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FCS will host a Semi-guided Deer (Axis Doe and/or Whitetail Doe) and Unlimited Hogs Bowhunt on Friday, 10/1/21 – Sunday, 10/3/21 (hunt on Saturday and Sunday) with Ricky Ethridge on a 2,000-acre ranch near Rocksprings.  We have had many successful duck hunts with Ricky and know that he’s a stand-up guy.

This is a bow-only hunt but any type of bow (crossbow, compound, recurve, or longbow) is allowed.

The cost of the hunt is $500 for the weekend for two does (axis and/or white-tail) and unlimited hogs.  As the white-tail season will start on Saturday, 10/2/21, the hunts will be on Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning and afternoon. Hunters are welcome to come in on Friday, 10/1/21 afternoon/evening. The ranch has seven box blinds, tripods, feeders filled with corn, and a cleaning station with ropes and gambrels.

Lodging is a trailer that sleeps five, with a kitchen and electricity and water (that Ricky will bring in). The toilet is an outhouse. Food is included.

The maximum number of hunters that we can bring is five and this hunt is full.

Contact Randy Rowley to be added to his contact list in case someone drops out at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Also contact Randy if you have any questions.

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Self-guided Hog Hunting Rotation

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided hog hunts.  Note that we do not currently have a place to hunt on, so this Rotation is on hold.

Here are a few pictures from our most successful hunts:

Costs:

  • Shared lodging (not applicable if we’re camping or if the ranch is close to where we live).
  • For out-of-area hunts, we’ll carpool and split the vehicle gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).  If we take a toll road we’ll split that fee.
  • We’ll stop for drive-through food on the way to the hunt and will stop for drive-through food on the way home.  We’ll share food costs for camp (if applicable) or we’ll eat out if we’re staying at a motel.
  • Hunters will be expected to bring their own corn and/or hog bait or contribute money to help fill the feeders (if applicable) and fill the game cameras with batteries (if applicable).

What to Bring:

  • Hunting license.
  • Weapon of choice and ammo (note that some ranches limit what weapon and/or ammo you can use and how many shells you can have in your gun; for example, some ranches do not allow buckshot, calibers smaller than .243, or more than three shells in your gun.  The ranchette near Austin is limited to crossbows and .22’s.  For recommendations on guns and ammo see Hog Hunting Basics.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Spotlight for night hunting (optional, as there is a light under the feeder; see Hog Hunting Basics for recommendations).
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential, unless you’re hunting from an elevated stand).  If rain is predicted bring rain gear.
  • A Thermacell is highly recommended to repel bugs.  Bug sprays are not recommended (hogs will smell it and won’t come anywhere near you).
  • Food (if more than a day hunt)
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • Camping gear (if we’re camping).
  • Game cleaning tools (knives, sharpeners, saw, loppers, gambrel, and rope) if the ranch doesn’t have them and if it allows hogs to be cleaned on the ranch.
  • A large ice chest to take your hog(s) home in (if you get any) and if the ranch allows hogs to be cleaned on the ranch.
  • Corn and hog bait.  If not bringing corn, contribute money to help fill the feeders (if applicable)
  • AA batteries for the game cameras and C cell batteries for the Hog Light on the 5-gallon feeder, if applicable.  Or contribute money for batteries for the game cameras and feeder light (if applicable).

Randy Rowley has extras of many of the items that are listed above and will happily loan things if you let him know that you would like to borrow something before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it he will expect reimbursement.

Here is our Hog Hunting Checklist.

Expectations

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but the Event Coordinator/Leader will enforce the below expectations.  Randy Rowley has and will remove people from the rotation for violations of the below expectations (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Hunt in a safe manner, follow the Event Coordinator’s/leader’s instructions and the land owner’s rules, and abide by the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct.
  • Pay for your share of gas, food (if applicable), and motel rooms (if applicable).
  • Pay for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost.
  • Help.
  • Show up.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t have a pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Asking questions that have already been answered in the Event Coordinator’s/leaders emails (and you would have known the answers for if you had read the emails).
  • Return the Event Coordinator’s/leader’s phone calls, emails, and/or texts, if he or she asks a question or asks you to acknowledge something.
  • People on this Rotation who do not respond to any of the Event Coordinators emails during a calendar year will be removed from the Rotation the next year.

The Rotation

The following people who are on the Self-guided Hog Hunt Rotation for 2021 (as stated in How the Rotations Work, the Event Hierarchy applies):

  1. Ted Lieb (Ted, Blake, and Isaac prefer to go on hunts together)
  2. Blake Lieb (Ted, Blake, and Isaac prefer to go on hunts together)
  3. Isaac Lieb (Ted, Blake, and Isaac prefer to go on hunts together)
  4. Ian Daniels
  5. Mike Pozhenko
  6. Jonathan Fleming
  7. Don Hebert and his minor son
  8. Jim McGee
  9. Steve Fusco
  10. Dan Ahlfield
  11. Larry Mitchell
  12. Ken Miller
  13. Zack Elmer
  14. Patrick Kelley
  15. Christian Bana
  16. Steven Babin
  17. Randy Rowley
  18. Burl Fulenwider

Let Raul Pena, Event Coordinator, know if you would like to be added to this rotation by email (his preference) or 210-364-0720.  Individuals added after 2/19/20 will be added to the bottom of the rotation.  Also, let Raul know if you have any questions.

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The following is a rotation list for self-chartered freshwater fishing trips on central Texas lakes within 90 miles of Austin.  We primarily target largemouth bass but can also go after crappie, white bass, and/or hybrids, so be prepared (for reel type, line, and lure recommendations see the bottom of this page).

As I, Randy Rowley, have a full-time Monday – Friday job, am not a guide, fish on Saturday’s or state of Texas holidays (usually), and fish on highly pressured lakes, do not expect to always catch limits on these trips.  However, we usually have some success, including:

We will fish either Lakes Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Decker, Stillhouse Hollow, Belton, Lady Bird, Austin, Somerville, a river, such as the San Gabriel off of Lake Granger, or a creek, such as Yegua Creek off of Lake Somerville during the white bass run.  I can take up to two fishermen (three if they’re very experienced) on my boat (not 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 (unless we’re fishing a creek during the white bass run, in which case we’ll be on foot).  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.

Decker and Bastrop have 14 – 21″ slot limits, which allows you to keep up to five bass under 14″ or up to four bass under 14″ and one bass over 21″.  Any bass between 14 – 21″ must be returned to the water.  The reason that the authorities have slot limits is those lakes are small and; therefore, can easily be depleted of bass.  Slot limits ensure that there will be a lot of 1 – 5 lb. bass for people to catch.  Fayette has a 14 – 24″ slot limit for the same reason.

Costs:

  • The participants (excluding me, if my boat is being used) will split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas), state or county park fees (if applicable), boat launch fees (if applicable), and toll road fees (if applicable).  I have to replace my boat’s batteries, trailer’s tires and bearings, etc., and repair things like my trolling motor more quickly due to taking Rotation members on such trips than I would if I didn’t take Rotation members on such trips; therefore, I am exempt from the above expenses.
  • We’ll stop at Whataburger on the way to the lake and will probably stop for brunch on the way home.
  • Fishermen can use artificial lures and/or buy live and/or dead bait.  The default is lures.  Everyone in the boat must agree how we will fish before we get to the lake as people who want to fish with lures will become frustrated if the boat isn’t moving often, people who want to fish with live bait will become frustrated if the boat is moving (as movement will drown the bait), and people who want to fish with dead bait will also become frustrated if the boat is moving.

What to Bring:

  • Freshwater fishing license.
  • Rods and Reels (at least two in case you break one; I usually fish with eight).
  • Lures and/or terminal tackle for fishing with live and/or dead bait.
  • Headlamp/cap light (preferred) or flashlight (to help ready my boat for launch).
  • Cap/hat (optional).
  • A small ice chest or bag to take fish home in if we decide to keep fish (I usually return largemouth bass to the water; there will be a large ice chest on my boat to put your drinks in and storage compartments to put your snacks in).
  • A fillet knife, fillet board (recommended), and sharpener (recommended), if we decide to keep fish.
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • Sunglasses (optional).
  • Sunscreen (optional).
  • Bug repellent (optional).
  • Rain gear, if rain is predicted (I have three ponchos in my boat).

I have five life jackets so you won’t need one.

I have extras of many of the items that are listed above and will happily loan things if you let me know that you would like to borrow something before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it I will expect reimbursement.

Expectations

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will enforce the following expectations.  I have and will remove people from the rotation for violations of the below expectations (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Fish in a safe manner, follow my instructions, and abide by the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct.
  • Pay your fair share of truck and boat gas and park entrance fees/boat launch fees.
  • Pay for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost (including lures that you borrowed and broke or lost).
  • Help (including helping get the boat back on the trailer).
  • Be prepared to fish (if I or others must help you rig properly while on the boat, it takes away from our fishing time).  This does not apply to new fishermen.
  • Talk quietly (fish can hear you and will swim away from the noise).
  • Show up.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t have a pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Asking questions that have already been answered in my emails (and you would have known the answers for if you had read my emails).
  • Return my phone calls and/or emails, if I ask a question or ask you to acknowledge something.
  • People on this Rotation who do not respond to any of my emails during a calendar year will be removed from the Rotation the next year.

The Rotation

The following people are on the Freshwater Fishing Trip Rotation for 2021 (as stated in How the Rotations Work, the Event Hierarchy applies):

  1. Randy Rowley (I will always have Spot #1, as I’m the boat captain)
  2. Kevin McConnell
  3. Harold Terry (Harold and Edward Terry prefer to go on fishing trips together)
  4. Edward Terry (Edward and Harold Terry prefer to go on fishing trips together)
  5. Zack and Yuri Tumlinson (Yuri will not go without Zack)
  6. Jonathan Fleming
  7. Tim Cadena
  8. Mark Kelton
  9. Patrick Kelley
  10. Steve Fusco
  11. Steven Babin
  12. Ryan and Claire Rowley (Claire will not go without Ryan)
  13. Roy Zengerle
  14. Darvin Borgfeld
  15. Mike Walsh
  16. Ron Campbell
  17. Dustin Rhodes
  18. Christian Bana
  19. Burl and Daniel Fulenwider (Daniel will not go without Burl)
  20. Jim McGee
  21. Chris Harden
  22. David Atkins
  23. Jacob Bonugli
  24. Burtis and Dee Shedd
  25. Chris Rowley

Let me know at randywrowley@gmail.com (my preference) or at 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.  At present, any individual requesting to be added to the rotation will be placed at the bottom of the list.  Contact me if you have any questions.

Lure recommendations for Bass

Topwaters – walk-the-dog zigzag lures like River2Sea’s Rover, Lucky Craft’s Sammy and Gunfish, Heddon’s Zara Spook and Zara Spook Jr., Xcalibur’s Spittin’ Image, and Rapala’s Skitter V; poppers like Heddon’s Chugger Spook and Hula Popper, Storm’s Rattlin’ Chug Bug, and Rebel’s Pop-R; torpedo lures like River2Sea’s Whopper Plopper and 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 soft plastic frogs such as River2Sea’s Phat Mat Daddy, Bully Wa II, and Spittin’ Wa, Lunkerhunt’s Lunker Frog, Strike King’s KVD Sexy Frogs, American Baitworks’ Scum Frog Bigfoot, Scum Dog, and Scum Frog Popper, and toad style baits such as Stanley’s Ribbits.

Lipless crankbaits – Rapala’s Rippin’ Rap and Rattlin’ Rapala, Xcalibur’s Xr75 or Xr50, Strike King’s Red Eye Shad, 6th Sense’s Quake 70, 80, and THUD and Snatch 70X, Berkley’s Warpig, BOOYAH’s One Knocker, Yo-Zuri’s Rattl’n Vibe and 3DB Vibe, and Bill Lewis’s Rat-L-Trap.  Colors – bass, shad, perch, red (best in spring), and chartreuse (best in the summer).

