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May
20

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.

Effective 6/01/19, all classified ads will have a 3 month retention date from the original date of posting. All ads over 3 months old will be deleted, unless we are contacted by the ad lister requesting a date extension. A new date stamp will be set for the relisted ad, which will extend the listing for 3 additional months. The ad can be relisted as many times as as the listed desires, as long as we are contacted before the 3 month listing expires.

This new 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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Ken Tull has a great dove package for Argentina.  He also has one spot on a deer lease off Mines Road outside Laredo?.  ?Contact him at kentull@fuquay.com.

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May
18

Bass Rotation

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The following is a rotation list for largemouth bass fishing on central Texas lakes within 90 miles of Austin.  We will fish either Lakes Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Decker, Stillhouse Hollow, Belton, Lady Bird, or Austin.  I, Randy Rowley, can take up to two fishermen on my boat (three, 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 two fish finders.  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 fish with artificial lures.  I’m willing to fish part of the time with live or dead bait, but everyone in the boat must fish with live or dead bait or none of us will, as the boat needs to be moving for artificial lures and it shouldn’t move when fishing with minnows (as movement will drown the minnows).  If one guy is trying to fish with live or dead bait and another guy is trying to fish with lures then one or the other will be unhappy.

Cost:

  • 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).
  • 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
  • Lures
  • Headlamp/cap light (preferred) or flashlight (to help ready the boat for launch)
  • Cap/hat (optional)
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Sunscreen (optional)
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Drinks (optional)
  • A small ice chest to take fish home in, if we decide to keep them (there is a large ice chest on the boat to put your drinks and snacks in)

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

Fishermen who want to participate must sign, if they have not already, a lifetime FCS Liability Waiver.

After a fisherman goes on a fishing trip I will move him or her to the bottom of the rotation.  If I contact a fisherman and he or she cannot go I will contact the next person on the list.

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not a FCS membership benefit.  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).
  • 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 list for the 2019 season:

  1. Mark Shackleford
  2. Roy Zengerle
  3. Eddy and DaLee Trevino
  4. Dustin Rhodes
  5. Jim McGee
  6. Roland and Lena Olivarez
  7. Burl and Daniel Fulenwider
  8. Chris Rowley
  9. Monalisa Almanza

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

  1. Bill Smith
  2. Flint and Harrison DeShazo
  3. Jeff Cates
  4. Ryan Rowley
  5. Jeff Peterson and son
  6. Rex Yokum
  7. David Lesser and sons
  8. Nathan Hoeft
  9. Mark Shackleford
  10. Roy Zengerle
  11. Eddy and DaLee Trevino
  12. Dustin Rhodes
  13. Jim McGee
  14. Roland and Lena Olivarez
  15. Burl and Daniel Fulenwider
  16. Chris Rowley
  17. Monalisa Almanza

Lure recommendations

Topwaters – walk the dog lures like Heddon’s Zara Spook, Zara Spook Jr., or Zara Puppy or Xcalibur’s Spittin’ Image; poppers like Heddon’s Chuggar Spook or Hula Popper, Storm’s Rattlin’ Chug Bug, or Rebel’s Pop-R; torpedo lures like 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 Lunkerhunt Lunkers, Strike King KVD Sexy Frogs, Scum Frogs (including the Scum Frog Popper) and toad style baits such as Stanley 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.

Soft plastics – Zoom finesse worms, flukes, crawdads, lizards, or baby brushhogs, 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 of 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.  Frogs like Ribbits, Scum Frogs, and Strike King’s KVD Sexy Frog are good in early morning in grassy areas or lily pads.  Soft swimbaits are good in the grass.

Line Recommendations

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.

For baitcast and spinning reels: Topwater rod/reel – mono 12 – 15 lb. test.  The exception is fishing with frogs, in which case 20 – 50 lb. braid is the best (to cut through weeds, lily pads, etc.; braid also floats).

Crankbait/spinnerbait/jerk bait (stick bait) rod/reel – flurocarbon (preferred) or mono 12 – 15 lb. test. Soft plastics rod/reel – braid, fluro, or mono.  Fluro or mono- 12 -15 lb. test.  Braid – 20 – 50 lb. test (braid does not have the same thickness as mono of fluro (20 lb. braid = 6 lb. mono).

