Guided Waterfowl Hunt Rotation


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:


  • Guide fees run between $125 – $225.  Guide fees will be required by a due date.  Hunters who do not pay the guide fee by the due date will be removed from the list of people who RSVPed for the trip.  We recommend a 15 – 20% tip, based on the effort, not the results.
  • 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 how far we have to travel, 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 (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.


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 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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