Crankbaits – Norman’s Deep Little N and Little N, Strike King’s Pro-Model 3XD and 3XD, Rapala’s DT-10, DT-8, DT-6, Scatter Rap, and Shad Rap, 6th Sense’s Crush 250 MD, Curve 55, and Cloud 9 C6 and C10, Bomber’s Flat A, 5A, and 6A, Bandit’s 100, 200 and 300 Series, and Storm’s Wiggle Wart.  Use the same colors as the lipless crankbaits.

Deep diving crankbaits – Norman’s DD-22, Bomber’s Deep Fat Free Shad and Fat Free Shad, Strike King’s 5XD, 6XD, 8XD, and 10XD, and 6th Sense’s Cloud 9 C15, C20, and C25 and Crush 300DD and 500DD.  Use the same colors as the lipless crankbaits.

Square bill crankbaits – River2Sea’s Biggy Poppa, Strike King’s KVD 2.5, Rapala’s Crankin’ Rap 03, Storm’s Arashi, Spro’s Little John, Zoom’s W.E.C. E-1, E-2 and E-3, Luck-E-Strike’s Rick Clunn RC2, 6th Sense’s Fishing Crush 50X and Cloud 9 Magnum Squarebill, Yo-Zuri’s 3DB, BOOYAH’s XCS Series, and Rebel’s Bluegill.  Use the same colors as the lipless crankbaits.

Jerk baits (stick baits) – Bomber’s Long A, Rapala’s Husky Jerk and X-Rap, Smithwick’s Rattlin’ Rogue, and Storm’s Thunderstick.  Same colors as the crankbaits.

Spinnerbaits/chatterbaits (aka bladed swim jigs and vibrating jigs) – 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, as they dive deeper.  Spinnerbait brands include River2Sea, Nichols, Strike King, BOOYAH, Terminator, and War Eagle.  Chatterbait brands include Z-man, Strike King, BOOYAH, and Terminator.  Spinnerbaits on steroids include Umbrella/Alabama rigs.

Slabs/spoons – 1/2 – 1 1/2 ounce in white, silver, chartreuse, or combos of those colors.  These are particularly good for white bass, hybrids, stripers along steep rocky ledges.

Soft plastics (usually will only attract largemouth bass – not whites, hybrids, or stripers) – Zoom’s finesse worms, flukes, crawdads, lizards, or baby brush hogs, Berkley’s power worms, crawdads, or lizards, Gary Yamamoto’s Senko and Swimming Senko worms, Yum Dinger’s worms, Big Bite worms and grubs, Grandebass’s rattlesnakes, and Blakemore’s Road Runner with grub tails.  Colors depend on the time of year and such things as if it’s overcast or 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.  Soft swimbaits are good in the grass.

Lure Recommendations for Crappie (also good for white bass)

Crappie jigs (1/16, 1/8, or 1/4 ounce and crappie grubs such as the Bobby Garland Mo’Glo (glow-in-the-dark) 2″ Baby Shad or Hyper Grub in Ghost Sparkle or Ghastly Minnow).

Spinners – Blakemore’s Road Runner (the grub version is preferred, 1/8 ounce in white, yellow, or chartreuse), Johnson’s Beetle Spin (1/8 or 1/4 ounce in white, yellow, or chartreuse), or inline spinners such as Mepp’s Aglia Ultra Lite spinner (1/18 ounce with a gold blade and yellow wool).

Line Recommendations for Bass Reels

Baitcasting reels

For topwater baitcasting reels use mono in 12 – 15 lb. test.  The exception is fishing with soft plastic frogs, in which case 50 – 65 lb. braid is the best (to cut through weeds, lily pads, etc.; braid also floats).

For crankbait/spinnerbait/chatterbait/jerk bait baitcasting reels use fluorocarbon in 12 – 15 lb. test.

For soft plastics, reels use fluorocarbon in 12 – 15 lb. test or braid in 30 – 50 lb. test (braid does not have the same thickness as fluorocarbon or mono – 40 lb. braid = 12 lb. fluorocarbon or mono).

Spinning reels

Spinning reels shine using light lures, which most baitcasting reels have trouble with.  Therefore, I recommend 8 – 10 lb. fluorocarbon or lighter.

Spincast reels

These are the least desirable reels for bass reels.  Most are cheaply made and will not last long if used regularly.  Generally, for most spincast reels you don’t want to use anything heavier than 10 lb. mono.

Line and Reel Recommendations for Crappie Reels

Spinning reels (preferred)

Use fluorocarbon or mono in 2 – 8 lb. test, the lighter the better.

Spincast reels (ultralights)

Use mono in 2 – 8 lb. test, the lighter the better.

Baitcasting reels

Don’t use.  They won’t be able to cast the light lines and lures that are required for crappie fishing.

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The following is a rotation list for Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trips (only) at POC and Self-guided/chartered Blasts and Casts (Duck Hunts and Bay Fishing Trips) at Port O’Connor (POC) and Corpus Christi.

We’ve had many successful duck hunting and fishing trips but our boat captains are not guides and two of them have full-time jobs and only hunt and/or fish on weekends, so do not expect to always kill and/or catch limits on these trips.

We’ve had many successful duck hunts at both locales and have often gotten our two-duck limit of redheads.  We’ve killed a few other ducks but redheads are the predominant species on the coast.  We’ve generally not been as successful fishing in the winter as we are the warmer months.

We primarily target redfish, black drum, and speckled trout but can also catch sheepshead, flounder, jack crevelle, sharks, rays, and a variety of non-game fish such as hardheads and lady fish, so be prepared.  For lure and line recommendations see the bottom of this page.

Here are pictures of some of our successes.

Boats can include Wayne Weilnau’s, Daryl Shipper’s, and Randy Rowley’s bay boats, and possibly others.  Wayne, Daryl, and Randy can take three hunters or fishermen on their boats in addition to them.  For duck hunting, the boats are used to ferry the hunters to the hunting spots and then beached or anchored about 100 yards away.  We fish from the boats, unless fishermen want to wade fish.  In which case the captain’s will take the fishermen to the desired wade fishing spot(s).

Costs:

  • The participants (excluding the captain) will split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas), a boat wash after the event (to wash the salt and mud off), state or county park fees (if applicable), boat slip fees (if applicable), boat launch fees (if applicable), and toll road fees (if applicable).  The captains have to replace their boat batteries, tires, etc., and repair things like their trolling motors more quickly due to taking Rotation members on such trips than they would if they did not take Rotation members on such trips; therefore, they are exempt from the above expenses.
  • We’ll eat out or get drive-through food.
  • For Corpus Christi, we’ll stay in an Airbnb house or townhouse.  For Port O’Conner, Wayne will allow up to eight participants to stay at his home.  If we have more participants going than that, some will have to stay at The Inn at Clark’s (a waterfront inn on the Intercoastal).  We’ll take the maid cleaning fee to clean Wayne’s house, the Inn at Clark’s cost (including an extra boat slip fee (if applicable)) and divide it by the participates (not counting Wayne).
  • Fishermen can buy live and/or dead bait (and/or use artificial lures).  Everyone in the boat must agree how we will fish before we go out as people who want to fish with lures will become frustrated if the boat isn’t moving often, people who want to fish with live bait will become frustrated if the boat is moving (as movement will drown the bait), and people who want to fish with dead bait will also become frustrated if the boat is moving.

What to Bring (if duck hunting)

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird stamp, and federal duck stamp.  If you bought a super combo license it includes your hunting license, migratory bird endorsement, and saltwater fishing license but does not include a federal duck stamp.
  • Shotgun.  A 12 gauge piston operated semi-automatic with a 3-inch chamber is recommended.  A plug is required for semi-automatics and pumps capable of holding more than two shells in the magazine while hunting migratory game birds.
  • Camo or dull non-cloth shotgun case.  Cloth cases during waterfowl hunts tend to get muddy.  We’ll leave the cases in the bed of the guide’s truck.  If we’re hunting from a boat a floating case is recommended.
  • Non-lead shotgun shells (HEVI-Steel, Winchester Xpert, or equivalent in 2 shot – the 1550 FPS variant) chambered for 3-inch chambers (if your gun is also chambered for 3 inches) are recommended.   Randy Rowley 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.  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.  You’ll not need more than three boxes and will probably shoot less than two boxes.
  • Camo or dull blind bag, shell bag, vest, or bandoleer.  If your shell bag is bright (e.g., a red HEB shopping bag) you’ll need to hide it well.  A floating blind bag is recommended.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Camo outer hunting clothes, including cap/hat and a face mask or face paint (face coverings are absolutely essential as oily skin glows in a duck’s eyes).  You never know when it will rain on the coast, so bring rain gear.
  • Waders (absolutely essential).  Uninsulated breathable waders are recommended for warmer hunts.  Neoprene breathable waders are recommended for colder hunts (if you wear 5mm thick neoprene waders on an early season hunt you might cook yourself).  We don’t put our waders on until we reach the boat ramp, unless we’re wearing uninsulated breathable ones.
  • Bucket, stool, or folding chair.  We’ll hunt from natural cover, so you can sit on the ground, but you won’t be able to see the ducks as easily.
  • A fillet knife, fillet board (recommended), and sharpener (recommended).
  • Three gallon-sized Zip-Lok bags, as to be legal, you’ll need to have your ducks in separate bags for separate days.
  • A medium-sized ice chest or bag to take your ducks home in (if you get any).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).  There are storage compartments in all three boats to put your drinks and snacks in.
  • Non-mirrored sunglasses (optional).
  • Bug repellent (optional).

What to Bring (if bay fishing)

  • Saltwater fishing license.
  • Rods and Reels (at least two in case you break one; no more than four).
  • Lures and/or terminal tackle for live and/or dead bait.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Clothing appropriate for the season (including a cap).  You never know when it will rain on the coast, so bring rain gear.
  • A fillet knife, fillet board (recommended), and sharpener (recommended).
  • Three gallon-sized Zip-Lok bags, as to be legal, you’ll need to have your fish in separate bags for separate days.
  • A medium-sized ice chest or bag to take your fish home in (if you get any).  If on a blast and cast you won’t need a medium-sized ice chest for your ducks and a medium-sized ice chest for your fish – one will do.
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).  There are storage compartments in the boats to put your drinks and snacks in.
  • Sunglasses (optional, but highly recommended).
  • Bug repellent (optional).
  • Waders (if you plan to do wade fishing; except during late spring, summer, and early fall).

The boat captains are required to have a life jacket for every passenger, so you won’t need one.

Randy has extras of many of the items that are listed above (e.g., waders, cap lights, stools, small ice chests, cap lights, rods and reels, lures, etc.) and will happily loan them if you let him know before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it he will expect reimbursement.

For ducks, Randy usually starts out with a modified choke.  If the ducks are coming into the dekes, he’ll switch to an improved cylinder.  If the ducks are only offering long pass shots he’ll switch to full.  Most modern screw-in chokes are designed for lead and non-lead shot without a change in the pattern density.

Here is what sitting in the typical cover looks like:

Or, if we find a blind that someone isn’t using, we can try to hunt it.  Here’s what one looks like:

Randy has 126 decoys that he can bring to the coast if three boats are going (53 mallards (including 46 decoys, four motorized ducks, two quiver ducks, and a wind-activated duck that he only uses when it’s windy enough to spin the wings and when it’s too windy to use the motorized duck), 17 redheads, 16 pintails, 14 gadwalls, six canvasbacks, six buffleheads, and a widgeon.  If only two boats are going, Randy will probably only bring around 84 decoys, due to space limitations.  If only one boat is going, Randy will probably only bring around 60 decoys, due to space limitations.

