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.
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
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.”
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!
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!
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.