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Jun
15

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. Dustin Rhodes
  3. Roland and Lena Olivarez
  4. Burl and Daniel Fulenwider
  5. Eddy and DaLee Trevino
  6. Chris Rowley
  7. Monalisa Almanza and child
  8. Earl and Janet Prochnick
  9. Roy Zengerle
  10. Jim McGee

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 and child
  18. Earl and Janet Prochnick

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 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 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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Jun
15

Upcoming Events

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

FCS will participate in the next Copperhead Creek Shooting Club in Marble Falls Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday, 6/29/19.  There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required).  The main event (100 targets) price is $70.  We can have groups of up to five but must have a group of at least three (not all have to be FCS members).  We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet.  Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website.  Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year.  There will also be a 50 Target Side Event and Concurrent options.  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

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7/20/19 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 7/20/19, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at Capital Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of sporting clays, so bring at least two boxes of shells.  We’ll probably shoot their corporate/hunter course (the blue course).

The gates open at 9:00.  We will gather by the front door of their clubhouse at 9:05.  You can shoot singles, report pairs or true pairs… or you can follow the menu at each station which is a mix of true pairs and report pairs.  We keep score just for fun and keep a history log on the web site so you can see how you have improved over time.

  • 9:05 AM – Sporting clays
  • 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 from 10-20 participants, and we break up into groups of 4-5.  Note that the larger the group, the longer it will take to shoot.  We recommend all shooters be at least 10 years old.  For youths we suggest a 20 gauge that fits the child (if a youth shoots a .410 he or she will probably miss a lot and may get discouraged).  We often have new shooters and delight in teaching others what we have learned.

Cost and what to bring: Each 50 round course is $23.27/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can use one of ours.  Most of us shoot 12 gauge, but 20 gauge is good also. Capital City requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capitol City).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Wal-Mart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells if you plan per round of sporting clays.  Randy Rowley recommends Winchester Game Loads /Federal Game and Target Loads / Estate Dove Loads / Rio Game Loads / Remington Sure Shot Heavy Dove Loads / Estate Dove and Target Loads. All of which are sometimes available at Academy.  1 oz or 1-1/8 oz loads and 1250-1300 FPS and 7-1/2 or 8 shot work well. They all sell for $5.50-7.00/box.  All six are great dove/quail loads in addition to being good clay target loads. If you’re a dove/quail hunter, Randy recommends that for you shoot sporting clays with the same load that you use to hunt dove/quail.  This enables you to develop consistent leads for similarly sized targets.  Most of the targets on their Corporate/Hunter course are designed for skeet chokes, but IC works just fine.

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

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

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

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

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

FCS will participate in the ‘Clayfest’ Sporting Clays Tournament at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio on Saturday, 7/20/19.  There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required).  Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website.  Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year.  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

7/27/19 ‘Firecracker Special’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capital Clays sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 7/27/19. There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required). The main event (100 targets) price is $70. We can have groups of up to five but must have a group of at least three (not all have to be FCS members). We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet. Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website. Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year. There will also be a 50 Target 5-Stand Event, 50 Target Side Event, and Concurrent options. Capital Clays is located at 8707 Lindell Lane.  Their phone number is 512-272-4707. Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

8/12/19 FCS Meeting and Steak Dinner

Our next Monday, 8/12/19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting and Steak Dinner at Randy Rowley’s home (11612 Birchbark Trail, Austin, 512-922-2484).

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) and steak dinner will be on Monday, 8/12/19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Randy Rowley’s home (11612 Birchbark Trail, Austin, 512-922-2484).  The cost should be approximately $12/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 8/10/19.  Let Randy know if you have a recent hunting, fishing, or shooting experience or tip that you would like to share.  In addition, contact Randy if you have any questions.

Schedule:

7:00 PM – fellowship, cook,  and eat dinner

8:30 PM – president’s report, upcoming events, and short devotional

9:00 PM – DVD

9:30 PM – depart

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

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

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

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

106 N. San Saba St.

Round Rock, TX, 78664

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

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

Contact Mike if you have any questions.