Let me know at randywrowley@gmail.com (my preference) or at 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.  You do not have to be an FCS member to be added to this rotation.

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May
17

Blinded by Randy Rowley 5/17/19 ©

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On an overcast and drizzly day on the second Saturday in September, three friends and I headed to Joel Kirby’s A-OK Ranch near Lometa for a blast and cast (blasting at dove and casting at bass).

The dove were sporadic in the mesquite trees, as they often are in that part of Texas.  Kevin Wall led the way with nine dove, I bagged seven, Mark Dillow got two, and Ken Miller got one.

After we cleaned the dove and put them on ice, we headed to Joel’s spring-fed stock tank (pond).  Mark caught eight bass (at least two with his and Kevin’s fly rods), I caught three, Kevin caught two (with his fly rod), and Ken caught one.  The bass hit top-water lures with abandon.

I had one bass hit my Heddon Zara Spook Junior in baby bass color several times, as I was dog walking it back to the shore.  He hit it from behind, in front, below, and he jumped out of the water a couple times and hit it from above.  I concluded that he was the most inept bass that I had ever seen. Read More→

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May
15

Sign now – Protect Port Aransas!

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The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) is proposing to build a supertanker port at Harbor Island in Port Aransas to service very large crude carriers (VLCCs), each of which holds 2 million gallons and is larger than the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.  Then they’d dredge the ship channel from its current 47 feet to 75-85 feet, generating 56.5 million cubic yards of spoil, risking an oil spill next to a critical estuary, creating congestion in a narrow inlet, and endangering the fishing and tourism industries on which Port Aransas depends. Read More→

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May
13

Upland Bird Hunt Opportunity

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Raul Pena is a member of the Austin Gun Club, a private hunting preserve on a 1,000 acre ranch south of Lampasas, specializing in quail, pheasant, and chukar hunts (we had an upland bird hunt and a 5-stand/flurry shoot there years ago).  He is looking for a group of up to four to hunt upland birds with him there.  The cost will be the cost of the birds – around $125.  Let Raul know if you’re interested at raul.c.pena@gmail.com or 210-364-0720.

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Below is information on some local fishing holes.  It is from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/cfl.phtml?r=6.

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May
09

Clubs

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May
09

Dog Trainers

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Joe Schram states that Red Iron Kennels and Roadie Best both have good reputations.  He doesn’t know where to find Roadie, but he used to work for Triple Crown Kennels in Pflugerville.  They can put you in touch.

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May
09

Electrician

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Ken Miller recommends Bo James if you need electrical work done.  Bo can be reached at 512-917-5794.

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May
09

Feeding the Hungry

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May
09

Fishing Shops

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May
09

Insurance Agents

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May
09

Long Range Shooting Training

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Bret Mercer attended a 4-day, INTENSIVE, long range rifle training course taught by Accuracy 1st, www.accuracy1st.com, at the Austin Gun Club (AGC), www.austingunclub.com. Read More→

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May
09

Motels

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Holiday Inn Padre Island North by Dennis Koch

We made reservations for the Holiday Inn Padre Island North in Corpus Christi.  This actual hotel is under renovation.  Holiday Inn (IHG) bought the property across the street and used the same name.  We thought we were getting a beach front hotel, instead got an “across the street, down a grassy path” hotel. Read More→

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May
09

Operation Orphans by Mark Dillow

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress… James 1:27a, NIV

Members, I have long been convicted that as a Christian group, we first and foremost should reflect the character of Christ.  As a hunting and fishing fraternity, we should look for ways to support our sports, and introduce others to it.  I discovered a group in Mason that allows us to “look after orphans” and introduce young people to hunting.

