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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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