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FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct

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A. Members agree to:

1.  To bear other members burdens.

2.  To pray for needs within our membership body.

3.  To never hunt or fish on special occasions (anniversary, wife’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, etc.).

4.  To refrain from consuming alcohol, taking illegal drugs, and using profanity while on FCS events (the use of tobacco products is also strongly discouraged).

5.  Couples who are not married must sleep in separate quarters on overnight events.

6.  To obey all laws of the United States of America while on FCS events (this includes while traveling to and from events).

Safety Rules

Members agree to:

1.  Drive vehicles and four wheelers and operate boats in a safe manner.

Shooting Rules

Members agree to:

1.  Always treat all guns with the respect due a loaded gun.  Before handling a firearm, visually check the chamber, receiver, and magazine to make sure there is no ammunition anywhere in the firearm.

2.  Always wear eye and ear protection.

3.  Always learn how their gun operates.  Ask for instruction before going hunting.

4.  Always have their gun ready at the time of the hunt.  Do not arrive at a hog hunt, for example, and ask everyone to wait a couple of hours for you to go sight in your rifle.

5.  Always unload when the guide/leader says to unload and wait to load until the guide leader says to load.

6.  Always check their gun and ammunition before loading.

7.  Always make sure their barrel and action are clear of obstructions and carry only ammunition of the proper caliber for their gun.

8.  Always put their safety on before loading.  Keep their muzzle pointed in a safe direction while loading.

9.  Never let their muzzle cover anything that is not intended to be destroyed.  Never rely on their gun’s safety.

10.  Always be sure of their target and what is in front of it and beyond it.  Know the identifying features of the game being hunted.  Ensure there is an adequate backstop—don’t shoot a rifle or handgun at a flat, hard surface (e.g. a rock, a tree or water).  The bullet may ricochet and travel in an unpredictable direction.

11.  Always keep their finger outside their trigger guard until their sights are on their target.  This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.

12.  Always keep their gun’s safety on except when they are actively shooting at game (dove, hogs, etc.) or clay, paper, etc. targets.

13.  Always point their gun only at something they intend to shoot.

14.  Always put their safety back on immediately after firing.

15.  Always handle their gun with care if it fails to fire when the trigger is pulled.  If a chambered round does not fire when the trigger is pulled put the gun on safety and keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.  Treat the gun as if it could still discharge.  Wait at least 30 seconds before slowly and carefully opening the action.  Then unload the cartridge.

16.  Always unload their gun before climbing a fence or tree, jumping a ditch, or running and pull guns toward them by the butt, not the muzzle.

17. Always unload their gun when not in use.  Leave actions open or carry guns in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.

17.  Always store their guns and ammunition separately and safely.

18.  Always clean their guns when needed and have them repaired, if needed (a clean/maintained gun is a safe gun).

Hunting Rules

Members agree to:

1.  Acquire marksmanship skills that will assure clean kills.

2.  Always respect the property of the landowner (e.g., closing gates that they open).

3.  Always learn the rules of the host, landowner, guide, or leader and follow them (e.g., staying put until the agreed upon time).

4.  Always carry their fair share of the load. (e.g., paying a fair share of gas money and other expenses and doing a fair share of chores).

5.  Always hunt with any guests and minors that they bring.

6.  Always be aware of where other hunters are who are within their firing range at all times.

7.  Always let let hunters who they are walking towards and who have their backs to them know that they are coming towards them.

8.  Always bring only trained dogs on hunts and control them in the field, unless you’re not hunting around other hunters.

9.  Always pick up their trash in the field (this includes empty shotgun shells).

10.  Always take dove, duck, etc. waste away with them, if required by the host, landowner, guide, or leader.

11.  Always obey all hunting regulations (examples of frequently violated regulations include: buying your child a hunting license for the purpose of taking more game for yourself and saying that your child bagged them, taking game over the limit and giving the excess to others, taking game over the limit and eating the excess, and shooting across county roads).

12.  Never deliberately position yourself within another hunter’s line of fire, unless he has invited you to hunt next to him or her (e.g., dove hunting side by side with another hunter along a fence line).

13.  Never shoot at unidentified furry or flying objects (UFO’s).

14.  Never kill or shoot at birds or animals that they do not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., shooting at sparrows and dragonflies).

15.  Never shoot game that the landowner, host, outfitter, guide, or leader has disallowed from being hunted (check the hunt details or ask the landowner, host, outfitter, guide, or leader if unsure).

16.  Never take an unsafe shot (e.g., taking low shotgun shots when other hunters are within the ranges of their guns and are within their line of fire).

17.  Never take a shot that could potentially destroy someone else’s property (e.g., shooting dove off of power lines).

18.  Never shoot at game outside of the effective ranges of their guns or their abilities.

Fishing Rules

Members agree to:

1.  Always learn how their reel operates.  Ask for instruction before going fishing.

2.  Always have their reel ready at the time of the fishing trip.  The start of a fishing trip is not the time to fill your reel with line.

3.  Always watch where your hooks are at all times, including every backcast (where your lure/hook is when you bring it back to cast), every single cast.

4.  Always ensure that line is not wrapped around your rod before you cast, every single cast.  If line is wrapped around your rod tip it can cause the lure to “rebound” and come back towards you or others.

5.  Always obey all fishing regulations (examples of frequently violated regulations include: buying your child a fishing license for the purpose of taking more fish for yourself and saying that your child caught them, taking fish over the limit and giving the excess to others, and taking fish over the limit and eating the excess).

6.  Never kill fish that you they not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., throwing carp on the bank to suffocate).

Camping Rules

Members agree to:

1.  Always camp in the designated area only (if camping is allowed).

2.  Always pick up their trash and any other trash that they see in the campground.

3.  Always control their dogs at camp.

Game Law Clarifications

  • You must possess a Texas hunting license and a Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp in order to hunt migratory birds in Texas.
  • It is illegal to shoot a limit of dove, duck, etc. in the morning and eat them for lunch or give them away and then shoot another limit in the evening.
  • It is illegal for you to purchase a hunting license for your significant other, child, or relative and then you shoot a limit of dove a day for you and a limit of dove a day for him, her, or them.
  • Hunters must hunt teal, like all waterfowl, with non-lead shot (such as steel).  If you are hunting teal and dove at the same time (during early teal season) TPWD rules do not allow you to have both lead shot and non-lead shot in your game bag/vest.  Therefore, if you plan to shoot at teal you must only have non-lead (e.g., steel) shot in your game bag/vest.  Also you must possess a federal duck stamp in order to hunt teal.
  • It is illegal to waste harvested game (i.e. leave dead game birds lying on the ground or water).  If you don’t like to eat game birds give them to someone else (provided State game laws are followed).  You are required to make a reasonable effort to find a downed game bird.
  • TPWD requires you to separate your birds from your companions and write your name and the harvest date on the bag that they are in.  Ducks must have a wing or the head attached to the breast.
  • It is illegal to transport loaded guns in vehicles, including in the beds of trucks that you are riding in.
  • It is illegal to use moving vehicles to cause birds to flush or to drive them.
  • It is illegal to shoot across a county, state, or federal road or even break the vertical plane of a county, state, or vertical road with your shot (this includes dirt or gravel county roads).
  • Legal shooting hours for migratory birds is 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset (not 30 minutes after sunset).
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