Operation Orphans” provides hunts on hill country ranches for youngsters without parents of guardians.  They have a number of needs, as you might imagine, and I think our club can help out in a significant, but inexpensive way.  Most of us probably have a number of these items lying around the house, or could purchase an item or two at a minimal cost.  The officers hold a periodic collection drive for Operation Orphans. Read More→

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May
09

Taxidermy

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May
09

Wild Game Processing by Kevin Wall

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Kevin recommends Smokey Denmark’s.  The owner attends Hyde Park Baptist Church.  He processes hogs, as well as javelina, deer, and exotics. Read More→

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May
09

Bore Snake by Dennis Koch

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Dennis Koch bought a Bore Snake at a gun show for his Ruger 10/22. The .22 Bore Snake sells for around $15.00 – $17.00. The first time that he used his Bore Snake it made his Ruger’s barrel look brand new. They are also available at Academy, Wal-Mart, and Cabela’s. Product information includes:

  • Simply a better way to clean handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
  • Brushes and swabs the bore in one quick pass.
  • Has built-in bore brushes.
  • No assembly required.
  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Solvent compatible.
  • Washable and reusable. No exposed metal to damage sensitive rifling or crown.
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May
09

Cabelas by Randy Rowley

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Randy Rowley recommends Cabelas retail store in Buda. When I walked into Cabelas for the first time all we could say was “WOW!” I knew that they had mounts but it’s really best described as part store and part museum. Easily 1/5 of the store is museum. The store has over 500 mounts; the majority are full sized. Their poses are very realistic. Read More→

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Out of all the outdoor gear that I own, this may be the most indispensable. If you’ve ever tried to hoist a 100 lb. + deer or hog by yourself using only a rope and gambrel, you know that it’s no easy feat. In addition to the chore of hoisting the animal you then have to tie the rope around the tree.

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Mark Dillow recommends an inside-the-waistband style holster by Comp-Tac, called the Minotaur MTAC. It clips to your belt via two clips and is a kydex/leather hybrid. The side that rides next to your body is very soft and smooth. They have single and double stack holsters and left handed versions. They also make the Minotaur Neutral (Appendix Carry) and the Minotaur Spartan with lower quality leather and the inside fasteners are not covered by leather. The Spartan sells for $64 and the MTAC and Neutral sell for $80.

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Ryan Rowley recommends custom knife maker Wally Pollock. Wally, a Vietnam veteran, broke off a Ka-bar in the rib cage of a Viet Cong soldier during the war and was consequently bayoneted in the stomach. He vowed to never carry a cheap knife again and started making his own.

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David Smith recommends Mason River Outfitters.  If you want a high quality custom rod built with great craftsmanship give Ray a call at 512-407-7082.  He does great work with high quality components and is a good Christian man. Read More→

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Kevin Coleman has been using the Defender Concealment Holster. He haven’t been using the extra magazine pouch because he feels that it makes the rig weigh too much. It definitely gives him the concealment he needs. He has worn it in different positions depending on what he’s wearing that day and it feels secure.

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May
09

eDecals Graphics by Randy Rowley

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I recommend eDecals graphics for vinyl decals, racing stripes, cartoons, see through murals, patriotic ribbon decals, and other performance graphics. I got the FCS decal on the back of my truck from them. I goofed on the spelling of “Sportsmen” and they sent me a “smen” to replace the “men” that I had to remove to fit the “s” at no charge.

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May
09

Flashlight Review by Paul Irwin

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Hi all – I wanted to give a brief review of some flashlights I bought recently. If you are receiving this, I have reason to believe that you are into the outdoors whether it be shooting, hunting, or simply camping or hiking. I hope you find this useful and it will potentially save you a lot of money. Read More→

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May
09

GOT Reticle by Randy Rowley

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Finally, there is an inexpensive solution to the age old problem of not being able to see your scope’s reticle’s at night while hog or varmint hunting with a regular scope! Read More→

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I did a statistical analysis (below) in an attempt to explain my improved performance shooting sporting clays over a 25 month period (10/08 through 10/10).
 
I created a chart that shows all of my shoots at Capitol City since they created their Hunter (or Corporate) Course (as that is the range/course that I have shot the most by far during the past five years). I know that it is not an apples-to-apples comparison as the Hunter course stations and targets, my gun, and the weather conditions have varied, but it is the best comparison that I was able to come up with.

