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)

CCWMA Banquet

CCWMA Members,

The Colorado County Wildlife Management Association’s Spring Banquet is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the Columbus Hall (formerly K.C. Hall) in Columbus, Texas.  We will have a full catered barbecue meal at 6:00 p.m. with free soft drinks and beer while it lasts.  Meal tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.  There is no cost to attend if you don’t plan to eat.

We will have our big raffle, bucket raffles, scoring contest and card raffle items.  We will also have many vendors with nice merchandise to look over and purchase.  The 2018 Scholarship winners and the Whitetail Contest winners will be recognized.

 Bring your buck mounts and be eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates.  All bucks harvested on C.C.W.M.A. property in 2018 and over the past years are welcomed and will be appreciated and enjoyed by all.  Make sure they can be hung for viewing.  Also bring your game cam and regular photos for the Photo Contest.  We will have Will Newman with Pheasants Forever talk about habitat incentive programs and your options as a landowner to get cost share money to improve wildlife habitat.  The general public is also invited to attend this family friendly event.

Mark Lange

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wildlife Biologist

Colorado/Austin Counties

1117 Travis St.

Columbus, TX 78934

Deer General Season

As we come to the end of the General Season we had 22 deer checked in, 6 bucks and 16 does. Three of the bucks were multi-point bucks, 2 of them were 3 1/2 and the latest was a 2 1/2 yo 8 pt.

Does can still be taken with any legal means until 2/28/19.

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