TFT Rendezvous XXIII

From Joe Wolf –

Texas Free Trappers Rendezvous XXIII (yep, it’s our 23rd one) is on the horizon.

Do a no-rain dance!  The dirt road to the campsites gets muddy and could be a problem.

Be ready for a Round Robin trading session.

Consider having some two-bit shooting matches Sunday morning with 25 cent entries and winner takes all for each match.

I don’t like to get up and start packing up.

I’d rather get home at dark than leave rendezvous behind….and unpack the truck on Monday. It’s already trashed by having to go back to the grind.

Bring a smoothbore if’n ya have one.

Be ready for the best shooting walks around, rifle, pistol and smoothbore.

Details, including a flier, activity schedule and map are posted to the Events page.

Burn Ban Update on TAB Fall Rendezvous – 2015

From Big John Donahoo:

I have spoken to the Leon County Judge’s Office today in reference to the burn ban variance I requested for the Club on Tuesday. The Leon County Judge has denied our request for a variance on the burn ban. There will be NO FIRES at TAB Fall Rendezvous next weekend. This includes metal fire pits & braziers. Please come prepared with either propane or alternative fuel stoves/cookers.

The 10-day forecast does call for rain next Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, but the County Judge’s Office says it is highly unlikely the Judge will issue any burn ban variances unless a majority of Leon County receives substantial rainfall. I will monitor the area weather and request the variance again if that rain does occur, but at this point it will have to be a “cold camp”.

For the Board of Directors,

John Donahoo
TAB President 2014-2016

Details posted for the Texas Association of Buckskinners Fall Rendezvous!

Come one, come all for Shinin’ Times at the TAB Fall 2015 Rendezvous!!

The booshway will be Bill “Bobcat” Brewer and events will include Rifle, Archery, Knife & Hawk, Fire Starting and the 1st Annual William Tell/Ernest T. Bass Rock Chunkin’.

Tea time will commence after the conclusion of events.

Mickey Dave Johnston has most graciously donated a 9’x9’x7’ wedge tent to be raffled off during Council Fire Saturday night. Tickets are available for purchase at Rendezvous. All proceeds benefit the Texas Association of Buckskinners.

More details, including directions are posted on the Events page.

Looking to sell a Left-Handed Hawken .54

I received the below notice about a left-handed Hawken gun for sale.  If you are interested, you’re welcome to contact Patrick.

Hello my name is Patrick and I live in San Angelo. The rifle is Italian made and was purchased at Cabelas a few years ago. I’m selling the rifle due the fact that I don’t have the time nor the place to fire the rifle on a regular basis. The rifle was fired approximately 30 times. Many Items come with the rifle. . .


The items included with the rifle is as follows, Pyrodex Powder, Measuring Powder Horn, Wad Patches, Shot, Primer Caps, Extra Ramrod, Cleaning Kit & Manuals. Also with the rifle, I’m giving away the 2 half-full antique boxes of 410 shotgun shells shown in the picture… I’m sending what pictures I have, pick out what you need, Thanks Patrick


.54 Hawken

He is asking $500 and can be reached at

– Many Rifles

Update on 13th Annual Pre-1840s Pilgrims’ Camp and Swap Meet

13th Annual Pre-1840s Pilgrims’ Camp and Swap Meet – January 24-25, 2015
The folks at the Cowboy Action Shooting Range outside of Columbus have once again graciously volunteered their facility to provide a friendly, safe, informative and fun place for “civilians” and “old hands” to explore their interest in living history. The range is located just Northwest of Columbus, Texas off of US Hwy 71. Plenty of camping space is available.

Saturday afternoon forensic sculptor, Amanda Danning will give a talk on putting a face on the remains of two of La Salle’s settlers. David Martin will give a presentation on indigenous natives of Texas at first European contact and the success of the French and the failures of the Spanish to interact with them. And Charlie Yates will give a talk on the Mexican artillery positions at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and what they tell us of Santa Anna’s strategy.

There will also be a limited amount of range time for those wishing to shoot. Jerry Tubbs will be in charge of the range and will have rules and procedures for the firing.

The event is open to living historians, reënactors, interested individuals and groups. In conjunction with the “Pilgrim’s” Camp, the “old hands” are encouraged to bring their surplus gear, equipment, clothes and accouterments for an old fash-ioned trading session and swap meet.

There is a $10 general registration fee to help defray expenses and period dress is not required, but it is encouraged. Wood will be provided and if you’d like to help out, bring a chainsaw for a wood cutting party on Friday. For additional information contact Jerry Tubbs at (telephone 713-973-1136) or Charlie Yates at .

Deep Winter TAB Update – Spear chunking and Atlatls at next Rendezvous

Update from Richard for the Texas Association of Buckskinners Deep Winter Rendezvous (Jan 24-26, 2015):

Since Linda Olsen will be running the spear chunking and atlatl events at our next rendezvous, I ask her if we are able to bring our own equipment to enter the event. The answer was yes so use the ones offered by the club or bring (or make) your own. Though this is more of a “fun” event, it still has pretty good prizes. I may have extra river cane for darts (that’s what you call the 5-6 foot arrows) if you want to make your own so bring those extra arrowheads with you.

Important Details for October Fritztown Freetrappers Rendezvous!

Two updates for the October FF event in Shiner:

1.  BRIDGE IS OUT –  see below
The bridge on our usual route to the Shiner Rendezvous site is gone!
But there are two other routes to take, probably depending on whether you are coming from Shiner or Gonzales.
I have shown them as the Orange and Green on the attached map.
The shortcut on the Orange route is good for all but the largest campers, and even then, they have been removing some of the overhanging branches.
We will try to put out a few signs, but not on Hwy 90A.
Thanks to Craig, our highway engineer for the heads up.
From –
Iron Burner
Glenn Darilek