Operation Orphans, Inc. hosted 64 boys during the third hunt of the 2014 Take a Child Hunting program.
The 63 boys came from 11 children homes and foster homes. The boys harvested 66 animals which included 40 whitetail does, 14 spikes, 8 bucks, 1 feral hog, 1 aoudad and 1 turkey.
Homes bringing boys were Lawrence Home, Beaumont; Ramirez Home, Converse; West Texas Boys Ranch, San Angelo; Presbyterian Home, Waxahachie; Kidz Harbor, Liverpool; Gulf Coast Trades Center, New Waverly; Texas Baptist Home, Waxahachie; Acuna Home, LaPorte; Cox Home, Orange; Castro Home, Elmendorf; and Hernandez Home, San Antonio.
Area ranches hosting the boys and their guides were Bar 7 Ranch, Mason county; CC Davis, McCulloch; CGJ Ranch, San Saba; Craft Alaca, Blanco; Crenwelge Ranch, Gillespie; DTR Family Ranch, Menard; Fallen Oaks, Mason; Harp Ranch, Edwards; IX Ranch, Mason; Ransleben, Gillespie; Lov Kuykendall Ranch, San Saba; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Operation Orphans Game Pasture, Mason; Pfeuffer Land Ltd., Schleicher; Robison Ranch, Llano; Smith Ranch, Mason; Woelfel Ranch, Mason; and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr.
The final hunt of the 2014 season will be January 10. Operation Orphans, Inc. is still accepting ranches which would like to host boys for the January hunt. This is a great opportunity to assist ranchers in getting buck/doe ratios in order and in educating underprivileged children to the responsibilities of hunting.
For the season, Operation Orphans, Inc. has hosted 147 boys and girls with a total animal harvest of 165.
Individuals preparing the sack lunches for the hunting groups to enjoy Saturday were Sierra Martin, Aspen Martin, Dakota Martin, Christie Lehmberg, June Durst, Sherry Lehmberg and Barbara Collard. Mason Boy Scouts who cooked breakfast early Saturday morning were Sammy Martinez III, Zach Smart, Nick Rodriguez and Emanuel Martinez. Mason Bottling supplied soft drinks and Durham Pecan Company supplied candy and nuts.
Individuals wishing to host boys for the January hunt may contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch, Camp Supervisors, phone: 325.347.6745, or may visit the web site: www.orperationorphans.org, click on info, and fill out the ranch information. Operation Orphans, Inc. is always in need of gently used coats, camo hunting clothes, toboggans, gloves and boots.