ORWMA Happenings and Dates

1. Deer spotlighting is every Saturday night in August. Meet at the community center at 8:30 pm if you wish to participate. 

2.  It is VERY IMPORTANT that you fill out your deer census and turn it into Jerry.  If you don’t, your doe permits could be in jeopardy.  VERY IMPORTANT!!! Attached is Mark Lange’s letter to all the WMA,s, but we made it specific to Oakridge. The second document is the herd composition form and instructions.

3. The fall meeting (doe permit meeting) is September 11, 2021 at 9:00 am at the community center with Mark Lange.

4. The next ORWMA meeting is September 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm at the community center.5. The Texas youth hunt is November 19-21.  If you wish to donate a stand, get with Vernon vwallace@satyainc.com or Keith kpete7777@gmail.com.  Saturday night will be a dinner and the ranch is invited.  Please bring a side dish or dessert.  The meats will be brisket and sausage.  Also, the kids need something to do on Saturday so if you wish to allow fishing at your pond, please let Vernon know.

Ice Cream Social July 17

The annual Ice Cream Social will be held July 17th at 5 pm at the Community Center. Bring your favorite ice cream, toppings, or cookies.

Wildlife District 7 Webinar 2021 Flyer and Mark your Calendars

The Colorado County Wildlife Management Association’s (CCWMA) Banquet is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the Columbus Hall (formerly K.C. Hall) in Columbus, Texas.  There will be live music from 4:00-6:30 and a full catered barbecue meal at 6:00 p.m. with free soft drinks and free beer while it lasts.  Meal tickets will be $12 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under.  There is no cost to attend.

There will be card raffles for a Yeti cooler and an Argentina Dove Hunt, bucket raffles, a buck scoring contest and of course the drawing for the big raffle.  There will also be vendors with merchandise for purchase.  The 2020 Scholarship winners and the 2020 Whitetail Contest winners will be recognized. 

Bring your WMA harvested buck mounts to be displayed and be eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates.   Make sure they can be hung for viewing.  Also, bring your game cam and regular photos for the Photo Contest.  This year’s guest speaker will be TJ Muir (Wildlife Damage Management Biologist with Wildlife Services) and he will discuss feral hog control. 

The general public is also invited to attend this family friendly event. Proceeds from the event go to help fund future scholarships.  To date, CCWMA has handed out over $130,000 in scholarships to local and/or CCWMA affiliated graduating seniors.  Hope to see you there!

The annual Ice Cream Social will be held July 17th at 5 pm at the Community Center. Bring your favorite ice cream, toppings, or cookies. Watch your email, facebook, and ORWMA website for details.

Attached is the flyer for the TPWD District 7 2021 Webinar Series.  All will be virtual over the lunch hour so hope you can find time to listen in.  The webinars begin July 7. Below is the link to register just in case the link on the flyer does not work.

http://bit.ly/D7_webinar_2021

And looking down the road, the Fall Meeting (AKA the doe permit meeting) will be held September 11th at 9 am at the Community Center. Mark Lange will address the changes to the MLD program and how they affect ORWMA.
Earl Fly

ORWMA President

2021 Summer Bird Census

Thank you to this year’s birders, led by Bert and Jean Stipelcovich, for taking the summer census.


This year’s participants are below and the results along with last year’s are attached.

  • Amy Hardy
  • Bert Stipelcovich
  • Brenda LaVernge
  • Earl Fly
  • Gary LaVergne
  • Glen Osburn
  • Jean Stipelcovich
  • Steve Wiste
  • Vicki Wiste

LAST CALL DOE TAGS – JUNE 14

If you are planning on taking a doe with an MLD permit, note the deadline for creating your account in the Land Management Assistance (LMA) database is June 14. Payment is due before October 1.  If you have any questions call or e-mail Mark Lange as listed below.

Earl Fly

President

ORWMA

Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association

Mark Lang

mark.lange@tpwd.texas.gov

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wildlife Biologist

Colorado/Austin Counties

1117 Travis Street

Columbus, TX 78934

Office 979-732-3458

Cell-979-484-2583

Fax-979-732-2997

2021 Fish Fry and Crawfish Boil

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 mark.lange@tpwd.texas.gov 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.

Earl Fly

ORWMA President