BALLINGER– On October 27, 2012, the Colorado River Municipal Water District hosted its first antlerless/spike deer hunt of the 2012-2013 season, for kids from the South Texas Children’s Home (STCH). Three boys from the Children’s Home participated in the doe and spike hunt.

A beautiful, clear and frosty morning, along with a warm afternoon, was the setting for the hunt. Everyone saw a lot of game, and had a wonderful time enjoying the outdoors. These hunts are a great management tool in controlling deer populations, but more importantly, they provide a wonderful opportunity to experience hunting, companionship, and the great outdoors to those who would not normally get a chance to do so.

Wal-Mart donated gift certificates as prizes for the hunter who harvested the biggest antlerless deer, and young hunter Steven, guided by Chris Grimes of Ballinger, Texas, won the honors with a big doe weighting in at 79 lbs. There was also a gift certificate donated for the best marksmanship, which was won by young hunter Orlando, who was a sharp shooter on the shooting range. Good job guys!

Throughout the hunt all were blessed with great food. A grilled hamburger meal, with fixings, chips, and cookies was provided by the Ballinger Morning Lions Club, along with great company and humor. Enough food was left over for each of the kids to fix a burger after the evening hunt. David and Vicky Steward of Voss, Texas, provided breakfast for the hunters and sent along a fresh cake, fruit, and drinks. Also, Noreen Janison of Voss, Texas, baked up a batch of fresh cookies, to satisfy the sweet tooth of the hungry hunters.

Assisting as hunting guides where Chris Grimes of Ballinger, Carl Montgomery of San Angelo, Jake Kelly and Michael Lee, of the South Texas Children’s Home.

Game Warden Jacob Crompton of Concho County gave a program on fire arm safety, a variety of issues dealing with the outdoors and wildlife, along with the responsibilities of hunters, and the introduction of new changes in game laws.

Deer corn was provided by the Coleman Grain Inc. of Coleman, Shoppin’ Baskit (IGA) of Ballinger, and Ballinger Feed and Seed of Ballinger. The use of corn is a great asset, as it allows the young hunters with a greater opportunity to see wildlife, and to harvest a deer.

Once again our “Special Thanks” to all who supported this event.