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2/15/19 – 2/17/19 Self-guided Hog Hunt

FCS will host a Self-guided Hog Hunt on 2/15/19 – 2/17/19 at FCS member Ronnie Ross’ deer lease between Goldthwaite and Brownwood.  It has seven blinds with feeders, three of which can hold two hunters, for a total of 10 hunters.  There is also a trap and a couple places to put snares.  There is no limit on hogs taken or kill fees.  Hunters will need to clean hogs themselves.  The property includes a cabin that has water, electricity, beds, a full kitchen, a shower, and a toilet.

The cost is $100 for the weekend.  Ronnie will also consider trading labor for the weekend of hunting.  The cost includes lodging, but hunters will need to cook their own food. There is no charge for minors hunting with a parent.

One spot is open.  RSVP to Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Contact Randy if you have any questions.

Christopher Ross with a hog that he shot on 11/10/18 on Ronnie’s lease

Pigs on Ronnie’s lease

Pigs on Ronnie’s lease

A pig on Ronnie’s lease
2/16/19 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 2/16/19, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at the Capital Clays.  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.

2/16/19 Fantastic Feb Clay Shoot’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Copperhead Creek Shooting Club in Marble Falls Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday, 2/16/19.  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.  Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

2/23/19 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on 2/23/19 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, pheasant and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike.

This will be a full day hunt starting at 9:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM.  You can choose from 18 quail, 9 chukar, or 6 pheasant, or a mixture of all three.  As with all ranches in Central Texas, these will be pen raised birds.  The price is $250 per person.  A 15 – 20% tip 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

– 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.  We must clear your dog with Mike Schumann and the other hunters if you want to bring a dog.

Lunch is not included.  We will eat at a nearby restaurant.

There is a discount for additional packages of birds.  The most hunters that we can take is eight, and we one spot is open.

RSVP to Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  A $100 deposit is due immediately.  Contact Randy if you have any questions.  

2/23/19 ‘Promatic Open’ NSCA Sporting Clays Tournament

FCS will participate in the next Capital Clays (8707 Lindell Lane, 512-272-4707) sporting clays tournament on Saturday, 2/23/19. 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. Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

3/9/19 FCS Monthly Sporting Clays Shoot

FCS will host our next monthly Sporting Clays shoot on Saturday, 3/9/19, from 9:00 – 11:15 AM at the Capital Clays.  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.

3/27/19 FCS Family Banquet

Where’s the beef?  No problem with the 2019 FCS Family Banquet.

Bring your family for a delicious steak, seafood, chicken, etc. dinner, fellowship, and listen to guest speaker David Morris.  His bio includes:

    • Master’s degree in biology from Auburn University.
    • Professional bass guide in Georgia.
    • Founded Georgia’s Burnt Pine Plantation, a 14,000-acre commercial whitetail hunting operation.
    • Founded Game & Fish Publications and ultimately grew the company to include 33 state and regional hunting and fishing magazines covering all Lower 48 states plus North American Whitetail, the nation’s premier deer-only magazine.
    • Lectured on hunting and whitetail management under the company name of Venture Press.
    • Co-owner of Tecomate Wildlife Systems, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of wildlife management services and products.
    • Author of three books on deer hunting and numerous articles that have appeared in Game & Fish Publications, North American Whitetail, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Field & Stream and several other magazinesOwner of the 3000-acre El Cazador Ranch in South Texas.
    • Hosts Tecomate’s own hunting show, The Bucks of Tecomate, on the Versus Network.  In its first year, the show was Versus’ highest rated program, and one particular show had the highest ratings ever for the network.A regular on many outdoor TV shows, including Realtree Outdoors, The Management Advantage, Gander Mountain’s “We Live Outdoors,” The World of Hunting, and many others.
      • A regular field host for Versus’ Dangerous Game TV show, which is filmed mostly in Africa.Co-hosts Versus’ Whitetail Challenge with Jeff Foxworthy, for which Tecomate is the title sponsor.
    • The most important things in his life are his personal relationship with his Lord Jesus Christ, along with his love for his wife, Debra, and his three daughters, who all share his passion for the outdoors.

We will also give several certificates to recipients and the 2018 Sportsman of the Year award.

Details:

Date and Time: Wednesday, 3/27/19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Address: Texas Land & Cattle restaurant, 14010 U.S. 183 B, Austin, 512-258-3733

Menu: your choice from menu.

Dress: causal.

Other: we will have separate checks.

RSVP is 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.  The deadline to RSVP is 2/27/19.

RSVP to Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Also contact Randy if you have any questions.

4/9/19 FCS Meeting and Chili Dinner

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) will be on Tuesday, 4/9/19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Mr. Charles Batts’ home (9706 Bordeaux La., Austin, 512-258-8773 – Home, 512-750-2225 – Cell).  The meeting will feature a chili dinner.  The cost should be approximately $5/person.  RSVP is required to Randy Rowley to ensure that we’ll have enough food.  RSVP to randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 before 4/7/19.  Let Randy know if you intend to bring chili.  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

4/12/19 – 4/13/19 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot

Our Annual 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot at the 74 Resort Ranch near Campbellton (1 hr south of San Antonio) will be on 4/12/19 – 4/13/19.  The cost is $300.00 per person for Friday noon to Saturday noon (double occupancy).  Single occupancy is $375 per person.  This includes 10 – 12 hours of shooting, four fantastic meals (prepared by award winning Chef Tan Nguyen), and lodging.

