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—    https://orwma.org

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA
January, 2014

President’s Message, December 2013

December is here!  Leaves are falling and the ponds are to the brim.  Brings back memories of how wet it can get.  Temperatures have dropped and it feels like the holiday season.  What a season to be thankful as we give back to our military and veterans. 

UPCOMING EVENTS-
Wounded Warrior Hunt – December 14-15, 2013
Here is a reminder———————-
Each year ORWMA hosts a deer hunt for wounded warriors from BAMC in San Antonio.  Up to 20 soldiers and their guests join us for a weekend full of deer hunting, hog/dog hunting demonstrations, great food and fellowship.  Everyone from the Oakridge community is invited to join us.  The main meal is Noon on Saturday, December 14th, at the Stevenson barn.

IN THE WORKS-
Preparations are under way for our Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt.
    If you are providing a side dish or desert contact Jean Herring, mackieherring@yahoo.com.
    If you are providing items for gift bags contact Barbara Mitchem, bmitchem2@yahoo.com.
    We need to confirm available deer stands and you as a guide, contact David Mitchem, bdmitchem@ymail.com.
    We need to confirm overnight lodging, contact Vernon Wallace, vwallace@satyainc.com.  

You are invited————
We will be making chili for the Saturday night supper for our wounded warriors.  We do this ahead of time because as you know “chili” tastes better 3 days later.  Chili will be made outdoors in a cast iron kettle fueled by burning wood.  Kind of like the early settlers would do on the open range.  We start early with breakfast about 7:30 to 9 AM.  This is a come and go cookout, or stay as it will be an all-day affair!
Be part of this year’s chili team!
The smoke house will be going, so if you have any cut of meat you want to smoke then bring it!  In the past we smoked sausage, pork ribs, pork ham, brisket, turkey, and chicken.  If you’re interested in making your own deer sausage, then contact me in advance, larry@citywestwindows.com.  As in previous years this will be at the Petter Place (1220 Miller Creek Loop) Wednesday, December 11.

Our next ORWMA board meeting will be Sunday, 8th, 4:00 PM at the Petter home. As a landowner, we encourage you to attend any meeting.  Our meetings are held at a random time throughout the year, so contact any board member for the next date.

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

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA
December, 2013

President’s Message, November 2013

November is almost gone!  How time flies.  With the arrival of much needed rain, all our ponds are full and we even experienced water over the low water crossing on Oakridge Road, Miller Creek Loop, and County Road 215. The leaves are now falling and it is too easy to get stuck in the sand.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wounded Warrior Hunt – December 14-15, 2013:
Each year ORWMA hosts a deer hunt for wounded warriors from BAMC in San Antonio.  Up to 20 soldiers and their guests join us for weekend full of deer hunting, hog/dog hunting demonstrations, great food and fellowship.  Everyone from the Oakridge community is invited to join us.  The main meal is Saturday, December 14th at Noon.  Bring a side dish or dessert and visit with the soldiers and other community members.

IN THE WORKS:
Preparations are under way for our Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt.  Let us recognize some volunteers for this Event:

  • Vernon Wallace– Communication with Brooke Army Medical Center, overnight accommodations;
  • Vickie Wallace- Hunting jackets through her employer SM Energy;
  • David Mitchem– Acquiring deer stands, allocating permits;
  • Barbara Mitchem-w/Carolyn Trickett, Peggy Wilcox—Gift Bags;
  • Cecil & Donna Stevenson- Allowing us to use their barn for the main location;
  • Wayne Wolfford- Heading up the cleaning station at Community Center;
  • Douglas Mason- Enlisting TDHA volunteers to clean deer;
  • Jerry Rogers- Coolers through his employer CBI, Inc.;
  • Ray Poole, Douglas Jeske- donating and cooking briskets for Saturday lunch;
  • Jean Herring- Setting up all the food.

This year we will also be making chili for the Saturday night supper for our wounded warriors.  Come join me for a day of fun and fellowship, be part of the chili team.  As in previous years, this will be at the Petter Place Wednesday, December 11, 8:00 AM.  Breakfast and coffee will be available from 7:30 to 9.  Contact any ORWMA Board member if you can help.

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” to be celebrated on Thursday, November 28.  As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.  Have a safe family holiday from your ORWMA Committee.

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

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA
November, 2013

Wounded Warrior Hunt Upcoming

We hope you make plans to participate in ORWMA’s Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt coming up on December 14 & 15.   We host several wounded warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center for the 2-day period and give them a chance to hunt at Oakridge Ranch.  For more details on how you can participate, please click on the “Groups” tab, then “Deer”; next click on “Wounded Warrior Hunt“. 

Oakridge Ranch’s Douglas Mason gives away several wounded warrior hunts throughout the year.  Below is a nice picture of a recent successful hunt Douglas (& his dogs) had with Jeremy Spoerle and his family.  Jeremy was wounded in 2007.  Pictured are Jeremy with family members Barb, Callie & John.  Thank you, Douglas, for what you do for our wounded warriors all year long!