Expectations

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but the Event Coordinators/leaders will enforce the following expectations.   Randy Rowley has and will remove people from the rotation for violations of the below expectations (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Hunt and/or fish in a safe manner, follow the captain’s instructions, and abide by the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct.
  • Pay for your share of the truck and boat gas, motel rooms, and boat launch fees.
  • Pay for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost (including decoys that you shot and sank and lures that you borrowed and broke or lost).
  • Help (including helping get the boats back on the trailers).
  • Be prepared to fish (if others have to help you rig properly on the boat, it takes away from their fishing time).  This does not apply to new fishermen.
  • Control your dog during a hunt (a dog that wants to go play with the decoys or charge the ducks as they’re coming into the decoys will ruin the hunt for everyone).
  • Talk quietly, especially when ducks are coming into the decoys (ducks can hear you and will veer away – fish can hear you also and will swim away).
  • Don’t be rude.  Examples of rude behavior include deciding to go get coffee after the boat has already launched and your partners are ready to fish, throwing a cast net from the boat while your partners are actively fishing, and fishing with too many rods out – which prevents your partners from fishing at all.  All of these examples have happened on FCS bay fishing trips.
  • Show up.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t have a pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Asking questions that have already been answered in the Event Coordinator’s/leaders emails (and you would have known the answers for if you had read the emails).
  • Return the Event Coordinator’s/leader’s phone calls, emails, and/or texts, if he or she asks a question or asks you to acknowledge something.
  • People on this Rotation who do not respond to any of the Event Coordinators emails during a calendar year will be removed from the Rotation the next year.

The Rotation

The following people are on the Self-guided/chartered Blast and Cast (duck hunt and bay fishing trip) and bay fishing trip Rotation (as stated in How the Rotations Work, the Event Hierarchy applies; Randy, Daryl, and Wayne will always have Spot #’s 1 – 3, as they are the boat captains):

  1. Randy Rowley
  2. Daryl Shipper
  3. Wayne Weilnau
  4. Ryan and Claire Rowley (Claire will not go without Ryan)
  5. Steve Fusco
  6. Raul Pena
  7. Ken Miller
  8. Harold Terry (Harold and Edward Terry prefer to go on trips together)
  9. Edward Terry (Edward and Harold Terry prefer to go on trips together)
  10. Steve Ritter
  11. Zack Elmer
  12. Mark Kelton
  13. Mike Pozhenko and his minor son
  14. Ted Lieb (Ted, Blake, and Isaac Lieb prefer to go on trips together)
  15. Isaac Lieb (Isaac, Ted, and Blake Lieb prefer to go on trips together)
  16. Jonathan Fleming
  17. Patrick Kelley (bay fishing only)
  18. Christian Bana (bay fishing only)
  19. Steven Babin (bay fishing only)
  20. Binh Chu and his minor son
  21. Blake Lieb (Blake, Ted, and Isaac Lieb prefer to go on trips together)
  22. Larry Mitchell
  23. Roy Zengerle
  24. Darvin Borgfeld
  25. Chris Rowley (Chris will not go without Randy)
  26. Jim McGee
  27. Burl Fulenwider
  28. Zack and Yuri Tumlinson (Yuri will not go without Zack)
  29. Ron Campbell

Let Randy know at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.  Individuals added after 9/17/20 will be added to the bottom of the rotation.  Let Randy know if you have any questions.

Lure recommendations

Soft plastics – Egret Baits’ VuDu Shrimp and VuDu Vixen, Z-Man’s EZ Shrimpz, scented Jerk Shad, Paddler, and Pogy, Berkley’s Gulp Alive Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Shrimp, Swimming Mullet, Pogy, Ripple Mullets, Mud Minnow/coakers, Salt Strong’s Slam Shaddy, and Saltwater Jerk Shad, Zoom’s Salty Super Fluke, Norton Lures’ Sand Shad, Sand Eel, and Bull Minnow, and Bass Assassin’s BANG Die Dapper, Sea Shad, Saltwater Shad Assassin, and Saltwater Curly Tail Shad.

Soft plastics colors – salt and pepper (Bass Assassin calls it Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom), white/red, red/white, and Bass Assassin’s Chicken on a Chain (light green and white with black specks and a chartreuse tail).

Jig heads – H&H Lure Double-Eye, Pro Shad, Rattilize, Arrow Head, Cocahoe, Strike King Trokar, Bass Assassin, and Z-Man Redfish Eye and Trout Eye.  1/8, 3/16, 1/4, or 3/8 oz. in red, white, or lead.

Spoons – Nacho Daddy Loaded Nachos, Johnson’s Silver Minnow and Gold Minnow, H&H Lure’s Secret Weedless Redfish Spoon, Strike King’s Sexy Spoon, and Nichols Lures’ Mojo Flutter Spoon.  1/2 – 1 ounce in gold or silver.  These are particularly good for redfish and speckled trout.  Redfish seem to prefer gold and trout seem to prefer silver.

Topwaters – walk the dog lures like Bomber’s Badonk-A-Donk, Heddon’s Zara Spook, Zara Spook Jr., and Chug’n Spook Jr., Rapala’s Saltwater Skitter Walk and Skitter V, MirrOlure’s Series III, Pro Dog Jr., or Top Dog Jr., and Yo-Zuri 3DB Topwater Pencil and 3-D Inshore Pencil; poppers like MirrOlure’s C-Eye Poppa Mullet Surface Popper and Heddon’s Chuggar Spook; and torpedo lures like River2Sea’s Whopper Plopper.  The last two lures don’t come with saltwater hooks, so be sure to rinse the hooks with freshwater after use in saltwater.  1/2 – 1 ounce.

Lipless crankbaits/twitch baits – Bill Lewis’s Magnum Force, Mag-Trap, Knock-N-Trap, and Rat-L-Trap, MirrOlure’s MirrODine, MirrODine XL, Paul Brown’s Fat Boy, MirrOMinnow, MirrOMullett, Series III Catch 2000, 52 MR, She Dog, She Pup, Glad Shad, and XXL, and Rapala’s X-Rap Twitchin’ Minnow and Twitchin’ Mullet.  1/2 – 1 ounce.

Crankbaits – Bill Lewis’s Echo and MirrOlure’s MirrOLip 1/2 oz Suspending Crankbait.  1/2 – 1 ounce.

Hard jerk baits/swim baits – Yo-Zuri’s Pin’s Minnow Floating Swim Bait, Crystal 3-D Minnow, Crystal Minnow, 3DS 2-3/4″ Suspending Minnow, Mag Minnow, and 3-D Inshore, Bomber’s Jointed Long A, Saltwater Grade Heavy Duty Long A, and Magnum Long A, and Cotton Cordell’s Red-Fin.  1/2 – 1 ounce.

Hard bait lure colors – white with red heads, silver with red heads, silver with black backs, silver with blue backs, silver with pink backs, gold with pink backs, bone, and chartreuse.

Line Recommendations for baitcasting and spinning reels (you can use lighter line with spinning reels)

For topwater lures use mono in 12 – 15 lb. test or braid in 30 lb. test.

For diving lures use fluorocarbon in 14 – 17 lb. test or mono in 12 – 15 lb. test.

Leader Recommendations

30 or 25 lb. test fluorocarbon or mono.

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16

Semi-guided Hog Hunt Rotation

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The following is a rotation list for semi-guided hog hunts.

Here are a few pictures from our most successful hunts:

Costs:

  • Hunt fee (varies per ranch).
  • Hog cleaning fees (if applicable).
  • Hunting license (only required on public land).
  • Weapon of choice and ammo (note that some ranches limit what weapon and/or ammo you can use and how many shells you can have in your gun; for example, some ranches do not allow buckshot, calibers smaller than .243, or more than three shells in your gun.  For recommendations on guns and ammo see Hog Hunting Basics.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Spotlight for night hunting (see Hog Hunting Basics).
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including a face mask or face paint – absolutely essential).  If rain is predicted bring rain gear.
  • A Thermacell is highly recommended to repel bugs.  Bug sprays are not recommended (hogs will smell it and won’t come anywhere near you).
  • Food (if the ranch does not provide it)
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • Camping gear (if we’re camping).
  • Game cleaning tools (knives, sharpeners, saw, loppers, etc.).
  • A large ice chest to take your hog(s) home in (if you get any).
  • Corn, if the ranch requires it.  Hog bait is also recommended.

Randy Rowley has extras of many of the items that are listed above and will happily loan things if you let him know that you would like to borrow something before you leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it he will expect reimbursement.

Here is our Hog Hunting Checklist.

Expectations

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but the Event Coordinator/Leader will enforce the below expectations.  Randy Rowley has and will remove people from the rotation for violations of the below expectations (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Hunt in a safe manner, follow the Event Coordinator’s/leader’s instructions and the land owner’s rules, and abide by the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct.
  • Pay for your share of gas, food (if applicable), and motel rooms (if applicable).
  • Pay for items (that are not yours) that you borrowed and broke or lost.
  • Help.
  • Show up.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t have a pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Asking questions that have already been answered in the Event Coordinator’s/leaders emails (and you would have known the answers for if you had read the emails).
  • Return the Event Coordinator’s/leader’s phone calls, emails, and/or texts, if he or she asks a question or asks you to acknowledge something.
  • People on this Rotation who do not respond to any of the Event Coordinator‘s emails during a calendar year will be removed from the Rotation the next year.

The Rotation

The following people who are on the Semi-guided Hog Hunt Rotation for 2021 (as stated in How the Rotations Work, the Event Hierarchy applies):

  1. Mike Smith
  2. Steve Fusco
  3. Isaac Lieb (Isaac, Ted and Blake Lieb prefer to go on hunts together)
  4. Jim McGee
  5. Robert Ochoa
  6. Monalisa Almanza and one of her minor sons
  7. Larry Mitchell
  8. Jose Primera
  9. Jonathan Fleming
  10. Greg Moerbe
  11. Dan Ahlfield
  12. Edwin Zamora
  13. Mike Pozhenko
  14. Don Hebert and his minor son
  15. Patrick Kelley
  16. Steven Babin
  17. Randy Rowley
  18. Ken Miller
  19. Ted Lieb (Ted, Blake, and Isaac Lieb prefer to go on hunts together)
  20. Blake Lieb (Blake, Ted, and Isaac Lieb prefer to go on hunts together)
  21. Burl Fulenwider
  22. Christian Bana

Let Raul Pena know if you would like to be added to this rotation by sending an email (his preference) or at 210-364-0720.  Individuals added after 2/19/20 will be placed at the bottom of the rotation.  Also, let Raul know if you have any questions.

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16

Guided Waterfowl Hunt Rotation

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The following is a rotation list for guided waterfowl hunts on Texas ponds, rivers, lakes, or bays.

We have had hunts for the past several seasons with Ricky Ethridge (Donie, Marquis, Cameron, and Lockhart), Rayce Jenkins (El Campo), Bret Jepsen (DFW), Jack Chamberland (McMahan), and Matt Strayer (Altair).  Our most successful hunts have been with Rayce, Bret, and Ricky.  Our most inexpensive hunts have been with Ricky.

We have gotten our limits several times, done well several times, and not done well a few times.  Here are some of our successes:

Costs:

  • Guide fees run between $125 – $225.  We recommend a 15 – 20% tip, based on the effort.
  • We’ll split the vehicle gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).  If we take a toll road, because we’re running late, we’ll split that fee.
  • We’ll eat out or get drive-through food.
  • Depending on the distance we might stay in a motel.

What to Bring:

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird stamp, and federal duck stamp.  If you bought a super combo license it includes your hunting license and migratory bird endorsement but does not include a federal duck stamp.
  • Shotgun.  A 12 gauge piston-operated semi-automatic with a 3-inch chamber is recommended.  A plug is required for semi-automatics and pumps capable of holding more than two shells in the magazine while hunting migratory game birds.
  • Camo or dull non-cloth shotgun case.  Cloth cases during waterfowl hunts tend to get muddy.  We’ll leave the cases in the bed of the guide’s truck.  If we’re hunting from a boat a floating case is recommended.
  • Non-lead shotgun shells (HEVI-Steel, Winchester Xpert, or equivalent in 2 shot – the 1550 FPS variant) chambered for 3-inch chambers (if your gun is also chambered for 3 inches) are recommended.   Randy Rowley 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.  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.  You’ll not need more than three boxes and will probably shoot less than two boxes.
  • Camo or dull blind bag, shell bag, vest, or bandoleer.  If your shell bag is bright (e.g., a red HEB shopping bag) you’ll need to hide it well.  If we’re hunting from a boat a floating blind bag is recommended.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Camo outer hunting clothes, including cap/hat and a face mask or face paint (face coverings are absolutely essential as oily skin glows in a duck’s eyes).  If rain is predicted, bring rain gear.
  • Waders (absolutely essential except on the pond hunts).  Uninsulated breathable waders are recommended for warmer hunts.  Neoprene breathable waders are recommended for colder hunts (if you wear 5mm thick neoprene waders on an early season hunt you might cook yourself).  We don’t put our waders on until we reach the pond, lake, or river (unless you have uninsulated breathable waders).  If we’re hunting a pond bring boots that you don’t mind getting muddy, but waders will not be required.
  • Bucket, stool, or folding chair (if the guide does not have a bench in his blind; if hunting from the natural cover this is optional as you can sit on the ground, but you won’t be able to see the ducks as easily).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).
  • Non-mirrored sunglasses (optional).
  • Bug repellent (optional) for hunts during the early part of the season.
  • A small ice chest or bag to take your ducks home in (if you get any).