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Event participants are expected to follow the FCS Rules of Conduct.

Event participants will be required to sign FCS liability waivers for events that involve risks, if they have not already done so.

FCS membership is not required in order to participate or attend FCS events; however, if you are interested here is how to join.

Members and guests, feel free to bring your spouse, child, and/or a friend (but RSVP for him, her, or them and pay in advance, if required).  However, see the hierarchy preference below.

Be aware that for events where we have a limit on the number of people that we can take that the hierarchy preference is as follows:

  1. Supporting members
  2. Spouses and minor children of supporting members
  3. Members who are not current with their dues
  4. Spouses and minor children of members who are not current in their dues
  5. Guests
  6. Spouses and minor children of guests

To quote the old American Express TV commercial “Membership has its privileges.”

People who are 18 years of age or older are considered to be adults for purposes of figuring out a person’s share of lodging, gas, etc. For dividing up food costs, for example, minors may be treated as adults, depending on their size (e.g., a 12-year-old boy who eats as much as a man will be charged as a man, and not as a child).

The president, vice president, and event coordinators are told dozens of things each work day. They also are told numerous things pertaining to FCS each week. With the amount of information that they receive they will inevitably forget some of it. Therefore, it is much better for you to RSVP via email than to call them. (If you call them, please follow it up with an email.) Some events have space limitations and the event coordinators have to ensure that we do not bring too many people. Please help them to prevent overbooking by emailing your RSVP to them. Also, if you text them be sure to let them know who you are.

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Jun
15

2019 – Fishing Reports

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Jun
14

2019 – FCS Meetings Reports

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6/13/19 FCS Meeting and Fajita Dinner

Thirteen participants had a good time at the 6/13/19 FCS Meeting at Jim McGee’s home.  The meeting featured beef and chicken fajitas, peppers, onions, cheese, salsa, Spanish rice, refried beans, soft drinks and tea (courtesy of Jim), and chocolate cake (courtesy of Binh Chu).  Randy Rowley lead a devotional called Found.  We watched the Spiritual Outdoors Adventures Season 12 DVD Accupoint Mulies.

President’s Report

Membership – since our last meeting on 4/9/19, we had two people join the club, seven people renew their memberships, and nine first timers.

Events – since our last meeting on 4/9/19, we had 17 events with an attendance of 110 people, which is an average of 6.47 people per event.  We have 14 events planned from 6/14/19 until our next meeting on 8/12/19.  See our Calendar and Upcoming Events web page for details.

4/9/19 FCS Meeting and Chili Dinner

Nine participants had a good time at the 4/9/19 FCS Meeting at Mr. Charles Batts’ home.  The meeting featured chili (courtesy of Chris and Randy Rowley), IBC Rootbeer and tea (courtesy of Charles), potato salad (courtesy of David Brune), and cornbread muffins and chocolate cake (courtesy of Joan Batts).  Thanks to those who brought food and drinks!  Randy lead a devotional called Mistaken Identity.  We watched the Spiritual Outdoors Adventures Season 12 DVD Adventures in New Zealand: South Island Tahr.

President’s Report

Membership – since our last meeting on 2/4/19, we had two people renew their memberships and six first time guests.

Events – since our last meeting on 2/4/19, we had 11 events with an attendance of 80 people, which is an average of 7.27 people per event.  We have 17 events planned from 4/10/19 until our next meeting on 6/13/19.  See our Calendar and Upcoming Events web page for details.

2/4/19 FCS Meeting and Wild Game Dinner

14 participants had a good time at the 2/4/19 FCS Meeting at Ron Denison’s home.  The meeting featured chicken fried venison, two types of venison stew, two types of venison sausage, potato salad, salad, veggie dip, muffins, and three kinds of dessert, including Sue Denison’s chocolate eclair cake. Randy Rowley presented a devotional titled Groaning.  We watched the Spiritual Outdoors Adventures Season 12 DVD Cottonwood Creek Whitetails.

