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18

Duck Hunt Rotation

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided duck hunts on central Texas lakes within 90 miles of Austin.  We will hunt either Lakes Granger, Stillhouse Hollow Belton, or Somerville in their Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).  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). 

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

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 you hunt in the TPWD day hunt area; you also must hunt out of your boat at least 200 yards from shore if you 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.

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 and stamps (state migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp)
  • 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))
  • Headlamp/cap light (preferred) or flashlight
  • Bucket or stool
  • 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)

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

I usually start out with an improved cylinder choke. If the ducks aren’t coming into the dekes (and my shots are passing shots) I’ll switch to a modified.

I have 90 decoys (24 redheads, 13 pintails, 13 gadwall, 13 teal, 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 123 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 Duck Hunt Rotation for the 2018/2019 season:

  1. Jim McGee
  2. Wayne Weilnau
  3. Jeff Peterson and two sons
  4. Ian Daniels
  5. Burl Fulenwider
  6. Garrett Eklund
  7. Earl Prochnick
  8. Binh Chu
  9. Ken Miller
  10. Ryan Rowley
  11. Steve Ritter
  12. Zack Tumlinson
  13. Jeff Morris
  14. Clayton Carrier
  15. Jonathan Fleming
  16. Mike Walsh
  17. David Pruitt
  18. Chris Campbell

The tentative dates for the hunts during the 2018/2019 seasons are:

  • Saturday, 11/10/18
  • Saturday, 11/17/18
  • Wednesday, 12/26/18
  • Tuesday, 01/01/19
  • Saturday, 01/19/19
  • Monday, 01/21/19
  • Saturday, 01/26/19

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. Jim McGee
  10. Robby Wilson
  11. Will Peterson
  12. Justin Painter
  13. Ron and Nathan Petru
  14. Ron Palmer
  15. Bruce Crockett
  16. Bill Smith
  17. Ron Denison
  18. Wayne Weilnau
  19. Jeff Cates
  20. Kyle Wickham
  21. Brian Suter
  22. Steve Bird
  23. David Lesser and son
  24. Mike Thibodeaux and sons
  25. Jonathan Sherwin
  26. Kelvin Cheung
  27. Jeff Peterson and sons
  28. Robert Butts
  29. Sam Martin
  30. Ian Daniels
  31. Chrispy Harden
  32. Burl Fulenwider
  33. Garrett Eklund
  34. Colin Jackson
  35. Jake Dumaine
  36. Earl Prochnick
  37. Binh Chu
  38. Ken Miller
  39. Ryan Rowley
  40. Steve Ritter
  41. Zack Tumlinson
  42. Ragan Brock
  43. Jeff Morris
  44. Clayton Carrier
  45. Jonathan Fleming
  46. Mike Walsh
  47. David Pruitt
  48. 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. You do not have to be an FCS member to be added to this rotation.  Also let me know if you have any questions.

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09

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Oct
09

Upcoming Events

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11/11/18 ‘Give ’em the Bird!’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, 512-272-4707) sporting clays tournament on Sunday, 11/11/18. 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. Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

11/17/18 Guided Duck Hunt

FCS will hunt ducks on 11/17/18 with Jack Chamberland of Tenney Creek Outfitters near McMahan (east of Lockhart).  We hunted with Jack on 1/14/17.  Three hunters bagged eight ducks.  The hunters were impressed with Jack.  The birds were sporadic that day.  McMahan is about 64 miles from Austin, so a motel the night before is not necessary.

The cost is $155, plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Remember: steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Jack will set out decoys, call the birds in, retrieve them, and clean them after the hunt.  The limit is five hunters and this hunt is full.  Contact Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 to be added to his will-call list in case someone backs out.

11/17/18 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 11/17/18, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at the Capital City Trap & Skeet Club.  The gates open at 9:00.  We will gather by the front door of their clubhouse at 9:05.  We will shoot their 50 target Corporate/Hunter course, which is the easiest 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.  After we shoot the 50 target course, we will have a brief get together to brag about our scores, and pass around the excuses, and catch you up on our near term planned events.

-9:05 AM – Sporting clays

-10:45 AM – Scores and announcements

-11:15 AM – Depart (or stick around and shoot 5-stand, skeet or the main course.)

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 to shoot 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.

