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This camp has a special place in my heart. I came across one of their brochures several years back. They have been providing hunting opportunities to orphans here in Texas since 1960. Please consider adding them to your charities that you support. A little will go a long way. Operation Orphans is one of the three youth charities we support on a regular basis.

 

$5.00 from the sale of each Posse cap is being donated to Operation Orphans. Buy a cap and help a kid hunt!

 

You can get Posse caps here: Posse Caps Link-Click Here

 

Operation Orphans Link-Click Here

 

Thanks,

 

Bob :P

 

"Since 1960 Operation Orphans has given youngsters the opportunity to know the excitement and thrills of hunting in the Hill Country. Through 2002, 15,417 youngsters have harvested 15,100 animals...that's about 679,500 pounds of meat for the homes. Approximately 250 acres of the property are surrounded by a ten-foot game-proof fence. The pasture is stocked with such wild game as: Aoudad sheep, Axis deer, Whitetail deer. Blackbuck antelope. etc. which are available for harvest. Operation Orphans youngsters also enjoy fishing along the beautiful LIano River. Other non-profit social and religious organizations use the facilities when hunts are not occurring.

A Dream Come True for Youngsters to Enjoy the Outdoors. In the beautiful Texas Hill Country on the banks of the Llano River in Mason County there is a place where dreams come true for youngsters. At the entrance a bronze plaque reads: "This plaque erected in honor of Gene Ashby who founded this camp for young boys who otherwise may never have known the great outdoors." Camp Gene Ashby is the head-quarters of Operation Orphans, Inc., an organization dedicated to unlocking the door which so often prevents orphans and underprivileged youngsters from enjoying the thrills of hunting.

Since 1960 Camp Ashby has been growing as a young sportsmen's paradise. Gene Ashby, a state game warden from Austin, long ago recognized that Mason County, like so many Hill Country Counties, had an excess of deer. He persuaded ranchers to let orphans hunt on their lands. Since that time - thanks to the hard work of many ranchers, the Mason County Chamber of Commerce, the Sportsmen's Clubs of Texas and other organizations - Camp Gene Ashby has grown to where the facility today can accommodate 200 youngsters. Food is acquired through donations.

Originally planned for boys, the camp now has hunting and fishing activities for girls, too.

An ongoing program of improvements with the support by many public-spirited persons enables Camp Gene Ashby to continue serving our youth who will be the leaders of tomorrow."

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR 2014/2015

• April 12, 2014 - Boys fish camp

 

• May 3, 2014 - Girls fish camp

 

• October 25, 2014 - Hunt #1: Girls whitetail deer hunt

 

• November 15, 2014 - Hunt #2: Boys whitetail deer hunt

 

• December 6, 2014 - Hunt #3: Boys whitetail deer hunt

 

• January 10, 2015 - Hunt #4: Boys whitetail deer hunt

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Bobcat;

 

Today, I signed up with Amazon.com to donate part (only .05%, wish it was more) of what I purchase from them to Operation Orphans there in Mason. It's a new program they started offering to Amazon buyers. The one saving grace is that I spend a bunch of money with them because I live in the sticks. So let everyone, who purchases from Amazon that this is now in effect. It costs each member of the Posse nothing, but every penny and dollar helps I'm sure. I will also give you a donation for them on Saturday when I see you from my family. Keep up the good work.

 

Thanks

 

ole texas blue dog

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Proud of our Posse family ! Great going Guys and Gals !!

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"Operation Orphans, Inc. which has its base camp located on the Llano River in Mason county hosted 53 boys from 6 residential children and foster homes April 11th and 12th, 2014. The boys traveled to Camp Gene Ashby from Big Springs Ranch for Children, Leakey; Foster's Children's Home, Stephenville; Collard Foster Home, Glen Rose; West Texas Boy's Ranch, San Angelo; Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock, and Sweeten Children's Home, Brownwood. The kids spent Saturday fishing on area ranches. Ranches hosting the eager fishermen and their guides were Scott Zesch Ranch, Zach Zesch Ranch, Kirby Davis, Ewing Ranch, Mike Dail, YMCA Roberts Ranch, and Northcutt Ranch. The boys had a great time catching perch, crappie, bass, and catfish. Individuals came from all across Texas to help serve as guides and fishing companions. Mason Bottling Company supplied soft drinks.

Operation Orphans, Inc. will have a fishing weekend for girls May 3rd. At the present time 56 girls are expected to attend.
Individuals who desire additional information about the Operation Orphans, Inc. fishing and hunting programs may visit operationorphans.org or call camp supervisors, Jerry and Lyla Crouch, 325.347.6745.
Operation Orphans, Inc. is in need of gently used coats for the upcoming hunting season. Please contact Jerry or Lyla if you can donate."

