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Nov
06

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Nov
06

Guns and Accessories

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On a weekend in mid-March my middle daughter Robin and I went on a hog hunt with about eight other hunters on the Pierce Ranch near El Campo. On the first afternoon, the guide put Robin and me in a box blind for two. The blind was about 100 yards from a feeder. We didn’t see any hogs on that first hunt, but were instead treated to a display that neither of us would ever forget. Read More→

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Paul Allgyer has a 12 gauge MEC 650 progressive shotshell reloader for sale.  He also has some reloading materials and about 1000 reloadable shells.  He is asking $150.  He can be reached at paul@allgyer.com and 512-415-2648.

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Jul
07

Dominance by Randy Rowley 7/7/17 ©

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It was a pleasant December afternoon for a meat deer hunt on the Hymeadow Ranch near Lampasas. Robin, my middle daughter, and I lay on our bellies on the edge of a 9-acre field. We decided not to hunt the natural blind, as the feeder was about 300 yards east of it. Instead, we hunted south of the feeder. This strategy got us 100 yards closer to the feeder.

Within a few minutes a couple does come out, but I had already killed two antlerless deer, so I passed on them hoping that I’d get a shot at a decent spike. Read More→

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It was a crisp and clear Saturday in early May, a perfect day to go bass fishing. My son, Ryan, my grandson, Hunter, and I launched at Mansfield Dam on Lake Travis and headed to Commodore’s Point Cove on the northwest side of the boat launch. We arrived at the northward point and I shut Champ, my boat, off and engaged the trolling motor.

About the 15th cast with my Whopper Plopper (a hard body top water propeller bait) I hooked a bass and quickly brought him in. He didn’t put up much of a fight, as he was only around 12 inches. After another 15 or so casts with no hits, I switched to a square bill crankbait. I tried slow retrieves, medium retrieves, fast retrieves, and stop and go retrieves, all to no avail. Then I tried a lipless crankbait, then a spinnerbait, then a deep-diving crankbait, then a jointed swimbait, then a Roadrunner, then a creature bait, and finally a worm. All generated the same amount on non-interest. Read More→

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May
08

Feral Monkeys Near Dilley, Texas

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See http://blog.wildlifejournalist.com/2017/05/feral-monkeys-in-texas-photo-and-more/.

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Apr
12

The Trials of Fishing

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See http://saladovillagevoice.com/mountain-lion-kill-spotted-downtown-salado/.

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Usually when my friends and I hunt ducks down at the Texas coast we hunt in the marsh between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, off Wilson’s Cut.  The area is the wintering grounds for 80% of the one million redhead North American population.  Pintail, widgeon, scaup (blue bill), bufflehead, and common merganser also call it home.  Redheads are easy to hunt as they easily decoy.  They are also not picky about what your spread looks like.  It is not uncommon for redheads land among our decoys as we set them out or pick them up. Read More→

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Feb
13

Help! by Randy Rowley 2/10/17 ©

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For central Texas in early December, it was cold.  The thermometer in Ryan’s (my son) truck said 31 degrees, which made this duck hunt the first sub-freezing hunt of the season.  We launched at Friendship Park on Granger Lake at dark thirty and proceeded west to the Sore Finger Wildlife Management Area and our usual cove.

Unbeknownst to us, our frequent hunting partner, Mr. Murphy, joined us yet again.  Ken Miller started the fun by losing his balance while setting out decoys and falling into the water up to his neck.  He crammed the butt stock of his unloaded shotgun into the muddy bottom and got up quickly – so quickly in fact that the rest of us didn’t know that he had gone down.  Some water went down the front of his neckline and up his left sleeve, but not much. Read More→

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Jan
31

Access to a Creek

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The State of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sent a letter to a home/landowner asking for permission to access a creek on his property to document the decline in a certain species of unheard of frogs. 

The property owners’ response in the second letter is EPIC.

