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

ORWMA Happenings

  1. The fish fry and crawfish boil is this Saturday, the 17th.  Mark Lange will speak at 4 and dinner served at 5.  Please bring a dessert to share and if you wish, non-perishable food items or cash donations for the Columbus Food Bank.  We will also have ORWMA merchandise for sale.
  2. The board elected to have Mark set up our accounts for doe tags.  Therefore, you need to provide your name, email address and TRACT AND SECTION NUMBER so he can map it.  This information can be found at Colorado CAD if you do not know it.  After Mark sets up your account you will get an invite email. If you cannot make the meeting, you may email Mark  mark.lange@tpwd.texas.gov  . 
  3. We recommend not mowing right now due to fawn and bird activities.
  4. Hog busters have captured 166 hogs this year.
  5. Turkey hunting is through the end of April.
  6. Road clean up is scheduled for April 24, 8:00 am at the front gate.
  7. The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 2 at 2:00 pm at the Community Center.

President’s Message

ORWMA update

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.

Earl Fly

ORWMA President

Crawfish and Fish Fry

ORWMA

ANNUAL CRAWFISH/SHRIMP BOIL

DATE: April 17, 2021/Saturday

TIME: Serving 5pm to 7 pm

LOCATION: Community Center

FOOD SERVED: Boil Crawfish/Shrimp, Potatoes, Corn and Desserts

Our charity for this years is Colorado County Food Bank.  Donations of non-perishable items like canned goods, dry cereal, pasta, etc. 

Money donations are also welcome.

ALL OAKRIDGE LAND OWNERS ARE WELCOME!!

2021 ORWMA Board Elections

The October ORWMA Board meeting will be held Saturday, October 3 at 10 am at the Community Center. Two Board positions will be up for election at the meeting. The positions are for President (currently held by Earl Fly) and Communications Chairperson (currently held by Angie Peters). The term is for two years with no term limits and will begin on January 1, 2021.

The duties of the President are to provide the administrative leadership, set the Board Meeting Agenda and preside over Board meetings. The President also maintains the by-laws and interprets by-law questions for the association. In addition, the President of ORWMA is also a member of the Colorado County Wildlife Management Association (CCWMA) Leadership team and meets with the team to plan
the Spring Banquet, review scholarship applications, and other duties as required.

The duties of the Communications Chairperson are to post events/news on the ORWMA website and ORWMA Facebook page, ensure that advertising events and notices of events are emailed to Landowners through the ORWMA g-mail account, prepare calendar of events/news to be turned in to ORIA for quarterly newsletter, and to maintain ORWMA Bulletin Boards at North and South gates. The
Communications Chairperson will also perform other duties as requested by the Board of Directors.

If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, drop us a line at oakridgewildlifemanagement@gmail.com, or come to one of the board meeting. Dates and times will be posted on the website and on the ORWMA Facebook page. Even though board meetings are generally
held once a month, these positions will require much more than that.

Also open positions are Birding and Turkeys.

2020 Doe Permit Meeting

The annual Doe Permit Meeting will be September 19 at 6:30 pm at the Community Center. Annual Dues of $20 and Participation Fee of $20 must both be current.