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
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
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!
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
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.
Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association
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
Well it’s early August and we didn’t get any rain in July. The grass crunches when I walk across it. If I water, the armadillos come and dig around looking for moisture. But, the days are actually getting shorter and the cool weather will be here before you know it. ORWMA (surely, you know that ORWMA stands for Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association) has really started to get busy. In July, we had a big Predator Control meeting and the Ice Cream Social, where we talked about Predator Control again. Tim Wilson brought one of his drop traps and gave us a demonstration on how it works. ORWMA also received several special contributions. Thanks to those contributors. We formed the Hog Busters and began training Scouts to help bait and check traps for non-resident landowners. ORWMA has four traps that can be moved to hot spots. The landowner will be responsible for supplying corn.
ORWMA also sent out the Herd Composition Sheet that needs to be filled out during August and turned in to either Jerry Rogers or Jim Trickett (you can also drop it in the ORWMA mailbox 1904B Oakridge Road and we will get it to them). You should have gotten an email about the Deer Spotlighting Surveys. These are done on Saturdays meeting up at Jim Trickett’s around 8:30 pm and pull out at dusk. We are also doing for the first time some Spotlight Surveys on Wednesday nights. For the Wednesday spotlighting will meet at Vernon Wallace’s around 8 pm. All of this information is turned in to Mark Lange our Wildlife Biologist. From this, the carrying capacity (how many deer per acre can be sustained) as well as the buck doe ratio is calculated. This helps determine how many doe permits Oakridge Ranch is given. If we don’t use all we are given, the number can be reduced.
Our Permit Meeting will be held Sunday September 15th at 9 am at the Community Center. This is the time that was given to us at the Colorado County Wildlife Management Association (CCWMA) meeting. Mark Lange has to work with all the other WMA’s as well, so Sunday is the day we were given. ORWMA dues are actually due on January 1 of each year, but many people wait until deer season to pay their dues. Dues are $20 per year and there is a $20 participation fee for doe permits.
In November, ORWMA is planning in conjunction with Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Wildlife Association to host the Texas Youth Hunt Program (TYHP). As you may know ORWMA hosted the Wounded Warrior Hunts for over 10 years and had the overwhelming support of the community. We hope you will support the TYHP as you did the Wounded Warriors. Stay tuned for further details.
ORWMA needs you to participate in our activities. Without you ORWMA runs the risk of ceasing to exist. Without ORWMA we lose our MLD status with Texas Parks & Wildlife, which means we will no longer receive permits to hunt does. If you have questions, you can ask an ORWMA board member (a list is on our website: orwma.org. Or you can email us at email@example.com
Hope to see you at one of our events.
Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association
Congratulations to the 2019 Office Holders!
President – Earl Fly
Vice President – Steve Jaap
Secretary/Treasurer – Angela Konvicka
White Tail Deer – Jerry Rogers
Predator Control – Douglas Mason
Programs/Events Director – Jean Herring
Habitat – Vernon Wallace
Turkeys – Keith Peters
Birding – open