis County Exposition Center and Lake Decker)

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

In the event of rain: Light rain – we shoot; heavy rain – we stay home and Mike Walsh, Bruce Crockett, or Randy Rowley will send out a cancellation notice

Questions:  Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

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Jun
14

7/11/20 FCS Sporting Clays Shoot

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Our next FCS Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, 7/11/20, from 9:00 – 11:30 AM at Capital City Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of 50 sporting clays.  We’ll probably shoot their red course (formerly called the corporate/hunter course).

Note that the following restrictions are still in place by Capital City Clays – Randy Rowley’s commentary is in red):

  • Groups cannot exceed four people.  (Consequently, this shoot might take longer.)
  • Proper distancing is required.  Do not “pile-up” at a station.  If the group in front of you is not done shooting, please wait several yards away until they move on.
  • The clubhouse and bathrooms are locked.
  • They cannot put out bottled water.

Face masks are not required.  Hopefully, things will be back to normal for our August shoot.

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 FCS website (now under Events) so you can see how you have improved over time.

  • 9:00 AM – Sporting clays
  • 11:00 AM – Scores and announcements
  • 11:30 AM – Depart

Who should come: Members and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have around 10 participants, and we break up into groups.  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 costs $23.81/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can use one of ours.  Most of us shoot a 12 gauge, but a 20 gauge is good also. Capital City Clays requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capital City Clays).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Walmart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells per round of sporting clays.  Randy 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 Red course are close enough for skeet chokes, but IC works fine.

Location: 8707 Lindell Lane (near the Travis County Exposition Center and Lake Decker)

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

In the event of rain: Light rain – we shoot; heavy rain – we stay home and Mike Walsh, Bruce Crockett, or Randy Rowley will send out a cancellation notice

Questions:  Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

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FCS will hunt hogs on Brett Manry’s ranch near Crockett (170 miles from NW Austin).  The cost is $200/a hunter for the weekend, includes lodging in a bunkhouse and includes unlimited hogs and coyotes.

The ranch has 480 acres, three ponds, two wet creeks, multiple stands, lights on feeders, a 400-yard shooting range, a cleaning station, a charcoal/wood smoker/grill and fire pit to cook on (his looks very capable, but Randy Rowley has the FCS grill that the hunters can take with them).

This is stand hunting only – Brett does not allow stalks.

The hunt is limited to six hunters and we are full.  Contact Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 to be added to his ‘will-call’ list in case someone drops out.  Also, contact Randy if you have any questions.

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Apr
03

Testimonials

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Wanted to thank both of you for putting on the Upland bird hunt this past weekend.  We had a blast, no pun intended.  Steven did a great job and the gentleman and his two sons who did the hunt were great.  They could not have been more welcoming and fun.  Everyone followed the instructions like we are supposed to and everyone got to shoot and hit a bird or two or more.  When the birds were released the guns were blazing.  Can’t thank you two enough.  It was a lot of fun and hope the next hunt is just as good.
Frank H.

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Very grateful to have spent time with FCS where people are always safety conscious.

Scott T.

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I’m already missing you guys!  Great folks at FCS.  I really appreciate the opportunity to spend time with you!

Scott T.

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Randy,

I enjoy the  club and all the great members.

Earl P.

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FCS Webmaster:

Thanks for all your work in putting together FCS’s current, past & on-going clays score cards. Your spread sheet is easy to get around & 1st class as is the rest of our FCS website.

Thanks again,

Harold T.

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Randy,

Really nice work on the FCS website page.

James W.

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Randy,

Harrison and I went hunting yesterday am at friends place north of Walburg. Excellent morning and I limited and Harrison got 11 – our shooting much better and lots of dove until about 8:30. Great fun – I even hit 2 birds with one shot!

I got invitation to go back out in afternoon and seriously considered it – I already had the birds in the freezer. But then I thought about one of your talks about this very thing and what influence I might have on Harrison and compromise my values – so, I didn’t go.

Just wanted you to know we do hear some of what you say!

Flint D.

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Randy,

You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

Ryan

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Randy,

I was at GHBC for a Tres Dias meeting 2 or 3 years ago when I signed up on your email list. I have enjoyed following you guys and if I ever move to your area count me in. I live in Ft. Worth now. God bless your ministry!

Luke

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Hi Randy,

Glad to know who did the cooking. Just want to say how much I enjoyed it. You guys did a great job. Glad to hear that you’ll be cooking next time, too.

Jo Ann O.

President’s note: this is in reference to the 3/31/11 Wild Game Dinner.

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Hi Randy!

Thanks again for keeping me on the FCS email list. I really do enjoy it and appreciate your dedication and hard work.

Keep up the good work!

Rod W.

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Thank you Randy for all your hard work with this ministry, FCS needs to have a booth at Global Impact Celebration next year.

Larry D.

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Dear Randy,

You have no idea what the corn & meat & butter means to residents of St. George’s.  Recently the food bank has been cut out.  In the past once a month the Social Worker would go to the Food Pantry & bring food in.

Last month it was hot dogs & buns.

I have been bringing bread home from Mission Possible.

You have no idea of the excitement.  Two ladies regrouped the corn so all could receive.

Bless you!

Patsy M.

President’s note: we donated the left-overs from the 3/31/11 Wild Game Dinner to the residents of St. George’s Court, a low-income housing project for elderly and the handicapped.  One of the residents wrote the following note.

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Sirs,

Becky and I had a great time shooting with you all!

Thank you, Randy for setting it up for us to participate in this event!

