DATE: July 27,
TIME: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Lynne Bigelow, 1287 Oakridge Rd., Weimar, TX 78962
Also, if you missed the meeting regarding the Predator Control Operation Hog Buster held on July 6, 2019, we will go over this again. It is a very important topic that needs further discussions. Donations will be accepted by cash or bag(s) of deer corn.
Douglas Mason recently gave us an update about some of the hogs he has removed from Oakridge Ranch. Douglas says that some of these hogs exhibited symptoms of pseudorabies.
This is not rabies in the common sense, but a viral infection carried by swine in many parts of the world. Psuedorabies is a viral infection caused by Suid herpesvirus 1 (SuHV1). The term “pseudorabies” is not an accurate term for the virus as it has nothing at all to do with the rabies virus.
Attached is a short primer from Texas A & M University on a few diseases carried & transmitted by feral hogs.
The Eastern Coral Snake is a beautifully colored creature; yet it is ranked as the second deadliest viper in the world. We often think the rattle snake is more deadly, but it’s not. Both the head and tail of the coral snake look much the same; both are small and rounded. The coral snake chews on it’s victim, or hangs on, allowing for the snake to deposit more venom than snakes that strike.
This snake came out to warm itself in the sunshine as many cold-blooded creatures do after a cold snap followed by mild weather. Never attempt to touch one of these or pick one up. The following little poem is the best rule of thumb to know if it’s an actual coral snake or a less venomous look-alike; teach it to your children. Red on black, venom lack;
Red on yellow, it will kill a fellow.
Enjoy our beautiful fall weather. But stay aware! Be watchful and wear boots. Live life outdoors!
This healthy female coyote was scouting for food around the Mitchem’s home, including checking out their cats on the porch. Keep your small pets and children close and be aware. Most coyote packs send out a scout or two who then call the remainder of the pack in once he/she has found available food. There are always coyotes following whitetail deer, as well as other small animals such as the plentiful rabbits we have here at Oakridge.
David asked me to post these pictures and remind everyone to be cautious as these were taken just off their back porch. It’s a good idea to not leave pet food out overnight that would attract unwanted predators. Below is another nice picture of the same coyote. And as always, live life outdoors!
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!
Bobcats, Lynx rufus are normally elusive and nocturnal, but our game cameras are picking up more instances of their presence here. Even in the day time. This beautiful cat was walking toward a 40 gallon water tank we have in “the back 40”, where we have a turkey feeder near-by. There is a water barrel continuously supplying water; therefore, it has become a regular to this spot. We are glad to be in the cat’s territory, representing a healthy, balanced environment; they are a vital part of our ecology.
Bobcats primarily eat rabbits, woodrats, mice, squirrels, voles, gophers, birds and reptiles. Occasionally, they will take young deer, although most likely they take advantage of carrion. Like most cats, they hunt by stealth and are not capable of extended chases. Their leaping pounce from cover can be up to 10 feet.
Bobcats are territorial, with the female having a home base, excluding other females. The male’s territorial range may include the ranges of several females. In Texas, studies indicate some 48 cats per 62 miles. There is a “carry capacity”, of a particular area usually determined by food and water availability. And since kittens can sometimes be killed by adult males, a natural balance can be achieved. The bobcats also will/can adjust their home ranges to compensate for varying factors. Like coyotes, they are consummate adapters and survivors.
Did you know: running at full speed, bobcats can have a bobbing motion similar to a rabbit; they can live up to 13 years; their natural mortality fluctuates with the seasons; kittens purr when pleased and play like your normal house cat; typical litters are 2-4 kittens; kitten dispersal can be from 9 months to 2 years, depending on how skilled at hunting they are; they can not expect to eat well, or mate until territory established; over time, they are loyal to their established territory, marked by scat and scrapes; they spend most of their lives alone; their natural predators are humans, domestic dogs, coyotes, foxes, owls, eagles, hawks.
There is so much more to know and appreciate about this remarkable predator.