Operation Orphans, Inc. is enjoying the 49th season of taking less fortunate children from Texas child care facilities hunting in the hill country. During the "Youth Only" weekend of October 25th, Operation Orphans, Inc. hosted 54 girls from nine children facilities. Four additional hunts will follow on November 15, 22, December 6 and December 13. These dates will give boys the opportunity to hunt. At present additional ranches are needed for the November 22 and December 13 hunts. Any landowner or lease hunter who would like to host some young hunters and give them an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors need to contact Camp Supervisors Jerry or Lyla Crouch, 325-347-6745. Jerry or Lyla will be happy to answer any questions and give additional information about the "Take a Child Hunting" program. Please consider hosing these children as it would be a shame to have to deny them an opportunity to experience the joys and responsibility of hunting.
During the girls hunt October 25, 54 girls harvested 35 animals from 13 area ranches. Homes participating were Medina Children's Home, Medina; Big Springs Children's Ranch, Leakey; Boys and Girls Country, Hockley; Boys and Girls Harbor, La Porte; Cherokee Home for Children, Cherokee; Foster Home for Children, Stephenville; Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, Yoakum; and Methodist Home, Waco. Area ranches hosting the girls were CC Davis Ranch, McCulloch; High Lonesome, Mason; Karl Ransleben, Gillespie, Longhorn, Kerr; Northcutt, Mason; Operation Orphans Inc. Game Pasture, Mason; Pfeuffer Land Ltd., Schleicher, SCM Ranch, Gillespie; Shaw/Cox, Mason; Star S Ranch, Mason; Triple B Ranch, McCulloch; and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr.
Animals harvested were 17 whitetail does, eight spikes, six management bucks, one feral hog, one aoudad, and two sika.
Individuals making the sack lunches for the groups to enjoy Saturday during the hunt were Jenny Zesch, Chama Martin, Sierra Martin, Aspen Martin, Dakota Martin, Mike Collard, Robert Condon, Jake Wimberly, and Sherry Lehmberg. Soft drinks were donated by Fredericksburg Bakery.
Since the "Take a Child Hunting" program began in 1960, a total of 16,719 boy and girls have participated harvesting 16,411 animals.
Individuals wishing to host youngsters or who desire additional information should contact Camp Supervisors Jerry or Lyla Crouch, 325-347-6745. Information is also available at the Operation Orphans, Inc. web-site: www.operationorphans.org.