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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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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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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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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 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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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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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
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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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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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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The week of August the 10th saw the best of times and the worst of times. The best was on the night of August the 13th I finally became the owner of a genuine bass boat. “Champ” is a 1989 18 1/2’ Champion side console fiberglass bass boat with a 1996 150 hp Mercury fuel injected outboard motor, two live wells, two fish finders, and a built-in ice chest. He cruised Lake Georgetown that night at 55 MPH. Read More→

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Jul
11

Thirst by Randy Rowley 7/11/14 ©

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The 1998 Fall Dove Retreat was a great one. It was held on a day lease near Dilley, about 60 miles south of San Antonio. Read More→

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The exotic sheep (Mouflon and Corsican) hunts that gave birth to the B&P (Burp & Poot) Club (the predecessor of The Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen) were held in 1988 and 1989 on the Appletree Ranch, which is within spitting distance of Leakey in Southwest Texas.  Appletree is only about 15 miles from the extremely popular Garner State Park and the Frio River.  The country there is absolutely gorgeous; mountainous with lush green forests, steep ravines and winding clear, cold rivers (Frio is Spanish for cold).  Many Texans believe that this area is the jewel of the state.  This belief is supported by the fact that campers often have to wait up to a year to get a campsite reservation at Garner. Read More→

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Have you ever been called on at work, in class, or with a group of strangers to lecture on and/or demonstrate a skill that others assume you know?  For many people when this happens they stand there stammering because they weren’t prepared or are unsure of themselves.

Several years ago I was leading an FCS promotion at a Legacy Outfitters Outdoor Expo at Brushy Creek Lake.  They had demonstrations on how to set up tents, set up camp, build fires, etc.  All was going well and then their leader came over to me and asked me to give a lecture on bass fishing with lures (no more than 30 minutes) plus a demonstration (I had brought a rod and a small tackle box in case I had an opportunity to fish).  I said sure but then learned that I would be on in five minutes!  Not having adequate time to prepare I hemmed and hawed through that presentation. Read More→

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Early one morning I sat in my pop-up blind and listened to a commotion behind me.  I couldn’t see what was coming, as my Dog-house blind doesn’t have a rear window but from the sounds it was making whatever was coming my way was big and it didn’t care that other creatures knew it was there.  The closer he came the louder he got.  It must be at least an 8 pointer, maybe a 10.  Or maybe a 300 lb. boar.  I readied my gun.  Just a few more steps and I’d see him and then I’d have him.  Then after a few more seconds he finally popped into view! Read More→

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On 8/24/13 I manned a FCS booth at the Outdoor Sportsman’s Expo at Fellowship Church in Liberty Hill. As dove season was just around the corner, I would try to engage those who stopped by my booth by asking them how they thought the season would be, where they were going to hunt, etc. One man who stopped by told me about a dove hunt at the Balcones Canyonlands Federal Wildlife Refuge near Liberty Hill, where he worked as the deputy director. The hunt was held each September the 1st through the 4th. He said that the hunting was great on the first day, good on the second, fair on the third, poor on the fourth, and a four day permit was only $15.00. Burl Fulenwider and I decided on the spot that we would give them a try. Read More→

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I love to bird hunt, especially for ducks and dove.  I also love to fish, especially for bass.  But it’s very rare when I get to do both on the same morning.  So when I get the chance to do a ‘blast and cast’ I jump at it.  Early one September, I had such a chance on Joel Kirby’s ranch near Lometa. Read More→

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Genesis Chapter 27 tells the story of Isaac mistakenly blessing his son Jacob, instead of Jacob’s older brother Esau.  Moses wrote, “So he [Jacob] went to him [Isaac] and kissed him.  When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. Read More→

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It was a ducky day – a prefect day for duck and/or goose hunting. For early November, it was cold. Typically, early November goose hunts near the middle coast of Texas vary from warm to cool, so it was a relief to know that we wouldn’t be sweating. More importantly, it was very overcast and foggy. Read More→

