43 girls from 9 children residential and foster homes came to Camp Gene Ashby, Friday, October 27th. The girls came to participate in the Operation Orphans, Inc. hunting program. This season will be the 58th year that Operation Orphans, Inc. has organized hunting trips for kids who are wards of the State. Three hunts for boys are scheduled November 18, December 2, and January 6.
The girls came from Methodist Home, Waco; Medina Children’s Home, Medina; Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock; Boys & Girls Country, Hockley; Cherokee Children’s Home, Cherokee; Presbyterian Children’s Home, Itasca; Foster’s Home, Stephenville; Acuna Foster Home, LaPorte; and Arms of Hope-Boles Campus, Quinlan.
The young hunters and their guides hunt on area ranches. The ranches use this program to manage deer numbers and assist in showing children the joys and responsibilities of the outdoors. This may be the only opportunity the participating youngsters will have to enjoy a deer hunt; something that those of us who were raised in the country often take for granted.
Area ranches participating for the girl’s hunt were 4L Ranch, San Saba county; Bloys Ranch, Kerr; BSAK Ranch, McCulloch; Burkhalter Ranch, Mason; Century Ridge, Mason; Craft Alaca, Blanco; High Lonesome, Mason; Karl Ransleben Ranch, Gillespie; LOV Ranch, San Saba; McMeans Ranch, Sutton; Mitchell Ranch, Mason; Northcutt Ranch, Mason; Rancho 359, Kimble; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Straley Ranch, Mills; Voca Valley Ranch, McCulloch; and Stone’s Throw Ranch, Mason.
Animals harvested from the 17 ranches were 32 does, 9 spikes, 6 bucks, and 1 hog. Ranches may furnish their own guides or volunteers from all over Texas come to serve as guides. Guides which Operation Orphans provide will have undergone a background check and will have successfully completed the Hunter Safety Course. Women or man and woman teams serve as guides during the girl’s hunt. The deer meat is used by the homes or with their outreach programs.
Saturday morning breakfast cooks were Joel Draper and Clyde Martin of the Mason Volunteer Fire Department. Soft drinks were provided by Mason Bottling Company.
Anyone who wishes additional information about Operation Orphans, Inc. or who would like to host kids or serve as a guide can visit the website: www.operationorphans.org or can call camp supervisors, Jerry or Lyla Crouch, 325.347.6745.