We conduct our annual deer survey during the month of August. We encourage all who are interested in the road survey we do to come on out. Surveys will begin and end at Jim Trickett’s house LOCATED AT 1278 Oakridge Rd. You may bring a beverage of your choice.
Saturday, Aug 12 Gather at 7:15PM, Start at 8:00PM Visit while trucks are out if not counting
Saturday, Aug 19 (Taylor Reunion) Come on out and visit
Friday, Aug 25 Gather at 7:15PM, Start at 8:00PM Visit while trucks are out if not counting
Your personal survey results should be turned in to Jim Trickett no later than September 1st.
ANNUAL PERMIT MEETING
Saturday, September 23, 9:00AM at the Community Center
ORWMA Dues $20 / Deer Hunt Participation Fee $20
There are several new regulations that will impact hunters at Oakridge that will be discussed at this meeting
Due to a change in TPWD regulations ORWMA will be responsible for printing the doe permits and will have them at this meeting
A list of deer checkers with their contact information will be provided at the meeting.
If you don’t attend this meeting and pickup your permits then they will be available by appointment only
September 30, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Does may be taken with a MLD permit only
Does may be harvested with any legal means (firearm, bow, crossbow, muzzle loader etc.) during this season.
All does must be checked in with an ORWMA deer checker or the TPWD biologist. The deer must be field dressed when checked in.
You will receive a replacement permit each time you check in a doe.
The TPWD seasons, restrictions, and bag limits for Colorado County apply. For example: September 30 – November 3 is Archery Only Season, Bucks may only be harvested with archery equipment. Youth, General, and Muzzleloader seasons and restrictions all apply to buck harvest.
All bucks must be checked in with an ORWMA deer checker or the TPWD biologist. The deer must be field dressed when checked in.
Bucks are tagged with a tag from your hunting license.
If you have any questions feel free to give me a call.
Whitetail Deer Chairman
Well, here we are in April already – cool mornings, warm afternoons with plenty of sunshine and an adequate amount of rain. The grass is growing and the birds are nesting. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a couple of things regarding our whitetail herd and turkey flock.
The early breeding does will begin fawning soon. Please be careful when you are mowing your tall grass. The does hide their newborns in it and the fawns are instinctively not going to move when danger approaches. This brings me to the next reminder. If you find a fawn and you do not see the doe around, don’t worry. Mom knows where she left her baby. Take a moment to admire nature’s creation then leave the fawn(s) undisturbed. Mom will take care of the rest.
Many of you have had the opportunity to observe the turkeys courting this spring. Our local flock has really grown over the years. They will be nesting soon in nests made on the ground, hiding their nests in tall grasses and scrub thickets. That’s something else to watch for.
My last comment would be for those who feed supplemental protein. You might consider continuing feeding for another couple of months. Right now, there is plenty of natural forage available for the deer but demands are high for a lactating doe. A doe will pass on any protein she takes in to her fawn(s). A little boost now could help them get thru the dry time of summer.
Enjoy your spring.
ORWMA Deer Group Committee Chairman
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