Fish Fry – Postponed

Fellow Landowners

Due to the ongoing corona virus issues, ORWMA has decided to postpone our April 25th Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil to a later date. Thank you for your understanding.

Earl Fly President Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association

CCWMA Banquet Postponed

Following the recommendation of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to postpone events that consist of 50 people or more CCWMA leadership have reluctantly decided to postpone this Saturday’s March 21st Spring Banquet & Raffle.  Raffle tickets will remain on sale as leadership does intend to reschedule the event at which time the raffle will be drawn.  We will provide updates as they become available via email, the website (www.ccwma.org/news) and Facebook.  Thank you for your understanding.

Thoughts, questions, concerns? Give me a call.

Thank you,

Chad Emmel

CCWMA President

979-732-1399

Purple Martins Seminar Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution the ORWMA Purple Martin seminar schedule for tomorrow Saturday, March 14, has been cancelled.

Bert Stiplecovich (713-540-2378  brs@brs.net) has agreed to cancel and hopes that we contact him for another chance to present the Purple Martin event again. March/April is when you need to get your Purple Martin houses up. He wants to let everyone know that if you are interested in getting set up for this season’s  Purple Martins, you are more than welcome to contact him by phone or email and he will be more than happy to assist you or send to you by email any information needed.

Earl Fly

ORWMA President

President’s Message

ORWMA update

Well, spring has almost sprung. We have reset our clocks to daylight savings time (spring forward fall back). The 15 day forecast shows nightly low temps in the 60’s and highs in the 70’s & 80’s. The grass is turning green, trees are starting to grow new leaves, and the wild flowers are beginning to bloom.

Soon the catkins will start falling (you know those little tassels that fall from the oak trees). I had to look up the real name. My tree book says they only fall for 4 days. I know last year they were falling faster than I could blow them off the driveway.

Also, the fawns will soon begin to appear. So, when you start cutting grass or shredding your pasture be sure to keep your eyes open for them. And remind your visitors if they see a fawn to leave it alone. Mama deer knows where she left her baby and she will come back for it.

Spring is a time of growth and activity. So too, is Oakridge Ranch and ORWMA. We have a lot of new property owners so far this year and ORWMA has a lot of activities. There is a Purple Martin seminar at the community center on March 14 at 9 am. CCWMA (of which we are part) will have the annual Spring Banquet at the Columbus KC Hall on March 21, doors open at 4 pm. The annual ORWMA fish fry & shrimp boil will be held at the community center on April 25. And of course, ORWMA meets at the community center on the 1st Sunday of the month at 4 pm. All landowners are invited to attend. Earl FlyORWMA President

County Road 215 Clean Up and ORWMA meeting

Saturday morning February 8, we will meet at the Community Center at 8:30 am to do the County Road 215 clean up. We will meet up at the Community Center to get safety vests and grabbers. We will clean from the North Gate to County Road 211. As soon as we finish, we will return to the Community Center for the regular ORWMA Board meeting.

We usually meet the 1st Sunday of the month at 4 pm at the Community Center. However, this coming Sunday, February 2, is the Super Bowl. So, we will meet Saturday February 8, after the road clean up. Hopefully, we will be finished with the road clean up by 10:30 or so.All landowners are invited to the board meeting. We have a number of items to discuss, but should be finished before lunchtime. Also, will have CCWMA Raffle tickets for sale.

Earl FlyORWMA President

2019 Youth Hunt

Well, ORWMA just sponsored the first Texas Youth Hunt Nov 15 – 17 and I just have to say thanks to the ORWMA Board & Executive Committee for planning and organizing this event. The Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP) was formed with the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1996 to provide opportunities for youth to participate in hunting activities safely, legally, and ethically, while learning about the role landowners and hunters play in wildlife conservation.

I am so proud of our community for coming together to support this event. So many people donated their time, talent, & treasure to make this event happen. I cannot even begin to list everyone involved. And I wouldn’t want to make anyone mad if I left their name off the list. We had people that donated food, money, deer blinds , their time to set up, tear down, clean up, sight in guns, help skin deer, make hog sausage, cooks who made hot dogs and hamburgers Friday night, bacon, eggs, & sausage Saturday morning, barbequed brisket and sausage Saturday night  (and don’t forget all those desserts) and pancakes on Sunday morning.

We had 17 youth hunters, ages 9 to 17 along with their guardians and 4 hunt masters who showed up Friday afternoon. They set up their tents and then went to sight in their rifles. We had a couple of Moms hunting with their sons and some Dads hunting with their daughters. We had parents as well as youth that had never hunted before. A total of 16 deer, 1 hog, and 1 fox were taken. I think everyone great time. I know I did. As the hunters left Sunday morning, I had one young hunter (maybe 9 or 10 years old) who took a deer on my place come up to me and shake my and hand and tell me thanks for the opportunity to hunt and take a deer. I kinda got a lump in my throat and it was all I could do to smile and nod my head.

Thanks again to everyone in the Community. You make this a great place to live.

Earl Fly

President

Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association

oakridgewildlifemanagement@gmail.com

2019-2020 Deer Checkers and Game Warden contacts

Doug Mason 1036 Hickory Place 979-732-7116

Jack Jetton 1190 E. Branding Iron 281-910-1432

David Mitchem 1848 Oakridge Road 979-484-9240

Kenneth Taylor 1139 E. Branding Iron 713-305-0530

Doug Jeske 1091 Deer Trail Road 281-932-7751

Vernon Wallace 1629 Oakridge Road 713-444-0217

Wayne Wolfford 1175 Buffalo Bend 281-799-4662

Jerry Rogers 1128 Starridge Drive 832-622-9034

Leanne Winkenwerder Game Warden 979-732-7929

John Kohleffel Game Warden 979-732-7945

Mark Lange Biologist 979-484-2583

Sheriff’s Department 979-732-5522

ORWMA Dues

If you have not paid your dues for the 2019 ORWMA Memberships, please contact Angie to make arrangements for payment.  ($20)

If you are wanting to obtain a Doe tag and was not able to make the meeting, please contact Jerry Rogers ($20)