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18

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18

Duck Hunt Rotation – Guided

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17

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15

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Feb
15

Upcoming Events

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2/22/20 ‘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, 2/22/20.  There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required).  The main event (100 targets) price is $70.  We can have groups of up to five but must have a group of at least three (not all have to be FCS members).  We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet.  Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website.  Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year.  There will also be a 50 Target Side Event and Concurrent options.  Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001 if you have any questions.

2/22/20 Pheasant Shoot and Guided Upland Bird Hunt

FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on 2/22/20 at the old Dismukes/Bieberstein Ranch near Dime Box.  They have 900 acres of blackland prairie covered with native grass and short brush, post oak savannah with improved pasture, lightly wooded uplands, and heavily wooded bottomlands – an ideal match for upland birds like quail, pheasants, and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike Schumann (see the below picture and the many Hunting Reports).  On 2/23/19 eight FCS hunters killed a record 101 birds, including 63 quail, 22 chukars and 16 pheasants.

This will be a full day hunt starting at 9:00 AM and ending around 3:00 PM (not counting travel time).  As with all ranches in Central Texas, these will be pen raised birds.  The price is $250 per person.  The morning event will be a Pheasant Shoot.  Each participant will have 7 pheasant alloted/launched.

An additional packages of birds costs $180.  You can choose from 18 quail, 9 chukar, or 6 pheasant, or a mixture of all three (most hunters choose a mixed bag).  The additional packages will be hunted in the afternoon.  A 20% tip ($50) is highly recommended.  The hunt includes:

  • Kids (15 years old & under) hunt FREE with paid adults
  • FREE shooting lessons
  • Sporting clays and bird processing included (lunch not included)
  • Hunting dogs will be provided (if you would like to bring your well-trained (for upland bird hunting) and well-mannered dog, you can but only one or two dogs can come and we must clear your dog with Mike and the other hunters)

The most that we can take is 12 hunters and we currently the following commitments:

  1. Jonathan Fleming
  2. Jeremy Fleming
  3. Bob Fleming
  4. David Martin
  5. Riley Martin
  6. Tom Hoke
  7. Frank Hamilton
  8. Tim Price
  9. Brian Suter
  10. Edwin Zamora and 15-year-old Cade Zamora (he is not counted as a “spot”)
  11. Burl Fulenwider
  12. Steven Fusco

This event is full.  Contact Steve Fusco at steven.fusco@gmail.com or 512-584-6258 to be added to his ‘will-call list’ in case someone drops out.

3/3/18 Upland Bird Hunt

2/29/20 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on 2/29/20 at the old Dismukes/Bieberstein Ranch near Dime Box.  They have 900 acres of blackland prairie covered with native grass and short brush, post oak savannah with improved pasture, lightly wooded uplands, and heavily wooded bottomlands – an ideal match for upland birds like quail, pheasants, and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike Schumann (see the below picture and the many Hunting Reports).  On 2/23/19 eight FCS hunters killed a record 101 birds, including 63 quail, 22 chukars and 16 pheasants.

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

  • Kids (15 years old & under) hunt FREE with paid adults
  • FREE shooting lessons
  • Sporting clays and bird processing included (lunch not included)
  • Hunting dogs will be provided (if you would like to bring your well-trained (for upland bird hunting) and well-mannered dog, you can but only one or two dogs can come and we must clear your dog with Mike and the other hunters)

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

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

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

3/3/18 Upland Bird Hunt

3/7/20 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 3/7/20, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at Capital City Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of 50 sporting clays.  We’ll probably shoot their red course (formerly called the corporate/hunter course).

You can shoot singles, report pairs or true pairs… or you can follow the menu at each station which is a mix of true pairs and report pairs.  We keep score just for fun and keep a history log on the web site so you can see how you have improved over time.

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

Who should come: Members and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have around 10 participants, and we break up into groups of 4 – 5.  Note that the larger the group, the longer it will take to shoot.  We recommend all shooters be at least 10 years old.  For youths, we suggest a 20 gauge that fits the child (if a youth shoots a .410 he or she will probably miss a lot and may get discouraged).  We often have new shooters and delight in teaching others what we have learned.

Cost and what to bring: Each 50 round course costs $23.81/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can use one of ours.  Most of us shoot 12 gauge, but 20 gauge is good also. Capital City Clays requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capital City Clays).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Walmart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells per round of sporting clays.  Randy Rowley recommends Winchester Game Loads /Federal Game and Target Loads / Estate Dove Loads / Rio Game Loads / Remington Sure Shot Heavy Dove Loads / Estate Dove and Target Loads. All of which are sometimes available at Academy.  1 oz or 1-1/8 oz loads and 1250-1300 FPS and 7-1/2 or 8 shot work well. They all sell for $5.50 – $7.00/box.  All six are great dove/quail loads in addition to being good clay target loads. If you’re a dove/quail hunter, Randy recommends that for you shoot sporting clays with the same load that you use to hunt dove/quail.  This enables you to develop consistent leads for similarly sized targets.  Most of the targets on their Red course are close enough for skeet chokes, but IC works just fine.

