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 November (date TBD) Guided Goose Hunt

FCS will have a Guided Goose Hunt in November with Rayce Jenkins near El Campo. Rayce will let Ian Daniels know when the geese start to come in, so it may be short notice.

Cost and what to bring:  The guide fee is $125/hunter, not counting tip. It is highly recommended that you stay in a motel in El Campo or Wharton the night before, as it’s a 140 mile drive from Austin. Two hunters per room with two queen or double beds is around $50/person.  Randy Rowley recommends that you bring your license and stamps, gun, shells, headlamp or flashlight, chest waders (breathable are recommended as you’ll get hot quick walking in and out), camo hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential), snacks (optional), and drinks (optional).  Randy recommends Winchester Xpert shells or equivalent in BBB shot, chambered for 3″ or 3 1/2″.  More details to come.

RSVP and deposit required.  RSVP to Ian at idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221.

11/11/17 ‘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 Saturday, 11/11/17. There is an on-line 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.  Please RSVP to Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net512-244-1555 (Home), or 512-970-7797 (Cell).  You can also email or call him if you have any questions.

11/18/17 Sporting Clays Shoot

Our next monthly Sporting Clays Shoot will be on Saturday, 11/18/17, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the Capitol 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 six station – 50 target Corporate/Hunter course, which is their easiest course (or a 12 station – 50 target Corporate course, if available).  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.  We will brag about our scores, and pass around the excuses and catch you up on our near term planned events.

RSVP to Steve Baker at Steve.Baker@btasystems.com or 512-751-5744.

Approximate schedule:
9:00 AM – Sporting clays
10:45 AM – Scores and announcements
11:00 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 $21.65/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can shoot with one of us and use ours (just let Randy know that you don’t have one).  Most of us shoot 12 gauge, but 20 gauge is good also.  Capitol 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 three boxes of shells if you plan to shoot both sporting clays and 5-stand/skeet.  Randy recommends Winchester Game Loads / Federal Game and Target Loads / Estate Dove Loads / Rio Game Loads / Remington Sure Shot Heavy Dove Loads / Winchester 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 improved cylinder (IC) works just fine.

In the event of rain:  Light rain – we shoot.  Heavy rain – we stay home.

December or January (date TBD) Coastal Blast and Cast (Duck Hunt and Bay Fishing Trip)

FCS will host a self-guided Coastal Blast and Cast (Duck Hunt and Bay Fishing Trip) in either December 2017 or January 2018 at Port O’Connor.  The exact date will be worked out with Wayne Weilnau and Daryl Shipper, as we’ll be using their bay boats.  We’ll stay at Wayne’s house in Port O’Connor.  We’ll probably hunt on Friday afternoon, fish on Saturday morning, hunt on Saturday afternoon, and fish on Sunday morning.
Cost and what to bring:  We’ll eat out and share the vehicle gas and boat gas.  Randy Rowley recommends that you bring your license and stamps, gun, shells, headlamp or flashlight, bucket or stool, chest waders (breathable are recommended as you’ll get hot quick walking in and out), camo hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential), snacks (optional), and drinks (optional).  He recommend 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).  He does 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 his opinion.  He usually starts out with an improved cylinder choke.  If the ducks aren’t coming into the dekes (and his only shots as passing shots) he’ll switch to a modified.  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.
RSVP required to Randy.  RSVP to randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Also contact Randy if you have any questions.

12/7/17 FCS Meeting and Venison Stew

Our next FCS Meeting (social activity) will be on Thursday, 12/7/17, 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 to Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484. Also contact Randy if you have any questions.

Schedule:

7:00 PM – fellowship and eat dinner

8:00 PM – president’s report, upcoming events, and short devotional

8:30 PM – DVD

9:30 PM – depart

12/9/17, 12/16/17, and 1/6/17 Guided Duck Hunts (Marquez)

FCS will have three guided duck hunts (on 12/9/17, 12/16/17, and 1/6/17) with Ricky Eldridge near Marquez near the Navasota River. Ricky’s family owns three miles of riverbank, which enables them to set up blinds on his land. They also have ponds (the last two years we have hunted ponds).  They usually have good numbers of mallards and wood ducks, along with teal, gadwalls, redheads, GWT, shoveler (spoon bill), etc.  Six of us killed 28 ducks on the 12/14/15 hunt and five of us killed 14 ducks on the 12/18/16 hunt.

Cost and what to bring: The guide fee is $125/hunter, not counting tip. It is recommended that you spend the night in Franklin or Marquez the night before, as it is a 100 mile drive. Two hunters per room with two queen or double beds is around $50/person. Randy Rowley recommends that you bring your license and stamps, gun, shells, headlamp or flashlight, bucket or stool, chest waders (breathable are recommended as you’ll get hot quick walking in and out), camo hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential), snacks (optional), and drinks (optional).  He recommend 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).  He does 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 his opinion.  He usually starts out with an improved cylinder choke.  If the ducks aren’t coming into the dekes (and his only shots as passing shots) he’ll switch to a modified.  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.

The 12/9/17 and  12/16/17 hunts are full.  Contact Ian Daniels at idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221 to be added to his will-call list in case someone drops out.  RSVP to Ian for the 1/6/17 hunt at the same email address or phone number.

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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, food, gas, etc.  For dividing up food costs, for example, minors may be treated as adults, depending on their size (e.g., a 14 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.)  When they receive an RSVP via email they will move the email to a folder (e.g., Lometa Blast and Cast).  It is then simple for them to make a list of who will attend the event.  Some events have space limitations and they 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 in 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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