ORWMA Christmas Party

Please mark your calendars that ORWMA is hosting a Christmas Party on Saturday – December 15th, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The party will be held at Lynne Bigelow’s back patio located at 1287 Oakridge Road.  ORWMA will provide: turkey/ham,  stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy, and a green bean casserole.

If you are planning to attend please bring a side dish or dessert.

There will be door prize drawings after the meal.

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MLD Season Clarification

CCWMA Members,

I have had several emails and a few calls about what I believe is misunderstanding the end of the third paragraph in the attachment I sent yesterday.  The misunderstanding is that MLD season would be reduced to 4 days.

To be clear on the proposed regulation change:

MLD Season for members receiving doe tags from TPWD would NOT change, you would still have from the beginning of archery season until the end of February to harvest doe by any legal means with MLD tags.  So nothing would change on MLD properties. 

This regulation is proposing a season for NON-MLD properties (properties that do not get doe tags) to be able to harvest doe with a rifle from Thanksgiving day thru the following Sunday (4 days) and tag them off their regular hunting license.  If a hunter had harvested a doe during archery season and tagged it off their hunting license they could only harvest 1 additional doe during doe days.  If they harvested two during archery season, they could not harvest any during doe days.  The limit all seasons combined for NON-MLD properties would be 2 doe per hunting license in the county.  It is also proposed that any doe harvested during those 4 days would have to be reported via a harvest app on their phone within a certain time frame so that we can gauge how many doe are being harvested outside MLD reporting. 

I hope this clears up the confusion and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Mark Lange

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wildlife Biologist

Colorado/Austin Counties

1117 Travis St.

Columbus, TX 78934

Office-979-732-3458

Cell-979-484-2583

Fax-979-732-2997

CCWMA Members

CCWMA Members,

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE FOR THE PUBLIC COMMENT SCOPING MEETING ON THE PROPOSED DOE DAY REGULATION HAS CHANGED TO DECEMBER 18TH 6:30 PM AT THE EMS BUILDING IN COLUMBUS. 

As rifle season nears please remember to get all bucks scored and try to save all heads for CWD testing. 

Many thanks, good luck and stay safe. 

 

Mark Lange

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wildlife Biologist

Colorado/Austin Counties

1117 Travis St.

Columbus, TX 78934

Office-979-732-3458

Cell-979-484-2583

Fax-979-732-2997

Annual ORWMA Ice Cream Social

HEY EVERYONE! Don’t forget about the annual ORWMA Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 7 at Lynn Bigelow’s residence, 1287 Oakridge Rd. It starts at 6:PM… bring a freezer of your favorite home made ice cream to share with everyone (or store bought if you prefer), ORWMA will provide tubs and ice to keep it cold. Also bring any toppings you may like. In lieu of ice cream bring cookies or another dessert of your choice. No one has been keep count, but we think this is our 12th annual ice cream social.

Burn Ban

Just a reminder folks, Colorado County Commissioners Court has declared a county wide burn ban and fireworks ban. So please, no outdoor fires or fireworks. More info can be found on the Colorado County web site.

Key Dates/Facts For 2017/2018 Whitetail Season

ANNUAL PERMIT MEETING

  • Saturday, September 23, 9:00AM at the Oakridge 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

DOE SEASON

  • 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.

BUCK SEASONS

  • The TPWD seasons, restrictions, and bag limits for Colorado County apply (See the current Outdoor Annual) [2017-2018].
  • Archery Only – September 30, 2017 thru November 3, 2017
  • Youth Only – October 28-29, 2017 and January 8-21, 2018
  • General Season – November 4, 2017 thru January 7, 2018
  • Muzzleloader Season – January 8 – 21, 2018
  • 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.

ORWMA’s continued participation in the TPWD MLD Program depends on your cooperation and compliance with these requirements.

If you have any questions feel free to give me a call.

Thanks,

Jack Jetton
ORWMA President
Whitetail Deer Chairman
281-910-1432

Whitetail Observation Sheets Due Sept. 1

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Below is a note from Jim Trickett regarding our Individual Landowners’ Observation data.   Also attached is the required Landowner Individual August Census form…….or you can use Jim’s shortened version attached above.

“The Observation data is needed to finish the survey.  It needs to be turned in as soon as possible [Sept. 1st].   The survey sheets you have should be tallied and that data passed along to me.  The sheets can be  placed in my mailbox – 1278 Oakridge Road – the green address sign is close to the mailbox, but not on it. 

 If you would prefer, I will accept the data you have added up and averaged at bottom of the sheet.  Below is a form you can fill in the data and email by return email to jtrickett@att.net.  So either bring the sheets to my mailbox or send back the summarized data sheet below [via email].

 With this data, I think I can furnish the data sheet for Oakridge [to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologists as required for our MLD].”

Jim Trickett
Oakridge Ranch MLD August Whitetail Census Facilitator

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Burn Ban Order Canceled Aug 30th – OVFD Will Assist You in Burning

The Court ordered burn ban (see below) was lifted for Colorado County on August 30, 2017.    OVFD will still prefer you ask for assistance and back-up when burning your brush piles.   You are required to call in your brush burning to the administrative line for Colorado County Sheriff’s Office before you burn.   Be careful out there!   There is still loads of dry grasses & leaves falling from the trees that are totally dry.  

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The Colorado County Commissioners’ Office  has reinstated the Burn Ban for Colorado County effective Aug 14th and for the next 90 days.

The burn ban includes “the use of combustible materials in an outdoor setting.”   This includes but is not limited to trash burning, burning of brush piles and open campfires.

Please see the attached Burn Ban order for complete details.  As always, you can check the Current Burn Ban Map under the Fire Danger tab on this website.  This map is updated daily.

 

Key Dates/Facts For 2017/2018 Whitetail Season

SURVEY DATES:
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

DOE SEASON

  • 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.

BUCK SEASONS

  • 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.

Thanks,

Jack Jetton
ORWMA President
Whitetail Deer Chairman
281-910-1432