Randy has extras of many of the items that are listed above (waders, cap lights, buckets/stools, etc.) and will happily loan things if you let him know that you would like to borrow something before we leave at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it he will expect reimbursement.

Randy usually starts out with a modified choke.  If the ducks are coming into the dekes, he’ll switch to an improved cylinder.  Most modern screw-in chokes are designed for lead and non-lead shot without a change in the pattern density.

Depending on the guide and location, you could be hunting from a traditional blind, lay-out blind, pit blind, panel blind, or natural cover.

Traditional blind (outside)

Traditional blind (inside)

1/18/16 - El Campo Duck Hunt - Ken Miller in pit blind

Pit blind

Layout blinds

Panel blind

11/18/14 - Aransas Pass Duck Hunt - Burl & Randy

Natural cover

Most guides clean the birds for you.  If they do not offer this service, that will be stated in the information about the hunt.

Expectations

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but the Event Coordinators/leaders will enforce the following expectations.   Randy Rowley has and will remove people from the rotation for violations of the below expectations (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Hunt in a safe manner, follow the guide’s instructions, and abide by the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct.
  • Pay for your share of truck gas and motel rooms.
  • Pay for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost.
  • Help when the guide asks you to.
  • Control your dog (a dog that wants to go play with the decoys or charge the ducks as they are coming in will ruin the hunt).
  • Talk quietly, especially when ducks are coming into the decoys (ducks can hear you and will veer away).
  • Show up.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t have a pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Read the Event Coordinator’s/leaders emails and instead ask questions that have already been answered (and you would have known the answers for if you had read the emails).
  • Return the Event Coordinator’s/leader’s phone calls, emails, and/or texts, if he or she asks a question or asks you to acknowledge something.
  • People on this Rotation who do not respond to any of the Event Coordinators emails during a calendar year will be removed from the Rotation the next year.

The Rotation

The following people are on the Guided Inland Duck Hunt Rotation (as stated in How the Rotations Work, the Event Hierarchy applies):

  1. Don Hebert and his minor son
  2. Jonathan Fleming
  3. Clayton Carrier
  4. Chris Campbell
  5. Raul Pena
  6. Kevin McConnell
  7. Zack Tumlinson
  8. Mike Smith
  9. Burl Fulenwider
  10. Jeff Cates
  11. Jim McGee
  12. Wayne Weilnau
  13. Mark Kelton
  14. Mike Pozhenko and his minor son
  15. Ian Daniels
  16. Randy Rowley (Randy and Ryan Rowley prefer to go on hunts together)
  17. Ryan Rowley (Ryan and Randy Rowley prefer to go on hunts together)
  18. Ted Lieb (Ted, Blake, and Isaac Lieb prefer to go on hunts together)
  19. Blake Lieb (Blake, Ted, and Isaac Lieb prefer to go on hunts together)
  20. Isaac Lieb (Isaac, Ted, and Blake Lieb prefer to go on hunts together)
  21. Burl Fulenwider
  22. Patrick Kelley
  23. Roy Zengerle
  24. James Carney

Let us know at info@fcs-texas.org if you would like to be added to this rotation.  Individuals added after 9/17/20 will be added to the bottom of the rotation.  Also, let us know if you have any questions.

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FCS will participate in the next Capital City Clays sporting clays tournament on Sunday, 10/17/21.  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 at least three (not all have to be FCS members).  There will also be a 50 Target 5-Stand Event, 50 Target Side Event, and Concurrent options.  We may have time to shoot a practice round of skeet.

If you are not a National Association (NSCA) member, you will shoot Hunter (or Shooter) Class, which means you will not be eligible to win the prize money, and your score will not be posted on their website.  Membership with the NSCA is $40 per year.

Capital City Clays is located at 8707 Lindell Lane.  Their phone number is 512-272-4707.

Contact Bruce Crockett at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 if you have any questions.

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided inland duck hunts on central Texas lakes or a pond, within 110 miles of Austin.

Do not expect limits on these hunts, as I, Randy Rowley, have a full-time job, am not a guide, hunt on Saturdays (usually), and hunt on highly pressured lakes in an area of Texas that is not known for great duck hunting.  Our results have usually been far from it.  Here is our scorecard to date:

Season Number of Ducks Bagged Number of Hunts Number of Hunters Average Number of Ducks Per Hunt Average Number of Ducks Per Hunter
2021/2022 0 1 3 0.00 0.00
2020/2021 1 5 20 0.20 0.05
2019/2020 50 (44 on a pond) 11 39 4.55 1.28
2018/2019 5 (5 on a pond) 6 24 0.83 0.21
2017/2018 8 6 18 1.33 0.44
2016/2017 0 4 24 0.00 0.00
2015/2016 9 5 15 1.80 0.60
2014/2015 10 (6 on a pond) 7 28 1.43 0.36
2013/2014 11 (2 on a pond) 6 18 1.83 0.61
2012/2013 16 6 18 2.67 0.89
2011/2012 16 5 17 3.20 0.94
Total 126 (69 on lakes and 57 on ponds) 60 209 2.10 0.60

Some of our successes include:

I can take up to three adult hunters (four including me) on my 2019 20-foot 3-inch camo Excel Bay Pro 203 with a 115 HP Yamaha motor, which has a camo blind that sits on top of it (see below).

Here is my first motor boat, Bob, all brushed out (below the hunter’s head).

We will hunt either Lakes GrangerStillhouse Hollow (aka Stillhouse), Somerville, Belton, or Waco in their Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) or a local pond.

All five lakes are administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  We will hunt until 8:30 – 10:30 AM, depending on how the ducks are flying and the weather conditions (ducks often fly longer when it is overcast).

We will not hunt Lake Georgetown.  The USACE requires a Small Game Permit to hunt waterfowl.  The Lake Georgetown Project Office will only issue 50 small game permits each season.  Small game permits will be administered through an application and a random drawing process and there is a $25 application fee.  See https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown/Recreation/Hunting.asp.

We have had our best hunts on Granger and Stillhouse Hollow, so they’re tied for my first choice.

Granger does not require a USACE lake hunting permit.  However, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) leases Granger’s WMA’s; consequently, a TPWD annual 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 WMA’s.  Taylor Park in Granger is 41 miles from my house and Friendship Park is 47.

Stillhouse, Belton, and Waco do not require a TPWD annual Public hunting permit nor a USACE lake hunting permit (see http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/stillhouse/Recreation/Hunting.asp).

If we decide to hunt Stillhouse we’ll launch at Riversbend Park (51 miles from my house) and hunt in the Union Grove WMA on the island (the side depends on the direction of the wind) or in a small cove.  Or we’ll launch at Cedar Gap Park and hunt in the Gravel Crossing or Twin Creek WMA’s, up the Lampasas River.

Somerville does not require a USACE lake hunting permit.  You’ll need a TPWD annual public hunting permit if we hunt in the TPWD day hunt area (the undeveloped area designated by the yellow line on the below map).  We must hunt from my boat, be far enough from the shoreline that our shot will not fall on dry land, and must not set up so that we’re shooting in the direction of the shoreline.  If we hunt in the “developed” area of Nails Creek Park (the area designated by the orange line on the below map) we must hunt from my boat at least 200 yards from shore.  We cannot hunt in the area designated by the red line on the below map.  The USACE day hunt area does not require a TPWD annual public hunting permit, although we can only hunt from the shore in that area (we can’t hunt from my boat), so it’s my last choice.  Somerville is 54 miles further than Granger (95 miles from my house), so we’ll have to leave an hour earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.  We’ve only had one good hunt on Somerville, so it’s my next to last choice.

If we decide to hunt Belton, we will hunt either the Owl Creek, White Flint, or Iron Bridge WMA’s.   Leona Park is 69 miles from my house, so we’ll have to leave 30 minutes earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger or Stillhouse.  As we’ve yet to bag a duck on Belton, it’s our last choice.

If we decide to hunt Waco we will hunt either in the Flat Rock hunting area or in the Hog Creek or Middle Bosque hunting areas.  Depending on where we hunt, Waco is 58 – 65 miles further than Granger (99 – 106 miles from my house), so we’ll have to leave an hour earlier than we would if we were going to hunt Granger.  Note that all hunters who hunt on Lake Waco must sign a Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability and have it in their possession while hunting.  Also, duck hunters on Lake Waco must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material (144 square inches on both chest and back) and some type of orange headwear when leaving their hunting destinations.  In addition, no hunting is permitted around Waco Wetlands.  We’ve yet to hunt Waco, so the jury is still out on it.

We also might hunt a pond just 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 hunt behind a blind or camo netting or use natural cover.  If we hunt the pond we can take up to five hunters, counting Chris Campbell, the host.

The pond

The outside of the blind

The inside of the blind

The view from the inside of the blind

NOTE: Do not attempt to arrange a hunt with Chris on your own.  To be fair to everyone the pond hunts need to go through me.  If I decide that it won’t over-pressure the ponds, I will first contact Chris.  If he is agreeable to it, I’ll let everyone on the rotation know so the other people on the rotation will have an opportunity to go.  If guys are trying to arrange their own hunts it is bypassing the other guys on the rotation and that’s not fair to them.  It would also contribute to over-pressuring the pond.  If we over-pressure it then it will ultimately result in poor future hunts, as ducks will start to shun the pond.  That’s why good guides have a half dozen or more ponds that they rotate their hunters among.  I have asked Chris to refer any requests to hunt the pond from guys on the FCS Duck Hunt Rotation to me.

In addition, Chris is concerned about guys letting their friends know about the pond and then them starting to contact his family directly.  If you have friends who might want to hunt have them contact me and I’ll add them to the rotation.  If we have people start knocking on his family’s door asking to hunt it will shut the door on this pond and ruin it for everyone.

Not complying with either of the above will result in removal from the rotation.

Where we hunt will depend on hunting reports that I received from various sources and lake levels.

Costs:

  • The participants (excluding me, if my boat is being used) will split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas), boat launch fees (if applicable; no more than $5 each), and toll road fees (if we take any).  I have to replace my boat’s starter battery, tires, etc. more quickly due to taking Rotation members on such trips than I would if I didn’t take Rotation members on such trips; therefore, I am exempt from the above expenses.
  • If we’re not using my boat then I’ll join in with the other participants on splitting the vehicle gas and toll road feeds (if we take any).
  • If we hunt the pond east of Austin, there is a $20/hunter charge.
  • We’ll stop at Whataburger on the way to the lake/pond and might stop for second breakfast or brunch on the way home.