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Update:

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

The Board of Directors of Operation Orphans, Inc. has selected four dates for doe hunts during the forthcoming whitetail season. They are the following Saturdays: October 25, November 15, December 6 and January 10. The October date will be an all girls’ hunt, while the remaining dates will be all boys’ hunts.

 

This is the 55th year of the “Take a Child Hunting” program. To date, Operation Orphans, Inc. has hosted 17,885 youngsters with a total game harvest of 17,502 animals. Interested individuals are encouraged to check the Operation Orphans, Inc. web-site for information and videos of the program (www.operationorphans.org). During this program, landowners from the surrounding hill country allow children from child care facilities to harvest deer from their property. Ranchers use the “Take a Child Hunting” program as a means to reduce the over population of does and to get buck to doe ratios in order. Landowners and hunters also participate in this program to help educate youngsters about the outdoors and provide a worthwhile outdoor adventure field trip. A summer fishing program was added in 2004.

 

Operation Orphans, Inc. provides the children, guides, and food for the activity. The guides which Operation Orphans, Inc. provides have successfully completed the Hunter Safety Course. Some landowners wish to provide their own guides. One guide is assigned to each child. During the girl’s hunt, a woman or a man/woman team serves as guides. All guides will have a background check. The meat which the childcare facilities receive from these hunts helps to relieve some of the burden of their rising food costs for the year. Some facilities use the meat in their outreach programs.

 

It all began when the late Gene Ashby, a State Game Warden, realized the Hill Country, primarily Mason and Llano counties, had an excessive deer population and needed a means to reduce the deer numbers. He approached some local ranchers with the idea of allowing orphans to harvest antlerless deer. They liked the idea, and Operation Orphans, Inc. came into being. Housing the young hunters was a problem, so another idea was realized. With backing from sportsmen’s clubs throughout Texas, and other concerned individuals, a 320 acre tract of land on the North bank of the Llano River in Mason County was purchased from a generous landowner at a fraction of its market value. Through donations, a kitchen/dining hall, three dormitories, showering facility, and basketball court were built. In 1994 an orientation and recreational building, The Milton & Janie Jordan Building, was constructed. It includes a clothing room which allows the kids to obtain boots, coats, jeans, and other clothing items that are donated by concerned individuals. The camp is managed by a supervisor who resides at the camp. Camp Gene Ashby, named in honor of the founder of Operation Orphans, is today a beautiful facility capable of housing and feeding 250 visitors.

 

During the first 20 years of the program only boys were allowed to hunt. In 1980 a girl’s hunt was added to the program. Boys and girls fishing days were started in 2004. It has been a pleasure offering additional opportunities for disadvantaged children to enjoy the outdoors.

 

Many volunteer organizations assist with the hunting and fishing programs. Several service organizations and caring individuals prepare the Friday evening meals. Mason Girl Scout troops, 4-H and church groups, and others prepare the sack lunches which the children and guides enjoy Saturday during the hunts.

 

The Directors of Operation Orphans, Inc. hope to make participation in the forthcoming hunts the best ever; however, this is dependent upon the number of ranchers who participate. Individuals who lease property for hunting may also participate by hosting a child and thus give up one day and one deer for the benefit of allowing more children to partake in the outdoor activity. The children will arrive at Camp Gene Ashby from homes throughout Texas on the Friday preceding the Saturday hunt.

 

The youngsters will attend an orientation and safety meeting and will be given an opportunity to visit the “Boot Room” where they can obtain boots and other clothing which will be theirs to keep. They will be housed, fed, and transported to the host ranches before daylight the following morning by guides from various Texas sporting clubs and other interested individuals.

 

Beginning in 1994, in an effort to maintain the highest safety standards, all individuals who wish to serve as guides with Operation Orphans, Inc. must show verification of successfully completing the Hunter Safety Course. All guides will also have a background check performed.

 

To further assist children who have participated with Operation Orphans, Inc., the Eddie Argo Scholarship was established. Boys and girls who participate with the hunting and fishing programs are able to apply to receive financial assistance with their education. Eddie Argo had attended the Operation Orphans, Inc. hunts as a child from a children’s home and then later became a director and volunteer of Operation Orphans, Inc.

