Annual Whitetail Spotlight Census

Old buck came for breakfast; Photo by B.LaVergne, Aug 2014.
Old buck came for breakfast; Photo by B.LaVergne, Aug 2014.

ORWMA will be hosting our Annual Whitetail Deer Spotlight Census in August this year.   The census dates are as follows:

 1.  Sat – Aug 12: We will gather at 7:15PM.  The trucks will be on the start line at 8:PM.  Anyone who does not ride in one of the trucks may stay and visit while trucks are out.

 2.  Sat – Aug 19:  There may be a spot or two still available in one of the pick-up trucks for counting, but come on anyway and just sit and talk.

 3.  Friday – Aug 25: Gather at 7:15PM.  Trucks on start line at 8:PM.  Visit while trucks are out if you’re not counting.

 The numbers are added to the individual landowner totals and turned in on September 1st to our TPWD Wildlife Biologist.   These numbers help determine the number of doe tags Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association receives for the upcoming Whitetail Deer Season.

 We will meet at the Trickett’s house, 1278 Oakridge Rd.   You may bring a beverage and/or snack of your choice.

 Please contact Jim Trickett if you would like to drive or participate in the count.   Jim’s number is 281-507-7572.

 Please print the attached form for your Individual Count:    LandownerIndividualDeerCensusForm_2017

Burn Ban Now In Effect

Colorado County has issued a burn ban and it’s in effect until further notice:

  •  NO outdoor burning is permitted per county ordinance.

  •  NO fireworks per county ordinance.

  •  Strict instructions for welding.

  • Includes other restrictions.

Please click on “Burn Ban.7-28” below to see the full order from the County.   Thanks for taking care of your neighbors!

Burn Ban.7-28


2017 Winter Bird Census – Feb 4th

Eastern Bluebird at Oakridge Ranch, unknown photographer/date
Eastern Bluebird at Oakridge Ranch, unknown photographer/date

Since the first years of the millennium, folks at Oakridge have conducted winter and summer bird censuses.  In keeping with that tradition, we invite anyone interested in birds at the ranch to participate in this year’s winter census on the morning of Saturday February 4th from first chirp (around 7 am) to Noonish or whenever you think you’ve had enough!  We will meet later that afternoon (between 3 and 5 pm) at our house to turn in checklists, have some snacks and refreshments and discuss the birds we saw.

You are welcome to census your own place or join a team and maybe learn a few new birds with your neighbors.  We will try to cover as many habitats within the ranch as possible.  If you are interested in participating, please let me know so I can send you a checklist and so we can plan for how many people are coming that afternoon.

Birds are an essential ingredient in any wildlife habitat and censuses may qualify as an activity in a wildlife plan.  I hope you will participate and start down that path to becoming a bird nerd, if you’re not already!  It’s fun and easy.

Amy Hardy
Chairman-ORWMA Bird special interest group

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Cedar Waxwings; Photo by B.LaVergne, Feb 2014.
Cedar Waxwings; Photo by B.LaVergne, Feb 2014.

Time to Plant Wildflower Seeds for Next Spring


Now is the time to plant your wildflower seeds for next spring.   Any time is good during October or November before the cold weather gets settled in our area.   This gives the seeds plenty of time for germination before the spring sprouts come forth.   Be sure you keep the seeds moist by watering when it’s not raining.   We’re having a dry fall this year, so you may need to rely on watering your seed to have a nice wildflower crop next spring.   You can buy wildflower seeds most anywhere, but some packets on sale for our area do contain grass seed, too.   So, if it’s only wildflower seeds you’re looking for, be sure to check the back of the package to see just how many seeds are included inside.   Or you can buy from one of the wild seed sources listed on our website & below:

  • Wildseed Farms of Fredericksburg, TX,;
  • Native American Seed of Junction, TX,

Wildflowers not only add beauty to your landscape, but they bring in the pollinators necessary for our food crops.   Additionally, most wildflowers are not eaten by the deer except in extreme drought conditions making these flowers a great choice to add to your home here at Oakridge Ranch.

And don’t forget to send pictures of your wildflowers to ORWMA at

Live life outdoors!

Butterfly Garden, May 2013
Butterfly Garden, May 2013

Note from Colorado County WMA to Deer Hunters for 2016-2017

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 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 (    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.”

Mark Lange
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Wildlife Biologist
Colorado/Austin Counties
1117 Travis St.
Columbus, TX 78934
Oak Prairie Wildlife District 7

Spring 2016 Whitetail Update

Young Fawn, Photo by D.Mason, May 2013.
Young Fawn, Photo by D.Mason, May 2013.

Well, here we are in April already – cool mornings, warm afternoons with plenty of sunshine and an adequate amount of rain. The grass is growing and the birds are nesting.  Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a couple of things regarding our whitetail herd and turkey flock.

The early breeding does will begin fawning soon. Please be careful when you are mowing your tall grass.  The does hide their newborns in it and the fawns are instinctively not going to move when danger approaches.  This brings me to the next reminder.  If you find a fawn and you do not see the doe around, don’t worry.  Mom knows where she left her baby.  Take a moment to admire nature’s creation then leave the fawn(s) undisturbed.  Mom will take care of the rest.

Many of you have had the opportunity to observe the turkeys courting this spring. Our local flock has really grown over the years. They will be nesting soon in nests made on the ground, hiding their nests in tall grasses and scrub thickets.  That’s something else to watch for.

Rio Grande Turkeys - Toms showing off for the hen; Photo by B.LaVergne, March 2013
Rio Grande Turkeys – Toms showing off for the hen; Photo by B.LaVergne, March 2013

My last comment would be for those who feed supplemental protein. You might consider continuing feeding for another couple of months.  Right now, there is plenty of natural forage available for the deer but demands are high for a lactating doe.  A doe will pass on any protein she takes in to her fawn(s).  A little boost now could help them get thru the dry time of summer.

Enjoy your spring.

Jack Jetton
ORWMA Deer Group Committee Chairman

Whitetail Fawn still wet from birth; Photo by B.LaVergne, Spring 2007.
Whitetail Fawn still wet from birth; Photo by B.LaVergne, Spring 2007.

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