WHAT A DEAL – all the instruction and clays we could ask for!

The instructors were great. I heard basically the same advice form different instructors in sometimes different ways – which to us reinforced the instruction.

Becky and I got good results.

That was a great end to a near perfect day. Perfect as a close miss followed by breaking many more in a row!

That you all for including us in this event, being fellow sports people, trying to follow His trail.

Harold T.

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Hey Randy,

I had a great time last night! What fun! What a great group of guys that showed up.. I think i may have made some new buddies.. I appreciate you running the club and leading from the front to see things happen and get done! Thank you for your dedication to the kingdom and have a great weekend!

Phil N.

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Hey Randy,

I had a great time getting to know everyone that made it out to Cutchen’s place! I appreciate you helping me feel welcome with the group and look forward to the shooting range… Also thanks for the shot gun cleaning kit… Have a great week and look forward to being apart of the club more and we’ll see you sooner than later!

Phil N.

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Had a great time last nite and some good eats. Appreciate the word given.

Mark M.

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Randy,

Thanks for a wonderful and fun day. It was good to be out there and meet some of the members, not to mention great shooting among us. I can’t wait till the next round to do this again.

Robby W.

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I had a good time visiting too!

Good Bible study, sent the link to some friends.

Thomas P.

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Hi Randy – I have been meaning to send you a message since Thursday, and I suppose I forgot. I just wanted to say thank you for having me out, I really enjoyed the group. I look forward to getting to know you all better, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with you all at the shooting range as soon as possible. I know I will have a little bit of a struggle on some Saturdays getting someone to watch the kids, but it is definitely possible. At any rate, thanks again, and we will see you soon!

Paul I.

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Mar
28

Rules of Conduct

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FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct

Christian walk

A. Members agree to:

  1. To bear other members burdens.
  2. To pray for needs within our membership body.
  3. To never hunt or fish on special occasions (anniversary, wife’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, etc.).
  4. To refrain from consuming alcohol while shooting, hunting, fishing, or operating machinery, taking illegal drugs, and using profanity while on FCS events.
  5. Couples who are not married must sleep in separate quarters on overnight events.
  6. To obey all laws of the United States of America while on FCS events (this includes while traveling to and from events).

Driving Safety, Boating Life Jacket, Shooting, Hunting, Fishing, and Camping Rules  

These rules will be enforced at FCS events.  Violators can lose shooting, hunting, fishing, and camping privileges.  Repeat violators can be banned from FCS events and/or lose FCS membership, per our established procedures.

Driving Safety Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Drive vehicles and four wheelers and operate boats in a safe manner.

Boating Life Jacket Rules

  1. Life jackets must be worn while underway and until the boat has been exited and no longer on a dock, pier, or bulkhead, except the person who exits a boat at a dock once he or she has walked past the boat ramp.
  2. Life jackets must be worn while fishing in high traffic, high current, or dangerous areas such as the POC jetties.
  3. Life jackets must be worn while wearing winter clothing or waders.  When wading, the life jacket can be removed when entering the water.

Shooting Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Always treat all guns with the respect due a loaded gun.  Before handling a firearm, visually check the chamber, receiver, and magazine to make sure there is no ammunition anywhere in the firearm.
  2. Always wear eye and ear protection.
  3. Always learn how their gun operates.  Ask for instruction before going hunting.
  4. Always have their gun ready at the time of the hunt.  Do not arrive at a hog hunt, for example, and ask everyone to wait a couple hours for you to go sight in your rifle.
  5. Always load when the guide/leader says to load and unload when the guide/leader says to unload.
  6. Always check their gun and ammunition before loading.
  7. Always make sure their barrel and action are clear of obstructions and carry only ammunition of the proper caliber for their gun.
  8. Always put their safety on before loading and watch their muzzle at all times, including while loading.  Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.  Never let the muzzle cover anything that is not intended to be destroyed.  Never rely on their gun’s safety.
  9. Always be sure of their target and what is in front of it and beyond it.  Know the identifying features of the game being hunted.  Ensure there is an adequate backstop—don’t shoot a rifle or handgun at a flat, hard surface (e.g. a rock or tree) or water.  The bullet may ricochet and travel in unpredictable directions.
  10. Always keep their finger outside the trigger guard until your sights are on the target.  This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.
  11. Always keep the safeties of their guns on except when they are actively shooting at game (dove, hogs, etc.) or clay, paper, etc. targets.
  12. Always point their gun only at something they intend to shoot.
  13. Always put their safeties back on immediately after firing.
  14. Always handle their gun with care, if it fails to fire when the trigger is pulled.  If a chambered round of ammunition does not fire when the trigger is pulled, put the gun on safety and keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.  Treat the gun as if it could still discharge.  Wait at least 30 seconds before slowly and carefully opening the action and unload the cartridge from the chamber.
  15. Always unload their gun before climbing a fence or tree, jumping a ditch, or running and pull guns toward them by the butt, not the muzzle.
  16. Always unload their gun when not in use.  Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.
  17. Always store their guns and ammunition separately and safely.
  18. Always clean their guns when needed and have them repaired, if needed.