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Something unexpected happened during a self-guided duck hunt on Granger Lake on an overcast day in December.  Tim Price, Ken Miller, and I hunted in the San Gabriel Wildlife Management Area in a slough.  To be honest, it wasn’t where we planned to hunt.  We were going to try a spot about 300 yards down the San Gabriel River – the only problem is we couldn’t find it.  We thought that we were following other hunters down the river channel but found that the other hunters were actually in the process of setting out their decoys at the mouth of a slough.  We were running out of time so we decided to hunt a couple hundred yards down the tree-lined slough from those hunters and on the opposite side. Read More→

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On 3/19/05, eight hunters headed to the CZC Ranch near Mercury for a two day hog hunt. We set up camp and then baited the stands that we had decided to hunt. After dinner we headed to the stands. Tim Price hunted his stand with his two sons, Isaac and Tyler. Jesse Price and Jim Gault hunted solo in different stands and I hunted solo in my stand. My brother-in-law Roy Brigman and his son, Leroy, hunted a blind in a hay field that overlooked a feeder on the edge of the woods. Read More→

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Texas is a rare state in that we are blessed with, among other things, hunting year round. Dove season starts each September the 1st, followed briefly by a two week long teal season. In late September or early October hunters can start to chase deer with sticks and strings. Quail season starts up in late October. Turkeys, duck and geese join the hunting menu in early November. In addition, deer can be hunted with guns. Spring turkey hunting starts in March. Hogs, rabbits, and exotics can be hunted year round. But hunting usually is impractical after May due to the heat. Meat spoils quickly in the Texas sun and it’s just not much fun roasting in a blind or stalking through the woods for hogs in the hotter months. Read More→

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Do you have a favorite gun, one that you show off to your friends more often than any other? Mine is a Remington Model 700 BDL in .25-06. It has the old style hinged floor plate (popular before box magazines came into vogue) with a quick release button. It also has a button to release the bolt. It is presently topped with a Vortex Crossfire II 3X-9X x 50mm matte finish scope with a V-Brite (illuminated) reticle. It is mounted with Leupold see-through rings, which allows the rifle’s iron sights to be used. The rifle is covered with a Kane gun chap, which completely protects the Monte Carlo high gloss walnut stock. The stock is further covered with a bullet band that holds nine shells. Attached to the rifle is a Safari Sling. Read More→

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Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, best known for his “You might be a Redneck” skits, created a skit a few years ago where he pretended to berate his off stage wife for not being appreciative when he brought her the world’s most expensive meat. He stated that he incurred the following expenses:

$500 – lease
$800 – new rifle and scope
$150 – camo clothes
$50 – magazines
$200 – bullets
$6,000 – 4 wheeler
$500 – food for the lease
$8,200 – total

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On a warm November morning I headed slowly to my ground stand on my lease near Georgetown.  I had spent a couple hours in my tall tree stand but nothing was moving, so I decided that I would try my box blind a few hundred yards away.

As I approached the blind I came upon a small herd of deer in a clearing.  We saw each other at the same time.  A doe snorted and high tailed it away and the rest of the herd quickly followed her.  Most of them ran until they were out of sight.  But a spike only ran about 50 yards and then stopped, turned 90 degrees, and looked back. Read More→

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Feb
11

Stand Fast by Randy Rowley 2/7/12 ©

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On a very cold and windy Friday in late March of 2009 five men journeyed to the CZC Ranch near Mercury for a three-day weekend of hunting hogs. On Sunday morning we conducted our usual group stalk. We walked alongside each other about 30 yards apart and wore hunter orange caps.

As I walked down a trail in a heavily wooded area I came across a large pile of hog poop. Beyond that pile was another and beyond it was many more. I counted at least 15 piles, many of them fresh, and radioed that fact to the other hunters. I then took a couple of steps forward and heard movement in the heavy brush to my right. I radioed that there was probably a hog to my right and circled the brush, going to my left. Suddenly three hogs bolted in single file across my bow, about 25 yards away. I shot once with my rifle at each of them and hit the third one in the head. Read More→

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In Galatians Chapter 6, Paul exhorted the Christians at Galatia to be personally responsible and to help others.  He wrote, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.  But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:1-2). Read More→

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Early one Saturday morning in February Jim McGee and I headed to an upland bird preserve near the tiny town of Thrall. We were dressed and outfitted poorly for quail and pheasants. Both of us were in full camo and instead of bringing shotguns we had brought along scoped semi-automatic deer rifles. No, we had not lost our minds – you see our quarry wasn’t upland game birds – it was hogs.

