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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 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.


  • 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 (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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