Hunting Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Acquire marksmanship skills that will assure clean kills.
  2. Always respect the property of the landowner (e.g., closing gates that they open).
  3. Always learn the rules of the host, landowner, guide, or leader and follow them (e.g., staying put until the agreed upon time).
  4. Always carry their fair share of the load. (e.g., paying a fair share of gas money and other expenses and doing a fair share of chores).
  5. Always hunt with any guests and minors that they bring.
  6. Always let the hunters around them know their position, especially when walking up on hunters who have their backs to them.
  7. Always bring only trained dogs on hunts and control them in the field.
  8. Always pick up their trash in the field (this includes empty shotgun shells).
  9. Always take dove, duck, etc. waste away with them, if required by the host, landowner, guide, or leader.
  10. Always obey all hunting regulations (examples of frequently violated regulations include: buying your child a hunting license for the purpose of taking more game for yourself and saying that your child bagged them, taking game over the limit and giving the excess to others, taking game over the limit and eating the excess, and shooting across county roads).
  11. Never shoot at unidentified furry or flying objects (UFO’s).
  12. Never kill or shoot at birds or animals that they do not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., shooting at sparrows and dragonflies).
  13. Never shoot game that the landowner, host, outfitter, guide, or leader has disallowed from being hunted (check the hunt details or ask the landowner, host, outfitter, guide, or leader if unsure).
  14. Never take an unsafe shot (e.g., taking low shotgun shots when other hunters are within the ranges of their guns and are within their line of fire, etc.).
  15. Never take a shot that could potentially destroy someone else’s property (e.g., shooting dove off power lines).
  16. Never shoot at game outside of the effective ranges of their guns or their abilities.

Fishing Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Always learn how their reel operates.  Ask for instruction before going fishing.
  2. Always have their reel ready at the time of the fishing trip.  The start of a fishing trip is not the time to fill your reel with line.
  3. Always watch where your hooks are at all times, including every backcast (where your lure/hook is when you bring it back to cast), every single cast.
  4. Always ensure that line is not wrapped around your rod before you cast, every single cast.  If line is wrapped around your rod tip it can cause the lure to “rebound” and come back towards you or others.
  5. Always obey all fishing regulations (examples of frequently violated regulations include: buying your child a fishing license for the purpose of taking more fish for yourself and saying that your child caught them, taking fish over the limit and giving the excess to others, and taking fish over the limit and eating the excess).
  6. Never kill fish that you they not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., throwing carp on the bank to suffocate).

Camping Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Always camp in the designated area only (if camping is allowed).
  2. Always pick up their trash and any other trash that they see in the campground.
  3. Always control their dogs at camp.
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See https://fishgame.com/2016/05/basics-trout-fishing/.

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FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 4/11/20, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at Capital City Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of 50 sporting clays.  We’ll probably shoot their red course (formerly called the corporate/hunter 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.

  • 9:05 AM – Sporting clays
  • 10:45 AM – Scores and announcements
  • 11:15 AM – Depart

Who should come: Members and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have around 10 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 costs $23.81/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 Clays requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capital City Clays).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Walmart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells 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 Red course are close enough for skeet chokes, but IC works just fine.

Location: 8707 Lindell Lane (near the Travis County Exposition Center and Lake Decker)

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

In the event of rainLight rain – we shoot; heavy rain – we stay home and Mike Walsh or Randy will send out a cancellation notice

Questions:  Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

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Feb
29

2020 Hunting Trips Reports

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Randy Rowley highly recommends that you pay deposits via PayPal.  He’s made over 200 eBay transactions using PayPal and easily that many from other vendors without any problems.  Just within the last two weeks, He’s bought a bulk pack of AA batteries, an oil filter tool, two cordless work lights, a camo raincoat, three of his medicines, and a photo calendar for a Christmas gift online using PayPal.  This is not true of checks, which can become lost in the mail or stolen out of someone’s mailbox, which is what happened to some of our 2017 guided upland bird hunt deposit checks (they were stolen from Mike Schumann’s mailbox).  PayPal is one of three options for people to join FCS, renew their membership, or donate on our website.

It’s very easy to open a PayPal account.  Just go to www.paypal.com.  Click “Sign Up” on the top right.  Click “Personal Account” (unless you want to make it a business account).  Fill in the information requested (legal first name, last name, email address, and create a password and confirm it).  Then add the bank account or credit card that you want PayPal to debit purchases from and you’re done.

When paying with PayPal you can choose the “PayPal Credit” option which allows you to pay out purchases over six months at 0% interest (and charges you like a credit card if you don’t pay it out over six months).  Randy uses this option a lot for bigger purchases like my duck mounts.

If you decide to pay a guide/outfitter via PayPal do the following:

  1. Go to paypal.com
  2. Click “Send” on the top
  3. Click “Send money”
  4. In the “Name, email or mobile number” box type in their email address or phone number.
  5. Enter the amount that you wish to send. For example, if the deposit is $100.00 be sure to type in four zeros.  If you just type in “100” it will translate that as “1.00.”
  6. Select “Sending to a Friend” (by so doing the guide/outfitter doesn’t have to pay the 2.5% plus .30 PayPal fee)
  7. In the “Add a note” box put “For the 2/29/XX FCS hunt” (for example).  Click “Continue.”
  8. Select if you want the payment to come from the checking/savings/credit card account that you linked to PayPal or from PayPal Credit.  Click “Next.”
  9. Review the payment.  If correct, click “Send Payment Now.”  If incorrect go back and make whatever correction that needs to be made.
  10. Click “Log Out” at the top right

You can get a PayPal app for your smartphone that’s even faster than using their website.  Randy guarantees you that once you’ve paid via PayPal a couple of times it will be a lot faster than writing out a check, stuffing it in an envelope, addressing the envelope, putting a stamp on it, and mailing it.  Plus, you’ll save a lot of money by not having to buy stamps.  Randy hasn’t mailed anyone a check in a long time.