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May
09

Hook Holsters by Randy Rowley

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These products mount to a rod, forward of and under a reel.  If you are using a single hook lure (e.g., a spinnerbait) then there is no need to use a lure cover in conjunctions with a hook holster.  They sell for $3.25.  See  http://www.faultlineoutdoors.com/.
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A must for hunting hogs at night.  The Kill Light XLR 250 flashlight is made by Elusive Wildlife Technology.  The XLR 250 is only 7 inches long and only weighs aproximatley 9 ounces with the battery.  It is made out of T-6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum with with a clear glass lens.  There are no filters involved.  They use a special CREE LED that emits an incredible amount of light through an extremely accurate and focused highly polished reflector to achieve long range distance.

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May
09

Lure Covers by Randy Rowley

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These products cover the entire lure using velcro and a plastic (or similar material) main body. These lure covers go for $4 each.  I own five and love them. Read More→

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After having broken two dial scales in short order (one of which only survived the weighing of one 270 lb. hog that Ronnie Ross and I shot), Daryl Shipper and I bought a Moultrie 330 lb. Digital Scale for the Club.  Unlike dial scales, it does not have springs and coils that can break.  It’s compact, easy to read and operate, and accurately measures the weight of game animals.   Batteries are included.

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May
09

Muck Boots by Randy Rowley

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The problems with your typical rubber boots are they don’t do a good job of keeping your feet warm and they take on a foot odor.  Muck Boots has solved these problems with their breathable Airmesh linings (similar to the linings in running shoes). Read More→

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I recommend Night Owl Optics. Not only do they make great night vision products, but they have excellent service as well. Read More→

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The USRAC System is a heavy duty gun security protection system featuring Kevlar, steel reinforced security bags and wall mounted or car mounted racks. MSRP is $139. See www.theusrac.com. Their products are made in the USA. The Secret Service and the TSA have made orders. The NSSF awarded the RAC best safety product for the year 2013. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10kuxerUbWY&feature=youtu.be.

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This is the waterproof gear that the fishermen on the cable TV show Dangerous Catch use.  I have the Rivers West Eider Waterfowl jacket. It is water tight. The annual Rivers West Packages are sometimes on sale. When they are you can save hundreds while gearing up, head-to-toe, in the best waterproof hunting gear around, including: Read More→

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If you ever get a hole in your waders a Tear Aid Patch Type A will seal it. I’ve tried Tear Aid Type A patches on both my neoprene and breathable waders and it fixed leaks in both of them (although a patch on my neoprene waders came off after two years). I’m sure that they would seal holes in tents, tarps, etc. Read More→

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May
02

Best Baits for Striped Bass

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See https://www.saltwatersportsman.com/best-baits-for-striped-bass?cmpid=ene20190502&utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&cid=57399&mid=512623697.

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May
02

How to Prep and Cook Duck

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This is an interesting article that includes a brine recipe and cooking basics. See
https://www.ducks.org/hunting/waterfowl-recipes-wild-game-cooking/waterfowl-cooking-basics?poe=5-19ENews&utm_campaign=May2019Enews&utm_source=DUNews5-19-sporting-dog-spring-training-retrievers&utm_medium=email.

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May
02

Computer and Phone Restoration

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David Lesser and his boys are recycling old computers (desktops and laptops) and cell phones.  If you have any you need to get rid of or know anyone that does please let him know at David.Lesser@va.gov.

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May
01

Axis Deer Hunts for Sale

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Ricky Ethridge has acquired a large free range ranch in the Rock Springs area that is loaded with huge axis. He is going to do 10 rut hunts there starting in May. The prices are $2500 for trophy bucks. Hunters can also can kill some does and maybe some cull bucks. They only sold five trophy whitetail hunts there this year, so it is not over hunted. Ricky saw 50 axis bucks from the road midday on 4/2/19. Contact Randy Rowley for Ricky’s number at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484. Read More→

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Apr
08

Battle of the Asian Optics

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An interesting article comparing Vortex, Sightron, and Bushnell scopes (although they should have also included Nikon). I’ve owned all three and favor Vortex because of their Forever Warranty.

See https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/battle-asian-optics/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=20190408_BlogDigest_324g&utm_campaign=/digest/battle-asian-optics/

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Apr
04

Catching Spring Reds

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See https://fishgame.com/2016/05/catching-spring-reds/.

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Mar
30

Good Article on Speckled Trout

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See https://fishgame.com/2016/01/match-the-hatch-for-speckled-trout/.

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Bible verse of the day

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

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