Final game hunt nears for Operation Orphan

The Operation Orphans, Inc. “Take a Child Hunting” program will conduct the final hunt of the 2001-2002 season for underprivileged boys Saturday, Jan. 12. This hunt allows harvesting of whitetail does, spikes and exotic animals. Individuals who wish to host hunters for the Operation Orphans program should contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch, camp supervisors, at (915) 347-6745. Friday, Dec. 7, 54 boys from eight children’s homes harvested 60 animals. Animals harvested were 48 does, three spikes, three management bucks, four axis does, one blackbuck antelope and two hogs. Homes bringing boys were Boys Haven, Beaumont; Cherokee Home, Cherokee; Star Ranch, Ingram; Presbyterian Children’s Home, Itasca; Still Creek Boys Ranch, Bryan; Medina Children’s Home, Medina; A World for Children, McAllen; and Morton Home, Marble Falls. Fourteen area ranches allowed the youngsters to hunt. Ranches and the counties they are located in were Bill Goad, Mason; Craft Ranch, Blanco; Escondido Ranch, Kimble; Goodwyn Ranch, Gillespie; Grobe Ranch, Gillespie; Horace Brandenberger, Mason; Indian Springs Ranch, Kerr; Longhorn Ranch, Kerr; Ransleben Ranch, Gillespie; Seiders Ranch, San Saba; Underwood Ranch, Mason; Val Runge, Mason; Weitz Ranch, Kimble; and Schwiening Ranch, Sutton. The Mason High School FFA made sack lunches for the youngsters and their guides. FFA members assisting the young hunters were Ashley Lehmberg, Jessica Scripps, Jeramy Schuessler, Sam Hoerster, Jared Henrich and Colt Price. Members of the First Baptist Church who prepared the Saturday morning breakfast were Jack and Maudie Bergmann, Tom Koepke and Doug Phillips. Others assisting were Auturo, Christina and Maria Nelms. During the four hunts held thus far this season, 178 boys and girls have harvested 232 animals. Individuals who wish to donate coats, boots or toboggans should contact the Crouches at the above listed number.

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