If Randy still haven’t convinced some of you dinosaurs, you can mail your deposits or payments in full to him at 11612 Birchbark Trail, Austin, TX, 78750.  Make your check out to him.  He’ll deposit it and pay the guide/outfitter via PayPal.  If you make it out to the guide/outfitter, he’ll just mail it to him and you’ll have to take your chances that he’ll get it.

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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 minors will be treated on their size or how much they eat.  For example, if a 12-year-old boy eats as much as a full-grown man he will be charged as a man, and not as a child, as the event coordinator or leader will have to buy a full-sized steak for him (if we’re camping) and not a half-sized one.

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Feb
26

RSVPing to Event Coordinators

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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 or tell them in person (if you do so please follow up with an email). Also, if you text them be sure to let them know who you are.

If we will be hunting under the jurisdiction of a particular entity (such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) we’ll include a link to their website.  From there you can go to their Recreation page then their hunting page to see what their rules are (for example).  Please do not ask the event coordinator to look up a Corps rule (for example) for you that you can look up just as easily as he can.

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Feb
26

Bringing Guests

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A member or guest is free to bring his or her spouse, child, and/or a friend to events that are not full (but RSVP for him, her, or them and pay in advance, if required).

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Feb
26

Participant Expectations

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An event participant is expected to follow the FCS Rules of Conduct and is required to sign a FCS Release of Liability Waiver for events that involve risks, if he or she has not already done so.

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Feb
26

2/29/20 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

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FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on 2/29/20 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, pheasants, and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike Schumann (see the below picture and the many Hunting Reports).  On 2/23/19 eight FCS hunters killed a record 101 birds, including 63 quail, 22 chukars and 16 pheasants.

This will be a full day hunt starting at 9:00 AM and ending around 3:00 PM (not counting travel time).  You can choose from 18 quail, 9 chukar, or 6 pheasant, or a mixture of all three (most hunters choose a mixed bag).  As with all ranches in Central Texas, these will be pen raised birds.  The price is $250 per person.  An additional package of birds costs $180.  A 20% tip ($50) 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 (lunch not 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 and we must clear your dog with Mike and the other hunters)

The most that we can take is eight hunters and we currently the following commitments::

  1. Mike Pozhenko and 15-year-old guest.
  2. Stu Smithson (and 15-year-old Caroline Smithson – she is not counted as a “spot”)
  3. Bret Mercer (and 14-year-old guest Drew Landry – not counted as a “spot”)
  4. Matt Smith
  5. 14-year-old Josh Smith; supervised by Matt Smith
  6. Jose Primera

That leaves two spots open.  The Event Hierarchy applies.  An RSVP is required to Steve Fusco at steven.fusco@gmail.com or 512-584-6258.  A $100 deposit is due immediately.  Mike accepts PayPal (recommended) and checks.

3/3/18 Upland Bird Hunt

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Feb
26

3/25/20 FCS Family Banquet

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Bring your family for fellowship and a delicious Tex-Mex dinner at La Margarita Restaurante.  The guest speaker is Mark Dillow.  His bio includes:

  • Current Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council Representative for Texas
  • Former Chapter President for Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (the largest TU chapter in the world with nearly 6,000 members, and inducted into the TPWD Freshwater Fisheries Hall of Fame )
  • Former Vice President of FCS

We will also give several certificates to recipients and the 2019 Sportsman of the Year award.

Details:

Date and Time: Wednesday, 3/25/20, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Address: 1530 North Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., Round Rock, 512-258-3733 (Green Mesquite BBQ, where we had last year’s banquet, has closed)

Menu: Your choice from their menu

Dress: Causal

Other: We will have separate checks

RSVP required.  We need to spend $200 (about 15 people) in order to keep the room reserved.  If you don’t RSVP we won’t know if we’re going to have enough diners to keep the room.

RSVP to Binh Chu at binh_chu@yahoo.com (his preference) or 512-537-4758.  Also contact Binh if you have any questions.

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FCS will participate in the next Capital City Clays sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 3/28/20.  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 City Clays is located at 8707 Lindell Lane.  Their phone number is 512-272-4707. Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001 if you have any questions.

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Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) and Wild Game Dinner will be on Tuesday, 4/7/20, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Mr. Charles Batts’ home (9706 Bordeaux La., Austin, 512-258-8773 – Home, 512-750-2225 – Cell).  The cost will depend on how many people make people but should be approximately $5/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 4/6/20.  Let Randy know if you have a recent hunting, fishing, or shooting experience or tip that you would like to share.  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

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Feb
20

Try These Tips For Huge Black Drum

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See https://fishgame.com/2018/03/3-tips-catching-monster-black-drum/.  It’s interesting that they recommend at least a 10/0 hook.

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Feb
18

How the Rotations Work

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Hunters and fishermen who want to participate must sign, if they have not already, a lifetime FCS Liability Waiver.  You do not have to be an FCS member to be added to the rotations; however, the Event Hierarchy (pecking order) applies.  Whenever we’re about to have a rotation event the rotation manager will send an email to the people on the particular rotation.  He or she will let everyone know the dates, location, and other details, including a deadline to respond date.

Example (fictional):

The following people are on the Self/semi-guided Hog Hunt Rotation list for the 20XX season:

    1. Tim
    2. Ron
    3. Bob
    4. Roy
    5. Jim
    6. Joe

So, let’s say that Ron, Roy, Jim, and Joe all want to go on a semi-guided hog hunt to Sabinal that has a limit of three hunters.  In this case, Ron, Roy, and Jim would get to go, as they are above Joe in the rotation.  After a hunter goes on a self/semi-guided hog hunt the rotation manager will move him or her to the bottom of the rotation.  So, after the Sabinal trip, the rotation would be revised to the below.

