Operation Orphans, Inc. in Mason, Texas hosted 44 boys from 10 child care and foster homes Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th. The boys hunted on 14 area ranches and harvested 46 animals. Homes bringing boys to hunt were Castro Foster Home, Elmendorf; Texas Baptist Home, Waxahachie; Methodist Home, Waco; Central Texas Children’s Home, Buda; Presbyterian Children’s Home #1, Waxahachie; Homan Foster Home, Fritch; Methodist Boys Ranch, Waco; Presbyterian Children’s Home #2, Waxahachie; Ramirez Foster Home, Converse; and Martin Foster Home, Austin. Area ranches which hosted the hunting groups were 3 Creeks Ranch, Gillespie county; BSAK Ranch, McCulloch; Circle M, Gillespie; Crenwelge Ranch, Gillespie; Goad Family Ranch, Mason; IX Ranch, Mason; Karl Ransleben, Gillespie; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Operation Orphans Game Pasture, Mason; Patti & Richard Myrick, Mason; Schweining Ranch, Sutton; Woelfel Ranch, Mason; Wojtek Ranch, Concho; and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr. Animals harvested were 24 whitetail does, 8 spikes, 10 bucks, 1 280 pound feral hog, 1 aoudad, and 2 turkeys.
Operation Orphans, Inc. will continue its program with hunts November 23rd and January 11. A hunt hosting girls took place October 26 where 25 girls harvested 26 animals.
Fredericksburg Bakery provided baked goods and Mason Bottling Company provided Dr. Peppers for the sack lunches. Individuals who prepared the sack lunches were Sherry Lehmberg, Christie Lehmberg, Lex Lehmberg, and Joann Wimberly. Mason Boy Scouts who prepared the Saturday morning breakfast were Emanuel Martinez, Fernando Torrez, Samuel Martinez, and Samuel Martinez Jr.
Since the Operation Orphans program began in 1960, 17,754 boys and girls have participated. Anyone who would like more information about this worthwhile program should check out http://www.operationorphans.org/ or contact Camp Supervisors Jerry or Lyla Crouch, (325)347.6745.