Operation Orphans, Inc. kicked off its 50th season of taking less fortunate children deer hunting Friday, October 30th. 25 girls from four Texas children's homes came to Camp Gene Ashby looking forward to their outdoor experience Saturday. Homes represented were Boy's & Girl's Harbor, La Porte; Children's Home of Lubbock; Foster's Home, Stephenville; and Boys & Girls Country, Hockley. The girl's and their guides hunted on nine area ranches. Ranches participation were Circle M Ranch, Gillespie; Hahndarosa, Gillespie; Karl Ransleben, Gillespie; Lov Kuykendall, San Saba; Mill Creek Ranch, Mason; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Pfeuffer Ranch, Schleicher; Ray Ranch, Sutton; and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr. Each girl was accompanied by a woman or man/woman team.
The 25 girls harvested 13 animals. Animals harvested were five whitetail does, five spikes, two management bucks and one sika. The deer meat is used in the children facilities or in their outreach programs.
Grace Christian School members prepared the sack lunches for the hunting groups. Those preparing lunches were K. C. Coleman, Ethan Guerrero, Randee Renfroe; Kalla Guerrero, Amber McGowan, Aspen Martin, Dakota Martin, and sponsors John Coleman, Gay Renfroe, and Operation Orphans director Sherry Lehmberg.
Mason Boy Scout members preparing the Saturday morning breakfast were Tyler Chew, Benjamin Morales, Chucky Martinez, Samuel Martinez, Bodie Adams, and Bill Adams.
Four additional hunts of the Operation Orphans, Inc. "Take a Child Hunting" program will take place November 21, December 5, December 12, and January 9. These hunts will be for boys.
Anyone wishing additional information about the Operation Orphans, Inc. program should contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch, Camp Supervisors, or may visit the web site: www.operationorphans.org.