Category Archives: President’s Message

President’s Message, October 2014

Your 2015 ORWMA committee has been selected.  Here are the results:  Event Chairperson-Jean Herring, co-chair-Peggy Wilcox; Habitat Chairperson-RC Lumpkin, co-chair Glenda Lambert; Birding Chairperson-Brenda Lavergne, co-chairs Marilyn Rutledge & Glenda Lambert; Predator Control Chairperson-Douglas Mason, co-chairs Jerry Rogers & Vernon Wallace; Whitetail Deer Chairperson-David Mitchem, co-chair Jack Jetton; Secretary Treasurer-Barbara Mitchem, Vice President-Vernon Wallace; President-Larry Petter.  This is the first year ORWMA has added co-chairs to the Executive Committee.  We look forward to building our teams.  If you have a special interest in any of the committees please contact any chairperson so that you are included in their correspondence.

Plans are underway for the 2014 Wounded Warrior Hunt. We are expecting 15-20 participants and great hunting weather!  We will be searching for hunting stands and lodging for our guests.  David or Vernon may be calling you soon! Items for gift bags are needed; let Barbara know if you can help.  If your company or employer would like to sponsor or make a donation, contact Barbara.  We would like to send our Wounded Warrior Guests home with some venison this year. In previous years, some of our guest returned home with empty ice chests. Thanks to an ORWMA member, Jason Frick, he suggested we harvest some does in advance.  I have decided to implement this idea and ask any avid Oakridge hunter to take an additional doe for this purpose.  I will provide the processing and freezing for the wounded warrior event. Check in the doe and you will be issued a replacement permit.  Give me a call for additional details, 713-825-7332.

UPCOMING EVENTS  –  Wounded Warrior Hunt December 6 & 7.  Mark your calendar.  A weekend agenda will be sent to you soon.  Chili Cookout December 5, 2014.  Each year we cook chili for the Saturday night supper for the wounded warrior hunt.  We start Friday at 8:00 AM.  Breakfast will be provided, fellowship will be enjoyed, and stories will be told.  Join me at the Petter corral, 1220 Miller Creek Loop.

Visit our website: www.orwma.org   Read our articles about habitat and birding.  Don’t be left out!

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message, August 2014

September is knocking at our front door, temperatures are in the century mark, and the drought has lowered our pond levels and turned the grass brown.  I know we have all been there before.
Be aware that we are currently under a burn ban for the county. No open fires please!  The Oakridge Volunteer Fire Department has been actively responding to fire calls, a home in Sheridan, and numerous bales of hay on fire.  Please do your part in observing the burn ban and give thanks to our volunteer firemen/firewomen when you see them.

We will be having an ORWMA meeting this Saturday, August 30, 10:00 am at the Community Center.
A topic of discussion will be the Wounded Warrior Hunt scheduled for December 6-7, 2014.  I am looking for suggestions and new ideas to make this another unforgettable event.  All landowners please join us as we plan for December!

The August, 2014 Deer Census is coming to a close this Saturday.  Many thanks to Jim and Carolyn Trickett for coordinating this event.  I have been told a hayride for the children and grandchildren will be included for the final tour!  See you Saturday August 30 at 8:30PM at 1278 Oakridge RD.

UPCOMING EVENTS
ORWMA annual meeting
On September 20th, 4:00 PM, we will be issuing doe permits to Oakridge landowners at the Community Center.  This is also the time we will be collecting annual dues for ORWMA.  If you are unable to attend then annual dues of $20.00 may be mailed to ORWMA, P.O. BOX 1278, Columbus TX. 78934.  If you are a deer checker, please attend so that I may introduce you to new landowners.  Mark Lange, Colorado County Wildlife Biologist, will be on hand to talk about aging deer on the hoof.

CCWMA Colorado County Wildlife Management Association – Entry forms for the 2014 CCWMA whitetail contest will be available.  $9100 in prizes are available.  All bucks (including spikes) to be aged and scored by our WMA scorers.  Also bring in doe heads.  Every deer brought in makes you eligible for the drawings.  Spikes brought in get two chances in the drawings.  We will have raffle tickets available for our Spring Banquet.  Tickets are $2 each or 12 for $20.  Prizes include a Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License, several rifles with scopes, pistols, Yetti Cooler, knives, shotguns, several gift certificates to name a few!

