Operation Orphans, Inc. started its annual hunting program Friday, October 30. This the 51st year of the "Take a Child Hunting" program. Facilities bringing boys were: Texas Baptist Children's Home, Round Rock; Texas Pythian, Weatherford; Presbyterian Home, Itasca; Presbyterian Home, Waxahachie; Sweeten Home, Brownwood; Ninfa Aguero Foster Home, Eden; Constancia Foster Home, Melvin; Collard Foster Home, Glen Rose; and Caring Family Network, Brownwood.
The 32 boys harvested 32 animals. Animals harvested were: 17 whitetail does; five spikes, two management bucks, one hog, one aoudad, one sika, one axis, and four fallow.
Are ranches which hosted the youngsters were: Bloys Ranch, Kerr County; Hahn Ranch, Gillespie; Karl A. Ransleben, Gillespie; Law Creek Ranch, McCulloch; Mill Creek Ranch, Mason, Parnell Ranch, McCulloch; Patti & Richard Myrick, Mason; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Woelfel Ranch, Mason; and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr. 27 individuals served as Operation Orphans guides. Other guides were provided by some of the ranches.
Grace Christian School representatives prepared the sack lunches for the young hutners and their guides. Those making lunches were: Dakota Martin, Aspen Martin, Chama Martin, Randee Renfroe, Devon Bobbitt, Alexis Brown, Aaron Alm, Gay Renfroe and Rae Ann Martin. Mason Volunteer Fire Department members Charlie Grosse, Earl Koch and Joel Draper prepared breakfast early Saturday morning. Fredericksburg Bakery provided baked goods and Mason Bottling provided drinks for the lunches.
Additional hunt dates for the Operation Orphans, Inc. program will be November 20, December 4, December 11 and January 8. The November hunt date will be for girls, while the other dates will be for boys.
Operation Orphans, Inc. will accept any gently worn camouflage clothing, coats, boots, toboggans and gloves. Operation Orphans, Inc. is a 501 (c)(c) organization. Anyone who would like additional information about the Operation Orphans hunting and fishing programs may contact Camp Supervisors Jerry or Lyla Crouch, phone 325-347-6745, or may visit the website at: www.operationorphans.org .