Operation Orphans, Inc. hosted 29 girls from 6 residential children's homes at Camp Gene Ashby, October 30th and 31st. The girls enjoyed deer hunting on 11 area ranches. Animals harvested were 19 spikes, 7 management bucks, 5 feral hogs, and 5 aoudad. Area ranches which allowed the girls to hunt were Bird Ranch, Mason county; BSAK Ranch, McCulloch; Fallen Oaks, Mason; Karl Ransleben, Gillepsie; Lov Kuykendall Ranch, San Saba; McMeans Ranch, Sutton; Operation Orphans Game Pasture, Mason; Premier Ranch, Mason; Ranchero 359, Kimble; Shaw Ranch, Mason; and Woelfel Ranch, Mason. The girls spent the day, Saturday, at these ranches with their chaperones and guides enjoying the outdoors and deer hunting. Homes participating were Boys & Girls Country, Hockley; Cherokee Home, Cherokee; Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock; Presbyterian Home, Itasca; Methodist Home, Waco, and Foster's Children's Home, Stephenville.
Saturday evening after the hunt, the girls enjoyed a few Halloween activities, which included games and a jump castle, and spooky snacks. Volunteers at the camp dressed up in Halloween costumes to liven the event.
Three more hunts for underprivileged children will take place November 21, December 5, and January 9. The October hunt was for girl participants, while the next 3 hunts will be for boys. This hunting program is a great opportunity for ranches to help kids experience the wonders of the outdoors and to harvest excess animals.
Operation Orphans, Inc. has been taking youngsters hunting in the hill country since 1960. Many individuals have volunteered their time and gifts to make these activities possible.
Please visit www.operationorphans.org for more information. Operation Orphans, Inc. accepts gently used boots, coats, and camouflage clothing. Contact camp supervisors Jerry or Lyla Crouch for information, phone: 325.347.6745.