The preserve had a bit of a hog problem. The pigs liked to come to the tanks for water and to wallow in the mud. They also liked to root around in the fields. As is typical with pigs, the rooting wrecked havoc to the preserve’s landscape. The landowner made it known that we could shoot as many pigs as we saw. Read More→

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Aug
18

Devotional Distribution List

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FCS Vice President Jim McGee sends out frequent devotionals.  He will gladly add you to his e-mail distribution list, if you ask him at jimfmcgee@yahoo.com.

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In Deuteronomy Chapter 1 Moses summarized the Israelites not-too-distant past (which actually occurred in the book of Numbers). In verses 6 -8 he wrote, ““The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” In other words: “Go get ‘em!” Read More→

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I had more preparations than normal for the FCS 3/25/11 – 3/27/11 self-guided hog hunt at the Walter’s Ranch near Jarrell.  I got my hunting and camping stuff ready and went to buy groceries for all nine hunters, as I normally do, but I also took a rifle scope that I had bought to McBride’s and had it bore sighted and then went to Eagle Peak and sighted it in.  I also made a trip to Academy to buy three six-foot long tables that we gave to our host as a gift for allowing us to hunt on his land. Read More→

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On a spring hog hunt near Mercury, which is located in the heart of Texas, six of us spent Saturday afternoon fishing on a small lake on the ranch where we were hunting.  I tied a dark bass colored Rapala Jointed Shad Rap, which is a crank bait that runs at a medium depth, to my line and made a few casts.

Suddenly, I felt a tug on my line as I was reeling in my lure and I tugged back.  The bass fought hard for a couple of minutes but I finally got it to shore.  It was the largest black bass that I’d ever caught.  We didn’t have a scale but out collective guess was that it was about a seven pounder. Read More→

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I’ve never owned a bird dog.  I’ve been offered free bird dogs several times, but I have always turned the offers down.  I have nothing against bird dogs but I’ve never bitten the bullet and tried to become the master of one.  The reasons that I declined are simple – my back yard is too small to give a big dog room to roam and I just simply don’t have the time to give a bird dog the training that it needs. Read More→

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Around the first of each February, the eyes of men all across the country start to glaze over and many get a panicked “deer in the headlights” look.  What is it that causes such widespread panic?  The end of deer and duck seasons?  After Christmas sales?  Cabin fever?  Income taxes?  No, it’s the dreaded “what am I going to get her for Valentine’s Day this year syndrome!” Read More→

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Nothing was moving where I was hunting on this last Saturday morning in November.  Even the squirrels hadn’t awoken.  This gave me plenty of time to think about the two questions that were dominating my mind – why did I climb up into this little ladder stand and how was I going to get down without killing myself.  As I contemplated my dilemma, my reverie was broken by Ron Denison’s voice on the radio, telling me that a buck was heading my way. Read More→

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It was a slow November morning.  The gray skies made the sun rise late and everything decided to sleep in.  Even the squirrels didn’t start chasing each other until a good hour after sunrise.  I was just beginning to think that the deer had decided to take the day off, when I suddenly saw movement of something large to my right.  I wasn’t surprised that what walked by the creek bed was a deer, but I most certainly was surprised by the fact that it was a buck, as usually does were the first deer that I saw on this property near Round Rock.  I was also surprised by the size of his antlers.  The usual menu of bucks at this property includes spikes, four pointers, and small sixes and eights, but this buck dwarfed them.  He had much taller antlers than any deer that I had seen on the property and he had considerable more mass. Read More→

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Several years ago I went on a fall dove hunt near Charlotte, about 30 miles south of San Antonio, with my brother, Mark, and his father-in-law, the late Scotty Scott.  We hunted on a large field that had a few sunflowers in it.  The dove were spotty but there were enough of them to keep us from falling asleep.  After a couple hours the dove started to concentrate in the Southwest corner of the field, which was about 250 yards away from where we were at. Read More→