CHL class sponsored by ORWMA
The class is full!  The date is September 13, 2014, at 8:00 am at the Community Center.  This is a four hour classroom with range qualification on the ranch.  Contact Vernon Wallace for additional details at vwallace@satyainc.com

We apologize that our website is currently under repair.  http://orwma.org
We hope to have it up and running soon.

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message, July 2014

Say goodbye to July and welcome August.  We have been very fortunate with our spring rains this year but now for a reality check. It is hot and dry again.

Many thanks to Jean Herring.  On Saturday, July 5th, ORWMA held its annual Ice Cream Social.  There were about 45 people in attendance.  Many of them were grandchildren of the land owners.  The idea of the social on the July fourth weekend hoped to bring in family members of the landowners.  It did do that, but may have left some landowners out due to out of town trips.  We welcomed two new families to the ranch at the social: the Leavesly and the Prasatik families helped us judge the ice creams in several categories.  Winners in the “Best Presentation” and “All Around Favorite” were Preston and Nelda Callendar for their fabulous strawberry.  Winners in the “Most Interesting” and “Oddest or Most Unique” categories were R.C and Ruth Lumpkin for their jalapeño/strawberry served with peanut butter cookies.

We had a great speaker in Dr. Charles Cole.  He brought in several displays of insects from this area.  Many of the adults and most of the children gathered around the displays and asked questions.  Later Dr. Cole talked about the advantages & disadvantages of insects in our area.  One interesting fact came out when Dr. Cole was asked about the green worms that fall from the trees during the spring.  It seems these worms actually make the trees lusher by forming a nodule at the site from which they hatch.  This node actually produces more areas for the leaves to sprout, so the tree has a fuller leaf coat.  The green worm eventually becomes a little white moth that birds feast on.  Although the worm is a nuisance, it actually serves a good purpose.

Along with the ice cream, we had some very tasty desserts and toppings. So remember, you do not need to prepare ice cream to come to the social and visit with your neighbors.  Hope to see you next year.

UPCOMING EVENTS-
August, 2014 Deer Census Survey
Tentative dates are August 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Contact Jim Trickett 979-7312-2447 or jtricket@att.net

ORWMA annual meeting
September 20th, 4: PM at the Oakridge Community Center.
Annual dues will be collected and doe permits issued.

IN THE WORKS-
CHL Class sponsored by ORWMA  
Planned date is September 13th
Four hour classroom at Community Center;  Cost between $70-$75 depending how many sign up;  Range qualification here on the ranch.
We must know by August 25th to get a head count
Reply to Vernon Wallace for additional details at vwallace@satyainc.com.

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message, April 2014

April is here and the wild flowers are blooming beautifully.  With the wet spring we have experienced nature at its peak.  Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes are in abundance.  We should have a bountiful dewberry crop this year, also.  I expect to do more mowing this year since the rainfall has been plentiful.  Our post oaks and live oaks are bursting with new growth and I expect a bumper crop of acorns.  Not so good news for the deer hunters but a feast for the squirrels, crows and blue jays.

UPCOMING EVENTS –
Saturday, April 5, 2014, April Trash off Day
Did you know that ORWMA adopted CR 215 several years back?  Look for the permanent county sign posted at both ends of 215.  Glenda and Grady Lambert organized this effort about 12 years ago.  On Saturday morning we will cleanup CR 215, and if we have enough volunteers we will clean Oakridge Road.  Meet at the north gate at 8 a.m. Bring gloves.  Trash bags will be provided.   Filled trash bags will be left outside the north gate for the county to pick up Monday or Tuesday morning.   Grady or Glenda will notify our county commissioner to pick up trash.

Saturday, April 12 2014, ORWMA Spring Banquet
Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association invites you to our annual spring banquet.  We are scheduled to begin 4:00 PM at the Oakridge Ranch Community Center.  Your membership has allowed us to provide a meal of fish, shrimp, potatoes and corn.  Bring a desert to share if you can.  This is a great time to meet your neighbors.   We are very fortunate to have guest speaker, Dr. Charles Cole, PhD in Entomology.  He will talk about insects.  You know the kind: beetles, spiders, scorpions, stink bugs.  Do you know what an ironclad beetle is?  We all have them.  If you are interested in honey bees, ask Dr. Cole.  He is also a Master Gardener and can provide you with a wealth of information.