What to Bring:

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird stamp, and federal duck stamp.  If you bought a super combo license it includes your hunting license and migratory bird endorsement but does not include a federal duck stamp.
  • Shotgun.  A 12 gauge piston operated semi-automatic with a 3-inch chamber is recommended.  A plug is required for semi-automatics and pumps capable of holding more than two shells in the magazine while hunting migratory game birds.
  • Camo or dull non-cloth shotgun case.  If we’re hunting from a boat a floating case is recommended.  Cloth cases during duck hunts at ponds tend to get muddy, so I recommend that they be left in the vehicles.
  • Non-lead shotgun shells (HEVI-Steel, Winchester Xpert, or equivalent in 2 shot – the 1550 FPS variant) chambered for 3-inch chambers (if your gun is also chambered for 3 inches) are recommended.   Randy Rowley 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.  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.  You’ll not need more than three boxes and will probably shoot less than two boxes.
  • Camo or dull blind bag, shell bag, vest, or bandoleer.  If we’re hunting from my boat a floating blind bag is recommended.  If your shell bag is bright (e.g., a red HEB shopping bag) you’ll need to hide it well during duck hunts at ponds.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Camo outer hunting clothes, including cap/hat and a face mask or face paint (face coverings are absolutely essential as oily skin glows in a duck’s eyes).  If rain is predicted, bring rain gear.
  • Waders (absolutely essential except on the pond hunts).  Uninsulated breathable waders are recommended for warmer hunts.  Neoprene breathable waders are recommended for colder hunts (if you wear 5mm thick neoprene waders on an early season hunt you might cook yourself).  We don’t put our waders on until we reach the pond, lake, or river (unless you have uninsulated breathable waders).  If we’re hunting a pond bring boots that you don’t mind getting muddy, but waders will not be required.
  • Bucket, stool, or folding chair for pond hunts.  We’ll hunt from behind a mesh blind, so you won’t be able to see if you sit on the ground.  If we hunt from my boat you’ll not need a bucket, stool, or chair, as my boat has fishing chairs and benches.  However, if we have to hunt from shore (because the cover is too far from shore and my boat will stick out like a sore thumb) we’ll use my boat to ferry us to where we’ll hunt, park it 100 or so yards away, and sit in the cover.  In which case you’ll need a bucket, stool, or chair.
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).  There are storage compartments in my boat to put your drinks and snacks in.
  • Non-mirrored sunglasses (optional).
  • Bug repellent (optional) for hunts during the early part of the season.
  • A small ice chest or bag to take your ducks home in (if you get any).

I have five life jackets so you won’t need one.

I have extras of many of the items that are listed above (such as waders, cap lights, etc.) and will happily loan things if you let me know that you would like to borrow something before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it I will expect reimbursement.

Here is an example of sitting in cover:

I usually start out with a modified choke.  If the ducks are coming into the dekes, I might switch to an improved cylinder choke.  If all we’re getting is shots as they fly past, I might switch to a full choke.  Most modern screw-in chokes are designed for lead and non-lead shot without a change in the pattern density.

I have 126 decoys (53 mallards (four motorized ducks, two quiver ducks, and a wind-activated 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), 17 redheads, 16 pintails, 14 gadwalls, 13 teal, six canvasbacks, six buffleheads, and a widgeon.  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, Granger, or Belton, so those will stay in my garage when we go there.  I usually only bring around 60 decoys on the big lakes, due to space limitations.

Expectations

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will enforce the below expectations.  I have and will remove people from the rotation for violations of the below expectations (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Hunt in a safe manner, follow my instructions, and abide by the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct.
  • Pay for your share of truck and boat gas and and park entrance fees/boat launch fees.
  • Pay for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost (including decoys that you shot and sank).
  • Help (including helping get the boat back on the trailer).
  • Control your dog (a dog that wants to go play with the decoys or charge the ducks as they are coming in will ruin the hunt).
  • Talk quietly, especially when ducks are coming to the decoys (ducks can hear you and will veer away).
  • Show up.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t have a pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Asking questions that have already been answered in my emails (and you would have known the answers for if you had read my emails).
  • Return my phone calls and/or emails, if I ask a question or ask you to acknowledge something.
  • Don’t contact Chris Campbell directly and attempt to arrange your own hunts at his family’s pond, which is effectively bypassing others on the rotation.
  • Don’t let your friends know about Chris’s family pond.
  • People on this Rotation who do not respond to any of my emails during a calendar year will be removed from the Rotation the next year.

The Rotation

The following people are on the Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt Rotation for 9/1/20 – 8/31/21 (as stated in How the Rotations Work, the Event Hierarchy applies):

  1. Randy Rowley (I always will have Spot # 1 for hunts from my boat, as I am the boat captain)
  2. Raul Pena
  3. Dion Moore
  4. Daryl Moczygemba
  5. Binh Chu
  6. Steve Fusco
  7. Edwin Zamora and his minor son
  8. Mike Pozhenko and his minor son
  9. Rob Peterson
  10. Ragan Brock
  11. Wayne Weilnau
  12. Jeff Cates
  13. Burl Fulenwider
  14. Mario Garza
  15. Ian Daniels
  16. Blake Brosig
  17. Jim McGee
  18. Chris Rowley (Chris and Ryan prefer to go on hunts together)
  19. Ryan Rowley (Ryan and Chris prefer to go on hunts together)
  20. Chris Campbell
  21. Zack Elmer
  22. Kevin McConnell
  23. Don Hebert and his minor son
  24. Zack Tumlinson
  25. Clayton Carrier
  26. Jonathan Fleming
  27. Ken Miller
  28. Mark Kelton
  29. Jeremy Franks
  30. Colin Jackson
  31. Patrick Kelley
  32. Roy Zengerle
  33. James Carney
  34. Will Voges

Let me know at randywrowley@gmail.com (my preference) or 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.  Individuals added after 9/17/20 will be added to the bottom of the list.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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14

10/9/21 FCS Sporting Clays Shoot

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Our next FCS Sporting Clays Shoot will be on Saturday, 10/9/21, from 9:00 – 11:30 AM at Capital City Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of 50 sporting clays.  We’ll shoot their red course (formerly called the corporate or hunter course).

Capital City Clays requires masks for the unvaccinated.  They are currently out of 20 gauge ammo.  Non-Capital City Clays members may not buy ammo from them. 

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 FCS website (now under Events) so you can see how you have improved over time.

  • 9:00 AM – Sporting clays
  • 11:00 AM – Scores and announcements
  • 11:30 AM – Depart

Who should come: Members and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have around 10 participants, and we break up into groups.  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 costs $23.81/person (includes tax).
  • You’ll need a shotgun (of course).  Most of us shoot a 12 gauge, but a 20 gauge is good also.  Most of the targets on the Capital City Clays Red course are close enough for skeet chokes, but IC works fine.  If you don’t have a shotgun some of us will be happy to share our gun with you, but let Bruce Crockett know before you arrive.
  • You’ll also need to bring at least two boxes of shells.  A few extra shells are recommended in case you have any misfires or need to reshoot a station because a second clay broke in flight before you had a chance to shoot it (in such cases we shoot both targets again).  Capital City Clays sells shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Walmart, etc.).  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, Bass Pro Shops, Walmart, etc.  (Due to the ammo shortage we highly recommend that if you see any shells anywhere buy them!)  1 oz. or 1-1/8 oz. loads, 1200-1300 FPS, and 7-1/2 or 8 shot work well.  They all sell for $6.50 – $8.00/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 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.
  • Capital City Clays requires eye and ear protection.  You can bring your own or it is available free of charge at Capital City Clays.

Location and phone number: 8707 Lindell Lane (near the Travis County Exposition Center and Lake Decker), 512-272-4707

In the event of rain: Light rain – we shoot; heavy rain – we stay home and Bruce or Randy will send out a cancellation notice.

Questions:  Contact Bruce at bmc55@att.net or 512-970-7797 or Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.

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Our next FCS Meeting (social activity), including a Brisket Dinner and dog training discussion, will be on Thursday, 10/14/21, 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Bruce Crockett’s home (2119 Woodston Dr., Round Rock, 512-970-7797).  The cost will be approximately $10/person (this is a guess, based on last year’s cost; however, as you know the price of food has gone up since Covid so please bring $15).

Schedule:

7:00 PM – fellowship and eat dinner

8:00 PM – president’s report, upcoming events, and arrow training presentation by Troy Fowler and Darrel Barnette

9:30 PM – depart

Here are a YouTube video to introduce you to Troy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2UzcMUfnHI.

And here’s Darrel and friends sitting around a table talking about arrows – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUdywlHVEk.

RSVP is required before Tuesday, 10/12/21 to Randy Rowley to ensure that we’ll have enough food at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Also, let him know if you have any questions.

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Jul
06

12/4/21 – 12/6/21 Guided Duck Hunt

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FCS will hunt ducks with MF (Mallicote Family) Waterfowl on Saturday, 12/4/21 – Monday, 12/6/21 (the opening weekend of the split season) near Paris.  MF Waterfowl is featured on the Outdoor Channel.  Their FB page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports—Recreation/Mfwaterfowl-1928680590584853/.

The cost is $300 per day per hunter.  Three days of hunting and a 5-hunter group are required for private group privileges.  Hunting includes the guide and dog.  Lodging is $250 per night divided by 5 hunters or $50 a night per hunter.

This event does not have a Rotation?; however, if more than five hunters want to go the Guided Waterfowl Hunt Rotation? will apply.

RSVP is required to Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.  1/2 of the fee ($525 each) is required for a deposit to hold the dates.  Mike will Venmo one deposit for everyone, as the outfitter prefers.

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Our next Ministry Event (Wild Game Dinner) will be on Tuesday, 7/13/21, 4:30 – 7:30 PM at the Pathways at Northgate apartment complex (9120 Northgate Blvd., Austin).  Northgate houses primarily single women and their children.

The following are needed to make this event successful:

  1. Volunteers (setting up and breaking down tables and chairs, preparing food for cooking, cooking, and shuttling food to the serving area, and bringing empty pans back to the cooking area),
  2. Donations of ready-to-cook wild game (e.g., deer and hog sausage, deer and hog steaks, dove and waterfowl breasts (preferably deboned for the latter), pheasant, chukar, quail, turkey, and filleted fish). Game that we can’t use includes ground venison and pork, whole birds and fish (just gutted), and game that is freezer burnt.
  3. Donations of money – if you don’t have wild game but would like to contribute, we’ll happily take monetary donations.

We’ll start working at 4:30 PM on the lawn outside the office.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, contact Randy Rowley at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.

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Jun
21

9/1/21 Central Zone Dove Hunt

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FCS will hunt dove on Wednesday, 9/1/21 on a ranch near Holland.  The ranch is 230 acres and has a big tank on it and some sunflowers.  Randy Rowley and Mike Walsh hunted the ranch on the morning of 9/1/20 and got 13 dove between them.  The hunter by the tank limited out.  Mike returned that afternoon with a friend.  He completed his limit and his friend limited out.  The cost is $60.00, which is the cheapest opening-day hunt that we’ve been able to offer in about a decade.

We can bring 15 hunters and have eight spots open.  RSVP is required to Mike at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.  Also contact Mike if you have any questions.

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Jun
21

9/4/21 Central Zone Dove Hunt

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FCS will hunt dove on Saturday, 9/4/21 on a ranch near Holland.  The ranch is 230 acres and has a big tank on it and some sunflowers.  Randy Rowley and Mike Walsh hunted the ranch on the morning of 9/1/20 and got 13 dove between them.  The guy hunting by the tank limited out.  Mike returned that afternoon with a friend.  He completed his limit and his friend limited out.  The cost is $60.00.

We can bring 15 hunters and have all 15 spots open.  RSVP is required to Mike at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.  Also contact Mike if you have any questions.  It’s very rare to find an opening weekend hunt at that price so close to Austin, so we hope that several members and guests take advantage of it.  If we don’t get at least four hunters by 8/12/21 we’ll have to cancel this hunt.

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Our next Self-Chartered Bay Fishing Trip will be to Port O’Connor on 7/22/21 – 7/24/21.  The group will also go on a Chartered Bay Fishing Trip on 7/23/21 with Captain Marty and one other captain. We presently have two boats committed for the self-chartered trips and can take six fishermen, in addition to the two captains.

The charters will cost approximately $125/fisherman, not including a highly recommended tip of 15 – 20%.

We stay in two rooms at The Inn at Clark’s (a waterfront inn on the Intercoastal).  The lodging cost will be $107.59/per person for the weekend.

Additional costs will be for shared truck and boat gas (minus the captains), restaurant and drive-through food, and bait.