Original Letter from Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife: Read More→

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Why not to go duck hunting or fishing when high winds are expected – http://www.click2houston.com/news/coast-guard-searching-for-3-missing-houston-area-hunters-near-corpus-christi-bay

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Jan
01

1/1/17 State of the Club Report

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2016 was a fair to good year for the club. Highlights include: Read More→

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We decided to post this story on the FCS website as a warning to our group concerning the potential dangers to hunters and fishermen of wearing waders without a life jacket or wading belt.
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Nov
14

Steel vs. Lead Shot by Randy Rowley

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A few years ago I went on a dove hunt at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.  One of their rules was that you had to hunt with non-lead shot.  I bought three boxes of 12 gauge steel dove shot (7 shot) but we didn’t see or shoot at many dove that day. Read More→

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On a Monday morning in early September, Rex Yokum and I met at the Lake Walter E. Long (aka Decker Lake) boat ramp. After we launched, we slowly proceeded to the north arm of the lake. Our crawling speed wasn’t due to the darkness. No, it was due to a far worse enemy – heavy fog! Fortunately, Champ’s (my boat) GPS was working just fine and we were soon fishing the point across from the dam.

In no time, Rex had a strong hit on a worm, but missed the fish. Then it became the fishing equivalent of silence. There were no splashes on top and I didn’t get even a bump on my dog walker or frog. Rex also didn’t generate any interest in his Whopper Plopper. Read More→

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Aug
07

Hide by Randy Rowley 8/7/16 ©

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On a bright and sunny day in March, eight hunters and four spectators converged at the Schumann Brothers Outdoors property near Dimebox for a quail, chukar, and pheasant hunt.  The group that I hunted with opted to go after pheasants first.  We drove to the field and waited for a few minutes while the guide positioned the birds.

The cover was a mixture of open country and thick mesquites, oaks, cedars, and scrub brush.  In less than five minutes, we had two birds in the bag.  The dog, a brittany spaniel named Buddy ran through the scrub brush and into an open area that had a few clumps of high grass the size of basketballs.  I thought to myself, “There can’t be any birds there!”  Then all of a sudden, he came to point. Read More→

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On 3/15/16, I read an article in the online version of Field & Stream (F&S) called How I Became a Gun Owner, by Tom McHale.  The author was neutral on gun issues until the unthinkable happened – early one Saturday morning his business partner was shot 11 times for no reason at all by two punks and left for dead.  Now Mr. McHale is a fierce advocate of gun rights and a shooting expert.  The article was as harrowing as it was well written. Read More→

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Feb
21

Wild Game Processing

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Kevin Wall recommends Smokey Denmark’s.  The owner attends Hyde Park Baptist Church.  He processes hogs, as well as javelina, deer, and exoits.  Only Hudson’s and him process hogs in the Austin area.  Your game must be quartered and on ice.

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Feb
21

Gun Selling Service

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Randy Rowley offers a service to sell guns on gunbroker.  He’ll take pictures of the gun, create the ad, and post it.  After it sells he’ll package it and ship it to the buyers FFL dealer.  He charges 10% of the selling price for this service.  This fee does not include gunbroker ad fees, packaging costs, and mailing costs.  He has sold a $2,500 shotgun and a $350 rifle (for two separate customers) successfully on gunbroker.

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Feb
19

Remington Sweepstakes

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Remington is turning 200 years old in 2016. To celebrate, corporate is having a massive sweepstakes, and giving away a TON of guns every month.

If you’re interested, see the link below, for full rules and eligibility. Pass on to your friends and family that may be interested. Good luck!

http://200sweepstakes.remington.com/rules

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On 11/20/15 – 11/22/15 five hunters went on a self-guided duck hunt in the marsh between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas off of Wilson’s Cut. The water was the highest that we have seen – there was no dry ground on “our” island, that borders the Cut.

We limited out on redheads on Friday afternoon in short order and Burl Fulenwider also bagged a hen widgeon. We ended up with 11 ducks bagged. Read More→

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Jan
01

1/1/16 State of the Club

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2015 was another fantastic year for the club! Highlights include: Read More→

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Oct
10

Move On by Randy Rowley 10/10/15 ©

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Movement while bird hunting is often the key to success. This is not just true for quail, pheasant, and chucker hunters – it’s true for the dove and duck hunters as well.

