Hog Hunting Rotation (Self-guided)


The following is a rotation list for self-guided hog hunts at the Opiela ranchette near Austin.

Here are a few pictures from our most successful hunts:


  • 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).
  • 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 light on the 5-gallon feeder.  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.

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 not tolerate the below actions.  I can and will remove a person from the rotation for any of the following reasons (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Not hunting in a safe manner, including deliberately not following my or the guides/outfitters instructions or rules and the FCS Shooting and Hunting Rules.
  • Not paying your fair share of gas and/or food.
  • Not paying for items (that are not yours) that you broke or lost.
  • Not helping.
  • Indicating that he or she will attend a trip and then not showing up.
  • A pattern of being more than a few minutes late.
  • A pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Not returning the organizer’s phone calls and/or emails.

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

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.  Let Randy know if you have any questions regarding hunting at the Opiela ranchette near Austin by email (his preference) or 512-922-2484.

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