President’s Report

Membership – since our last meeting on 12/11/18, we had two people join the club, three people renew their memberships, and two first time guests.

Events – since our last meeting on 12/11/18, we had 14 events with an attendance of 76 people, which is an average of 5.43 people per event.  We have 13 events planned from 2/5/19 until our next meeting on 4/9/19.
See our Calendar and Upcoming Events web page for details.

1/22/19 FCS Officers Meeting

Five officers attended the 1/22/19 Officers Meeting at Dos Salsas in Cedar Park.  Bruce Crockett led us in prayer.  The following items were discussed:

1.  Past Events, Membership, Finances, and Upcoming Events Report (most include a comparison with the previous three reports):

PAST EVENTS

  • Events attendance was higher or stable for most categories.
  • Our Duck Hunt category attendance set a new record with 62 participants.
  • Our Sporting Clays Tournaments category attendance set a new record with 55 participants.
  • Our Banquet category attendance set a new record with 29 participants.
  • Our Bay Fishing Trip category attendance tied our third best with 10 participants.
  • Our Upland Bird Hunt category was our third best with 9 participants.
  • Our 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot category tied our third best with 7 participants.
  • We had record attendance at our Banquet with 29 participants.
  • Two Self-guided Bass fishing trips tied our record with 4 participants.
  • Dove and deer hunt attendance was down due to the loss of the Evans Ranch.
  • Hog hunt attendance was down due to not going to the Independence Ranch.
  • Our attendance was 478 people, which was our 60 more people than last year.
  • We had a record 76 events.
  • We averaged 6.29 attendees per event.

Specific Events Summary

Year Total
Attendees
Number of Events Average Attendees per Event
Banquets/Dinners
2018 29 1 29.00
2017 18 1 18.00
2016 16 1 16.00
Deer and Hog Hunts
2018 5 1 5.00
2016 * 15 2 7.50
2015 10 1 10.00
Hog Hunts      
2018 8 2 4.00
2017 21 2 10.50
2016 7 2 3.50
24-Hour Sporting Clays Shoots
2018 7 1 7.00
2017 5 1 5.00
2016 5 1 5.00
Regular Sporting Clays Shoots
2018 137 12 11.41
2017 141 11 12.82
2016 165 12 13.75
NSCA Sporting Clays Tournaments
2018 55 18 3.06
2017 45 19 2.36
2016 28 9 3.11
Dove Hunts
2018 35 3 11.67
2017 74 6 12.33
2016 42 3 14.00
Dove Retreats
2018 9 1 9.00
2016 6 1 6.00
2015 12 1 12.00
Bay Fishing Trips
2018 10 1 10.00
2017 9 1 9.00
2016 7 1 7.00
Freshwater Fishing Trips
2018 43 12 3.58
2017 22 6 3.67
2016 33 9 3.67
FCS Meetings
2018 69 6 11.50
2017 39 6 6.50
2016 52 6 8.67
Ministry Events (Wild Game Dinner)
2018 9 1 9.00
2017 9 1 9.00
2016 12 1 12.00
Pheasant, Chukar, and Quail Hunts
2018 9 1 9.00
2017 4 1 4.00
2016 * 16 2 8.00
Waterfowl Hunts (Duck)
2018 62 16 3.88
2017 39 9 4.33
2016 32 9 3.56
Yearly Attendance and Events
2018 478 76 * 6.29
2017 418 63 6.63
2016 441 62 7.11

MEMBERSHIP

New Members

  • We had 10 people join the club.
New Members Summary
Year Number
2018 10
2017 10
2016 5

Membership Renewals

  • We had 21 members renew their memberships.
Membership Renewals Summary
Year Number
2018 21
2017 20
2016 28

Supporting Members

  • We ended the year with 61 supporting members.

