How the Rotations Work


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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