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

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

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

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

3/25/20 FCS Family Banquet

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

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

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

Details:

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

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

Menu: Your choice from their menu

Dress: Causal

Other: We will have separate checks

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

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

3/28/20 ‘March Madness’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capital City Clays sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 3/28/20.  There is an online registration form (pre-registration is requested, not required). The main event (100 targets) price is $70. We can have groups of up to five but must have a group of at least three (not all have to be FCS members). We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet. Note that if you are not a National Association (NSCA) member you will be shooting Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means that you will not be eligible to win any prize money, nor will your score be posted on their website. Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year. There will also be a 50 Target 5-Stand Event, 50 Target Side Event, and Concurrent options. Capital City Clays is located at 8707 Lindell Lane.  Their phone number is 512-272-4707. Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001 if you have any questions.

4/7/20 FCS Meeting (social activity) and Chili Dinner

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) and Wild Game Dinner will be on Tuesday, 4/7/20, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Mr. Charles Batts’ home (9706 Bordeaux La., Austin, 512-258-8773 – Home, 512-750-2225 – Cell).  The cost will depend on how many people make people but should be approximately $5/person.  RSVP is required to Randy Rowley to ensure that we’ll have enough food at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 before 4/6/20.  Let Randy know if you have a recent hunting, fishing, or shooting experience or tip that you would like to share.  Contact Randy if you have any questions.

Schedule:

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

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

9:00 PM – DVD

9:30 PM – depart

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Paying Deposits or Paying for Events in Full

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FCS membership is not required in order to participate or attend FCS events; however, be aware that for events where we have a limit on the number of people that we can take that the Event Hierarchy (pecking order) 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.”  Therefore, being an active member ensures that you will not get bumped by one.  See Membership Info, How to Join, How to Renew, and FCS Membership Application for more information.

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

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). Also, if you text them be sure to let them know who you are.

People who are 18 years of age or older are considered to be adults for purposes of figuring out a person’s share of lodging, gas, etc. For dividing up food costs minors may be treated as adults, depending on their size.  For example, if a 12-year-old boy eats as much as a full-grown man he will be charged as a man, and not as a child, as the event coordinator will have to buy a full-sized steak for him and not a half-sized one.

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Feb
11

Duck Hunt ?’s

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11

Hog Hunting Checklist

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11

Hog Hunt Info – Self-guided

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11

2020 – FCS Meetings Reports

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Feb
10

New Dove Hunter Checklist

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Feb
07

Trip Checklist

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Jan
12

2020 Hunting Trips Reports

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28

2019 Hunting Trips Reports

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27

2020 – Banquet Reports

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27

2020 – Hunting Trips Reports

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27

2020 – Ministry Events

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18

2019 – Shoots Reports

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12

2019 – FCS Meetings Reports

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26

2019 – Fishing Reports

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Oct
24

Event Hierarchy

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Be aware that for events where we have a limit on the number of people that we can take that the hierarchy (pecking order) is as follows:
– Supporting members
– Spouses and minor children of supporting members
– Members who are not current with their dues
– Spouses and minor children of members who are not current in their dues
– Guests
– Spouses and minor children of guests

To quote the old American Express TV commercial “Membership has its privileges.”  Therefore, being an active member ensures that you will not get bumped by one.  If you are interested in becoming an active member, see the Membership Info, How to Join, How to Renew, FCS Membership Application, and FCS Release of Liability Waiver web pages.

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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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09

2018 Hunting Trips Reports

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20

2018 – Fishing Reports

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24

2018 – Ministry Events

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28

2018 – Banquet Reports

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30

2017 – Shoots Reports

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16

2017 Hunting Trips Reports

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07

2017 – FCS Meetings Reports

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07

2017 – Fishing Reports

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12

2017 – Banquets

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04

2017 – Ministry Events

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26

2016 Hunting Trips Reports

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17

2016 – Shoots Reports

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05

2016 – FCS Meetings Reports

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05

2016 – Fishing Reports

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11

2016 – Banquets

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18

2016 – Ministry Events

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30

2015 – Shoot Reports

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23

2015 Hunting Trips Reports

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07

2015 – FCS Meetings Reports

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07

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23

2015 – Dinners

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Bible verse of the day

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

Today’s Devotionals and Blogs

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

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