The cost does not include your shotgun shells. The average shooter shoots three to four cases of shells (40 boxes = $237.72 if shooting the Winchester Game Loads, available at Academy.  Figuring in your share of gas the total trip cost will be around $500, if you shoot three cases of the above or equivalent cost loads.  You may want to spread out the cost of the shells over the next 10 weeks.

We will arrive shortly before noon Friday and unload.  Lunch will be served, and then it’s off to the range in golf carts.  You can shoot as much as you like until dinner time.  You may shoot after dinner as well, but usually we have had enough shooting for one day.  The next morning starts with a super breakfast, followed by shooting, and another great lunch.  We will depart the ranch after lunch.

One ounce 12 gauge loads are recommended as are either Past recoil shields (available at Academy), Bob Allen recoil shields (available at Wal-Mart), or Browning Reactar gel pads (they can be inserted in a Browning vest or harness, that are both designed for it; and are available at Cabela’s) are wise investments.  Shooting gloves, such as the Bob Allen Shotgunner (a mesh glove that is available at Cabela’s) are also recommended as your gun will get very hot from all the shooting!

A round of 50 clay targets on the Sporting Clays course at Capitol City costs $23.27.  If you were to shoot 20 rounds (40 boxes or four cases) at Capital Clays it would cost you $465.  For $300.00 at the 74 Ranch you get 20 rounds or so, four first class meals, and lodging equivalent to Best Western or La Quinta!  This is as much sporting clays shooting in 24 hours as we normally do in almost two years at Capital Clays (if you shot every month)!

The 74 Ranch has the following benefits:

  • Over 300 target combinations
  • 15 stations – minimum 4 traps per station
  • 75 Auto LaPorte Traps with Remotes
  • 20-foot, 40-foot, and two 100-foot Towers
  • 3 stations over water
  • 3 stations with targets 30 yards below your feet
    Golf Carts

At the 74 Ranch, we also don’t keep score (like we do at Capital Clays) which speeds things up considerably.  At Capital Clays we usually rotate shooters after every 8 – 10 shells.  At the 74 Resort Ranch we usually rotate after 2 – 3 boxes! At the 74 Ranch you can literally “park” at a station until you figure it out.  Several of our members can testify how this has dramatically improved their shooting.

NOTE: The 74 Resort Ranch has changed their policy this year, and we must pre-pay a 50% deposit ($150.00) upfront, so Bruce Crockett will need your deposit by Friday, 2/08/19.  Make your  check out to BRUCE CROCKETT, and he will make one payment to the 74 RESORT RANCH.

Send your check to me no later than Friday 2/08/19 to:
Bruce Crockett

2119 Woodston Dr.

Round Rock, Texas 78681

RSVP to Bruce at  or 512-970-7797 as soon as you can, so he can determine how many are planning to attend.  We will need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12 to secure our reservation.

4/12/19 – 4/14/19 Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip and Lodging on a Floating Cabin

FCS will host a Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip on 4/12/19 – 4/14/19 near Corpus Christi.  We will fish the bays during the day and spend the nights at Laguna Madre Cabin #2 (a floating cabin).  We will have two boats for this event.

The cabin is located in the Upper Laguna Madre along the Crash Channels close to the Boat Hole and JFK Causeway.  The Crash Channel is a prime fishing location for black drum and Redfish during the day and night fishing for Speckled Trout.  The cabin has three sets of bunk beds, sleeps six comfortably with plenty of room to sleep two more on cots, for a total of eight. The cabin has a full kitchen, grill, A/C, and heater.  The cabin has a reputation as a fantastic fishing spot for speckled trout at night.

We will need to bring food and drinks with us or we can eat at restaurants that have boat slips, like Snoopy’s Pier, or both.  If we decide to buy the food, Randy Rowley will buy it and we’ll split it by the number of participants.  We will split the boat gas and vehicle gas.

The cabin rents for $100 a day per person ($200 total).

We can take eight fishermen and this event is full.  Contact Daryl Shipper at shipperdog@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-638-6971 to be added to his “will-call” list in case someone drops out.

A $100 deposit is due to Daryl by 1/28/19.

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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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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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20

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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 2019 season:

  1. Dustin Rhodes
  2. Burl Fulenwider
  3. Mark Shackleford
  4. Roland and Lena Olivarez
  5. Roy Zengerle
  6. Eddy Trevino

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. Rex Yokum
  10. David Lesser and sons
  11. Nathan Hoeft
  12. Mark Shackleford
  13. Jim McGee
  14. Chris Rowley
  15. Roland and Lena Olivarez
  16. Roy Zengerle
  17. Eddy Trevino

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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02

Duck Hunt ?’s

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General
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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