Supporting Members Summary

Year Number
End of 2018 61
End of 2017 59
End of 2016 58

First Time Guests

  • We had 34 first time guests.
First Time Guests Summary
Year Number
2018 34
2017 32
2016 31

FINANCES

  • During Fiscal Year 2018 (9/1/17 – 8/31/18) we took in $978 in membership dues which is for single and multiple year renewals of 2, 3, and 5 years. Allocated 2018 membership revenue is $1000.  We spent $955, for a net gain of $45.  For the ministry fund, we took in $650 and spent $472, for a net gain of $178.
Finances Summary
Year Income ExpendituresProfit or loss
Checking (for budgeted items)
FY 2018 $1000.00 $955.00 $45.00
FY 2017 $877.05 $952.58 $75.53
FY 2016 $952.30 $1,160.52 $208.22
Savings (for the ministry fund)
FY 2018 $650.00 $472.00 $178.00
FY 2017 $669.69 $252.46 $417.23
FY 2016 $595.00 $202.54 $392.46

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • We have 87 events planned for 2019.  The increase in the number of events is due to adding all of the sporting clays tournaments at Copperhead Creek.
Upcoming Events Summary
Sporting Clays Tournaments 26
Freshwater Fishing Trips (two are also inland duck scouting trips) 15
Waterfowl Hunts 14
Sporting Clays Shoots (one includes a youth group) 12
FCS Meetings (one is an officers meeting) 7
Dove Retreats/Hunts 6
Hog Hunts 2
Bay Fishing Trip 1
Upland Bird Hunt 1
24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot 1
Banquet 1
Ministry Event 1
Total 87

Overall, things are going very well for the Club, with the exception of finding a place where we can dove hunt.

2.  3/27/19 Banquet.

  • Michael Armstrong is moving to San Antonio and will no longer be able to assist with the Banquet. Randy Rowley will take over the event.
  • We have had a request (from Facebook) to have a “Reunion Event” for old members and new members. In Randy’s opinion, the Banquet would be the best event in which to have a reunion.
  • The officers decided to not make any changes to the format from last year’s banquet.

3.  Ministry Fund.

  • The officers decided to continue with Youth Sporting Clays Shoots.

4. Additional Events Poll.

  • 1/3/19 Poll on Additional Events Results
Event Number of People Interested
Kayak outings to local lakes, rivers, or large tanks. Two
Single-day Conservation goose hunt (no limits, unpluggeguns, electronic calls, north Texas or panhandle Two
Multi-day Conservation goose hunt (no limits, unplugged guns, electronic calls), north of Texas. One
Sandhill crane hunt at the coast or panhandle. One
Kansas pheasant hunt. Two
Private charter offshore trip for tuna, etc. – 24 hours. Two
Party boat offshore trip for tuna, etc. – 24 hours. One
Two-day bass fishing trip. Lakes within three hours such as Whitney, Belton, Somerville, etc.  Stay in a Cabin, RV, B&B, etc. Four
Three-day bass fishing trip.  Lakes within six hours such as Falcon, Amistad, Sam Rayburn, etc.  Stay in a Cabin, RV, B&B, etc. Three
Four or five day fishing trip.  Lakes within ten hours in Oklahoma, Arkansas, etc.  Targeting Walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, trout, etc. One
Additional Questions Answers
For kayak trips, do you have an extra kayak to loan to a member? Two respondents (one has three)
For boat based fishing trips, do you have a fishing boat you would be willing to share with other members and guests? One respondent
Are there any other activities you would like to see planned? Guided kayak fishing trip
Panhandle goose, duck, and sandhill crane hunt
Willing to lead/coordinate Goose hunt (Jeff Morris)
Guided kayak fishing trip (Jeff?)

We will probably add some of these events to the FCS Calendar if we can find someone to lead them.

