Saturday, November 21, 47 boys harvested 36 whitetail does, 8 spikes, 23 basket bucks, and 4 hogs for a total of 71 animals. The boys from 6 children residential and foster homes along with their guides traveled to 19 area ranches to participate in the Operation Orphans, Inc. "Take a Child Hunting" program. This was the second hunt of the season for the program. Additional hunts will take place December 5 and January 9. The first hunt was held October 31 in which girls 29 girls harvested 36 animals. The meat harvested is used in the children's homes or is used in their outreach programs.
Child facilities which participated during the November hunt were Gulf Coast Trades Center, New Waverly; Boys & Girls Country, Hockley; Kidz Harbor, Liverpool; West Texas Boys Ranch, San Angelo; Araujo Foster Home, Elmendorf; and Texas Baptist Home, Waxahachie. Area ranches which allowed the groups to hunt and enjoy the day in the outdoors were Bloys Ranch, Kerr county; BSAK Ranch, McCulloch; CA Ranch, Mason; Circle M, Gillespie; Craft Alaca, Blanco; Crenwelge Ranch, Gillespie; DTR Family Partnership, Menard; Hansen Ranch, Mason; Hansen Home Place, Mason; High Lonesome, Mason; Karl Ranselben, Gillespie; Lehmberg Livestock Ranch, Mason; Patrick Loftin, Mason; Pinon Springs, Edwards; 4 R Ranch, Gillespie; Schweining Ranch, Sutton; Wilson Ranch, Gillespie; Woelfel Ranch, Mason, and YMCA Roberts Ranch, Kerr.
Ladies who prepared the sack lunches which the hunting groups enjoyed during the hunt were Mrs. Hank Hentz, Mrs. Paul Lehmberg, and Mrs. Lex Lehmberg. Soft drinks for the lunches were provided by Mason Bottling Company. An anonymous donor also supplied various snacks for the kids to enjoy.
Each child will have at least one person serving as a guide. Some ranches supply their own guides which could be lease hunters, family members, landowners themselves, or members of the landowner's church groups or other organizations. Operation Orphans also supplies guides for the ranches which request it. During the November hunt, 34 such individuals were supplied by Operation Orphans to guide and spent the day in the field with their young and eager hunter. All guides must have a background check and Operation Orphans guides must also have successfully taken the Hunter Safety Course.
It takes many individuals and organizations sharing their talents and gifts for this program to survive.
As an example, the Mason Volunteer Fire Department had two representatives which prepared the Saturday morning breakfast during the girl's hunt in October. Those representatives were Charlie Grosse and Clyde Martin. We so appreciate every contribution, both great and small.
Anyone who desires additional information about Operation Orphans, Inc. and the hunting and fishing programs should refer to the Operation Orphans website: operationorphans.org or contact Camp Supervisors Jerry & Lyla Crouch, phone: 325.347.6745.