Although fish populations seem good at this time, we will still practice conservation by releasing the larger fish so they can continue to serve as brood fish.

This trip is full. The following people have the spots:

  1. Randy Rowley
  2. Daryl Shipper
  3. Chris Rowley
  4. Burl Fulenwider
  5. Jim McGee
  6. Zack Tumlinson
  7. Yuri Tumlinson
  8. Ron Campbell

If you are interested in being added to the contact list in case someone drops out, contact Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Also contact Randy if you have any questions.

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Jun
07

Boat Anchor for sale

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Listed 7/12/21

John Bobo has a 17 lb., 4-pronged anchor to sell in excellent condition. It wouldn’t hold a heavy bass boat in a strong wind but would hold a somewhat lighter boat.  They sell new for $75 – he’s asking $25.

Contact John at johnbobo@mygrande.net or 512-815-9295.

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Jun
07

Duck Decoys for Sale

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Listed 6/07/21

Gary Emory is selling his waterfowl decoys. He has almost three dozen Greenhead Gear mallard decoys (one dozen is oversized with swivel heads) and a DU pocket carry bag. Also, he has four floating Canada goose decoys. All decoys are virtually new. He has a few extra weights and decoy lines as well. Gary said to just make him an offer. Contact Gary at gsemory@gmail.com.

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FCS will hunt dove on Saturday, 9/18/21 – Sunday, 9/19/21 with Texas Wild near Pearsall (arriving on 9/17/21).  We’ve had two successful dove hunts with them – once in the fall and once in the winter (this was pre-website so Randy Rowley doesn’t have the reports on how we did, nor can he recall where we hunted, but he thinks that it was close to San Antonio).

The cost is $100/day.  Single-occupancy king-sized bed rooms at the Baymont Wyndham hotel in Pearsall go for $45/night.

We can take 15 hunters and possibly more.  We have eight hunters signed up, so there are seven spots open.  RSVP is required to Mike at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.  Contact Mike if you have any questions.

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A self-chartered fishing trip or self-guided hunt does not involve a professional guide or a guide fee.

A semi-guided hunt involves a guide, outfitter, or landowner and a hunt fee.  Usually, they just show the hunters were the blinds and cleaning station are and where to dump the guts.

A chartered fishing trip or guided hunt involves a professional guide who fishes/or hunts (as applicable) with his clients.  They involve a guide fee.  The guide/captain often will clean the catch/game for you, but sometimes charges an additional fee.

For all of the above types of events, we attempt to split the vehicle and boat gas (if applicable; the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas), state or county park fees (if applicable), boat launch fees (if applicable), and toll road fees (if applicable).  There is also food, lodging (if applicable), and bait (if applicable) costs.

For self-guided duck hunts and self-chartered fishing trips, the participants (excluding the captain) will split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas), a boat wash after the event (to wash the salt and mud off), state or county park fees (if applicable), boat slip fees (if applicable), boat launch fees (if applicable), and toll road fees (if applicable).  The captains have to replace their boat batteries, tires, etc., and repair things like their trolling motors more quickly due to taking people on such trips than they would if they did not take members and guests on such trips; therefore, they are exempt from the above expenses.

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Apr
07

4/10/21 Semi-guided Hog Hunt

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FCS will host a Semi-guided Hog Hunt on 4/10/21 at the 200 acre Pena family ranch near Mexia.  The ranch has a large stock tank (pond), a creek that runs to it, and lots of trees that line the creek.

The cost of the hunt is $50 per hog.  Hunters will need to bring their own pop-up or stick blinds and a sack of corn each.  Presently, there are no feeders or accommodations on the property.

The maximum number of hunters that we can bring is four, counting Raul Pena.  We are full.

Contact Raul if you’d like to be added to the the Semi-guided Hog Hunt Rotation.  That Rotation and the Event Hierarchy will apply to hunts at the ranch.

Also contact Raul at his email address or 210-364-0720 if you’d like to be added to the Rotation, or placed on his waiting list in case someone drops out of if you have any questions.

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The next FCS Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trip will be on Wednesday, 4/21/21, probably on Lake Somerville.

Costs (as per the Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trip Rotation):

  • The participants (excluding me) will split the vehicle and boat gas and park entrance fee (if there is one).
  • We’ll stop at Whataburger on the way to the lake and will probably stop for brunch on the way home.
  • Fishermen can use artificial lures and/or buy live and/or dead bait.

Note that due to the Texas Mobility Authority overcharging Randy’s family $400 on toll bills, he will no longer use toll roads.  Therefore, we’ll have to leave earlier.

The Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trip Rotation and the Event Hierarchy apply.

This event is full.  Contact Randy Rowley you would like to be added to his contact list in case someone drops out, if you’d like to be added to the Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trip Rotation, or if you have any questions at randywrowley@gmail.com or 512-922-2484.

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FCS will host a Semi-guided Hog Hunt on 4/23/21 – 4/25/21 with Ricky Ethridge on a 2,000 acre ranch near Rocksprings.  We have had many successful duck hunts with Ricky and know that he’s a stand-up guy.

The cost of the hunt is $250 for the weekend for unlimited hogs.  The ranch is primarily a whitetail, axis, and turkey hunting ranch, and has seven box blinds and feeders.  It doesn’t have feeder lights, but you’re welcome to bring your own. They hunt the blinds in the mornings and evenings and stalks are allowed between those times.  It has a cleaning station with ropes and gambrels – you can clean your own hogs.

Lodging is a trailer that sleeps five, with a kitchen.  If we have more than five hunters the excess hunters will have to camp.  If that happens, we’ll look for camper volunteers.  If we don’t get any volunteers then we’ll use a computer number generator to determine who will camp.

The maximum number of hunters that we can bring is seven.  We have five deposits.  Two spots are open.

In the event that more than seven hunters want to go, the Rotation and the Event Hierarchy will apply and/or we’ll try to book a second weekend.

RSVP is required to Raul Pena at his email address or 210-364-0720.

A $50 deposit will be required immediately.

Contact Raul if you have any questions.

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Our annual Chartered Striped/Hybrid/White Bass Fishing Trip is set for Monday afternoon, 5/3/21, with guide Fermin Fernandez of Trophy Stripers on Lake Buchanan.  Check his website for info and photo galleries.

Sixteen participants fished with Fermin and two other guides on 5/6/19 and had a good day.  We caught several species of fish.  Keepers included 59 white bass, five stripers, six catfish, and a crappie.  Jim McGee caught the largest striper – a 24 incher.

Striped bass grow larger than hybrid striped bass.  For both species, the minimum length is 18″ and the limit is five.  If you catch white bass the minimum limit is 10” and the daily bag limit is 25.

Depending on the size of our group they may split us up between multiple boats and the cost, if we have four to five on a boat, is $120 per person.  The guide(s) will supply the boat, rods, bait, landing nets, and a fish box.  They’ll clean the fish and bag them.  The price does not include shared gas, eating out on the way home, and an optional but highly recommended tip.  A 15% tip would be $18 and a 20% tip would be $24.

RSVP is required to Daryl Shipper at shipperdog@gmail.com or 512-638-6971.

A $50 deposit per person is required to hold your spot.  After your spot is confirmed, mail your deposit check, payable to Fermin Fernandez, to:

Daryl Shipper

200 Lost Mesa

Belton, Texas 76513

Contact Daryl if you have any questions.

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Jan
28

3/6/21 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

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FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on Saturday, 3/6/21, 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, pheasants, and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike Schumann (see the below picture and the many hunting reports).  On 2/23/19, eight FCS hunters killed a record 101 birds, including 63 quail, 22 chukars, and 16 pheasants.

Address: 1011 Cr 453, Dime Box TX 77853
GPS: 30.35372 -96.88686

This will be a full day hunt starting at 9:00 AM and ending around 3:00 PM (not counting travel time).  As with all ranches in Central Texas, these will be pen raised birds.   The price is $250 per person.  An additional package of birds costs $180.  A 20% tip ($50) 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 (lunch not 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, and we must clear your dog with Mike and the other hunters)

We currently the following commitments:

  1. Rick Zuniga
  2. Burl Fulenwider
  3. Jim Miller + grandson
  4. Bret Mercer
  5. Mike Pozhenko
  6. Leo Pozhenko
  7. Flint Deshazo

The Event Hierarchy applies.  We can take eight hunters.  Seven spots have been filled, so we have one open.  An RSVP is required to Steve Fusco at steven.fusco@gmail.com or 512-584-6258.  Mike accepts cash, PayPal, and checks.

You can choose from the following packages:

  • 18 quail
  • 9 chukars
  • 6 pheasants
  • Mix 6 quail, 3 chukars, and 2 pheasants
  • Mix 9 quail and 4 chukars
  • Mix 4 chukars and 3 pheasants
  • Mix 9 quail and 3 pheasants
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3/3/18 Upland Bird Hunt
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Jan
06

1/30/21 Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt

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Our next Self-guided Inland Duck Hunt will be on Saturday morning, 1/30/21 on a lake TBD.

Randy Rowley will be able to take three hunters with him.  He plans to hunt from his boat.

When we’ll leave will be determined by what lake we go to.  If Granger, it will be at 3:15 AM.  If Stillhouse Hollow, it will be at 2:45 AM.  If Waco, it will be at 2:00 AM.  We’ll stop at Whataburger’s drive-thru on the way there and possibly somewhere on the way home.  We’ll share truck and boat gas and a toll road fee.  There may be a boat ramp or park entrance fee.

The Rotation and the Event Hierarchy will apply.  RSVP to Randy and/or let him know if you have any questions that the Rotation page doesn’t answer at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.

Also, as the Rotation page states, he has extras of many of the items that you’ll need for this hunt (such as waders, floating gun cases, cap lights, etc.) and will happily loan things if a request to borrow something occurs before we leave.  Of course, if someone borrows something and breaks or loses it he will expect reimbursement.

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Nov
19

1/16/21 Guided Duck Hunt

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FCS will go on a Guided Inland Duck Hunt on Saturday, 1/16/21 with Rayce Jenkins on a pond near El Campo.  Note that this is primarily a make-up hunt for the hunters who went on the 1/12/20 Guided Sandhill Crane Hunt with Rayce that resulted in a poor harvest.  The cost for them is $112.50/hunter.  The cost for anyone who did not go last year is $225/hunter.  Prices do not include a highly recommended 20% tip.  We have had several highly successful hunts with Rayce, including this one:

1/18/16 – 18 teal and five shovelers

El Campo is 144 miles from Randy Rowley’s house, so going down the night before and staying in a motel may be the wisest course of action.  Wharton (13 miles away) has the cheapest motels.  Expedia has several deals, including Travelers Inn & Suites for $71 for two beds, including taxes.

Or you can ride with Burl Fulenwider and Randy Rowley on Saturday at 2:00 AM.  If you ride with Burl and Randy, they’ll stop at Whataburger for an early breakfast and eat again after the hunt.  They’ll share gas.

Rayce can handle up to five hunters and one spot has become available.

Contact Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 if you want the spot or have any questions that the Duck Hunt (Inland) Rotation (Guided) web page doesn’t answer.

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Nov
16

12/19/20 Guided Inland Duck Hunt

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FCS will have a Guided Inland Duck Hunt with Blue Roan Outfitters near Elm Bend on Saturday, 12/19/20.  The cost is $225/hunter, not including a highly recommended tip.  They have a 280-acre lake.  From their pictures, they get a lot more variety of ducks than Rayce Jenkins typically gets.

They are 132 miles from Randy Rowley’s house, so going down the night before and staying in a motel or their lodge may be the wisest course of action.  Sealy (19 miles away) and Wharton (26 miles away) have cheap motels.  Their lodge is expensive ($750/night for the group).  Expedia has several deals.

They can handle up to five hunters.

An RSVP is required to Ian Daniels at idaniels@austin.rr.com or 512-633-2221.  The Guided Inland Duck Hunt Rotation and the Event Hierarchy will apply.