At a September dove hunt on the Evans Ranch near San Saba, I started out at the edge of a small group of oak trees. 25 yards in front of me was a small group of Texas gum elastic trees. When the first shot went off and the birds flushed out from the trees, I picked up three birds in the initial melee. But, I quickly ran into problems. When birds would fly over the oaks or Texas gum elastic tree groves, they had already been shot at, often by several hunters, so they were flying at Warp 9. By the time that I got my gun to my shoulder they were over one grove or the other and I wouldn’t have time to loose a shot. It was an exercise in futility. I then moved 25 yards to my right and started smacking birds as they were flying over the oaks and Texas gum elastics. Read More→

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Oct
09

Wading In by Randy Rowley 10/9/15 ©

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One of the greatest dangers in pursuing ducks is walking around in the water at night, wearing only a headlamp to help you spot hazards. Besides a myriad of stumps, branches, rocks, trash, and other things to trip on, the bottom of a lake, river, or pond is often uneven and sometimes has holes and drop offs. This can be quite hazardous when wearing waders, which are an absolute necessity to keep one dry and warm. (The only time they are not needed is during early teal season in September.) If a hunter steps into a large hole, he can suddenly be under water with his waders quickly filling up. Waders that are even partially full of water make wading difficult and swimming or treading water a real challenge.

One November on a duck hunt on Lake Belton, my family launched at Owl Creek Park and headed up the Creek. I had only been on those waters once before and that was in day light. Now it was pitch black and things looked very different. We were able to spot most of the stumps with my Q-beam but staying in the winding creek channel was another matter. As the waters narrowed, my prop started to vibrate from hitting the bottom. This was shortly followed by Bob (the name of my boat at the time) running aground. Read More→

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Finding Jesus in unexpected places…

The Bible is about Jesus Christ. If we study carefully we can find Him on every page – not just in the New Testament, but also in the Old Testament. “Here I am,” our Lord said, “it is written about me in the scroll” (Hebrews 10:7).

One place we find Jesus in the Old Testament is in “type”. A type is an example or illustration that points to a person or an event. Finding Jesus hidden in type is a most exciting and rewarding study. As it says in Proverbs 25:2: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

So let’s study Noah’s Ark as a type of Christ and see what we discover. Read More→

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Aug
07

Complacency by Randy Rowley 8/7/15

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In case you didn’t see the update to our Vote & Polls web page, on 7/28/15 I initiated a poll among the members and future members regarding whether our 2016 annual dinner should be a banquet instead of just a dinner.  I conveyed that basically a banquet would look like our dinners to date – lots of opportunities to talk and to eat.  In addition we could have a speaker, door prizes and other awards, a slide show, etc. Read More→

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On Friday morning 1/10/14 at around 7:15 AM, seven duck hunters and I hit the road to Port Aransas. The fun began just after we stopped for breakfast at the McDonald’s on RR 620 near Hwy 183 in Austin. My truck was in the lead. After making it unscathed through the drive-through, I pulled over in the parking lot as far as I could get to the right and waited for the other guys to get their food.

I had made this particular right turn many times, as McDonald’s was a frequent stop on my way to duck hunt on Lake Granger or Lake Somerville, so I thought nothing of it. But, this day was different. For my previous trips, at 2:30 – 3:00 AM, there was no one on 620, so I was able to make a leisurely right turn. But, on this morning rush hour traffic confronted me.

I spotted an opening big enough to fit my truck and boat and went for it. I made the turn with the truck and then gunned it. But I didn’t account for my rig being so close to the curb. At the same time that I gunned my engine, Bob’s (my boat) trailer hit the curb. This cause the trailer to roll to the left. I saw movement in my rear-view mirror and much to my surprise witnessed my boat and trailer rolling over.

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Jul
31

The FCS Theme Song

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(Sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas)

 

As a FCS Club member, I will pledge to thee,

                To burp and poot at every opportunity!

 

As a FCS Club member, I will pledge to thee,

To never say excuse me,

and to burp and poot at every opportunity! Read More→

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Jul
30

The Lumberjack Song

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To be sung loudly when rising at FCS events (You don’t believe me?  Check the Bylaws!)
Oh, I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay,
I play all night and I work all day.
And if a tree should fall on me I’d say,
I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay!  Hey!
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Jul
29

Operation Orphans

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Jul
23

Dunked! by Randy Rowley 7/23/15 ©

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On 8/25/07, during a self-chartered bay fishing trip out of Port Aransas, four of us were fishing with live shrimp in Aransas Bay from Tim Price’s v-hulled boat. We were mainly catching hardhead catfish so we decided to see if we could do better closer to Mud Island. Tim started to head into the two foot tall waves but he wasn’t able to get his boat onto plane. Having no choice but to press on, he reached deeper water and then turned towards the island.

