On January 8, 2022, the Colorado River Municipal Water District hosted the second youth deer hunt of the 2021/2022 season for kids from a Texas Children’s Ranch. The hunters began the day to a cool and damp 46 degree morning. Five boys participated in the doe and spike hunt, which is a great management tool for controlling deer numbers and, more importantly, provides wonderful opportunities and experiences of the outdoors and hunting to those that might not normally get the chance to do so.
Unanimous donors from Arizona and Nebraska donated several gift cards for the hunt so that every child would receive a participation prize. Awards were also given for the Best Marksman, Biggest (weight) Doe, and for (2) Luck of the Draw competition.
The Biggest Doe was awarded to young hunter Dominic (guided by Larry Billingslea) with a doe field dress weight of 72 lbs. The Luck of the Draw prizes went to young hunters Nathan and Wesley. The Marksman prize went to young hunter James who turned in an impressive best 4 out of 5 shot group of 7/8. The group observed an abundance of game including several turkey and a “really nice” buck.
Volunteers, Benjamin Brewer of the Children’s Home, Richard McMillian, O.H. Ivie, Mark Halfmann, San Angelo, Chris Grimes, Ballinger, Richard Halfmann, O.H. Ivie, Kevin Krueger, Big Spring, Dwain Halfmann, Millersview, and Wade Halfmann, Millersview, donated their time and expertise to guide the young hunters and assist in the processing of any harvested deer. Deer Corn was provided by the Coleman Grain Inc. and the Ballinger Shopping Basket (IGA), which greatly increases the odds that the young hunters with have a better opportunity to see wildlife and harvest a deer.
Throughout the hunt, the group was blessed with great food donated by several individuals. The Saturday morning breakfast was provided by Richard Halfmann of lake O.H. Ivie. Saturday lunch was provided by the Concho Park Marina of lake O.H. Ivie. The kids were also treated to homemade cookies and snacks donated by Debra Halfmann, O.H. Ivie, Sherri Krueger, Big Spring, and Brenda Halfmann, Carlsbad, TX. The evening meal consisted of a beef and chicken fajitas dinner thanks to Kevin and Sherri Krueger, Big Spring, and Dwain Halfmann, Carlsbad, TX. Sunday morning breakfast was provided by Elm Creek Village of lake O.H. Ivie. The group was also treated to a Q/A program by Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Jacob Crumpton, Concho County, before their journey home.
“The Colorado River Municipal Water District would like to offer a special thanks to all who supported this event and gave of themselves to make this opportunity available to these young boys,” said Travis Halfmann, O.H. Ivie Lake Superintendent.