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Below is information on some local fishing holes.  It is from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/cfl.phtml?r=6.

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May
09

Clubs

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May
09

Dog Trainers

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Joe Schram states that Red Iron Kennels and Roadie Best both have good reputations.  He doesn’t know where to find Roadie, but he used to work for Triple Crown Kennels in Pflugerville.  They can put you in touch.

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May
09

Electrician

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Ken Miller recommends Bo James if you need electrical work done.  Bo can be reached at 512-917-5794.

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May
09

Feeding the Hungry

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09

Fishing Shops

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09

Insurance Agents

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May
09

Long Range Shooting Training

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Bret Mercer attended a 4-day, INTENSIVE, long range rifle training course taught by Accuracy 1st, www.accuracy1st.com, at the Austin Gun Club (AGC), www.austingunclub.com. Read More→

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May
09

Operation Orphans by Mark Dillow

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress… James 1:27a, NIV

Members, I have long been convicted that as a Christian group, we first and foremost should reflect the character of Christ.  As a hunting and fishing fraternity, we should look for ways to support our sports, and introduce others to it.  I discovered a group in Mason that allows us to “look after orphans” and introduce young people to hunting.

Operation Orphans” provides hunts on hill country ranches for youngsters without parents of guardians.  They have a number of needs, as you might imagine, and I think our club can help out in a significant, but inexpensive way.  Most of us probably have a number of these items lying around the house, or could purchase an item or two at a minimal cost.  The officers hold a periodic collection drive for Operation Orphans. Read More→

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May
09

Motels

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Holiday Inn Padre Island North by Dennis Koch

We made reservations for the Holiday Inn Padre Island North in Corpus Christi.  This actual hotel is under renovation.  Holiday Inn (IHG) bought the property across the street and used the same name.  We thought we were getting a beach front hotel, instead got an “across the street, down a grassy path” hotel. Read More→

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May
09

Selling Guns by Randy Rowley

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I am often asked for recommendations on selling guns.  Since April of this year, I started to use Texas Gun Trader and have sold eight guns through it (and have two more to go) in nine months.  All eight sales went off perfectly and were pleasant transactions.  Texas Gun Trader does not charge you to run ads with up to four photos.  When you sell your gun and remove the ad, they’ll ask you if you sold it to someone who contacted you via their service.  If you say yes, they’ll ask you for a voluntary donation.  Gun Broker and Guns America charge a lot for their ads, so this is truly a great deal.

Of course, you get the usual, “Is the gun still available?” questions and then they never follow-up.  Plus you get “Meet me at…” or “I’ll come to your house…” and then they don’t show (this happened twice).  And you get the usual low-ball offers.  Once I got an unreasonable request to bring the gun to a guy in Brenham (he was coming from Houston but that’s a 180 mile/three hour long trip for me).  But that’s no different than what you’ll get when selling items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, etc.

I recommend that you either have them come to your house’s porch, or if they’re not comfortable with that, to meet them in a public place (but not in the middle row of the Walmart parking lot).  They’re going to want to pull the gun out of its case and that could get quick calls to 911 if you’re in too public of a place.  Places, besides my house, that I’ve sold guns at recently include McBride’s Guns parking lot (right after they closed), Haverty’s Furniture parking lot (in their back parking lot – away from other cars), and the Whataburger parking lot.

I advise you to be thorough in your ads.  Include things like barrel length, chamber size, caliber/gauge, magazine size, features, add-ons to the gun (that the pictures don’t make obvious, such as an fiberoptic sight), extras (e.g., a soft case), and anything that is wrong with the gun, including cosmetic issues.  This prevents you from having to answer a lot of questions that your ad should have already answered.  It also conveys professionalism.  Take pictures using lights to make them as clear as possible.  I have passed on a lot of guns because the seller was either not thorough in his ad or flippant, which conveys to me that either he doesn’t care about the sale, doesn’t know his gun’s features, or has something to hide.  See my ads on our Guns and Accessories page for examples of what I consider to be professional ads.

It also pays to see what the same gun is selling for on the Texas Gun Trader site and other sites.  I sold a Remington VersaMax for $625 that other guys were asking around $700 for (I had one choke and they had three or more).  This makes your gun much more appealing when buyers compare it to the competition.  Also, put “No trades” or similar in your ad.  If not, you’ll get lots of offers to trade guns.

Presently, you are not required to have an FFL dealer do a check on buyers.  You don’t have to see their LTC, DL, or do a Bill of Sale, although the latter is never a bad idea.  Just like selling someone a car, knife, hammer, etc. you cannot be held responsible for the actions that someone takes with whatever you sold them once it is out of your hands.  The exception would be if you sold a weapon to someone who is prohibited by law from having one, such as knowingly selling it to a felon or a 10-year-old child.

You don’t have to use an FFL dealer to mail a long gun – this will save you from having to pay the FFL dealer transfer fee.  You can mail a long gun in Texas by completing the required form and mailing it in the required manner.  See https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2011/pb22321/html/updt_001.htm and https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/may-nonlicensee-ship-firearm-through-us-postal-service

If your buyer lives outside of Texas you can mail it to his FFL dealer.

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May
09

Taxidermy

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09

Wild Game Processing by Kevin Wall

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Kevin recommends Smokey Denmark’s.  The owner attends Hyde Park Baptist Church.  He processes hogs, as well as javelina, deer, and exotics. Read More→

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Bible verse of the day

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Today’s Devotionals and Blogs

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

Mark Dillow’s blog – http://noclearline.net/