 

Operation Orphans, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of a board of directors whose sole purpose is to serve less fortunate youngsters by offering them a positive outdoor experience. Any persons who are interested in assisting with the “Take a Child Hunting” program, please contact camp supervisors, Jerry or Lyla Crouch, at (325)347-6745, or write Operation Orphans, Inc., P.O. Box 535, Mason, Texas, 76856, e-mail: operationorphans@yahoo.com. Persons interested in guiding, please contact director Bob Moore, (903)258-4366, e-mail: fiddler22243@juno.com. The Operation Orphans, Inc. web-site: www.operationorphans.org. Please contact Jerry or Lyla Crouch if you wish to donate used coats or hunting clothing.

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I just made out the Check to Operation Orphans for the $565.00 we raised at this years Auction at the 2015 Rendezvous!

 

Bob :P

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Latest Update. Y'all make this possible!!

 

Operation Orphans Hunt Results January 9th

 

Operation Orphans, Inc. held its fourth hunt of the 2015-2106 “Take a Child Hunting” program, Saturday, January 9. 64 boys harvested 81 animals. Children from 12 Texas child care facilities and foster homes participated. Children came from Presbyterian Home, Itasca; Methodist Home, Waco; Gulf Coast Trades Center, New Waverly; Sweeten Home, Brownwood; Methodist Ranch, Waco; Texas Baptist Home, Waxahachie; Christ Haven, Keller; Cherokee Home, Cherokee; Kidz Harbor, Liverpool; Acuna Home, La Porte; Lawrence Home, Beaumont; and Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock. Animals harvested were 56 whitetail does, 6 spikes, 10 bucks, 6 feral hogs, 1 coyote, and 2 axis. Ranches hosting the eager hunters and their guides were Behrens Ranch, San Saba; Brady Lake, McCulloch; Craft Alaca, Blanco; Cripple Creek Ranch, Bandera; Hansen Home Place, Mason; Hansen Ranch, Mason; Indian Springs, Kerr; Karl Ransleben, Gillespie; Kurt Zesch – North, Mason; Ray Ranch, Sutton; Rockhead Ranch, Mason; Stone’s Throw Ranch, Mason; and Ziegler James River, Mason.

 

Four hunts were held during the 2015-2016 season. October 31 had 29 girls harvesting 36 animals. November 21 had 47 boys harvesting 71 animals. December 5 had 53 boys harvesting 70 animals and the January hunt had 64 boys harvesting 81 animals. The totals for the season were 193 boys and girls getting 258 animals. This season 41 ranches hosted children and 18 facilities brought children. This was a very successful year for the program. The deer meat is used in the children facilities or in their outreach programs. Since 1960, 18,280 children have harvested 17,980 animals. In 2004, Operation Orphans began a fishing program in which 649 children have participated.

 

During an Operation Orphans, Inc. board meeting held Sunday, January 10, at Camp Gene Ashby in Mason County, fishing and hunting dates for 2016 were set. Dates will be: Boys Fishing: April 23; Girls Fishing: May 14; Girls Hunt: October 29; and Boys Hunts: November 19, December 3, and January 7.

 

If anyone is interested in hosting children for the fishing or hunting dates or desire more information about the Operation Orphans programs, please visit: www.operationorphans.org, or contact camp supervisors, Jerry or Lyla Crouch, phone: 325.347.6745. Please contact Jerry or Lyla if you wish to donate used boots, coats, toboggans, warm gloves or socks.

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Operation Orphans, Inc. of Mason, Texas, held a fishing camp for boys April 23rd. 62 boys from six child care facilities enjoyed a day fishing on area tanks and ponds. Facilities bringing boys were Big Springs Ranch, Leakey; Gulf Coast Trades Center, New Waverly; Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock; Presbyterian Children's Home, Waxahachie; Sweeten Home, Brownwood; and Methodist Boy's Ranch, Waco.

Ranches where the groups spent the day fishing were Reardon Ranch, Zesch Ranch, Ewing Ranch, Dail Ranch and McHale Ranch, all in Mason county. All fishing was catch and release unless otherwise noted by the landowner. Fish caught included perch, crappie, bass and catfish.

The boys were assisted by volunteer guides who came from all areas of Texas. The boys were instructed on how to use a rod and reel, fishing techniques using worms and lures, and removing fish and weeds from the hook. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was great. Everyone had a great time. Some of the groups spent Friday and Saturday night at Camp Gene Ashby.

A fishing camp for girls will take place May 14th.

Hunting dates for Operation Orphans, Inc. will be October 29, November 19, December 3 and January 7. Please visit www.operationorphans.org for more information.

Operation Orphans, Inc. accepts gently worn boots and coats in youth to XXL sizes.

Operation Orphans, Inc. is a 501©(3) organization.

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