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

Note from Colorado County WMA to Deer Hunters for 2016-2017

Below is a note received from Mark Lange, the Colorado County Wildlife Biologist and CCWMA to all members of Oakridge Ranch WMA.

“Good morning,  CCWMA members,

Just a couple quick reminders this morning as the general season opener is fast approaching.

1)       CCWMA leadership would like to remind you that If you haven’t already joined the whitetail contest, please try to do so before November 5th.   Your $15 entry fee puts you in the running for the $9,100 in prizes.    We are really urging you to get your kids involved (deadline October 29th for youth).   A complete contest entry form can be found on www.ccwma.org on the home page.   You can mail your entry to Mickey Mangum or drop it by my office and I will get it to him.

2)      Like I discussed at the meetings and to everyone that has come to my office for tags, the CWD testing efforts are still on-going and will be for years to come.    I would greatly appreciate your assistance in my efforts to collect samples.   After you harvest any adult deer, simply save the head on ice and contact me at my office or via email (Mark.Lange@tpwd.texas.gov).    I will be checking my phone at the office for at least the first two weekends of general season so just leave me a message and I will return your call ASAP.

Thank you for your assistance and continued support of CCWMA.  Good luck this season.”

Mark Lange
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Wildlife Biologist
Colorado/Austin Counties
1117 Travis St.
Columbus, TX 78934
Office-979-732-3458
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White-tail Season Underway at Oakridge Ranch

Young Buck; Photo by B.LaVergne, 09-24-2013.
Young Buck; Photo by B.LaVergne, 09-24-2013.

This young, healthy buck is a nice example of one to pass on during this hunting season.  This buck appears to be approximately 2 1/2 years old and is a nice 8-pointer; but he is illegal in Colorado County, Texas.   As you can see, this fellow does not have a 13-inch spread on the antlers.   He’ll pass on some good genes to the next generation(s).

Remember to closely check out your deer when deciding which one to harvest.  Study your herd.  Consider taking does first and early in the season.  TPWD biologists tell us we need to take many more does that bucks this year as the doe-to-buck ratio at Oakridge Ranch is too high.  Be sure to contact David Mitchem, 979-484-9240, to get your doe tags. 

Here’s another look at this young gent.  Enjoy!  And as always, live life outdoors!

Majestic young visitor; Photo by B.LaVergne; 09-24-2013
Majestic young visitor; Photo by B.LaVergne; 09-24-2013

 

Oakridge Ranch Bow Season 2013

Here’s a picture of Will Carr with his first buck of the 2013 Bow season.  Will decided to have the head mounted since this is such a nice beautiful buck that field dressed at 126 pounds.  Congratulations, Will on a nice deer!

Will Carr with buck; Photo by K.Carr, October 2013
Will Carr with buck; Photo by K.Carr, October 2013

Note:  This is an Oakridge Ranch deer.  The Carr’s place is off Miller Creek Loop.  Thanks to the Carrs for allowing us to share this photo.

Annual Deer Meeting Sept 21th

We hope you plan to join us for our Annual Fall Meeting will be September 21st, 10:00 AM, at the Stevenson’s barn.

  • Doe permits will be issued.
  • Colorado County Whitetail Contest entry forms will be available.
  • David Mitchem will discuss ORWMA’s own Oakridge Ranch Whitetail Contest.
  • Annual ORWMA dues will be collected and membership forms will be available for completion to help us update our records.

Let’s begin now for a great Whitetail Deer harvest at Oakridge Ranch!   Live life Outdoors!

Bucks in velvet at feeder; Photo Courtesy of C.Stevenson, date unknown.
Bucks in velvet at feeder; Photo Courtesy of C.Stevenson, date unknown.