    1. Tim
    2. Bob
    3. Joe
    4. Ron
    5. Roy
    6. Jim

Whenever a hunter asks to join the rotation, the rotation manager will start him or her at the bottom of the list.  If someone who is on the rotation says no, or doesn’t respond, to an offer to go on a trip he or she will never drop in the rotation.  Nor can anyone leapfrog him or her in the rotation.  Just as rotating ensures that everyone on a volleyball team has an opportunity to serve and play by the net, rotating these lists in this manner ensures that everyone eventually will be near the top of the list.

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This rotation will be established as soon as we begin to plan a bay fishing trip in 2020.

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18

Duck Hunt ?’s

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This rotation will be established as we get closer to the 2020/2021 duck season.

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided inland duck hunts on central Texas lakes or a pond, within 110 miles of Austin.

As I, Randy Rowley, have a full-time job, am not a guide, hunt on Saturdays (usually), and hunt on highly pressured lakes in an area of Texas that is not known for great duck hunting do not always expect limits on these hunts.  Our results have usually been far from it.  Here is our scorecard to date:

Season Number of Ducks Bagged Number of Hunts Number of Hunters Average Number of Ducks Per Hunt Average Number of Ducks Per Hunter
2019/2020 50 (44 on a pond) 11 39 4.55 1.28
2018/2019 5 (5 on a pond) 6 24 0.83 0.21
2017/2018 8 6 18 1.33 0.44
2016/2017 0 4 24 0.00 0.00
2015/2016 9 5 15 1.80 0.60
2014/2015 10 (6 on a pond) 7 28 1.43 0.36
2013/2014 11 (2 on a pond) 6 18 1.83 0.61
2012/2013 16 6 18 2.67 0.89
2011/2012 16 5 17 3.20 0.94
Total 125 (68 on lakes and 57 on ponds) 59 205 2.12 0.61

We will hunt either Lakes Granger, Stillhouse Hollow, Belton, Somerville, or Waco in their Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).  If none of the above lakes are producing ducks we might hunt two local ponds or lakes further away.

I can take up to three adult hunters (four counting me) on my 2019 20′ 3″ camo Excel Bay Pro 203 with a 115 HP Yahama motor, which has a camo blind (see below).

All five lakes are administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE).  We will hunt until 8:30 – 10:30 AM, depending on how the ducks are flying and the weather conditions (ducks often fly longer when it is overcast).

Granger does not require a CoE lake hunting permit.  However, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) leases Granger’s WMA’s; consequently, a TPWD Public Hunting Permit is required.  The cost is $48/year.  If we decide to hunt Granger we will hunt in the San Gabriel, Willis Creek, or Sore Finger WMAs.  Granger is 41 miles from my house.

Stillhouse, Belton, and Waco do not require a TPWD Public Hunting Permit nor a CoE lake hunting permit (see http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/stillhouse/Recreation/Hunting.asp). If we decide to hunt Stillhouse we will hunt in the Union Grove WMA on the island (the side depends on the direction of the wind).  Stillhouse is 11 miles further from my house than Granger, so we’ll have to leave 15 minutes earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.  If we decide to hunt Belton, we will hunt either the Owl Creek or the Iron Bridge WMAs.  Belton is 36 miles further than Granger, so we’ll have to leave 30 minutes earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.  If we decide to hunt Waco we will hunt either in the Flat Rock hunting area or in the Hog Creek or Middle Bosque hunting areas.  Depending on where we hunt, Waco is 58 – 65 miles further than Granger, so we’ll have to leave an hour earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.  Note that all hunters who hunt on Lake Waco must sign a Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability and have it in their possession while hunting.  Also, duck hunters on Lake Waco must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material (144 square inches on both chest and back) and some type of orange headwear when leaving their hunting destinations.  In addition, no hunting is permitted around Waco Wetlands.

Somerville does not require a CoE lake hunting permit.  You’ll need a TPWD Public Hunting Permit if we hunt in the TPWD day hunt area.  If we hunt in the undeveloped area (the area designated by the yellow line on the below map) we must hunt from my boat, be far enough from the shoreline that our shot will not fall on dry land, and must not set up so that we’re shooting in the direction of the shoreline.  If we hunt in the “developed” area of Nails Creek Park (the area designated by the orange line on the below map) we must hunt from my boat at least 200 yards from shore.  We cannot hunt in the area designated by the red line on the below map.  The CoE Day Hunt Area does not require a TPWD Public Hunting Permit, although we can only hunt from the shore in that area (we can’t hunt from my boat).  Somerville is 54 miles further than Granger, so we’ll have to leave an hour earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.

We also might hunt a pond just east of Austin.  If so, there is a $20/hunter charge and we won’t be using my boat.  We’ll walk a short distance and hunt behind a blind or camo netting or use natural cover.  If we hunt the pond we can take up to five hunters, counting Chris Campbell, the host.

The pond

The blind

NOTE: Do not attempt to arrange a hunt with Chris on your own.  To be fair to everyone the pond hunts need to go through me.  If I decide that it won’t over-pressure the ponds, I will first contact Chris.  If he is agreeable to it I’ll let everyone on the rotation know so the other people on the rotation will have an opportunity to go.  If guys are trying to arrange their own hunts it is bypassing the other guys on the rotation.  That’s not fair to them.  It would also contribute to over-pressuring the pond.  If we over-pressure it then it will ultimately result in poor future hunts, as ducks will start to shun the pond.  That’s why good guides have a half dozen or more ponds that they rotate their hunters among.  I have asked Chris to refer any requests from guys on the FCS Duck Hunt Rotationto to hunt the pond to me.

