Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

We had a work party the 25th of January and I must admit it was the best turn out of member and prospective members participation in the last 10 years and they were the hardest workers ever. A very big thank you to those that came out.

The cook shack remodel is still continuing and the latest big change is the stainless steel serving counters. I can't say enough how well they came out. We all owe Travis Scott a big THANK YOU for his hard work and expertise. Tony Tobin and Steve Baker have been a great job with running all the cook shacks and I appreciate their help. We were able to remove all the old broken cement pad behind the cook shack and office and it's looking a lot better.

We rented a backhoe for a week which Bill Waltz ran. We were able to get a long list off range improvements done. The biggest is the installation of the drain pipe at Valley Target 28 allowing the removal of the flimsy bridge at 28 and now a 80 ft area to get across the V-ditch. A big THANK YOU to Bill Waltz for your hard work.

For anybody who wants to help out, I am normally at the range on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am until noon so feel free to just show up. I do have a few people that come out on a regular basis to help and I would like to thank them. These 6 guys, Todd Dancer, Steve Smith, Stefan Olson, Bill Waltz, Max Burk & Rich Duigiud, are a great help and can be counted on when needed.

We had another hit and run at the front gate area that will now have to be repaired. We put a few car stoppers in to try and stop the running but they got away again. I guess we will have to put a moat in to stop them from getting away. Each time it cost us about $750 to $1000 to get the fence repairs done.

Almost forgot the CBH-SAA State Unmark 3D shoot is back after 25 years and Oranco Bowmen will be hosting it as a piggy back shoot on our Fire Cracker Shoot this June

That should have everyone caught up so until next time.

Shoot Straight

Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685 
Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

This last Saturday the 25th we had a large work party for various jobs around the range. Thank you to everyone who came out and pitched in.

The first thing that we did was to have everyone jump in and pull all the animals out of both Connex containers. That went quick and then most of the crew went off to handle other chores such as trimming and chipping.

I kept a small group to work on replacing the centers in animals where needed, and we culled the herd of some animals that had passed their expiration date. It was a lot like cleaning out a refrigerator, (with the usual results) we now seem to have more room for the remaining targets.

While that was going on two of us laid down three sheets of plywood in the back end of the Connex on the right to prevent animals sliding around on the slippery steel floor that existed there.

I had made up magnetic strip signs to label the target cores that we keep on shelves in both Connex’s and they worked great in that Connex on the right. It turns out that the Connex on the left does not have steel edges on the shelves like we used for the first Connex and to make matters worse, that Connex is aluminum so the magnetics are not working anywhere in that one until we put steel edging on the shelves in there.

Bottom line is that we are now more organized than we have ever been, and while labeling the Rinehart cores we discovered that for the large deer targets we had a large supply of cores in the Right Hand Connex, and another stack in the Left Hand Connex that I assume were thought to be for McKenzie targets (we generally keep Rinehart cores in the RH Connex and McKenzie in the LH one).

We also came across a white goat target that had a completely broken out head in the dovetail area that holds it onto the animal. We had that set aside and later found out that CBH had an almost new looking head for that animal, so that goat carcass became part of our donation to the upcoming CBH Big Game Club Broadhead Shoot. That’s a bonus for Oranco and for CBH both.

We are ready for the Rendezvous shoot that is coming up on February 9th as far as animal prep goes.

Note: there will be another work party on February 8th to set up the shoot and do general clean up. Thank you all for the help this weekend, and I hope to see you again on the 8th.

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
Hope this report finds everyone well. It’s been more than a while since I wrote a newsletter article so please bear with me. We had a great CBH/SAA meeting and accomplished much. Please take note of the dates and events planned. If you are not planning to attend the Vegas shoot then please plan on helping at the Rendezvous work party and shoot scheduled for February 8th and 9th. Many of us will be attending the Vegas festivities and Pete can’t do the Rendezvous by himself. Please plan on attending the CBH/SAA State Traditional Archery Championship the following weekend at Verdugo. This is a 2 day shoot with unmarked targets. Should be a lot of fun and I know George Papac will do a first class job. The state Broadhead is still planned for the weekend of May 16th and 17th and tentatively at the Tejon Ranch. Should be a great tournament as always. See a BGC committee member for tickets for the annual 10K drawing. The State Field tournament will be at Redding this year. Plan the trek early. I know Pam Severtson and her Straight Arrow Bowhunter team will do a fantastic job. The CBH/SAA State Marked Yardage 3D will once again be held at Cougar Mountain up in the Oroville area. The piggyback fee will be substantially lower this year and the tournament should be much more affordable. The Cougar Mountain team does a great job so find some time to travel up. Oranco will be hosting the State Unmarked 3D championship as a piggyback to the Firecracker shoot this year. Please plan on helping us out to make this a success. Last of the CBH/SAA State shoots will be the State Target in September. Oranco is tentatively scheduled to hold the event on the weekends of September 12/13 and 19/20. I am looking to get the attendance for State 900 over 200 this year so please plan ahead. Talk with your regional representatives for more information on the meetings as a whole.

