Operation Orphans, Inc. held its fourth hunt of the 2012 hunting season January 12th. 64 boys from 11 children’s homes and foster facilities participated. The 64 boys harvested 64 animals which consisted of 46 whitetail does, 6 spikes, 6 management bucks, 3 hogs, 2 aoudad, and 1 sika. Groups represented were from Still Creek Boy’s Ranch, Bryan; Harding Foster Home, Kerrville; John Carl Smith Home, Mullin; Irma Ramirez Home, Converse; Kidz Harbor, Liverpool; Texas Baptist Home, Waxahachie; Hughes Foster Home, San Angelo; Methodist Home, Waco; Central Texas Children’s Home, Buda; Christ Haven, Keller; and Presbyterian Home, Waxahachie.
The young hunters and their guides spent the day at 18 area ranches. Ranches hosting the groups were Bannowsky Ranch, Kimble county; Behrens Ranch, San Saba; CGJ Ranch, San Saba; Cripple Creek, Bandera; H. L. Priour Ranch, Kerr; Karl Ransleben, Gillespie; Korn Place, Mason; Kurt Zesch Ranch, Mason; Lov Kuykendall Ranch, San Saba; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Operation Orphans game pasture, Mason; Priour Ranch, Kerr; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Robison 4R Ranch, Gillespie; Rock Head Ranch, Mason; Wilson Ranch, Gillespie; Woelfel Ranch, Mason; and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr.
Mason 4-H kids who prepared the sack lunches for the hunting groups to enjoy Saturday were Chama Martin, Sierra Martin, Aspen Martin, Dakota Martin, Steeley Smith, and Sterling Smith along with parent Rae Ann Martin. Mason Boy Scout representatives who prepared the Saturday morning breakfast were Colten Brandenberger, John Brandenberger, and Freddie Sapien. The Fredericksburg Bakery supplied baked goods and Mason Bottling Company provided Dr. Pepper for the lunches.
Operation Orphans, Inc. held four hunts this season hosting 152 boys and girls from 19 child care facilities. 34 ranches allowed the young hunters and their guides to enjoy a day in the field with a total harvest of 145 animals. During the 53 years of the “Take a Child Hunting” program, 17,685 youngsters have harvested 17,329 animals.
Operation Orphans, Inc. strives to allow disadvantaged youth an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors hunting and fishing. Volunteers from all across Texas assist with getting food supplies, monetary donations, clothing donations, and guiding.
Fishing dates for 2013 will be April 13 for boys and April 27 for girls. Hunting dates are October 26 for girls and November 9, November 23, and January 11 for boys. Area ranches who would like to host kids for fishing or hunting may contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch, Camp Supervisors, 325.347.6745 or may visit operationorphans.org to sign up or get additional information about the Operation Orphans, Inc. programs.