IN THE WORKS –
July 5, 2014, ORWMA Ice Cream Social

Tax Day marks the last day to file income taxes in the United States.  The history of US Income Tax dates all the way back to the Civil War and the Revenue Act of 1861.  This tax was imposed to help pay the costs of the war.  After several repeals, new taxes, and subsequent repeals, the 16th Amendment to the U S Constitution was ratified and went into law in 1913.  Changes have been made throughout the years, but the Income Tax still remains in some form as a way to finance the US Government.

Check out our website— http://orwma.org

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message, March 2014

This winter has been the coldest in recent memory.  Throughout the night Monday, March 3rd, we were witnessing a lightening show with thunder in the background.  The rain started, 1½ inches to my measure, yes, we had an ice storm, 20 degrees, here at the ranch.  I can’t remember the last time that happened.  Was it 30-40 years ago?  The morning arrived in a winter wonderland.  It was pretty, but, with the electricity out for six hours we began to chill in the house.  Tree branches fell under the weight of the ice, by 3pm ice began falling as the temperature rose.  The next four days were bearable as we picked up branches and raked leaves.  Saturday night [March 8th] brought us 3½ more inches of rain.  Wow, it is so wet even the gophers and moles were coming up for air!  Get used to daylight saving time and in 10 days it will be the first day of spring! 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • March 15th, Colorado County Wildlife Management Association Banquet, KC Hall, Columbus. TX  –  The Colorado County Wildlife Management Association’s Spring Banquet is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the 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 $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

We will have our big raffle and bucket raffles for great prizes.  We will also have many vendors with nice merchandise to look over and purchase.  The 2013 Scholarship winners and the Whitetail Contest winners will be recognized.

This is a public event and all of Oakridge Ranch is invited.

IN THE WORKS:
The next ORWMA meeting is March 22nd at 1:00 pm, at the Petter home.

Spring traditionally marks the end of winter and the beginning of a season that signifies longer days and warmer temperatures.  The first day of spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox.  This marks the day that the Sun’s path is directly over the equator.  This day also contains equal amounts of day time and night time.  This day typically occurs each year on March 20 (or on March 21 in some years).

If you have not kept up with our website, you are certainly missing a lot———- Follow us, find the home page where you may subscribe.  If you are the 7th and 13th subscriber, you have won a $50 gift card.   —check out our website—    http://orwma.org

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message, January 2014

January 2014!   What a way to start the year!   We received 30 to 45 mph wind gusts, consecutive days of below freezing temperatures, 3 to 3.75 inches rain throughout the ranch, several stuck trucks and tractors, and now temperatures in the middle 70’s, foggy in the morning, warm in the afternoon.   So what is ahead for the New Year?

UPCOMING EVENTS-
The ORWMA Committee is supporting the following events:

  • March 1-2, Wild Hog Round-Up, Hallettsville TX, Promoted by Texas Dog Hunters Association
  • March 15, Colorado County Wildlife Management Association Banquet, KC Hall, Columbus TX.
  • April 12, Oakridge Ranch WMA Spring Shrimp Boil, Community Center
  • July 5, Ice Cream Social

IN THE WORKS- 
Details of the events above are being prepared by committee so watch your emails, the ORWMA website or mail box for more information.

Did you know Douglas Mason caught or trapped 567 hogs last year?  Add that to 50 hogs trapped by Jerry Rogers, several harvested by various landowners; that’s a lot of hogs!

David Mitchem reported that 141 deer were “checked in” this past season.

Many of us football fans probably are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday, February 2.  But did you know it is also ground hog day?   Will Punxsutawney Phil pick the winner?  Groundhog Day marks the midway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.  It is a derivative from the early Christian holiday of Candlemas Day.  The holiday is commemorated when a famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from his burrow and looks for his shadow.  The tradition goes that this day is used to help determine how many weeks of winter might be left.  It is observed every year on February 2nd and was established in 1887.

If you have not kept up with our website you are certainly missing a lot———-check out our website—    http://orwma.org

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA
January, 2014

President’s Message, June 2013

Amazing how the year is going by. June has brought us the heat and humidity. Along with that are sightings of the new fawn crop. We hope all are delighted with these amazing births of nature’s wonders. Please use caution as you mow, the fawns may be hidden in the tall grass. What will July and August bestow upon us?

