25 Girls from 5 childcare and foster homes came to Camp Gene Ashby of Operation Orphans Friday, October 25th, ready to deer hunt in the Texas hill country. The girls would be paired with guides who would spend Saturday hunting at area ranches. The girls harvested 26 animals which included 16 whitetail does, 2 spikes, 3 management bucks, 3 hogs, 1 aoudad ram and 1 red deer. The homes took the deer meat home to be used at their facility or to be used in various outreach programs.
Homes bringing girls to hunt were Boys & Girls Country, Hockley; Cherokee Home, Cherokee; Texas Baptist Children’s Home, Round Rock; Collard Foster Home, Glen Rose; and Central Texas Children’s Home, Buda.
Area ranches which hosted the eager hunters and their guides were BSAK Ranch, McCulloch county; George Loftin, Mason; McMeans Ranch, Sutton; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Priour Ranch, Kerr; Ranchero 359, Kimble; Rancho de los Amigoes, Mason; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Shaw Ranch, Mason; Wilson Ranch, Gillespie and Operation Orphans game pasture, Mason.
The ranches use this program to harvest excess animals and offer an exceptional outdoor experience to children who have had some difficult life events.
Individuals who prepared the sack lunches for the hunting groups were Sierra Martin, Aspen Martin, Dakota Martin, Sherry Lehmberg, and several lady volunteers. Charlie Grosse and Clyde Martin of the Mason Volunteer Fire Department prepared the early Saturday morning breakfast. Guides and volunteers come from all across Texas to assist with the program.
Three more hunts will be held this year for boys on November 9, November 23 and January 11.
This season will be the 54th year of Operation Orphans, Inc. and the “Take a Child Hunting” program. Anyone wishing additional information may go to operationorphans.org on the web or contact camp supervisors, Jerry & Lyla Crouch, (325)347.6745.