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Aug
20

Choices by Randy Rowley 7/8/10 ©

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Fishermen have many choices on how they will try to fool bass and other predators with artificial lures.  We can choose topwaters that make a lot of commotion, such as poppers, buzzbaits and dog walkers to imitate baitfish such as minnows and shad that are feeding on the surface.  Or we can opt for shallow or deeper running spinnerbaits, jigs or some crankbaits that mimic crawfish and perch.  Or we can decide on lipped or lipless crankbaits such as Rattletraps or jerkbaits such as Rapalas that look like baitfish and rattle and wobble from side to side at various depths.  Or we can choose plastic lures, such as worms, crawfish, lizards, flukes, creature baits, grubs and tube baits, for slow finesse presentations along the lake’s or river’s bottom.  These many options help create in us a passion for fishing – part of the fun of fishing is to try to figure out what the bass are wanting to eat and how they want dinner presented to them.  These options also help create in us a passion for free will, which is the ability to make our own choices. Read More→

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On 2/1/02 – 2/3/02 Jimmy and his teenage son, Jim Bob, Cohenour and Eddie Lee Toohey joined Jesse, Tim, and Isaac Price, David Chalmers, my son, Ryan, and I for an FCS Hog Hunt with Texas Wild near Charlotte.  Eddie Lee and Jim Bob missed a sow on Friday evening but Eddie Lee shot a Javelina on Sunday morning. Read More→

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God has said “No” to me twice lately.  The first “No” was when I applied for the position of Quality Assurance Director at Brenham State School (as detailed on the 6/14/03 Word from the President page).  There were many factors that appealed to me.  The position paid 6K – 9K more a year than I am making now,  Chris would only have had to work part time or possibly not at all, Chris could have continued her Seminary education at Southwestern Seminary’s branch in Houston, Deanna would have attended a middle school in a much smaller community, we would have lived in a much more conservative community, we would have lived in the country, and we would have said “goodbye” to Austin’s traffic congestion.  I went for two interviews and made it to the top four candidates.

But God said “No”. Read More→

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The forecast for our late October 12-hours long deep-sea fishing trip called for three-foot seas.  However, when we met Captain Ron Pierson at the dock in Port Aransas the night before our trip he informed us that the seas had been upgraded to four foot.  Bravely (or stupidly) we told him that such seas were no problem and retired for the night so that we would be fresh for our 5:00 AM rendezvous the next day. Read More→

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On January 1, 2005, my son Ryan and a host of other soldiers headed for Iraq after attending a ceremony in Waco.  Ryan specialized in forward reconnaissance at that time, a skill that wasn’t needed in a country that had already been secured.  Therefore, he spent the bulk of his time guarding VIPs.  He guarded Four Star Generals, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Donald Rumsfield.  He also guarded the editor and staff of the Veterans of Foreign War magazine.  They took pictures of him and interviewed him.  He was quoted in the feature article and graced the cover of the October 2005 issue of the Veterans of Foreign War magazine! Read More→

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At 3:45 AM on a cool January day, Mark Dillow, Van Short, Harry Biggs, and I met at the Virginia College parking lot in East Austin for a duck hunt.  We then picked up John Bobo and proceeded to Giddings, where we met up with Tim Price and our guide – Joey Pohl of Pohl’s Guide Service.  We planned to hunt Flagg Pond, which is a retention pond that is located on the Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway properties.  Read More→

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On 6/7/08 Mark Dillow, Kevin Wall, James Bean, and I wade fished the San Gabriel River near Georgetown.  We were greeted by an overcast sky with several dark clouds.  A few drops of rain hit us when we arrived in a nice middle-class neighborhood.  My first thought was Mark was playing a trick on us when he parked between two houses.  But there was a trail that led downhill into some woods and Mark started to put his fly fishing gear on so I followed suit.  Kevin and James also donned fly fishing gear.  I, having never taken up the sport, grabbed my medium casting rod with a spin cast reel, a small box of lures, and a bottle of water. Read More→

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