UPCOMING EVENTS You are all invited to the ORWMA Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 20th at 6 PM.  Bring a lawn chair and your ice cream bucket to Lynne Bigelow’s back yard (1287 Oakridge Road). We will be cranking the ice cream there to share with all. ORWMA will supply rock salt and ice. If homemade ice cream isn’t in your area of expertise bring a topping or desert (cookies/cake) to share. We will have a contest for: 1) most unusual flavor 2) personal favorite 3) creamiest 4) best presentation 5) most refreshing. (Jean Herring)   All Oakridge is encouraged to come and if friends/family are visiting, bring them as well.

We will also roll out our new website at http://orwma.org.  Membership is now being updated. If you have not filled out the membership application you may now find it on the website. On the home page, scroll over to “ABOUT” and you will see the membership application tab appear.

Seminar News:   The Value of Land – Water, Oil, and Gas Leasing and Estate Planning Seminar-July 19, 2013. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Austin, Colorado, Fayette and Washington Counties will be sponsoring a Seminar on Issues Affecting Land Owners, on Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Cat Spring Ag Society Hall in Cat Spring. The focus of the program is make landowners aware of issues that could be affecting them in the near future. Pre-Registration required, 8:30-3:30, meal provided with registration, $50.00 per person or $75.00 per couple. Please contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office of Colorado County at (979)732-2082.

IN THE WORKS –
August Deer Census- (Jim Trickett)
September 21 Oakridge WMA Fall Meeting

We are always excited to hear your comments — Have you seen the moon setting over Oakridge Ranch?   Seize the moment—check out our website.

 Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message, May 2013

A great time was enjoyed at the Spring Shrimp Boil.  We received many compliments from you.  We had 63 people in attendance and raised $215.00 from the silent auction.  We hope that our speaker, Bill Mitchell, provided valuable information about your agriculture and wildlife exemptions.  If you would like a copy of his notes, then let us know. (Barbara Mitchem)

Upcoming Events:
“You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!” (Jean Herring)  So you’d better be at ORWMA’s Annual Ice Cream Social!  Bring your favorite flavor of ice cream or sherbet.  ORWMA will supply rock salt and ice.  If homemade ice cream isn’t in your area of expertise, bring a toipping to share or a dessert (cookies/cake).  We will have a contest for: 1) most unusual flavor, 2) personal favorite, 3) creamiest & 4) best presentation.

So bring a lawn chair, your ice cream or sherbet or topping/dessert to Lynne Bigelow’s backyard (1287 Oakridge Road) at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20.  We will also introduce our new website under construction at http://orwma.org.  All of Oakridge is encouraged to come and if friends/family are visiting, bring them as well.

The ORWMA Summer Birding Census will be held on June 15, 2013, 6:30 AM, Oakridge Community Center.  A birding brunch will be held afterwards at 10:30 AM.  We hope you will set aside this time!  (Brenda LaVergne)

In the Works:
July 20 Ice Cream Social (Jean Herring)
August Deer Census (Jim Trickett)
September 21 Oakridge WMA Fall Meeting (Larry Petter)
December 7 Wounded Warrior Hunt (David Mitchem)

We are always excited to hear your comments!   From Jim Trickett: “You guys did a great job with the shrimp boil. The format was great, the exhibits were good, the word got around to a number of new landowners, the new banner was well done and having Billy Mitchell there was a great idea.  It was evident you are all working hard to get it back on track and I think y’all are doing this.”

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message April 2013

ORWMA has a new website! Visit www.orwma.org to see the new version!  Jean, Grady and Brenda are working to add more pictures and data as quickly as possible. We hope this is something you will enjoy as we evolve! We welcome your ideas as this may help us develop a site that is informative and a pleasure to visit.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 20th  – ORWMA Spring Banquet 2013 “This is the event we have been planning!”  We are having a shrimp boil!  Hot dogs will be available also!  Bring a chair!  Come hear our guest speaker Bill Mitchell, Chief Appraiser of Colorado County discussing AG and Wildlife exemptions. He will have a question and answer session also.