In addition, Chris is concerned about guys letting their friends know about the pond and then them starting to contact his grandfather directly.  If you have friends who might want to hunt have them contact me and I’ll add them to the rotation.  If we have people start knocking on his grandfather’s door asking to hunt it will shut the door on this pond and ruin it for everyone.

Costs:

  • We’ll split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).
  • There is also often a per person park entrance fee (usually $5 each) or a boat launch fee that we will split (no more than $5 each).
  • If we take a toll road, because we’re running late, we’ll split that fee.
  • If we hunt the pond east of Austin, there is a $20/hunter charge.
  • We’ll stop at Whataburger on the way to the lake/pond and will probably stop for second breakfast or brunch on the way home.

What to Bring:

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird stamp, federal duck stamp, and possibly the annual public hunting permit (if we’re hunting Granger or the TPWD section of Somerville).  If you bought a super combo license it includes your hunting license and migratory bird endorsement but does not include a federal duck stamp or the annual public hunting permit, so you’ll have to also buy them.
  • Shotgun (a 12 gauge piston operated semi-automatic with a 3″ chamber is recommended).
  • Camo or dull shotgun case (a floating case is recommended as cloth cases will get wet and muddy; if you have a bright cloth case you can leave it in your vehicle).
  • 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) are recommended.  I do 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 my 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.  You’ll not need more than two boxes and will probably shoot a lot less than a box.
  • Camo or dull shotgun shells bag, vest, or bandoleer (a floating blind bag is recommended if we’re going on my boat).
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential).  If rain is predicted bring rain gear.  If we’re hunting a pond bring boots that you don’t mind getting muddy.
  • Waders (absolutely essential except on the pond hunts).  Breathable waders are recommended for warmer hunts.  Neoprene waders are recommended for colder hunts (if you wear 5mm thick neoprene waders on a November hunt you’ll probably cook yourself).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).  There are storage compartments in my boat to put your drinks and snacks in.
  • A small ice chest to take your ducks home in (if you get any).

If we hunt from my boat you’ll not need a bucket, stool, or chair, as my boat has fishing chairs and benches.  However, if we have to hunt from shore (because the cover is too far from shore and my boat will stick out like a sore thumb) we’ll use my boat to ferry us to where we’ll hunt, park it 100 or so yards away, and sit in the cover.  In which case you’ll need a bucket, stool, or chair.  If we hunt the pond to the east of Austin you’ll need a bucket, stool, or chair.

Here is what sitting in the cover looks like:

I have some extra items, such as waders, floating gun cases, headlamps, cap lights, a bucket, a stool, etc.  If you need to borrow an item(s) let me know before we leave.

I usually start out with a modified choke.  If the ducks are coming into the dekes, I’ll switch to an improved cylinder.

I have 94 decoys (23 redheads, 17 pintails (four of which are on a jerk rig that I use when it’s not windy), 14 gadwalls, 14 mallards (counting two quiver ducks, a pulsator duck, a motorized duck, and a wind duck – I only use the wind duck when it’s windy enough to spin the wings and when it’s too windy to use the motorized duck), 13 teal, six canvasbacks, six buffleheads, and a widgeon.  In addition, FCS has 33 decoys (25 teal and 8 wood ducks) in its inventory.  Combining my decoys and the FCS decoys I have 127 decoys.  However, I’ll only bring decoys for the types of ducks found on the lake that we’re going to.  For example, I’ve never seen canvasbacks or buffleheads on Somerville or Granger, so those will stay in my garage when we go there.  I usually bring five dozen decoys on the big lakes.

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will not tolerate the below actions.  I can and will remove a person from the rotation for any of the following reasons (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Not hunting in a safe manner, including deliberately not following my instructions and the FCS Safety and Shooting rules, Hunting and Fishing Rules, and Game Law Clarifications during a hunt.
  • Not paying for your share of the gas or fixing items (that are not yours) that you broke (including decoys that you shot and sank).
  • Not helping during a hunt (including not helping get my boat back on the trailer).
  • Not talking quietly, especially when ducks are coming to the decoys (ducks can hear you and will veer away).
  • Not controlling your dog during a hunt (a dog that wants to go play with the decoys or charge the ducks as they are coming in will ruin the hunt).
  • Indicating that you will attend a hunt and then not showing up.
  • A pattern of being more than a few minutes late.
  • A pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Not returning my phone calls and/or emails.
  • Contacting Chris Campbell directly and attempting to arrange your own hunts, which is effectively bypassing others on the rotation.
  • Letting your friends know about Chris’ family pond and then them contacting Chris or his grandfather asking permission to hunt.