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08

2019 Hunting Trips Reports

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24

2019 – Ministry Events

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26

2019 – Banquet Reports

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17

2018 – Shoots Reports

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11

2018 – FCS Meetings Reports

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Dec
11

Duck Hunt Rotation

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided duck hunts on central Texas lakes, predominantly within 90 miles of Austin.  You do not have to be an FCS member to be added to this rotation.

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

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

All four lakes are administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE).  We will hunt until 9:00 – 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 and Belton 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 45 minutes earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.

Somerville does not require a CoE lake hunting permit.  Nor does it require a TPWD Public Hunting Permit in the CoE day hunt area (you will need one if we hunt in the TPWD day hunt area; we also must hunt out of the boat at least 200 yards from shore if we hunt in that area).  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 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 use natural cover or hunt behind camo netting.

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

Cost:

  • We’ll split the vehicle gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).
  • 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:

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird stamp, federal duck stamp, and possibly the 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 stamp, but does not include a federal duck stamp, so you’ll have to also buy it.
  • Shotgun
  • Shotgun case (a floating case is recommended)
  • 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); 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))
  • Shotgun shells bag or vest (a floating blind bag is recommended)
  • Headlamp or cap light
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential)
  • Waders (absolutely essential)
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Drinks (optional)
  • A small ice chest to take your ducks home in (there is a large ice chest on the boat to put your drinks and snacks in)

You will not need a bucket or a stool.

I have some extra items, such as waders, floating gun cases, headlamps, cap lights, 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 aren’t coming into the dekes and the shots are passing shots, I’ll switch to a full.

I have 89 decoys (23 redheads, 14 gadwall, 13 teal, 12 pintails, nine mallards, six canvasbacks, six buffleheads, a widgeon, a pulsator duck, two quiver ducks, a motorized duck, and a wind duck (that I only use when it’s windy enough to spin the wings and when it’s too windy to use the motorized duck).  In addition, FCS has 33 decoys (25 teal and 8 wood ducks) in its inventory.  Combining my decoys and the FCS decoys I have 122 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.

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

After a hunter goes on a hunt I will move him or her to the bottom of the rotation.  If I contact a hunter 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 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 the boat back on the trailer).
  • Not controlling your dog during a 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.

The following people are on the permanent Duck Hunt Rotation:

