Wounded Warrior Hunt Upcoming

We hope you make plans to participate in ORWMA’s Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt coming up on December 14 & 15.   We host several wounded warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center for the 2-day period and give them a chance to hunt at Oakridge Ranch.  For more details on how you can participate, please click on the “Groups” tab, then “Deer”; next click on “Wounded Warrior Hunt“. 

Oakridge Ranch’s Douglas Mason gives away several wounded warrior hunts throughout the year.  Below is a nice picture of a recent successful hunt Douglas (& his dogs) had with Jeremy Spoerle and his family.  Jeremy was wounded in 2007.  Pictured are Jeremy with family members Barb, Callie & John.  Thank you, Douglas, for what you do for our wounded warriors all year long!

Spoerle Family Hunt with Douglas Mason, November 2013.
Spoerle Family Hunt with Douglas Mason, November 2013.

 

Large Cats in Oakridge Ranch

Two young cougars were seen today at 5:40 PM on Oakridge Road between Wagon Wheel and the bend in the road just east of that (towards the stop sign at Trails End).   But the property owner couldn’t get close enough to take a photo with his mobile phone before they scattered.  These were definitely cougars with the longer tail & crook at the end.  Since these were young, we must definitely have some breeding cougars in our area.

Many property owners are feeding deer and attracting more wildlife to our properties.  Keep a watchful eye for the predators that follow those we are trying to attract, including Cougars, Bobcats and Coyote.   Do not run if you are confronted by one of these animals.  Try to look larger than you are; carry a big stick, wave your arms, yell, etc.   Consider walking or biking in groups.

And, as always, live life outdoors!

(Note:  If anyone has any pictures on their game cameras of one of these cats or other predators, please forward to ORWMA at oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com.)

Texas AgriLife Extension Svc. Seminar

Landowners might be interested in attending the seminar being offered tomorrow by Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service.  The Multi-County New Landowner Educational Series will have its next seminar on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Tom and Donna Mueller’s GEN VI Ranch located at 2001 Biegel Rd, Fayetteville.  This month’s program will focus on rain water harvesting, fire-wise landscaping, and turf grass management.

The program is open to anyone who would like to attend, but it specifically designed for new landowners in the Austin, Colorado, Fayette, and Washington County areas.  The program will begin at 1:30 pm and last until 4:30 pm.  Registration is $20.00 per person and includes refreshments and educational materials.  For more information please contact the Colorado County Extension Office at (979) 732-2082.

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Deer stuck in a Jack-o-Lantern; Photo by of D.Konarik.
Deer stuck in a Jack-o-Lantern; Photo by of D.Konarik.

President’s Message, October 2013

October is the month your Executive Board is nominated and/or appointed according to the By-Laws.  The Board is comprised of President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Program Director, and 4 committee chair persons:  Whitetail Deer, Birds, Habitat, Predators.  As ORWMA members you are invited to participate or observe this process.  Nominations may be received from any ORWMA member in good standing. 

Our next ORWMA Board meeting will be Saturday, October 12th.  The time will be 1:00 pm at the Petter home, 1220 Miller Creek Loop.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP so that we may prepare.  We hope you will attend and join one of our committees; Birding, Habitat, Predators, Whitetail Deer. 

UPCOMING EVENTS –
October Executive Board Meeting-Saturday October 12th, 1:00 pm at the Petter home, 1220 Miller Creek Loop. 

Wounded Warrior Hunt – December 14 &15, 2013. 

IN THE WORKS –
This Saturday, 10/12/13, we will plan the Wounded Warrior Hunt.  Items to discuss will be the event location and agenda, cleaning and process station, gift or goody bags for the soldiers, acquiring overnight sleeping arrangements, and of course deer stands. We are always in need of additional help.  We encourage you to attend as we are always looking for new and refreshing ideas.  Please RSVP.  If attendance is large we will move from the house to the barn!  Bring a lawn chair for your comfort! 

Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association sponsors County Road 215.  Many thanks to Glenda & Grady Lambert for taking charge of this event.  The following message from the Lamberts:  “We cleaned CR 215 from the low-water crossing to CR 211.  We collected 20 bags of trash.  Thanks to Pattie Vretis, Bret & Terri Dingley, Mercedes Burns, and Rebecca Marburger (Big Wire Ranch) for helping.”  

We are always excited to hear your comments – we are hopeful that the varieties of articles we present interest all landowners in Oakridge Ranch.   Check out our website —–  https://orwma.org 

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

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Baltimore Oriole "Sun-bathing" with his Northern Cardinal friend; Photo by Earl & Maria Fly, June 2013
Baltimore Oriole “Sun-bathing” with his Northern Cardinal friend; Photo by Earl & Maria Fly, June 2013

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Young Fawn, May 8, 2013; Photo by Douglas Mason
Young fawn attempting first steps; Photo by Douglas Mason, May 2013

President’s Message, August 2013

Last month’s Ice Cream Social was a huge success.  Those who attended, about 60, were delighted with the flavor selection presented: vanilla, banana walnut, margarita, chocolate peppermint, avocado lime, lemon basil, Muscadine, jalapeno flavor, and root beer floats.  You had to try them to experience them! 

Many thanks to Jean Herring for organizing the event and thanks to Lynne Bigelow for being such a gracious host! 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Our Annual Fall Meeting will be September 21st, 10:00 AM, at Cecil Stevenson’s barn.  At this time, we will issue doe permits.  We will also have the entry forms for the Colorado County Whitetail Contest.  David Mitchem will announce our own Oakridge Whitetail Contest.  Annual dues will be collected and membership forms will be available to fill out as we update our records. 

Hummingbird Census in Oakridge Ranch August 27th through September 2nd, 2013:  Please count the number of each hummingbird species you see on your property during this week.  Take pictures also!  Send all data and pictures to “Attention: Birding” at oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com by September 5th.  A recipe for hummingbird food is on the Birding tab on the ORWMA website.   

IN THE WORKS:
Our August Deer Census is currently in progress.  The remaining dates are August 24 & 31 at 8:30 PM.  This census will determine the amount of doe permits Oakridge Ranch is eligible for. 

We also need your herd composition form filled out for us to present to our Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Mark Lange. Deadline is September 1st for the composition form; please return these to David Mitchem or Jim Trickett by that date.  [These forms were mailed to all property owners and the form is also available on the ORWMA website on the Deer group tab.] 

This year our Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt will be December 14th and 15th. Join us as we start preparation for this annual event!  Details to follow. 

We are always excited to hear your comments – – – we are hopeful that the varieties of articles we present interest all landowners in Oakridge Ranch.

Check out our website:   https://orwma.org

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

 

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Bee Fly visiting Oakridge; Photo by Donna Burrows, May 2013
“How do you work this thing!?”- Nolan Hall.   Bee Fly on a camera visiting Oakridge; Photo by Donna Burrows, May 2013

 

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"Love, love, love this stuff!"   Painted Bunting, Photo by B.Mitchem, July 2013
“Love, love, love this stuff!”   Painted Bunting, Photo by B.Mitchem, July 2013