The Range is really looking good right now and I thank the guys with Mountain Range targets assignments for doing a stellar job. Things get really overgrown during the rainy season and it’s tough to stay ahead. I know several members have asked about additional target assignments. I have a waiting list so please email me with your info if you want to get on the list.

Congratulations to the Oranco Junior Team for jumping into the tournament season with both feet! Coaches Vernie, Marly and Chris Stout have been doing a fantastic job developing these young people and their archery skills. I look forward to seeing all or some of them up in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks for the World Archery Festival. Big thanks to Dave Bacon for helping get this program off the ground. Now…I want my very own team jersey!

By the time this newsletter gets out we should have finished the work party on the 25th. I want to thank all of the new members that are coming out to participate. I know many of you are just trying to complete the work party requirement, but my hope is that you stick with us and continue working for the club. It’s a great group and most of us are fun to be around. I will try to get as much firewood available as possible.

Until next time please shoot safely and enjoy the range.

Chriss Bowles
(951) 757-4571
Hunt Chairman

By: Bill Leal - Club Hunt Chairman   


Don't forget to turn in your deer tags, it is mandatory by January 31st, 2020, or go on line to CDFW.

If you hunted out of state a lot most states have the same rules. I hunted in the state of Washington and had to turn my tags in. In California and most states you turn them in if you had harvest or not. 

I had two turkey tags and one deer tag in Washington and got one Jake and one big tom.

I need ALL the game cards in by FEBURARY 15TH, 2020. Small game and big game can be on the same card. On the Buck deer , Whitetail or Mule deer or sub species of both, I need , outside spread for the Big Buck contest and if it made P&Y or CBH . You will get a trophy plaque for all big game taken and for small game for the right amount.

If you need any help call me at (714) 803-9617 and leave a message and I will call you back. Or email me or send it by e-mail . If you are at the range leave it in the mail box at the front gates. 
If you are bringing big game into California refer to :

California code of regulations
Title -14
Section -712
California does not want you to bring the back bone or the skull. Read the regulations. You do not want to get caught, they will take everything you caught. They do not want to introduce" THE CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE " to California. Get informed from the CDFW.

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

By: Mark Houston - Club Range Secretary

Hi Oranco Bowmen,

I hope you're all looking forward with anticipation as much as I am to the start of the 2020 tournament season here at at Oranco Bowmen Archery Club. Bring those new bows and archery equipment that you got for Christmas out to our first major shoot of the year. The Rendezvous 3D on Sunday February 9th, starting at 9 a.m. the shoots consists of 42 animal 3D targets 1 arrow unmarked yardage. If you have any archery related equipment to sell, barter or trade bring it on down after all it is a rendezvous!

We have a brand new venue starting on Saturday February 22nd the winter 3D league for Members Only. 12 3D targets laid out in various scenarios 2 arrows per target marked and unmarked / 5 consecutive week's. This is a great experience not only for those you who have never shot League but to build hone your archery skills and build camaraderie and friendship with other members. Go to website for details.

 Club Champ Shoot

Is a time-honored Field Archery Championship shoot on Sunday March 1st for our members and their guests.

The tournament will consist of: 14 marked yardage 4 arrow Field targets 14 marked yardage 4 arrow Hunter targets and 14 marked yardage 1-3 arrow Animal targets. This is a free shoot with free food and drinks that will be provided throughout the day for Oranco Club members. Guest are welcome to participate for a $5 fee including free food when accompanied by a club member but will not receive awards. All styles all ages, 3 minimum in a group double scoring mandatory. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. the tournament will start at 9 a.m. Awards will be given out at the Oranco Awards Banquet in late March 2020.

Come on out and enjoy a fun-filled day of Tournament Field Archery for free with free food! Find out who has bragging rights for Club Champ!!!

Hope to see you all at the Oranco Club Champ Shoot!

Mark Houston
(760) 605-1155
Tournament Chairman

By: Chris Stout. - Tournament Chairman

Nothing to report.

Chris Stout
(909) 730-0045
Club Secretary

By: Amanda Duchardt – Club Secretary

Greetings Oranco Members and Prospective Members!

The January Club Meeting was packed again with current and prospective members. Sounds like a few folks got new bows over the holiday and are excited to get back into archery. The participation and engagement has been great and Oranco feels more like a club and less like a gym every day. I strongly encourage our 412 members to attend a Club meeting and get to know some of our new and prospective members (currently 42). The FREE coffee and snacks are a hit as is the mandatory break at 8:30pm for anyone that needs to leave, bio break, get more snacks, etc. We promise not to keep you all night!

