The "Take a Child Hunting" program of Operation Orphans, Inc. enjoyed another successful season of taking less fortunate kids deer hunting in the Texas Hill country. During the five hunts held this season, 208 boys and girls harvested 142 aimals. January 8th had eleven child care facilities bringing 51 boys eager to face the cold elements and try their hand at getting a deer Saturday. Operation Orphans directors and volunteers did their beast to secure toboggans, coats, extra socks, gloves, coats and blankets for the youngsters. Homes bringing hunters were Azleway, Grand Pararie; Methodist Boys Ranch, Waco; Constancia Home, Melvin; Ronnie Davis Home, Blanket; Presbyterian Home, Waxahachie; Boys Country, Hockley; Collard Home, Glen Rose; Sweeten Home, Brownwood; John Carl Smith Home, Mullin; Bluebonnet Youth, Yoakum; and Cherokee Home, Cherokee. Ranches hosting the young hunters and their guides were Behrens Ranch, San Saba county; CC Davis, McCulloch; Double L, Kimble; Karl A. Ransleben, Gillespie; Korn Place, Mason; Marek Ranch, McCulloch; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Operation Orphans Game Pasture, Mason; Pfeuffer Land Ltd., Schleicher; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Royal D Ranch, Mason; U Ranch, Sterling; and Woelfel Ranch, Mason. The 51 boys harvested 26 animals which consisted of 21 whitetail does, three management bucks, and two feral hogs.
Mason Boy Scouts Ryan and Jeramy Schuessler along with Scout Leader Rebecca Schuessler prepared breakfast early Saturday morning. Mason 4-H members Kyle Zavala, Gabe Jennings, Korey Zavala, Claudia Canfield, Aspen Martin, Ella Canfield, Dakota Martin, Sierra Martin, and Chama Martin along with sponsors Karen Jennings, Thom Canfield, Rae Ann Martin, and Sherry Lehmberg prepared the sack lunches for the hunting groups to enjoy Saturday. Fredericksburg Bakery once again provided delicious baked goods and Mason Bottling Company provided soft drinks for the lunches.
Dates for the "Take a Child Fishing and Hunting" programs for 2010 will be set during a board of directors meeting which will take place February 6. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this season such a success. Those wishing information about Operation Orphans, Inc. and the fishing and hunting programs for less privileged youth may contact Camp Supervisors Jerry & Lyla Crouch, 325-347-6745 or on the web: operationorphans.org.