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An FCS Self-guided/chartered Coastal Blast and Cast to Port O’Connor is set for 1/22/21 – 1/24/21.  Redheads dominate the area, but we’ve also bagged wigeons and pintails.  Here is a video from a past trip to Corpus Christi – https://www.facebook.com/Randy.Rowley/videos/10152917784232394 (if you don’t have Facebook you won’t be able to view it).  Daryl Shipper and his crew did very well at the jetties during the last week of December 2019, catching several bull redfish.

The plan presently is to hunt in the mornings and fish in the afternoons but that could change based on results.  It’s also possible for a boat to be dedicated to hunting only and another boat to be dedicated to fishing only.  If fishing is bad, we might forget about it and focus on hunting and vice versa.  We’ll play it by ear.

We have two bay boats committed to this trip (Daryl Shipper’s and Randy Rowley’s).  We’ll stay at The Inn at Clark’s.  It has four queen-sized beds.  We’ll eat out.  Everyone will buy his own bait and/or use artificial lures.  We’ll share truck and boat gas, with the exception of the boat captains.

The Event Hierarchy applies.  This trip is full.  Let Randy know at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to the Blast and Cast Rotation and the waiting list in case someone drops out or if you have any questions that the Blast and Cast Rotation page does not answer.  Also, he has extras of many of the items that you’ll need for this hunt (such as waders, floating gun cases, cap lights, etc.) and will happily loan things if you let him know that you would like to borrow something before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it he will expect reimbursement.

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The first FCS Self-guided/chartered Coastal Blast and Cast of the season is set for 12/11/20 – 12/13/20 at Corpus Christi.  Redheads dominate the area, but we’ve also bagged wigeons, pintails, scaups, buffleheads, mergansers, and even a GWT.  Here is a video from a past trip – https://www.facebook.com/Randy.Rowley/videos/10152917784232394 (note: if you don’t have Facebook, you won’t be able to view it).

Duck hunters will launch at Wilson’s Cut.  Fishermen will either launch at the Packery Channel, Port A, or the Marker 37 Marina (depending on weather, tides, and fishing reports).  The plan presently is to fish in the mornings and hunt in the afternoons, but that could change based on results.  It’s also possible for a boat to be dedicated to hunting only and another boat to be dedicated to fishing only.  If fishing is bad, we might forget about it and focus on hunting and vice versa.  We’ll play it by ear.

We have two bay boats committed to this trip (Daryl Shipper’s and Randy Rowley’s).  We’ll stay at this Airbnb house – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25839181?adults=8&check_in=2020-12-11&check_out=2020-12-13&source_impression_id=p3_1601677942_BnKY5BLXmd%2FjmAk5.  It has a king, three queens, and a single.  Parking our rigs there will be a breeze, and they will be safer there at night.  It’s swanky.  The cost would be $53/night/person (figuring eight people).  We’ll eat out.  Everyone will buy his own bait, and/or you can use artificial lures.  We’ll share truck and boat gas.

This trip is limited to eight people, including Daryl and Randy, and is full.  The Blast and Cast Rotation applies, as does the Event Hierarchy.  If you’re new to the rotations, here is How the Rotations Work.

Let Randy know if you would like to be added to the Rotation, added to the waiting list (if you’re on the Rotation), or if you have any questions that the Blast and Cast Rotation page does not answer at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.  Also, he has extras of many of the items you’ll need for this hunt (such as waders, floating gun cases, cap lights, etc.) and will happily loan things if you let him know that you would like to borrow something before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it, he will expect reimbursement.

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FCS will hunt hogs on Brett Manry’s ranch near Crockett (170 miles from NW Austin).  The cost is $200/a hunter for the weekend, includes lodging in a bunkhouse and includes unlimited hogs and coyotes.

The ranch has 480 acres, three ponds, two wet creeks, multiple stands, lights on feeders, a 400-yard shooting range, a cleaning station, and a charcoal/wood smoker/grill and a fire pit to cook on (his looks very capable, but Randy Rowley has the FCS grill that the hunters can take with them).

This is stand hunting only – Brett does not allow stalks.

The hunt is limited to six hunters and is full.  Contact Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 to be added to his ‘will-call’ list, in case someone drops out.  Let Randy know if you have any questions.

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Aug
17

9/26/20 Guided Teal Hunt

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FCS will hunt teal with guide Rayce Jenkins near El Campo on Saturday, 9/26/20.  We have had successful teal hunts with Rayce in the past.  We are verifying the time.

The price is $200.  That includes bird cleaning.  We highly recommend a 15 – 20% tip, based on effort.

El Campo is 130 miles from downtown Austin, so give consideration to staying in a motel the night before.  If not, you’ll have to probably leave around 2:00 AM to get there on time.

Rayce can handle five hunters and we’re 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.  Also, contact Ian if you have any questions.

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Jun
14

7/11/20 FCS Sporting Clays Shoot

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Our next FCS Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, 7/11/20, from 9:00 – 11:30 AM at Capital City Clays.  We’ll shoot one round of 50 sporting clays.  We’ll probably shoot their red course (formerly called the corporate/hunter course).

Note that the following restrictions are still in place by Capital City Clays – Randy Rowley’s commentary is in red):

  • Groups cannot exceed four people.  (Consequently, this shoot might take longer.)
  • Proper distancing is required.  Do not “pile-up” at a station.  If the group in front of you is not done shooting, please wait several yards away until they move on.
  • The clubhouse and bathrooms are locked.
  • They cannot put out bottled water.

Face masks are not required.  Hopefully, things will be back to normal for our August shoot.

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 FCS website (now under Events) so you can see how you have improved over time.

  • 9:00 AM – Sporting clays
  • 11:00 AM – Scores and announcements
  • 11:30 AM – Depart

Who should come: Members and guests, including ladies and youth, both new shooters and experienced.  We usually have around 10 participants, and we break up into groups.  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 costs $23.81/person (includes tax).  If you don’t have a shotgun you can use one of ours.  Most of us shoot a 12 gauge, but a 20 gauge is good also. Capital City Clays requires eye and ear protection (available free of charge at Capital City Clays).  They sell shotgun shells if you need them (but you can get them cheaper at Academy, Walmart, etc.).  You’ll need to bring two boxes of shells per round of sporting clays.  Randy 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 Red course are close enough for skeet chokes, but IC works fine.

Location: 8707 Lindell Lane (near the Travis County Exposition Center and Lake Decker)

Capital City Clay’s phone number: 512-272-4707

In the event of rain: Light rain – we shoot; heavy rain – we stay home and Mike Walsh, Bruce Crockett, or Randy Rowley will send out a cancellation notice

Questions:  Contact Mike Walsh at duxmn@austin.rr.com or 512-560-7001.

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Apr
03

How to post in Facebook

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FCS has a Facebook group page!  Anyone can view the page, like posts, and comment on posts.  Group members can add posts with the administrator’s (Randy Rowley) permission.  This prevents people from posting about wedding dresses, sports apparel, etc. (which has happened).

The primary benefit of this page is we can engage in discussions much easier than we can on the website on a myriad of topics and it exposes the Club to anyone looking for a hunting, fishing, and clay target shooting club on Facebook.  Also, younger people communicate more frequently via Facebook than via website discussion forums.

To post your thoughts, pictures, and videos:

  • Go to the FCS Facebook page (you’ll need to log on to Facebook; if you don’t have a Facebook account you’ll need to create one).
  • Request to join/become a member.  Once approved by Randy, you can post.
  • At the middle top, it states “write something” – if all you want to do is write something like, “Does anyone know a good place to hunt for squirrels?” type your question or statement in there and click “Post.”
  • In the middle (to the right of “Write Post”) is “Upload Photo / Video”  If you want to upload a picture or video, click there.  Then click “Upload Photos/Video”.  If you’re using your computer you’ll be taken to your hard drive.  If you’re using your smartphone you’ll be taken to the App that houses your photos and videos.  Select the picture(s)/video(s) that you want to share.  You can also say something about the photo(s) or video(s) in the “Say something about your photo” section (above the thumbnail of the picture or video that you selected).  Click “Post.”

If you have any questions contact Randy at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484.

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See https://fishgame.com/2016/05/basics-trout-fishing/.

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Mar
07

Scorecard

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Welcome to the FCS Clay Target Scorecard page!  This page contains a spreadsheet that has most Sporting Clays (mainly), Skeet, and 5-Stand scores and 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place finishes from 1993 to the present.  Unfortunately, scorecards were not always turned in after every shoot or sometimes for our early shoots they were turned in but we only recorded the scores on those who placed (the first place or top three finishers).  However, all but two of the shoots since 6/20/98 show every competitor.

The averages are figured on a round of 50 sporting clays or 5-stand targets basis.  Consequently, skeet shoots are not included in each shooters sporting clays/5-stand average as only 25 targets were shot and skeet averages cannot be included with sporting clays averages as skeet’s an easier game.

Capitol City Clays (where the vast majority of our shoots have been held) added a hunters course in 2005.  This course is easier than their previous masters course, consequently the averages for shooters who just shot the masters course or a combination of the two courses will be lower than shooters who have just shot the hunters course.

The scores can be viewed as follows:

Annual Tab – lists monthly scores, annual scores, and 1st-3rd places of each individual by year.

FCS Summary Tab – summarizes annual scores and 1st-3rd places for each year, and cumulative scores and 1st-3rd places for all years.

Top Shooters Tab – lists top scoring shooters from 1993 to the present.

Click on the link below to view scores of the FCS Clay Target Shoots – wait patiently for a few seconds while it downloads. To exit, hit left arrow instead of hitting “x” (If the Windows Security window pops up, you can hit “X” to view the score sheet).

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https://fcs-texas.org/FCS_Scorecard_Master_032021.xlsx

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Randy Rowley highly recommends that you pay deposits via PayPal.  He’s made over 200 eBay transactions using PayPal and easily that many from other vendors without any problems.  Just within the last two weeks, He’s bought a bulk pack of AA batteries, an oil filter tool, two cordless work lights, a camo raincoat, three of his medicines, and a photo calendar for a Christmas gift online using PayPal.  This is not true of checks, which can become lost in the mail or stolen out of someone’s mailbox, which is what happened to some of our 2017 guided upland bird hunt deposit checks (they were stolen from Mike Schumann’s mailbox).  PayPal is one of three options for people to join FCS, renew their membership, or donate on our website.

It’s very easy to open a PayPal account.  Just go to www.paypal.com.  Click “Sign Up” on the top right.  Click “Personal Account” (unless you want to make it a business account).  Fill in the information requested (legal first name, last name, email address, and create a password and confirm it).  Then add the bank account or credit card that you want PayPal to debit purchases from and you’re done.

When paying with PayPal you can choose the “PayPal Credit” option which allows you to pay out purchases over six months at 0% interest (and charges you like a credit card if you don’t pay it out over six months).  Randy uses this option a lot for bigger purchases like my duck mounts.

If you decide to pay a guide/outfitter via PayPal do the following:

  1. Go to paypal.com
  2. Click “Send” on the top
  3. Click “Send money”
  4. In the “Name, email or mobile number” box type in their email address or phone number.
  5. Enter the amount that you wish to send. For example, if the deposit is $100.00 be sure to type in four zeros.  If you just type in “100” it will translate that as “1.00.”
  6. Select “Sending to a Friend” (by so doing the guide/outfitter doesn’t have to pay the 2.5% plus .30 PayPal fee)
  7. In the “Add a note” box put “For the 2/29/XX FCS hunt” (for example).  Click “Continue.”
  8. Select if you want the payment to come from the checking/savings/credit card account that you linked to PayPal or from PayPal Credit.  Click “Next.”
  9. Review the payment.  If correct, click “Send Payment Now.”  If incorrect go back and make whatever correction that needs to be made.
  10. Click “Log Out” at the top right

You can get a PayPal app for your smartphone that’s even faster than using their website.  Randy guarantees you that once you’ve paid via PayPal a couple of times it will be a lot faster than writing out a check, stuffing it in an envelope, addressing the envelope, putting a stamp on it, and mailing it.  Plus, you’ll save a lot of money by not having to buy stamps.  Randy hasn’t mailed anyone a check in a long time.

