Volunteers from Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association (ORWMA) showed up Saturday April 9, 2022, to pick up litter on County Road 215. On the 3.1 miles from the North Gate to County Road 215, about 8 bags of trash were picked up. Thanks to everyone who participated.
To All Oakridge Landowners,
Well, 2022 is here and as we begin a new year, I would like to take a moment to let everyone what is happening. As you may or may not know, ORWMA no longer issues doe permits. This is now done through the State on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Landowner Management Assistance (LMA) website. In the past, ORWMA charged a $30 participation fee to issue permits. This fee is now paid directly to the State of Texas and ORWMA receives nothing.
All Oakridge Ranch property owners are considered inactive members of ORWMA when they buy property in Oakridge Ranch. To be considered an active member and be part of the Managed Land Deer Program (MLDP) sponsored by TPWD you must pay your ORWMA dues, register your property on the LMA website, and pay your $30 participation fee to the State of Texas. It is the goal of ORWMA that all Oakridge property owners become active members and active participants in all ORWMA activities so that our area of the Oak Prairie region of Texas may continue to thrive under our leadership and stewardship of this land
Besides the MLD program, ORWMA hosts various wildlife/habitat related seminars during the year, social events such as the annual Fish Fry, picks up trash on County Road 215 (you may have seen the sign on the way into the Ranch) and hosts the Texas Youth Hunt.
ORWMA is also a member of CCWMA (Colorado County Wildlife Management Association) and contributes to the annual spring banquet, which raises money for scholarships for Colorado County youth. To date, CCWMA has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships.
Dues for ORWMA members are payable January 1st of each year. Dues will be going up to $25 this year. With the loss of revenue from the doe permit fees, we find ourselves having to reevaluate our situation. ORWMA cannot continue to exist in our current form unless everyone pays their dues. ORWMA cannot survive on just dues alone but also depends on the generous donations from our members. Dues can be dropped in the ORWMA mailbox or mailed to:
1904B Oakridge Rd
Weimar TX 78962
Thank you for your support.
Following the October 3 ORWMA Board Meeting the following results are announced:
Vice President – Steve Jaap reelected
Whitetail Deer Chairperson – Vernon Wallace
Secretary/Treasurer – Position unfilled
The term is for 2 years and will begin January 1, 2022.
Well, it’s August, Friday the 13th and summer is finally here. The February freeze and May rains are behind us. We can look forward to a couple months of warm temperatures before things begin to cool off.
Herd Composition Sheets have been mailed out and spotlight surveys are being held every Saturday night in August. If you want to participate, we meet at the Community Center at 8:30 pm and head out at dark.
This year’s Fall Meeting (formerly known as the Doe Permit Meeting) will be held September 11th at 9 am at the Community Center. Mark Lange the Wildlife Biologist will be present to explain the new rules and regulations. By now, everyone should know that if you want doe permits, you must have signed up on the Land Management Access (LMA) website. Your ORWMA dues ($20) must be current, and you need to have paid your $30 fee to the State of Texas on the LMA website. If you have done this, you will print your own doe tags. If you haven’t, then you can only hunt with the tags from your license, which means bucks only and does on the 4 county wide doe days in November.
The September ORWMA Board Meeting will be held September 4th at 4 pm at the Community Center. All Landowners are invited to attend. If you are interested in serving on the ORWMA Board, please come to our board meetings. Elections will be held at the October ORWMA Board Meeting on October 3rd at 2 pm at the Community Center.
Also, this year ORWMA is again planning on hosting a Texas Youth Hunt November 19-21. 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. If you want to volunteer a deer stand or help in any way, drop us a line at the e-mail below. Or come to one of the board meetings. We are still in the early planning stages, so we will be sending out further communications as we firm things up.
Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Association
THANK YOU OAKRIDGE
The 2021 fish fry/crawfish boil gathering was a great success. Hats off to the chefs that stepped up to help cook and serve food and those who set up and cleaned up. Thanks to all who brought desserts and everyone who enjoyed their meal. We raised $410 and 315 pounds of food for the Columbus Food Pantry. Again, a big thank you to our giving community.
Mark Lange with Texas Parks and Wildlife put on a presentation to landowners regarding the doe tags/hunting rules for the upcoming deer season. If you were not present you need to send your Name, email address, and Section # and Tract # to Mark Lange at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Mark has received information for 47 properties and all 47 have a property created in LMA. 13 of those have done everything on their end and are all set up. 3 more have accepted the landowner invite but not the WMA invite yet. Mark says the mapping was easy with the uniformity of properties and that most had clearly visible boundaries. Mark says he had zero problems with the LMA mapping. Mark asks that everyone follow through so we can move along with the process.
Once again, a big thank you to everybody.
We said good riddance to 2020 and then came the deep freeze of 2021. Not Covid, but Snowvid. Hope everyone is recovering from all the plumbing issues. Last year almost every event we planned had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. This year the Covid vaccinations are in full swing and the Governor has lifted the face mask restrictions so, maybe we might be closer to getting back to normal.
In February, we did management to hold the Winter Bird Count and the Purple Martin Seminar which was highly informative. We have a busy April planned.
The April ORWMA Board meeting will be held at the Community Center on April 11th at 1 pm. We hope to have Mark Lange (the Wildlife Biologist for our area) present to discuss the upcoming changes to the Managed Land Deer Program (MLDP) and how it will affect ORWMA. Of course, all landowners are invited to attend. The following weekend, April 17th we will host the annual Fish Fry and Crawfish Boil. This our annual fund raiser. This year we are fund raising for the Columbus Food Pantry. You may donate non-perishable food items or cash. Mark Lange will speak at 4 pm about the MLDP changes and we will begin serving at 5 pm.
On April 24th we will meet at the front gate at 8 am for the CR 215 road clean up. If you did not turn in your grabber from last time, be sure to bring it with you.
There is also lots of new construction going on around the Ranch. So, we are continuing to grow as a community. I hope you make the opportunity to meet your new neighbors and welcome them to the community.
Due to the ongoing corona virus issues, ORWMA has decided to postpone our April 25th Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil to a later date. Thank you for your understanding.
Earl Fly President Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association
Well, spring has almost sprung. We have reset our clocks to daylight savings time (spring forward fall back). The 15 day forecast shows nightly low temps in the 60’s and highs in the 70’s & 80’s. The grass is turning green, trees are starting to grow new leaves, and the wild flowers are beginning to bloom.
Soon the catkins will start falling (you know those little tassels that fall from the oak trees). I had to look up the real name. My tree book says they only fall for 4 days. I know last year they were falling faster than I could blow them off the driveway.
Also, the fawns will soon begin to appear. So, when you start cutting grass or shredding your pasture be sure to keep your eyes open for them. And remind your visitors if they see a fawn to leave it alone. Mama deer knows where she left her baby and she will come back for it.
Spring is a time of growth and activity. So too, is Oakridge Ranch and ORWMA. We have a lot of new property owners so far this year and ORWMA has a lot of activities. There is a Purple Martin seminar at the community center on March 14 at 9 am. CCWMA (of which we are part) will have the annual Spring Banquet at the Columbus KC Hall on March 21, doors open at 4 pm. The annual ORWMA fish fry & shrimp boil will be held at the community center on April 25. And of course, ORWMA meets at the community center on the 1st Sunday of the month at 4 pm. All landowners are invited to attend. Earl FlyORWMA President
Nineteen Volunteers showed up Saturday February 8th to do litter pick up on County Road 215. On the 3.1 miles from the North Gate to County Road 211 about 20 bags of trash were picked up. Donuts, kolaches, and hot coffee were provided. Thanks to everyone who participated!