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

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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What are the appropriate stamps needed?  Texas Migratory Bird Stamp ($7) and Federal Duck Stamp ($27).  Both are available at Academy, Wal-Mart, etc.
Is the ammo steel shot?  Do you need specific chokes rated for steel or do chokes usually handle steel shot without issue?  Yes, non-lead (toxic) shot is required.  You can buy chokes that are designed for steel shot or use regular ones.  If you do the latter, know that your choke will behave as a tighter choke (e.g., improved cylinder will behave as a modified).
I wear a size medium shirt (and a 40L suit), would you still suggest large waders?  I suggest that you get boot-foot waders (with a built in boot) rather than stockingfoot waders that requires a shoe be worn over the stockingfoot, as your feet will get a lot colder with stockingfoot waders, plus it’s hard to find stockingfoot waders in camo.  Boot-foot waders are sized by shoe size; however, you can get them in regular and stout.  For boot-foot waders either get breathable or neoprene.  Don’t get rubber or canvas.  I wear my breathable ones when it’s not cold.  I wear my neoprene ones when it’s colder.  Wearing neoprene waders when it’s not cold outside will result in you being too warm and sweating a lot, which will make you cold.  So if you only buy one pair of waders get breathable ones, as you can always put more clothes under them.  Here is a pair that Academy sells – https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/magellan-outdoors-mens-tredlite-400-breathable-wader#repChildCatid=4783074.  Be aware that they only have 400 grams of Thinsulate in the boots, so you might need to wear two pairs of hunting socks if it’s cold.  Regarding socks, either get a liner sock that wicks away sweat and cover it with a wool or similar sock or get one like the Ingenious that is a liner sock on the inner wall and wool/nylow/Olefin/Lycra Spandex sock on the outer wall.
In terms of camo hunting clothes, besides a vest and hat, are you suggesting camo pants and camo shirt and/or camo sweatshirt as well? Do jeans and a normal shirt/sweatshirt not work?  Whatever you are wearing that the ducks can see needs to be camo or the game is over.  Here is what I typically wear – http://fcs-texas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/121915_Coastal-duck-hunt_1.jpg.  Here are more pictures – http://fcs-texas.org/photo-gallery/hunts-duck/ (some of the guys are wearing jeans or shorts but those pictures were taken after the hunts).  I wear wading pants and/or sweats under my waders.  You can wear jeans, but you’ll need ankle gaiters to keep them from rolling up on you.
I don’t have a camo gun (I have a wood stock, black alloy frame).  Is that an issue, or is a specific camo-patterned shotgun required for duck hunting?  Camo is best.  I hunted with a wood stocked/matte barreled shotgun for years but had some issues with the saltwater making the bluing fade and become splotchy.  This required the barrel to be re-done (I got a matt finish), but the saltwater still started to corrode it (even with immediate cleaning after each hunt).  Fresh water is not nearly as hard on guns as salt water is.
Do I need a sling for my shotgun or a waterproof floating gun case? A sling is very helpful for carrying your gun on walk-in hunts, which are usually at least a mile one-way.  You’ll be carrying a bucket/stool, gun, blind bag/vest, and decoys, so the more things that you can sling over your shoulder the better.  You can get the hardware at Blackjack Gunsmith and they’ll install it for you.  You can get the sling at Academy or similar.  You won’t need a floating case unless you’re getting on a boat.  A sling with a neoprene or nylon outer shell, such as a Claw or a Yukon are designed to keep your gun from slipping off your shoulder.
How many ducks do hunters (e.g. beginner like me) usually get (and what is the limit)?  As we usually can’t tell who shot which duck we simply take the ducks harvested and divide them by the number of hunters.  So, if six hunters kill 24 ducks everyone will bring home four.  The limit is six ducks/hunter/day.  Specific species have specific limits.  For example redheads have a two duck per day limit per hunter.  The guide will keep track of which species have been killed and will let the group know how many of each species can still be shot.
Guided hunts
How much do guided duck hunts cost, typically and how long do they last (what hours/are they overnight trips)?  $125 for the guides that we have been using the last few seasons, not including tip (usually 15 – 20%).  They’re morning hunts.  We usually stay in a motel (double occupancy) the night before (about $50).
How much ammo does one need to bring?  No more than three boxes for ducks.
Is there someone in FCS you could point me to as a good hunting buddy, given that I’m a beginner?  Or is that not necessary for this hunt?  Yes, the hunt leader or I will team you up with someone.  For example if you hunt with Rayce Jenkins you’ll be hunting from a pit blind (a hole dug in the ground with a metal box put in it).  You’d be shoulder to shoulder with other hunters.  They’d tell you when to shoot.  With Ricky Ethridge we sit on buckets/stools and spread out a lot more.
Self-guided hunts

What is the duck hunt rotation?  I let the guys on the rotation know when I’m going to hunt next and ask who can go.  I then look at the list and the first three guys on the list who responded get to go (I can only fit three guys in my truck; plus you really don’t want a bigger party than that as the party will be too hard to hide).  For example, if five guys say that they can go on November the 18th I’ll then take the first three who are listed on the rotation.  After the hunt they go to the bottom of the rotation.

Do I need a sling for my shotgun or a waterproof floating gun case?  A sling is very helpful for carrying your gun on walk-in hunts, which are usually at least a mile one-way.  You’ll be carrying a bucket/stool, gun, blind bag/vest, and decoys, so the more things that you can sling over your shoulder the better.  You can get the hardware at McBride’s and they’ll install it for you.  You can get the sling cheaper elsewhere.  You won’t need a floating case, as we won’t be going on my boat.

For more information, see my Duck Hunt Rotation web page.  It has lots of information, including which shells to buys, which chokes to use, etc.
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