Spoerle Family Hunt with Douglas Mason, November 2013.
Spoerle Family Hunt with Douglas Mason, November 2013.

 

Large Cats in Oakridge Ranch

Two young cougars were seen today at 5:40 PM on Oakridge Road between Wagon Wheel and the bend in the road just east of that (towards the stop sign at Trails End).   But the property owner couldn’t get close enough to take a photo with his mobile phone before they scattered.  These were definitely cougars with the longer tail & crook at the end.  Since these were young, we must definitely have some breeding cougars in our area.

Many property owners are feeding deer and attracting more wildlife to our properties.  Keep a watchful eye for the predators that follow those we are trying to attract, including Cougars, Bobcats and Coyote.   Do not run if you are confronted by one of these animals.  Try to look larger than you are; carry a big stick, wave your arms, yell, etc.   Consider walking or biking in groups.

And, as always, live life outdoors!

(Note:  If anyone has any pictures on their game cameras of one of these cats or other predators, please forward to ORWMA at oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com.)

Texas AgriLife Extension Svc. Seminar

Landowners might be interested in attending the seminar being offered tomorrow by Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service.  The Multi-County New Landowner Educational Series will have its next seminar on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Tom and Donna Mueller’s GEN VI Ranch located at 2001 Biegel Rd, Fayetteville.  This month’s program will focus on rain water harvesting, fire-wise landscaping, and turf grass management.

The program is open to anyone who would like to attend, but it specifically designed for new landowners in the Austin, Colorado, Fayette, and Washington County areas.  The program will begin at 1:30 pm and last until 4:30 pm.  Registration is $20.00 per person and includes refreshments and educational materials.  For more information please contact the Colorado County Extension Office at (979) 732-2082.

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“This seemed like a good idea at first!” – Nolan Hall.    Add your caption to this picture by clicking on “Leave a Reply” and posting your own.   Let’s see how many captions we can give to this picture.   Enjoy!

Deer stuck in a Jack-o-Lantern; Photo by of D.Konarik.
Deer stuck in a Jack-o-Lantern; Photo by of D.Konarik.

President’s Message, October 2013

October is the month your Executive Board is nominated and/or appointed according to the By-Laws.  The Board is comprised of President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Program Director, and 4 committee chair persons:  Whitetail Deer, Birds, Habitat, Predators.  As ORWMA members you are invited to participate or observe this process.  Nominations may be received from any ORWMA member in good standing. 

Our next ORWMA Board meeting will be Saturday, October 12th.  The time will be 1:00 pm at the Petter home, 1220 Miller Creek Loop.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP so that we may prepare.  We hope you will attend and join one of our committees; Birding, Habitat, Predators, Whitetail Deer. 

UPCOMING EVENTS –
October Executive Board Meeting-Saturday October 12th, 1:00 pm at the Petter home, 1220 Miller Creek Loop. 

Wounded Warrior Hunt – December 14 &15, 2013. 

IN THE WORKS –
This Saturday, 10/12/13, we will plan the Wounded Warrior Hunt.  Items to discuss will be the event location and agenda, cleaning and process station, gift or goody bags for the soldiers, acquiring overnight sleeping arrangements, and of course deer stands. We are always in need of additional help.  We encourage you to attend as we are always looking for new and refreshing ideas.  Please RSVP.  If attendance is large we will move from the house to the barn!  Bring a lawn chair for your comfort! 

Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association sponsors County Road 215.  Many thanks to Glenda & Grady Lambert for taking charge of this event.  The following message from the Lamberts:  “We cleaned CR 215 from the low-water crossing to CR 211.  We collected 20 bags of trash.  Thanks to Pattie Vretis, Bret & Terri Dingley, Mercedes Burns, and Rebecca Marburger (Big Wire Ranch) for helping.”  

We are always excited to hear your comments – we are hopeful that the varieties of articles we present interest all landowners in Oakridge Ranch.   Check out our website —–  https://orwma.org 

Larry Petter, President-ORWMA

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“Get Out!  I’m taking a bath!” – Nolan Hall.    Add your caption to this picture by clicking on “Leave a Reply” and posting your own.

Baltimore Oriole "Sun-bathing" with his Northern Cardinal friend; Photo by Earl & Maria Fly, June 2013
Baltimore Oriole “Sun-bathing” with his Northern Cardinal friend; Photo by Earl & Maria Fly, June 2013

Photo of the Week5

“Come to Daddy!” – Nolan Hall.    Add your caption to this picture by clicking on “Leave a Reply” and posting your own.

Young Fawn, May 8, 2013; Photo by Douglas Mason
Young fawn attempting first steps; Photo by Douglas Mason, May 2013