The following people are on the permanent Duck Hunt Rotation:

  1. Ryan Rowley
  2. Ragan Brock
  3. Mike Walsh
  4. Blake Brosig
  5. Seth Parkey
  6. Binh Chu
  7. Brad Holbrook
  8. Wayne Weilnau
  9. Ian Daniels
  10. Zack Tumlinson
  11. Ken Miller
  12. Wiley Beale
  13. Steve Ritter
  14. Steve Fusco
  15. Chris Rowley
  16. Jonathan Fleming
  17. Edwin Zamora
  18. Earl Prochnick
  19. Chris Campbell
  20. Jeremy Franks
  21. Burl Fulenwider
  22. Kevin McConnell
  23. Roy Brigman
  24. Tim Price
  25. Kevin Wall
  26. Bill Bebee
  27. Jerry Stafford
  28. Thomas Palmer
  29. Jim Gault
  30. Robby Wilson
  31. Will Peterson
  32. Justin Painter
  33. Ron and Nathan Petru
  34. Ron Palmer
  35. Bruce Crockett
  36. Bill Smith
  37. Ron Denison
  38. Jeff Cates
  39. Kyle Wickham
  40. Brian Suter
  41. Steve Bird
  42. David Lesser and son
  43. Mike Thibodeaux and sons
  44. Jonathan Sherwin
  45. Kelvin Cheung
  46. Robert Butts
  47. Sam Martin
  48. Chrispy Harden
  49. Garrett Eklund
  50. Colin Jackson
  51. Jake Dumaine
  52. Steve Ritter
  53. Clayton Carrier
  54. David Pruitt
  55. Warren Moorman
  56. Jim McGee
  57. Raul Pena
  58. Jeff Morris
  59. Don Hebert and son

Let me know at randywrowley@gmail.com (my preference) or 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.  Also, let me know if you have any questions.

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Feb
14

Classified Ads

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This web page is solely a service provided by the Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen (FCS). This service does not constitute or imply FCS’ association, endorsement or recommendation of any of the following listings.

All classified ads will have a three-month retention date from the original date of posting.  All ads three months old and older will be deleted unless Bruce is contacted by the ad lister requesting a date extension.  Bruce will set a new date stamp for the relisted ad, which will extend the listing for three additional months.  The ad can be relisted as many times as the lister desires, as long as the lister contacts Bruce before the listing expires.  Contact Bruce at bmc55@att.net if you wish to extend or add a classified ad.

This policy will reduce limited storage space and remove ads where the item(s) have already been sold, donated given away, or retained.

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Feb
13

Hunting Sandhill Cranes with Bows!

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See https://youtu.be/AVqqewtxvIQ.

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Feb
11

Hog Hunting Checklist

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____ Standard deer hunting gear (gun, knife, binoculars, camo clothing, rubber boots, etc.)

____ Standard camping gear, if camping (a cot, sleeping bag, pillow, and chair)

____ Large ice chest

____ A chair for a blind (you never know if the blind will have one in it or not)

____ A rechargeable spotlight with a green, red, amber, or blue lens (1/2 – two million CP) or constant-on light

____ Shooting sticks if you’re not hunting from a solid blind

____ A ThermaCELL if you’re hunting during months where mosquitos and other bugs will be out (don’t use bug spray – the hogs will smell it)

____ Your Texas hunting license

____ Fishing rods and reels and lures (for ranches with stocked tanks only)

____ A hunter (blaze) orange cap and/or vest (only for ranches where we can do group stalks)

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Feb
11

Hog Hunt Info – Self-guided

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Feb
11

Hog Hunt Rotation – Semi-guided

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The following is a rotation list for semi-guided hog hunts.

Costs:

  • Hunt fee.
  • Hog cleaning fees (if applicable).
  • Hunting license.
  • Weapon of choice and ammo (note that some ranches limit what weapon and/or ammo you can use and how many shells you can have in your gun; for example, some ranches do not allow buckshot, calibers smaller than .243, or more than three shells in your gun.  For recommendations on guns and ammo see Hog Hunting Basics.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Spotlight for night hunting (see Hog Hunting Basics).
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential).  If rain is predicted bring rain gear.
  • A Thermacell is highly recommended to repel bugs.  Bug sprays are not recommended (hogs will smell it and won’t come anywhere near you).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • Camping gear (if we’re camping).
  • Game cleaning tools (knives, sharpeners, saw, loppers, etc.).
  • A large ice chest to take your hog(s) home in (if you get any).
  • Corn, if the ranch requires it.  Hog bait is also recommended.

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not a FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will not tolerate the below actions.  I can and will remove a person from the rotation for any of the following reasons (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Not hunting in a safe manner, including deliberately not following my or the guides/outfitters instructions or rules and the FCS Shooting and Hunting Rules.
  • Not paying your fair share of gas and/or food.
  • Not paying for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost.
  • Not helping.
  • Indicating that he or she will attend a trip and then not showing up.
  • A pattern of being more than a few minutes late.
  • A pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Not returning the organizer’s phone calls and/or emails.

The following people who are on the Hog Hunt Rotation for 2020:

  1. Mike Smith
  2. Steve Fusco
  3. Blake Lieb
  4. Isaac Lieb
  5. Ted Lieb
  6. Jim McGee
  7. Robert Ochoa
  8. Monalisa Almanza and son
  9. Larry Mitchell
  10. Jose Primera
  11. Jonathan Fleming
  12. Greg Moerbe
  13. Burl Fulenwider
  14. Edwin Zamora
  15. Don Hebert and son

The following people are on the Master Hog Hunt Rotation list:

  1. Mike Smith
  2. Steve Fusco
  3. Blake Lieb
  4. Isaac Lieb
  5. Ted Lieb
  6. Jim McGee
  7. Robert Ochoa
  8. Monalisa Almanza and son
  9. Larry Mitchell
  10. Jose Primera
  11. Jonathan Fleming
  12. Greg Moerbe
  13. Burl Fulenwider
  14. Edwin Zamora
  15. Don Hebert and son

Let Randy Rowley know if you would like to be added to this rotation at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or at 512-922-2484.

