LAKE IVIE - The Colorado River Municipal Water District hosted its first antlerless spike deer hunt of the 2016/2017 season on Oct. 29 at Lake O.H. Ivie for kids from the South Texas Children's Home located in Pettus.

LAKE IVIE - The Colorado River Municipal Water District hosted its first antlerless spike deer hunt of the 2016/2017 season on Oct. 29 at Lake O.H. Ivie  for kids from the South Texas Children's Home located in Pettus. Four boys and one girl from the children’s home participated in the doe and spike hunt at the Riverside Wildlife Management Area south of the Lake O.H. Ivie dam. The kids enjoyed a very comfortable morning hunt and an unseasonably warm afternoon hunt. Everyone saw an abundance of game and had a wonderful time enjoying the outdoors. These hunts are a great management tool in controlling deer populations, but more importantly, provide a wonderful opportunity to experience hunting, fellowship and the great outdoors to those who would not normally get a chance to do so.

An anonymous donor from Nebraska donated several gift cards for prizes. Each child received a participation gift card and additional cards were awarded for the harvest of the biggest doe, biggest spike, best shot at the shooting range, and a luck of the draw prize.

Those assisting as hunting guides were Monica Minzenmeyer of Rowena, Chris Grimes of Ballinger, Mark Halfmann of San Angelo, along with Joel, and Jacob of the children’s home.

Biggest doe honors went to hunter Edna who was guided by Monica Minzenmeyer. Her doe weighted in at 78 pounds. Edna bagged three deer during the hunt. The prize for the biggest spike went to Isaiah who was guided by Chris Grimes. Isaiah also earned the title of “best shot” at the shooting range which earned him another gift card. The Luck of the Draw gift card went to Ty who was guided by Mark Halfmann. For some of the hunters, this was their first deer ever taken and they were very excited to do so.

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. Enough food was left over for each of the kids to fix a burger after the evening hunt.

David and Vicky Steward of Voss provided breakfast and soft drinks for the hunters. Paige Grimes of Ballinger and Norene Jamison of Voss also provided Halloween treats and homemade cookies for the kids.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Jacob Crumpton of Concho County gave a very informative question and answer program, which covered a wide spectrum of issues, along with several interesting work related stories.

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

Once again our special thanks to all who supported this event and gave of themselves to make this opportunity available to these children.