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Operation Orphans Hunt Recap
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 • Posted December 14, 2011

On December 3rd, 25 boys harvested 34 animals with the "Take a Child Hunting" program. Boys came from: Presbyterian Home, Waxahachie; Hughes Foster Home, San Angelo; Sweeten Home, Brownwood; Kidz Harbor, Liverpool; and, John Carl Smith Foster Home, Mullin. Animals harvested were: 19 whitetail does, seven spikes, five bucks, one aoudad, one fallow buck and one axis buck. Ranches hosting the youngsters and guides were: Circle M, Gillespie County; Craft Alaca, Blanco County; Double L Ranch, Kimble County; IX Ranch, Mason County; Northcutt Ranch, Mason County; Patrick Loftin, Mason County; Patti & Richard Myrick, Mason County; Rancho 359, Kimble County; Rockhead Ranch, Mason County; and, Schwiening Ranch, Sutton County.Individuals making the sack lunches were: Chama Martin, Sierra Martin, Dakota Martin, Rae Ann Martin and Sherry Lehmberg. Boy Scouts making the Saturday morning breakfast were: Travis Schovajsa, Eric Martinez, Miguel Castillo, Luis Castillo, Michael Jefferson, Samuel Martinez, Emanuel Martinez and Charles Martinez.The final hunt of the 2011 season for the Operation Orphans, Inc. "Take a Child Hunting" program will take place January 7. During the three hunts already heald, 73 boys and girls have harvested 81 animals. The meat obtained from these hunts is used by the homes or is used in various outreach programs.Since the program began in 1960, 17,459 children have harvested 17,117 animals. An Operation Orphans board of directors meeting will take place January 8, at Camp Gene Ashby. Dates will be set at this time for the Operation Orphans, Inc. hunting and fishing programs to be held in 2012. Individuals wishing more information about the Operation Orphans, Inc. hunting and fishing programs may contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch, 325-347-6745. Donations of gently used coats, boots and camo clothing are always welcome. Operation Orphans, Inc. is a non-profit 502(c)(3) organization.

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