Suddenly a wave crashed over the bow (the forward part of the boat), swamping the front of the boat. Tim tried putting the engine in neutral but that didn’t help. He then put the engine back into forward, gunned it and tried to steer back into the waves, but that just made the bow dive under the water like a submarine. In the blink of an eye, the boat rolled to the right and we capsized. Read More→

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Mike Walsh has the 2016 Texas DU Calendars available for sale.  A calendar purchase enters you into the DU Two-Gun-A-Day Giveaway raffle and since 2016 will be a leap year there will be 732 guns given away.  Also, included in the calendar price is a chance to win a four wheeler.  Hoffpaur Auto Group is donating two Polaris Sportsman 570 ATV’s.  The first ATV will be given away on July 4th 2016 and the second on December 25th 2016.  The calendars sell for $50.00 each and a $25.00 Ducks Unlimited membership is included.  The raffle is limited to 20,000 calendars.  82 cents of every dollar raised goes to support wetland conservation efforts in the state of Texas.  DU has spent  54 million dollars to date in Texas restoring wetlands.  Please contact Mike at 512-560-7001 to place your order or if you have any questions.

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Jul
15

7/15/15 – Art for Sale

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The bottom line is if you have cuts on your body you should consider avoiding wade fishing in coastal water and eating raw oysters.  Some coastal fishermen are now using breathable waders while fishing (of course, they won’t help if you have cuts above your chest, including on your arms/hands).  See http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/health_officials_warn_of_flesh.html for more information.

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The KR Training May 2015 e-news is now online.  See http://www.krtraining.com/Newsletters/May2015news.html.  They’ve added more courses to their summer schedule.

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May
11

Flee by Randy Rowley 5/11/15 ©

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On 5/8/15 four friends, my son and I headed to the Y.O. Ranch near Junction to hunt hogs.  None of us saw any on the first night, but the next morning that changed.

About 5:45 AM, while it was still very dark, a probably above 200 pound boar came out from behind a large cedar tree around eight yards from the bow blind where Tim Price and I were sitting. The hog moved cautiously and slowly. It stopped for a few seconds and looked around. It then turned around and looked in the direction that he had come from. He gave Tim and I the impression that he was the lead pig for a herd and was about to tell the others that the coast was clear. Read More→

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On 12/6/14 Jason Cox and I decided to give Belton Lake a try for ducks. Unfortunately we only saw five flocks that morning, none of which flew within range. While Jason was doing some scouting, a lone duck flew within marginal range but by the time I got my gun to my shoulder I was presented with a 50+ yard shot to its rear and decided not to take such an iffy shot.

Then Mr. Murphy found us on the way back. After we loaded Champ, my bass boat, I started to back us out but we were barely moving. A quick look back revealed that we were digging up a lot of mud. After what seemed like minutes, we finally got in deep enough water for me to turn us around and start to move forward. Read More→

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Jan
01

1/1/15 State of the Club

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2014 was a fantastic year for the club!  Highlights include: Read More→

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See http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20141202a.

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See http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/remington-fix-triggers-model-700-rifles/.

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On 6/7/14, an old friend, a new friend and I launched my boat on Lake Decker for a morning of bass fishing. Soon after arriving at the hot water discharge, I caught a 15” long bass on a moss back shiner colored Rapala Clackin’ Rap, which is a lipless crankbait.

As he only weighed about a pound and a half, I didn’t bother with my net and instead swung him out of the water and into my boat with my rod. For a reason that I’ll never know I then lipped him (grabbed his lip with my thumb and index finger), with my right hand, which was unusual, as I normally lip bass with my left hand and use my right hand to remove the lure.

As I held him with my right hand, I tried to unhook him with my left hand. I was not able to pull the hooks out so I reached down, grabbed a pair of pliers and then grasped the hook with the pliers.

Then things went really wrong. The bass shook its head hard and I lost my grip with both hands.  As the bass fell, one of the hooks imbedded itself in my right thumb and another hook got me in my right index finger.  The bass was dangling from my hand, still shaking his head.  Every shake drove the hooks further and further in.  I put the bass on the floor of my boat and with considerable effort freed the lure from his mouth with my pliers.  I then returned him to the water and went to work on my hand. Read More→

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See http://fishgame.com/2014/09/sugar-land-church-calls-crossbow-hunting-wild-hogs-threaten-pumpkin-patch/?utm_source=TFG+Outdoors+News+Headlines+for+Wed.+Oct.+1&utm_campaign=Oct.+1%2C+2014+Newsletter&utm_medium=email.

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