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

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

Fish Fry – Postponed

Fellow Landowners

Due to the ongoing corona virus issues, ORWMA has decided to postpone our April 25th Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil to a later date. Thank you for your understanding.

Earl Fly President Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association

President’s Message

ORWMA update

Well, spring has almost sprung. We have reset our clocks to daylight savings time (spring forward fall back). The 15 day forecast shows nightly low temps in the 60’s and highs in the 70’s & 80’s. The grass is turning green, trees are starting to grow new leaves, and the wild flowers are beginning to bloom.

Soon the catkins will start falling (you know those little tassels that fall from the oak trees). I had to look up the real name. My tree book says they only fall for 4 days. I know last year they were falling faster than I could blow them off the driveway.

Also, the fawns will soon begin to appear. So, when you start cutting grass or shredding your pasture be sure to keep your eyes open for them. And remind your visitors if they see a fawn to leave it alone. Mama deer knows where she left her baby and she will come back for it.

Spring is a time of growth and activity. So too, is Oakridge Ranch and ORWMA. We have a lot of new property owners so far this year and ORWMA has a lot of activities. There is a Purple Martin seminar at the community center on March 14 at 9 am. CCWMA (of which we are part) will have the annual Spring Banquet at the Columbus KC Hall on March 21, doors open at 4 pm. The annual ORWMA fish fry & shrimp boil will be held at the community center on April 25. And of course, ORWMA meets at the community center on the 1st Sunday of the month at 4 pm. All landowners are invited to attend. Earl FlyORWMA President

2020 Road Clean Up

Some of the volunteers

Nineteen Volunteers showed up Saturday February 8th to do litter pick up on County Road 215. On the 3.1 miles from the North Gate to County Road 211 about 20 bags of trash were picked up. Donuts, kolaches, and hot coffee were provided. Thanks to everyone who participated!

County Road 215 Clean Up and ORWMA meeting

Saturday morning February 8, we will meet at the Community Center at 8:30 am to do the County Road 215 clean up. We will meet up at the Community Center to get safety vests and grabbers. We will clean from the North Gate to County Road 211. As soon as we finish, we will return to the Community Center for the regular ORWMA Board meeting.

We usually meet the 1st Sunday of the month at 4 pm at the Community Center. However, this coming Sunday, February 2, is the Super Bowl. So, we will meet Saturday February 8, after the road clean up. Hopefully, we will be finished with the road clean up by 10:30 or so.All landowners are invited to the board meeting. We have a number of items to discuss, but should be finished before lunchtime. Also, will have CCWMA Raffle tickets for sale.

Earl FlyORWMA President

2019 Youth Hunt

Well, ORWMA just sponsored the first Texas Youth Hunt Nov 15 – 17 and I just have to say thanks to the ORWMA Board & Executive Committee for planning and organizing this event. The Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP) was formed with the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1996 to provide opportunities for youth to participate in hunting activities safely, legally, and ethically, while learning about the role landowners and hunters play in wildlife conservation.

I am so proud of our community for coming together to support this event. So many people donated their time, talent, & treasure to make this event happen. I cannot even begin to list everyone involved. And I wouldn’t want to make anyone mad if I left their name off the list. We had people that donated food, money, deer blinds , their time to set up, tear down, clean up, sight in guns, help skin deer, make hog sausage, cooks who made hot dogs and hamburgers Friday night, bacon, eggs, & sausage Saturday morning, barbequed brisket and sausage Saturday night  (and don’t forget all those desserts) and pancakes on Sunday morning.

We had 17 youth hunters, ages 9 to 17 along with their guardians and 4 hunt masters who showed up Friday afternoon. They set up their tents and then went to sight in their rifles. We had a couple of Moms hunting with their sons and some Dads hunting with their daughters. We had parents as well as youth that had never hunted before. A total of 16 deer, 1 hog, and 1 fox were taken. I think everyone great time. I know I did. As the hunters left Sunday morning, I had one young hunter (maybe 9 or 10 years old) who took a deer on my place come up to me and shake my and hand and tell me thanks for the opportunity to hunt and take a deer. I kinda got a lump in my throat and it was all I could do to smile and nod my head.

Thanks again to everyone in the Community. You make this a great place to live.

Earl Fly

President

Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association

oakridgewildlifemanagement@gmail.com

ORWMA 2020 Officers

According to the ORWMA By-laws, the election of officers to the Board and Executive Committee are to be held at the October board meeting and announced to ORWMA members.

The Executive Committee for 2020 is:

Earl Fly – President
Steve Jaap – Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer – Angie Konvicka
Events Chairperson – Lisa Kelly
Habitat Chairperson – Vernon Wallace
Whitetail Chairperson – Jerry Rogers
Predator Control Chairperson – Doug Mason
Birding/Turkey Chairperson – Keith Peters
Communications Chairperson – Angie Howes