If Randy still haven’t convinced some of you dinosaurs, you can mail your deposits or payments in full to him at 11612 Birchbark Trail, Austin, TX, 78750.  Make your check out to him.  He’ll deposit it and pay the guide/outfitter via PayPal.  If you make it out to the guide/outfitter, he’ll just mail it to him and you’ll have to take your chances that he’ll get it.

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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 minors will be treated on their size or how much they eat.  For example, if a 12-year-old boy eats as much as a full-grown man he will be charged as a man, and not as a child, as the event coordinator or leader will have to buy a full-sized steak (for example) for him (if we’re camping and cooking our food) and not a half-sized one.

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Feb
26

RSVPing to Event Coordinators

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The event coordinators are usually told dozens of things each work day.  They also are frequently told numerous things pertaining to FCS.  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 or tell them in person (if you do so please follow up with an email).  Also, if you text them be sure to let them know who you are.  Email is still preferred, as they’ll just have to forward your text to their email address.

In addition, if we will be hunting under the jurisdiction of a particular entity (such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) we’ll include a link to their website.  From there you can go to the lake’s Recreation page then its Hunting page to see what their rules are (for example).  Please do not ask the event coordinator to look up a Corps rule (for example) for you that you can look up just as easily as he can.

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Feb
26

Bringing Guests

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A member or guest is free to bring his or her spouse, child, and/or a friend to events that are not full (but RSVP for him, her, or them and pay in advance, if required).  Also, be aware that we have an Event Hierarchy, so it is possible for guests to be bumped by members, prior to an event’s sign-up deadline.

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Feb
26

Participant Expectations

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An event participant is expected to sign a FCS Release of Liability Waiver for events that involve risks, if he or she has not already done so, and follow the FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct, while on FCS events.

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Feb
26

2/29/20 Guided Upland Bird Hunt

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FCS will hunt upland birds with Mike Schumann again on 2/29/20 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, pheasants, and chukars.  We had several highly successful hunts with Mike Schumann (see the below picture and the many Hunting Reports).  On 2/23/19 eight FCS hunters killed a record 101 birds, including 63 quail, 22 chukars and 16 pheasants.

This will be a full day hunt starting at 9:00 AM and ending around 3:00 PM (not counting travel time).  You can choose from 18 quail, 9 chukar, or 6 pheasant, or a mixture of all three (most hunters choose a mixed bag).  As with all ranches in Central Texas, these will be pen raised birds.  The price is $250 per person.  An additional package of birds costs $180.  A 20% tip ($50) 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 (lunch not 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 and we must clear your dog with Mike and the other hunters)

The most that we can take is eight hunters and we currently the following commitments::

  1. Mike Pozhenko and 15-year-old guest.
  2. Stu Smithson (and 15-year-old Caroline Smithson – she is not counted as a “spot”)
  3. Bret Mercer (and 14-year-old guest Drew Landry – not counted as a “spot”)
  4. Matt Smith
  5. 14-year-old Josh Smith; supervised by Matt Smith
  6. Jose Primera

That leaves two spots open.  The Event Hierarchy applies.  An RSVP is required to Steve Fusco at steven.fusco@gmail.com or 512-584-6258.  A $100 deposit is due immediately.  Mike accepts PayPal (recommended) and checks.

3/3/18 Upland Bird Hunt

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Feb
26

5/26/21 FCS Family Banquet

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Bring your family for fellowship and a delicious Tex-Mex dinner at La Margarita Restaurante.  The guest speaker is Mark Dillow.  His bio includes:

  • Current Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council Representative for Texas
  • Former Chapter President for Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (the largest TU chapter in the world with nearly 6,000 members, and inducted into the TPWD Freshwater Fisheries Hall of Fame )
  • Former Vice President of FCS

We will also give several certificates to recipients and the 2019 and 2020 Sportsmen of the Year award.

Details:

Date and Time: Wednesday, 5/26/21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Address: 1530 North Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., Round Rock, 512-258-3733

Menu: Your choice from their menu

Dress: Causal

Other: We will have separate checks

RSVP 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.

RSVP to Binh Chu at binh_chu@yahoo.com.  Also contact Binh if you have any questions.

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Feb
24

Feedback and Testimonials

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Steven and Randy,
Wanted to thank both of you for putting on the Upland bird hunt this past weekend.  We had a blast, no pun intended.  Steven did a great job and the gentleman and his two sons who did the hunt were great.  They could not have been more welcoming and fun.  Everyone followed the instructions like we are supposed to and everyone got to shoot and hit a bird or two or more.  When the birds were released the guns were blazing.  Can’t thank you two enough.  It was a lot of fun and hope the next hunt is just as good.
Frank H.

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Very grateful to have spent time with FCS where people are always safety conscious.

Scott T.

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I’m already missing you guys!  Great folks at FCS.  I really appreciate the opportunity to spend time with you!

Scott T.

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Randy,

I enjoy the  club and all the great members.

Earl P.

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FCS Webmaster:

Thanks for all your work in putting together FCS’s current, past & on-going clays score cards. Your spread sheet is easy to get around & 1st class as is the rest of our FCS website.

Thanks again,

Harold T.

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Randy,

Really nice work on the FCS website page.

James W.

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Randy,

Harrison and I went hunting yesterday am at friends place north of Walburg. Excellent morning and I limited and Harrison got 11 – our shooting much better and lots of dove until about 8:30. Great fun – I even hit 2 birds with one shot!

I got invitation to go back out in afternoon and seriously considered it – I already had the birds in the freezer. But then I thought about one of your talks about this very thing and what influence I might have on Harrison and compromise my values – so, I didn’t go.

Just wanted you to know we do hear some of what you say!

Flint D.

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Randy,

You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

Ryan

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Randy,

I was at GHBC for a Tres Dias meeting 2 or 3 years ago when I signed up on your email list. I have enjoyed following you guys and if I ever move to your area count me in. I live in Ft. Worth now. God bless your ministry!

Luke

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Hi Randy,

Glad to know who did the cooking. Just want to say how much I enjoyed it. You guys did a great job. Glad to hear that you’ll be cooking next time, too.

Jo Ann O.

President’s note: this is in reference to the 3/31/11 Wild Game Dinner.

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Hi Randy!

Thanks again for keeping me on the FCS email list. I really do enjoy it and appreciate your dedication and hard work.

Keep up the good work!

Rod W.

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Thank you Randy for all your hard work with this ministry, FCS needs to have a booth at Global Impact Celebration next year.

Larry D.

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Dear Randy,

You have no idea what the corn & meat & butter means to residents of St. George’s.  Recently the food bank has been cut out.  In the past once a month the Social Worker would go to the Food Pantry & bring food in.

Last month it was hot dogs & buns.

I have been bringing bread home from Mission Possible.

You have no idea of the excitement.  Two ladies regrouped the corn so all could receive.

Bless you!

Patsy M.

President’s note: we donated the left-overs from the 3/31/11 Wild Game Dinner to the residents of St. George’s Court, a low-income housing project for elderly and the handicapped.  One of the residents wrote the following note.

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Sirs,

Becky and I had a great time shooting with you all!

Thank you, Randy for setting it up for us to participate in this event!

WHAT A DEAL – all the instruction and clays we could ask for!

The instructors were great. I heard basically the same advice form different instructors in sometimes different ways – which to us reinforced the instruction.

Becky and I got good results.

That was a great end to a near perfect day. Perfect as a close miss followed by breaking many more in a row!

That you all for including us in this event, being fellow sports people, trying to follow His trail.

Harold T.

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Hey Randy,

I had a great time last night! What fun! What a great group of guys that showed up.. I think i may have made some new buddies.. I appreciate you running the club and leading from the front to see things happen and get done! Thank you for your dedication to the kingdom and have a great weekend!

Phil N.

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Hey Randy,

I had a great time getting to know everyone that made it out to Cutchen’s place! I appreciate you helping me feel welcome with the group and look forward to the shooting range… Also thanks for the shot gun cleaning kit… Have a great week and look forward to being apart of the club more and we’ll see you sooner than later!

Phil N.

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Had a great time last nite and some good eats. Appreciate the word given.

Mark M.

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Randy,

Thanks for a wonderful and fun day. It was good to be out there and meet some of the members, not to mention great shooting among us. I can’t wait till the next round to do this again.

Robby W.

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I had a good time visiting too!

Good Bible study, sent the link to some friends.

Thomas P.

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Hi Randy – I have been meaning to send you a message since Thursday, and I suppose I forgot. I just wanted to say thank you for having me out, I really enjoyed the group. I look forward to getting to know you all better, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with you all at the shooting range as soon as possible. I know I will have a little bit of a struggle on some Saturdays getting someone to watch the kids, but it is definitely possible. At any rate, thanks again, and we will see you soon!

Paul I.

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Feb
20

Try These Tips For Huge Black Drum

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See https://fishgame.com/2018/03/3-tips-catching-monster-black-drum/.  It’s interesting that they recommend at least a 10/0 hook.

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Feb
18

How the Rotations Work

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Hunters and fishermen who want to participate must sign, if they have not already, a lifetime FCS Liability Waiver.  You do not have to be an FCS member to be added to the rotations; however, the Event Hierarchy (pecking order) applies.  Whenever we’re about to have a rotation event the Event Coordinator will send an email to the people on the particular rotation.  He or she will let everyone know the dates, location, and other details, including the deadline to respond.

Example (fictional):

The following people are on the Semi-guided Hog Hunt Rotation list for the 2020 season (defined as after duck season is over and before deer season begins):

    1. Tim
    2. Ron
    3. Bob
    4. Roy
    5. Jim
    6. Joe

So, let’s say that Ron, Roy, Jim, and Joe (who are all supporting members) all want to go on a semi-guided hog hunt to Sabinal that has a limit of three hunters.  In this case, Ron, Roy, and Jim would get to go, as they are above Joe in the rotation.  After a hunter goes on a semi-guided hog hunt the Event Coordinator will move him or her to the bottom of the rotation.  So, after the Sabinal trip, the rotation would be revised to the below.

    1. Tim
    2. Bob
    3. Joe
    4. Ron
    5. Roy
    6. Jim

Whenever a hunter asks to join a rotation after the rotation for the season has been established (e.g., for 9/1/20 – 8/31/21), the Event Coordinator will start him or her at the bottom of the list.  If someone who is on the rotation says no, or doesn’t respond, to an offer to go on a trip he or she will never drop in the rotation.  Nor can anyone leapfrog him or her in the rotation.  Just as rotating ensures that everyone on a volleyball team has an opportunity to serve and play by the net, rotating these lists in this manner ensures that everyone eventually will be near the top of the list.

Don’t let your order in the rotation discourage you.  People who consistently say that they can go when the Event Coordinator sends out emails often end up going more often than people ahead of them if those ahead of them don’t respond as often.  For example, Jim McGee has gone on all but one of Randy Rowley’s self-guided freshwater fishing trips so far in 2021 and Burl Fulenwider has been on six because people above them didnt respond to Randy’s “I’m going fishing” emails.  And Jim and Burl were the only guys in April and May 2020 who responded to Randy’s “I’m going fishing” emails, so they got to go on all six trips.

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Feb
13

Hunting Sandhill Cranes with Bows!

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See https://youtu.be/AVqqewtxvIQ.

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Feb
11

Hog Hunt Info – Self-guided

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See https://fishgame.com/2011/06/topwater-redfish-learn-their-cone-of-vision/.

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Jan
30

Three Tips for Topwater Tactics

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See https://fishgame.com/2020/01/three-tips-for-topwater-tactics/.  For bass fishing you can substitute the saltwater dogwalkers mentioned with Heddon’s Zara Spook, Zara Spook Jr., and Zara Puppy, Xcalibur’s Spittin’ Image, Rapala’s Skitter Rap, etc. and you can substitute the saltwater poppers mentioned with Heddon’s Chuggar Spook or Hula Popper, Storm’s Rattlin’ Chug Bug, Rebel’s Pop-R, etc.

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Bible verse of the day

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Today’s Devotionals and Blogs

Kent Crockett’s blog – www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com

Mark Dillow’s blog – http://noclearline.blogspot.com/