Location8707 Lindell Lane (Near the Travis County Exposition Center and Decker Lake)

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

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

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

11/30/18 – 12/2/18 Self-guided Duck Hunt (Tehuacana)

FCS will hunt ducks on 12/1/18 – 12/2/18 at the Pinock Ranch near Tehuacana, 45 miles east of Waco (134 miles from Austin).  We’ll head there on 11/30/18, the evening before the second half of the season starts.  In addition to duck hunting the deal includes lodging in a barndominium that sleeps 13.

The owner reports that duck hunting is GREAT with 80% limits with a variety of ducks.  He also reports that geese come in occasionally.  He has a 21-acre lake.  He charges $100 day/hunter for hunting and lodging, so he is between $50 – $64 cheaper than the guides that we have been using over the past three years (when you include 20% tips for them).  Friday evening to Saturday evening is considered a day.  If you add in a motel at Marquez/Franklin or El Campo (for the times we elected to stay in a motel when we hunted with guides near there) then he is $100 cheaper or more.

Also, in addition to hunting there are a large number of things that we can do during non-hunting times (such as bass fish, play pool, watch TV, hit golf balls, play Frisbee golf, etc.).

We have eight hunters committed for 12/1/18 and are full.  We have five hunters committed for 12/2/18 and can take three more.  RSVP is required to Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

12/6/18 FCS Meeting and Venison Stew

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) will be on Thursday, 12/6/18, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Wayne Weilnau’s home (16100 Fritsch Cove, Austin, 512-388-3340 – Home, 512-589-4120 – Cell).  The meeting will feature venison stew.  The cost will be approximately $5/person.  RSVP is required to Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 by before 12/5/18.  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

12/8/18 Guided Duck Hunt (Location TBD)

FCS will go on a guided duck hunt with Ricky Ethridge on 12/8/18.  Ricky has properties near Marquez, Cameron, Bastrop, and south of DFW.  We most often hunt his place at Marquez, which is around 110 miles from Austin, so you might want to go down and spend the night in a motel the day before.

We have had several successful hunts with Ricky in the past, including getting a limit of 24 ducks on the 12/16/17 Guided Duck Hunt with Ricky’s son Roy near Cameron.

The cost is $125 plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind on land, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Ricky will set out the decoys, call the birds in, retrieve them, and clean the birds after the hunt.  The limit is four hunters and this hunt is full.  Contact Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 to be added to his will-call list in case someone backs out.

12/22/18 Guided Duck Hunt (Location TBD)

FCS will go on a guided duck hunt with Ricky Ethridge on 12/22/18.  Ricky has properties near Marquez, Cameron, Bastrop, and south of DFW.  We most often hunt his place at Marquez, which is around 110 miles from Austin, so you might want to go down and spend the night in a motel the day before.

We have had several successful hunts with Ricky in the past, including getting a limit of 24 ducks on the 12/16/17 Guided Duck Hunt with Ricky’s son Roy near Cameron.

The cost is $125 plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind on land, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Ricky will set out the decoys, call the birds in, retrieve them, and clean the birds after the hunt.  The limit is four hunters and hunt is full.  Contact Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com or 512-922-2484 to be added to his will-call list in case someone backs out.

1/12/19 Guided Duck Hunt (El Campo)

FCS will go on a guided duck hunt with Rayce Jenkins near El Campo on Saturday, 1/12/19.  El Campo is around 140 miles from Austin, so you might want to go down and spend the night the day before.

The cost is $125 plus tip.  You will hunt from a blind, so boots are a good idea, but waders are not necessary.  Remember: steel shot, your hunting license with migratory bird stamp and federal duck stamp, and a shotgun plugged for a three shell limit are required.  Rayce will set out decoys, call the birds in, his dog will retrieve them, and he’ll cleans the birds after the hunt.  The limit is four hunters and this hunt is full.  Contact Ian Daniels at Idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 to be added to his will-call list in case someone backs out.

1/25/19 – 1/27/19 Self-guided Duck Hunt (Tehuacana)

FCS will hunt ducks on 1/26/19 – 1/27/19 at the Pinock Ranch near Tehuacana, 45 miles east of Waco (134 miles from Austin).  We’ll head there on 1/25/19, the evening before Saturday’s hunt.  In addition to duck hunting the deal includes lodging in a barndominium that sleeps 13.