We plan to give away door prizes and have a silent auction. The theme will be “From the Ranch”.  Our wildlife committees will display their themes!  Bring a dessert to share if you can! You may bring your drink of choice. If you are a member of ORWMA or wish to join, then please come!  We will have a table available for sign-in to add new members for 2013. Get your door prize ticket also. The location is the Community Center and the time is 4:00 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Special note: If you have a deer mount that was harvested in Oakridge Ranch please bring to show. We also would like to see any sheds or antlers from here! Have you found a hogs head with tusk? Bring it!

May is open with no events planned at this time.

We are excited about having our first ORWMA member social for 2013!  We can always use the help to set up tables and chairs. If you like to boil shrimp, potatoes and corn then we need you!

The ORWMA executive committee takes great pride in sending you this message. Let us know what you think, share your ideas, with us.

The following message was received by Aubrey Walton in South Korea! – “Thanks for keeping me informed!”   And “Thanks!” to Marilyn Rutledge for writing our first article for the new ORWMA website!

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

President’s Message March 2013

Your ORWMA executive committee held its meeting March 9th at the Petter home. The minutes were read and approved along with the Treasure’s report.   The new ORWMA banner was presented and approved by committee.  We had a lengthy discussion about our website with a lot of new ideas from our committee leaders. A team was formed with Jean Herring, Brenda LaVergne and Donna Burrows to review new avenues of updating or changing our website.

From Donna Burrows    I’m already spotting bluebonnets on I-10.   As winter starts to let go, more spring flowers are on their way, migration gets going in earnest and nesting begins.  Butterflies will start flying and trees and grasses will begin to green and we will see if we had a wet enough winter to keep up the momentum for a few spring months.   For now, it is definitely a waiting game.

It is sobering to look around to see effects of the hypoxylon canker which has devastated so many trees in our drought.   Until we get some real, measurable rain, the canker will continue on its way to, in the long run, bring us back to broader areas of beneficial grass lands.   We need our native grasses as much as the trees.

Of course, the trees that can be left standing are great for wildlife, as we know.    For instance, we have a great roost tree for the Pileated Woodpecker; perhaps now to house an owl or squirrels or raccoons.  Or, for that matter the large brush piles the down trees make are also beneficial.  Taking stock of all, if we must lose so many trees, it is great to see these side benefits developing.

So, come on, Spring.  Show us what you’ve got.

Upcoming events-

April 6th   Columbus Trash off Day, ORWMA sponsors county road 215 and will be picking up trash that day. Contact Glenda Lambert (gl78962@gmail.com) or Carolyn Trickett (ctricket@yahoo.com) for more information or just show up at 8:00 AM at the North gate.  ORIA will also be participating by sprucing up the North and South gate entrances. If you wish to pitch in for an hour then contact Brenda LaVergne (Brenda.lavergne@gmail.com) for the South gate or Larry Petter (larry@citywestwindows.com) for the North gate. Also that day we will be doing a spring cleaning at the Community Center. For all those that donate their time, ORWMA will provide a light lunch at 12:00 at the Community Center; contact Jean Herring (mackieherring@yahoo.com) if you wish to assist her!

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL & KEEP TEXAS BEAUTIFUL

 March 1st to May 31, 2013.

April 13th ORWMA is sponsoring a CHL class in Oakridge Ranch. This will be the classroom instruction and firing range. We will have a certified instructor by the Texas Department of Public Safety on site. Fees are estimated to be $95 depending on number of participants. We will begin at 8:00 AM at the Community Center.  We need confirmation if you wish to attend so that we may plan the day.  I recommend you bring a sack lunch for the day.  Please contact Vernon Wallace (vwallace@satyainc.com) by the April 2, 2013.

April 20th ORWMA Spring Banquet 2013   “This is the event we have been planning!”  We are having a shrimp boil!    Hot dogs will be available also!   Bring a chair!  Come hear our guest speaker Bill Mitchell, Chief Appraiser of Colorado County discussing AG or Wildlife exemptions.  Bring a dessert to share if you can!  If you are a member of ORWMA or wish to join, then please come!  The location is the Community Center and the time is 4:00 PM.  I saved the best for last———-FREE

OAKRIDGE RANCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

We are excited about having our first ORWMA member social for 2013!  So mark your calendars! If you wish to volunteer your help then let me know. We can always use the help to set up tables and chairs. The ORWMA executive committee takes great pride in sending you this message. Let us know what you think, share your ideas, with us.

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA