Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

We just finished a very large range improvement that we have been trying to do for 2 years and with all the rain we had, this was the right time to tackle the job. We installed 50 steps on the Mountain Range from Target 23 to 24. There are now 50 steps with 2 blocks per step and each block weighs 58 lbs. It took 3 days to lay all the blocks. Max Burk laid every block along with tender workers Mark Houston, Joe Dotterer, Rich Diuguid and Todd Dancer.

When you check out the new steps, just remember Max laid every step. Thanks to all. To begin this project Phil Banuelos brought out his very fancy surveyor tools and did mark sets and were right on which took all the guess work out of trying to figure out how large of a tread to use. Thanks Phil.

Also, a big thanks to Bill Waltz for his expert tractor work prepping the area and finishing it off once we were done.

We are starting the rebuilding of the bridge at the tree stand area. Hopefully it will be done in the next week or two.

We continue to make improvements to the main cook shack. The electrical is done on the front wall and the new serving shelves are being covered with stainless steel by Travis Scott. As soon as they are done, we will install them and work on the new serving window doors.

Just a reminder to all our target assignment members, it is very important to keep up your target cleaned so all the members can find all the plugs and see where to walk. Also, club dues are due June 1st and to get your free dues you need to be up to date on your target assignment.

Some of our tree trimmers are also falling behind in their duties. Bill Walts and Dave McClould have been doing a lot of mowing. As soon as you finish one area and move to the next area, you have to go back to the 1st areas since the grass is having a banner year with all the rain we have gotten.

Along with the rain came the weeds and we haven't been able to keep up with the spraying as we have had problems with the sprayer. We got a new pump and some help from Earl Rider so hopefully we won't have anymore problems and will be able to get caught up soon.

I also want to say thank you to all the members that come out during the week to help out.

Have a Happy Memorial Day

Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685 
Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

We had our annual Big Game shoot last weekend. If you didn’t make it out to shoot, you missed a very nice day.

We started the day signing up everyone and making sure they filled out a liability release, which nobody likes including us. It is required by our current insurance, and we are looking into options for the future which may include changing insurance companies. That said, the sign up’s went fairly smooth with just a small addition to our regular traffic flow. As long as we are required to take releases, at least this seems to be a less painful method of doing it.

I thank Amanda Duchardt for her brilliant idea to sign people up for target pick up before the shoot started. She put together a good team and for the first time in recent memory we had plenty of people out there doing the job in short order.

I also thank everyone who showed up to work on Saturday, and those who sacrificed their day Sunday helping us run the shoot. The excellent crew that came out on Saturday which included two prospective members all worked well together to create an interesting layout that used many of our larger animals (always the goal at the Big Game shoot).

So, here’s a nostalgic thought. I have been thinking that I would like to bring back and set up an “ANZAC” tournament. I’m in the early planning stages right now because we have a very full schedule, and Al Wiscovitch is already planning an “Outdoor Summer League”. While I am looking for a good date, what are your thoughts? Is there interest in having an ANZAC shoot? Are there even people out there who remember what an ANZAC shoot is? For those who don’t, here is a brief explanation. It is the “Australia, New Zealand Archery Challenge”. It was loosely fashioned after a military tournament that they came up with over there to train people to deal with obstacles found in Urban Warfare where your target may not be standing in the open. We take standard Field Targets and cut them in half. Those half targets are pasted to standard cardboard the size of a full target. They are installed on the bales vertically or horizontally to represent a target looking around a building (left or right), over a wall, or under a vehicle. Call me if this sounds interesting to you (909-223-5822). If I see interest, this is an easy shoot to set up.

Reaching back to the recent Champ Shoot, I liked it and I hope everyone else did too. Mark Houston did a great job of adding some 3D’s into it, and in my opinion, that really works for Archery in this time period. We all like 3D’s, and that rounded out the tournament to be an overall representation of Field Archery as we practice it today. Something that we should take into account in the future is to make sure we do not save the 3D section for last. Those targets need to be taken down at the end of the day, so to make life easier on the people who are tasked with pulling them down, we need to plan being done with that section earlier in the day. The paper targets are not going anywhere,

So any paper section can be shot last. Our group didn’t think that through properly, so we blew it and didn’t get to shoot the 3D’s (totally our fault).

Reaching forward, the Firecracker shoot will be on June 30th, which means that there will be a work party on June 29th for setup, and on June 30th for tournament support and cook shack duty. It’s likely to be hot, but it’s always worth it.

We just made a few proposals for our By-Laws that are designed to improve accountability for capital expenditures. I don’t expect anyone to have issues with the changes, however; they will be posted (I think in this newsletter), and be voted on after everyone has a chance to review them.

That’s all for now, have fun out there and keep hydrated.

Pete Whitworth
(909) 223-5822

By: Louie Lopez - ob.treasurer@outlook.com

Nothing to report.

Louie Lopez
(714) 538-7202
Range Captain
By: Chriss Bowle s -  Club Range Captain
Nothing to report.

Chriss Bowles
(951) 757-4571
 Hunt Chairman

By: Bill Leal - Club Hunt Chairman   

Nothing to report.

Bill Leal 
(714) 803-9617 - Cell
(714) 523-5284 - Home
7328 El Dorado Drive
Buena Park CA 90620-7589
Range Secretary

By: Mark Houston - Club Range Secretary

Hi Oranco Bowmen,

Nothing to report.

Mark Houston
(760) 605-1155
Tournament Chairman

By: David Bacon. - Tournament Chairman


The weather has finally cleared up a bit so at our Junior Field Archers class this month we had 8 archers, 4 youth and 4 adults for our Introduction to 3-D targets class and I have to say it was a lot of fun. I setup four 3-D targets of various sizes in the education area and explained how to properly shoot and score them and after a little practice, everyone was on target. We had one young archer who was new to the sport that started out hitting spots right from the start and ended up coming to our Big Game Shoot and winning first place in his division. Congratulations Sam!

Our next class is on May 5th where we will be shooting 14 field targets. The CBH State Field Championships is coming up in June so if you haven’t shot a field round in awhile or just need to brush up on the rules, this would be a great opportunity to take a refresher course. The class starts at 9 AM on valley #1. Please don’t forget to check in at the clubhouse.

That’s all for now

David Bacon
(909) 217-4441
Club Secretary

By: Amanda Duchardt - Club Secretary

Hi All!

Thanks to all our members, prospective members and guest that attended the April Club Meeting. There was a lot of great participation by all. Read on for some exciting opportunities/events this summer.

Here are the goings-on highlights from the last meeting:

· Joe and helpers continue keep the range in tip-top shape! Thank you for all you do on the range! Chriss will be following up with members on target maintenance assignments.

· The Big Game 3D Shoot was held on April 14th. BIG THANK YOU to all our Work Party Helpers! We had an unprecedented 16 volunteers help pick up targets after the shoot and we finished even before the awards ceremony was complete. OUTSTANDING!

· June 15 Scalps and Skins will be reschedule to July 20 due to schedule conflicts on Father’s Day weekend and the Big Bear Carp Shoot.

· CBH is hosting a Carp Shoot at Lake Isabella on June 8-9 and Big Bear Municipal Water district is hosting another at Big Bear Lake on June 15-16. The CBH Tilapia shoot was held in Palo Verde April 27-28; Oranco members took first place in both the men’s and women’s categories – Congratulations Jason Duysings and Samantha Ewertz! Bow fishing is very challenging for beginners but when you actually get a fish – it’s extremely satisfying. See Jason if you are interested in learning more.

· Oranco Junior Field Archers (JFA) introduction to 3D targets was held on April 7 with 8 participants including several new prospective members.

· Our Hunt Chairman, Bill Leal reminds everyone that bearded turkey, carp and small game season are coming up. Pig hunting should be good this year with all the rain and green grass.

· Welcome new member Robert McLaughlin – first member to complete Oranco’s new membership requirements.

· David is seeking interested members to train as Membership Chair and Tournament Chair. Board Members must have at least 3 consecutive years of membership but it’s never too early to start assisting and getting to know what it takes to fill these roles well. If you are interested in becoming a future Board Member, reach out to the current Board Members for more info. We’re all happy to take on trainees and back-ups!

· CBH Big Game Club is hosting a 3-day Western Hunting class for beginner hunters/huntresses. The class will cover basics for gear, how to find habitat, track animals, glass for animals, drawing tags, hiking basics, etc. The first class is June 1 at Oranco and 2 field classes in Big Bear and Tejon Ranch. Contact Rojen Besha (besha@sbcglobal.net; 714-833-4318) or Sean McCloskey (smccloskey30@gmail.com) for more information.

· Oranco water bill is due and Joe noted that there is a substantial cost increase year over year. The Board approved a $1000 good faith payment toward the bill until a comparison of water meter readings can be made with our neighbor that shares the cost of this bill and the actual bill amount is resolved.

· The Oranco By-law Committee will meet on April 17, 2019 to discuss several proposed changes to the By-laws. Members will be notified of any proposed amendments 60 days prior to the vote to adopt the amendments.

· The Cook Shack Project/Capital Expenditure Committee submitted its final report, findings and recommendations at the Club meeting. In summary, the committee concluded that all expenses associated with the project were appropriate and recommended a Capital Project Implementation Process to better manage and document large dollar value projects (e.g., promote fiscal responsibility and prevent sticker shock at the conclusion of the project). The Capital Project Implementation Process was subsequently adopted by the Board and membership. A copy of the Committee Report will be placed on file at the Club Office (with the Club Meeting Minutes) and is available to members upon request.

Want to be informed or get involved? Our next club meeting is Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm in the club house. As a reminder, all prospective members need to attend 2 Club Meetings and participate in 2 work parties to become an Oranco member.

Club Meeting Minutes are available in a binder at the Club office or email Ob.Secretary@outlook.com for a copy. The Summary of Board/Member Actions from the last meetings are included below.

Amanda Duchardt
Membership Chairmen  
By: David Bacon - Club Membership


Currently we have 490 members and 28 prospective members working hard to complete their requirements. I would like to welcome Robert McLaughlin to the club as the first new member to complete all his requirements. 

Membership renewals are just around the corner so, if you haven’t already, please send in a copy of your current CBH or NFAA membership card. You can take a picture of your card and email it to me at ob.membership@outlook.com or text it to 909-217-4441. 
We are sending renewals out this year by email so if you have recently changed your email address, please make sure I have the correct one on file so there isn’t any delay in your renewal process. 

Thank you,

David Bacon
Flint Captain

By: Jason Duysings - Club Flint Captain

Nothing to report.
Jason Duysings
Two Year Board Member

By: Al Wiscovitch - Two Year Board Member

Hi there everyone,

Hope you all have been enjoying the great weather we been having. I was able to go out to Pasadena and shoot the Oak Tree 3D Tournament a few weeks ago, what a great shoot they put on. This was a marked 3D shoot with some very tough shots to make. I shot with some of our new Oranco club members Roman and his boy Christen DeLeon who is a bow tech for Turner’s Outdoorsman. It was a fun shot and lost 1st place by one point if you’re going to lose by one point it’s not so bad if it’s one of your club members. Way to go Brad!

Oranco was well represented nice to see our club out there shooting.

New summer league is coming for Oranco members; we are working on details for our new league, start date; format and rules for this league. We will be sending out emails with more info. Soon!

Sorry, I was not able to make the Big Game Shoot as I was doing a Triathlon with my wife and we were able to pull off a third place finish. Boy it’s a lot easier to shoot my bow. Looking at the Big Shoot it looks like some of our club members did very well George Acosta, Bill Waltz, Eric Oates, Max Burks, Amanda Duchardt, Sara Bowles and one of our cubs Hunter Daysings. Congrats to all of you! Nice to see the home team put up many 1st place finishes

Al Wiscovitch
(909) 322-3869
Oranco Bowmen Archery Range

Occupying about 45 acres, Oranco Bowmen Archery Club is a NFAA certified 5-star range. This is the highest certification given by NFAA. We are the only range in Southern California with practice butts from 10-80 yards in 5-yard increments. If you need a place to "dial in" your bow, this is it! 

Oranco also has two NFAA roving courses: Our Valley Course is a level 28-target course, consisting of 14 animal and 14 hunter paper targets. For those who desire a bit more of a physical challenge, our Mountain Course is a hilly 28-target course offering 14 Field targets and another set of 14 animal paper targets. The Layout changes occasionally.
Oranco Bowmen Archery Club - Range Map 
Oranco is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

Please remember to lock your vehicles when you are not present and always take your equipment home with you. We have received reports about stolen equipment, and want everyone to understand that you alone are responsible for your belongings . We advise you to put your identification information on your belongings and try not to leave anything unattended.

Remember: We are open to the public on Sundays and during shoots. During these events it is much more difficult to track who is on range property, especially if people do not sign in at the office.

Be safe and responsible everyone.

Range Beautification Party : We would greatly appreciate your help and support to the upcoming Work Parties. Keep an eye out for the email blast. All Club Members and their families are invited. Per Joe Dotterer, Club President there will be an “ ALL YOU CAN EAT LUNCH ” served for ALL of our Volunteers who come out and help.

Your assistance ensures that the Oranco Bowmen Archery Club remains the best in Southern California. There is a reason why people travel from all over California to shoot at our Archery Club. Get involved and help us out.  
Cook Shack Workers Needed : Positions are still available for volunteers to help out during the upcoming shoots. Mark Houston will be taking over Cook Shack Assignments effective immediately. Terry Lopez will no longer be accepting calls for Cook Shack volunteers.

Please contact Mark Houston in order to reserve your spot at: Cell# (760) 605-1155 . If he is unable to pick up please leave a message with your name and your cell phone number. First Come, First Served.   

Target Camping : This is NOT Allowed...Period. Your Membership will be terminated for doing this! The Practice Butts are for sighting in, improving your archery skills, and honing your accuracy. The Roving Range is just that, Roving. Shoot 4 arrows, Score them, then move on to the next target. 

You have been warned. Don't do it. It is not worth it.  

Breaking Down Modern Brace Heights

Today’s bows are more tunable and accurate, thanks to specialized engineering that places the arrow at the center of the bowstring and riser. This minimizes vertical torque and helps make lower-brace-height bows shoot smoother and conceivably more accurately than longer-brace-height bows from the past.

How to Kill a Turkey With a Bow: 6 Steps to Deadly Accuracy

I’ve been bowhunting turkeys for 17 years now. In addition to bow-bagging dozens myself, I’ve shared many successful hunts with others, and I’ve even mentored a few folks to their first archery turkeys. I’m not boasting, just pointing out that I’ve seen it all. I’ve watched arrows whizz past toms. I’ve seen arrows dump them on the spot. I’ve seen arrowed turkeys take flight. And, I’ve witnessed everything in between.

Mission Statement :
My Goal as Newsletter Editor is to help Members stay informed with the Operations and Activities that are going on in and around the Oranco Bowmen Archery Club. Your suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Check out our Club Website : Oranco Bowmen Archery Club Website