The owner reports that duck hunting is GREAT with 80% limits with a variety of ducks.  He also reports that geese come in occasionally.  He has a 21-acre lake.  He charges $100 day/hunter for hunting and lodging, so he is between $50 – $64 cheaper than the guides that we have been using over the past three years (when you include 20% tips for them).  Friday evening to Saturday evening is considered a day.  If you add in a motel at Marquez/Franklin or El Campo (for the times we elected to stay in a motel when we hunted with guides near there) then he is $100 cheaper or more.

Also, in addition to hunting there are a large number of things that we can do during non-hunting times (such as bass fish, play pool, watch TV, hit golf balls, play Frisbee golf, etc.).

We can take four hunters on 1/26/19 and four hunters on 1/27/19 (or four hunters can hunt both days).  RSVP is required to Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

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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).

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 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.

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.”

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07

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Oct
05

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 2018 season:

  1. Jeff Cates
  2. Ryan Rowley
  3. Jim McGee
  4. Lena Olivarez
  5. Chris Rowley
  6. Mark Shackleford
  7. Roland Olivarez
  8. Roy Zengerle

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

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

Lure recommendations

Topwaters – walk the dog lures like Heddon’s Zara Spook, Zara Spook Jr., or Zara Puppy or Xcalibur’s Spittin’ Image; poppers like Heddon’s Chuggar Spook or Hula Popper, Storm’s Rattlin’ Chug Bug, or Rebel’s Pop-R; torpedo lures like Heddon’s Baby Torpedo; and Buzz baits like Booyah’s Buzz Clacker.  Colors – bass, shad, chartreuse, bone, and clear.  For lakes with a lot of grass (such as Bastrop, Decker, and Fayette) you can add frog colored topwaters or plastic frogs such as Lunkerhunt Lunkers, Strike King KVD Sexy Frogs, Scum Frogs (including the Scum Frog Popper) and toad style baits such as Stanley Ribbits.

Lipless crankbaits – Rapala Rattlin’ Rapala, Xcalibur Xr75 , Strike King Red Eye Shad, hard swimbaits, etc.  Colors – bass, shad, perch, red (best in spring), and chartreuse (best in the summer). Crankbaits – Norman Little N, Strom Wiggle Wart, Strike King KVD 2.5 or Pro-Model 3XD, Rapala Shad Rap, Bandit 200, and similar.

Deep divers include Norman’s DD-22, Strike King’s 5XD and 6XD, and Bomber’s Fat Free Shad.  Same colors as the lipless crankbaits.

Jerk baits (stick baits) – Bomber Long A, Rapala Husky Jerk, Rapala X-Rap, Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue, and Storm Thunderstick.  Same colors as the crankbaits.

Spinnerbaits – white, yellow, chartreuse, combo white/yellow or white/chartreuse, watermelon (green), red (in the spring), and black/blue or black/red when it’s dark or there is a heavy overcast.  I prefer spinnerbaits with two blades over one.  The type is not that important but I tend to prefer the Colorado blade.

Soft plastics – Zoom finesse worms, flukes, crawdads, lizards, or baby brushhogs, Berkley power worms, crawdads, or lizards, Senko worms, Yum Dinger worms, Big Bite worms and grubs, Grandebass rattlesnakes, and Roadrunner’s with grub tails.  Colors depend on the time of year and such things as if it’s overcast of sunny.  The general rule is darker colors work best when it’s overcast and during the winter.  Lighter colors work best in the fall, spring, and summer and when it’s sunny.  Some of my favorite colors include Smokin’ Green, Watermelon, Watermelon Red, June Bug, Red Bug, Red Shad, Motor Oil, Pumpkinseed, Dark Blue, and Camo.  Zoom’s Baby Brushhog in pumpkinseed is a good choice for Travis in the fall.  Lizards and crawdads in pumpkinseed are good in the spring.  Frogs like Ribbits, Scum Frogs, and Strike King’s KVD Sexy Frog are good in early morning in grassy areas or lily pads.  Soft swimbaits are good in the grass.

Line Recommendations

It depends on the reels that you are using.  Generally for spin cast reels you don’t want to use anything heavier than 10 lb. mono.

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

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

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

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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.  I wear my breathable ones when it’s not as 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.  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.  (They’re more than 50% off right now at Cabelas.)
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, but I hunted with a wood stocked/matte barreled shotgun for years with no issues (although if you do it for long in salt water you’ll probably have to get it re-matted).  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 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. 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 two 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 11/18/17 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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