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Feb
10

New Dove Hunter Checklist

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Feb
07

Trip Checklist

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Contributed by Mark Dillow and embellished by Randy Rowley. Read More→

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See https://fishgame.com/2011/06/topwater-redfish-learn-their-cone-of-vision/.

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Jan
30

Three Tips for Topwater Tactics

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See https://fishgame.com/2020/01/three-tips-for-topwater-tactics/.  For bass fishing you can substitute the saltwater dogwalkers mentioned with Heddon’s Zara Spook, Zara Spook Jr., and Zara Puppy, Xcalibur’s Spittin’ Image, Rapala’s Skitter Rap, etc. and you can substitute the saltwater poppers mentioned with Heddon’s Chuggar Spook or Hula Popper, Storm’s Rattlin’ Chug Bug, Rebel’s Pop-R, etc.

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Jan
25

1/25/20 State of the Club Report

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Jan
22

Most Dangerous Thing in The Woods

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See https://fishgame.com/2020/01/the-most-dangerous-thing-in-the-woods-is/.  A very good reason to consider carrying while fishing and hunting, even when carrying a shotgun or rifle.  Bird shot isn’t the best defence against 9mm’s.  Neither is a bolt-action rifle.

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Jan
07

Crab Baits With The Snafu Rig

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The Snafu isn’t a rig commonly seen along the Gulf Coast, which is no wonder since it’s main use is for tautog fishing in the northeast Atlantic.  So, why might we be interested in this rig?  See https://fishgame.com/2020/01/crab-baits-with-the-snafu-rig/.

Daryl Shipper commented:  Interesting setup for crab as the only downside is you would lose two hooks when caught up on the bottom when you get snagged.

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Dec
13

Netting a Fish

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A good article that includes clips art examples – https://www.saltwatersportsman.com/how-to-net-fish-0/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email

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An interesting and accurate read, unfortunately –  see https://www.themeateater.com/conservation/habitat/fading-at-50-why-older-sportsmen-are-spending-less-time-afield?utm_source=MeatEater%20Subscribers&utm_campaign=aefb5f0cdb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_04_06_55&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e4b2ec63b4-aefb5f0cdb-67723897&mc_cid=aefb5f0cdb&mc_eid=6921856762

But I have a way to prevent it – go on an FCS event.  We have over 70 to choose from each year.  See our Calendar and Upcoming Events web page for details.

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Nov
27

Hogs Kill Texas Woman

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See https://fishgame.com/2019/11/hog-kills-tx-woman-the-truth-needs-to-be-heard/.  It’s another reason to carry a handgun everywhere that you legally can.

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See https://www.saltwatersportsman.com/better-popping-cork-styles-and-tactics/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email.

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See https://www.saltwatersportsman.com/trout-fishing-texas-gulf-coast-structure/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email.

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I recommend the following minimum gear for deer hunting backpacks (in order of importance): Read More→

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Aug
16

The Best Saltwater Soft Plastics

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See https://www.saltwatersportsman.com/soft-plastic-lures/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email.

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On a cool and overcast Saturday in mid-January, three friends and I headed to the marsh between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas for a weekend of duck hunting.  We made it to our launch point at Wilson’s Cut a little after sunrise.

The blasts of several shotguns going off in the distance greeted us as we unloaded the kayaks (yaks) from Greg Souther’s trailer.  Mark Dillow brought two yaks – one for himself and one for Kevin Wall, Greg brought one, and I used one that Mark rented one for me at a Corpus Christi yak shop on our way down. Read More→

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Jul
04

Snarled by Randy Rowley 7/4/19 ©

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On a hot and muggy morning in late June, Ryan (my son) and I launched at the Marker 37 Marina in Corpus Christi and headed over to the Packery Channel south jetty.  We found a spot devoid of jetty fishermen, put on my Minn Kota Terrova Riptide’s ipilot anchor lock, and started to offer up shrimp, cut bait, and artificial lures.

We caught a few croakers and perch, but no game fish.  We grew tired of losing our shrimp and headed over to the north side of the 361 bridge, where there is a large hole (the water drops from around 7 to 34 feet).  I positioned the boat equal distance between the shore fishermen, put on my ipilot’s anchor lock, and started to fish. Read More→

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On a Saturday in mid-September my SUV croaked about 100 feet from a clinic in East Austin.  Fortunately I was able to push it into the parking lot.  The next afternoon I waited on a wrecker to come get my SUV.  As I waited, I listened to shotguns blasting in the distance.  After the wrecker left I drove over and found the source of the noise.  On Exchange Blvd. I saw seven parked vehicles and at least 20 hunters in a field who were shooting at dove.

When I got home I called the police to report people hunting in the city limits.  However, the officer informed me that Exchange Blvd. was the city limit.  The field (which was on the west side of the street) was outside of the city limits.  I verified this information with a Travis County sheriff’s deputy, who informed me that the Hardin Corporation owned the field and they allowed people to hunt there without written permission. Read More→

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On a warm weekend in late March, four friends and I headed to the Hill Country Hog Ranch near Sabinal for a weekend of hunting hogs with sticks and strings, as guns were prohibited.

The ranch had 3300 acres, but its 35 acre rectangular shaped hog pen is what interested us.  The owner kept around 100 hogs in the pen.  Each side had a couple gates that hogs could push open with their snouts, but they would spring shut when they were no long pushing on them; therefore, hogs could get in but couldn’t get out. Read More→

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Bible verse of the day

And every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Today’s Devotionals and Blogs

Kent Crockett’s blog – www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com

Mark Dillow’s blog – http://noclearline.net/