July 2013 Newsletter

Howdy, everyone!   Please be sure to attend ORWMA’s Ice Cream Social on July 20th, 6 PM at Lynne Bigelow’s place, 1287 Oakridge Rd.   Bring your favorite homemade ice cream to share (or a topping or dessert).   ORWMA will provide the ice & salt;  we do have some buckets to put the ice cream freezers in, but if you have a bucket please bring it with you.

Our deer spotlighting census is coming up in August, here is the tentative schedule…..

Schedule for 2013 White-tail Deer Census

AUGUST is the month the annual Whitetail Deer Census is taken.  Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association has provided the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Biologist this information since 1999.

Suggested dates

1.   8/10,  8:30 PM

2.   8/17,  7:30 PM

3.   8/24,  8:30 PM

4.   8/31,  8:30 PM

We will need 2 pick-ups each night that will hold 6 lawn type chairs each.  Children are welcome,  groups are welcome.  Reservations needed with Jim Trickett 979 732-2447 or 281 507 7572 cell.  Drop ins welcome and will be fitted in where possible (no guarantee w/o prior reservation – or  just a tall tail or two).  We have spotlights, but bring yours if you would like.

ORWMA submits census data to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Local Biologist in addition to the Observation Composition information.

Please fill out the herd composition form and turn it in to either Jim Trickett or me by the end of August 2013.   This info is submitted to TPWD and helps to determine our herd composition.  These herd composition forms are being mailed to you, but you may find them also on this site on the Deer tab.

September 21st, 10:AM is our Annual Fall Whitetail Deer Meeting held at Cecil Stevenson’s barn.  This is the meeting where we issue doe permits and get a few words of wisdom from our wildlife biologist, Mark Lange, about our herd composition.

Vernon Wallace is working on our Wounded Warrior Vet Hunt for this year.   It will either be the first or second weekend in December.   We’re planning on 20 vets again and will provide more details as they become available.

Come on out & join the fun!

David Mitchem, Board Chairman, White-tail Deer Group, 979-484-9240

Photo of the Week2

Morning on Trails End.   Send in your caption by clicking on “Leave a Reply”.

Early Morning Coffee on the Porch, "This is what we came here for!"  Photo by R.C. Lumpkin, July 2013.
Early Morning Coffee on the Porch, “This is what we came here for!” Photo by R.C. Lumpkin, July 2013.


Photo of the Week

Let’s see how many captions we can get on each photo of the week.   Click on “Leave a Reply” to this post to add your caption.

"Not in my house!"    Photo by D.Konarik, June 2013
“Not in my house!” Photo by D.Konarik, June 2013

And send more pictures to ORWMA for us to use for the Photo of the Week at:  oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com.

Burn Ban In Effect for Colorado County

We received word from Mr. Chuck Rogers, Colorado County Office of Emergency Management, that a burn ban is in effect until further notice.  No outdoor burning is permitted for 90 days per county ordinance.  No fireworks per county ordinance.

Please take care of your family, your pets, your animals and your neighbors to ensure everyone has plenty of cool water.


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 https://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

New ORWMA Banner

Larry Petter, President and Barbara Mitchem, Secretary/Tresurer proudly display our new ORWMA banner at the Spring Shrimp Boil!

New ORWMA Banner, April 2013
New ORWMA Banner, April 2013