Operation Orphans, Inc. had its first hunt of the 2012-2013 season, October 27, during the Youth Only hunting weekend.
This is the 53rd year that Operation Orphans, Inc. has offered hunting opportunities to underpriviledged children of Texas.
Twenty two girls from seven children’s homes came to Camp Gene Ashby eager to experience a day of hunting. Homes participating were Boy’s & Girls’s Country, Hockley; Presbyterian Home, Itasca; Methodist Home, Waco; Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock; Cherokee Home, Cherokee; Hughes Foster Home; and Sherwood & Myrtie Foster Home, Stephenville.
The 22 girls harvested 16 animals. Animals harvested were 12 whitetail does, 2 management bucks, 1 spike, and 1 sika. Ranches hosting the young hunters and their guides were Karl Ransleben, Gillespie county; McMeans Ranch, Sutton; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Operation Orphans game pasture, Mason; Priour Ranch, Kerr; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Shaw Cox, Mason; Rancho de los Amigos, Mason; Wilson Ranch, Gillespie; and Woelfel Ranch, Mason.
Individuals from the Mason Volunteer Fire Department prepared the Saturday morning breakfast. Baked goods were donated by Fredericksburg Bakery and soft drinks for the lunches were donated by Mason Bottling Company.
Operation Orphans will have additional hunts for boys November 17, December 1, and January 12.
The Operation Orphans, Inc. program allows the children’s homes to attend at no cost. Area ranches use the program to harvest excess animals and give an extraordinary experience to these children to learn of the responsibilities and joys of the outdoors.
Individuals who would like more information about Operation Orphans, Inc. may contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch, Camp Supervisors, at (325)347-6745.