● The Rendezvous 3D will be held on February 9.
● The Oranco Champ Shoot will be held on March 1. The tournament is FREE to members and prospective members in good standing. Guest are $5 and MUST shoot with the member that extended the invitation. FREE food for all. This shoot is patterned after the State Field Shoot and will consist of 14 hunter, 14 field and 14 animal targets. Awards will be given out at the Annual Banquet on March 28.
● The Board voted to host the CBH State Unmarked 3D Tournament piggybacked on the Firecracker shoot. This means that Firecracker will go on as planned but CBH/NFAA members can choose to register and pay an additional fee to be considered for the State Championship Awards also. ● Check out the CBH Event Calendar for additional tournament dates throughout California.

● Oranco’s Winter League will begin on Saturday, February 22 and run each Saturday at 9am through Saturday, March 21. Leagues are open to members and prospective members in good standing. Cost is $10 per event and will consist of 12 targets, 2 arrows per target, marked and unmarked shots, and a 110 yard bonus shot. Participants must compete in 4 out of the 5 weeks to be eligible for awards. Potluck and awards will be held on Saturday, March 21.

● FREE one hour class usually held on Saturday mornings; RSVP required. Next class is February 15. Please check out our website or contact Vernie Urbano at archer@vernie.biz or 714-928-4100 for more information and to RSVP.

● Next JFA is on February 2 at 9am. No pre-registration required. Participation is free for members and children under 11. Guests are $14. Please contact David Bacon at ob.membership@outlook.com or 909-217-4441 for more information.

● Rendezvous 3D Work Party will be held on February 8 to set up and February 9 for registration/cook shack/takedown. Please show up by the office/target conex at 8am on February 8. If you want to participate in the February 9 Work Party, please contact Pete Whitworth for registration needs/info; Tony Tobin Sr or Steve Baker for Cook Shack RSVP; and Amanda Duchardt for target take down. Note: Target take down crew will be capped at 10 and we need a volunteer to hitch up their truck to the trailer. Contact info is on the Oranco website.
● Joe is managing several projects around the range. Please reach out to Joe at 951-897-5685 if you need work party credits and have a few hours to help.
● We are also starting to organize Prospective Member ONLY work parties on the second Saturday of each month to help facilitate completion of work party requirements. Please reach out to David Bacon at ob.membership@outlook.com or 909-217-4441 for more information.
● To stay current on Work Party opportunities, make sure you are subscribed to the Oranco Newsletter/email list and/or check out our Facebook page.

● The Oranco Annual Banquet will be held on March 28. Invitations will be sent out shortly. Please RSVP as tickets will be capped at ~100.
● FREE snacks and refreshments will be served at Club Meetings! Please come and enjoy! Also, there will be a scheduled break at 8:30pm to allow folks that can’t stay for the whole meeting to step out as needed. We appreciate your participation but recognize that meetings can run long.
● The Oranco Board nominations for next year’s Board of Directors are closed. Due to lack of additional nominations, by default, the existing Board will continue in their current roles.
● If you are interested in a Board position but don’t yet meet the requirements for nomination, each Board member is taking on assistants to ensure we have appropriate support, backups, and knowledgeable
mentees. Work party credits available! Please reach out to the appropriate Board Member for more information.
● REMINDER: The gate code changed at the end of December. The new code was sent out by mail on December 2. If you did not receive the gate code, contact David Bacon at ob.membership@outlook.com. Sharing the gate code, even with other current or former members is strictly prohibited.
● Reminder to turn in your hunt cards for the 2019 hunt season to Bill Leal so that we can recognize you at the Banquet. I was lucky enough to harvest a deer on New Years’ Day but will have to wait until the 2021 banquet for my mule deer species award due to the cut off dates.
● Blade Betts is raising funds for his Eagle Scout Project at Oranco. Blade will be constructing a new informational sign near our front gate and the design looks great. Thank you for your donations to date, Blade has raised $744/$2500. Keep an eye out for additional opportunities to donate during Sunday openings and tournaments. I can’t wait to see the final product.
● Current membership count: 412; Prospective members: 42 and counting.

Want to be informed or get involved? Our next club meeting is Tuesday, February 11 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

Hi All,

Here is a quick update on how membership is doing…Currently we are at 415 members including 43 prospective members.

We have several New members
Ellena Saldana
Jaime, Lorena, Marissa and Alejandro Jasso
Jeff Scarbrough
David and Raiza Kapur
Brig Cheney
Aaron Kim - junior
Stefan Olsen
Jesus Quinones

Please welcome them to the Club when you see them on the range.

It may not seem like it, but June renewal is just around the corner. Please make sure your CBH or NFAA card is up to date. You can make a copy and mail it to the Club or take a picture and email it to ob.membership@outlook.com. You can also text it to me at 909-217-4441. Whatever works for you.

On another note, I am looking for an assistant for Membership. The job includes helping out with membership duties and assist in opening the club a few times a year. Work party credits available. Let me know if you are interested.

David Bacon
Two Year Board Member

By: Al Wiscovitch - Two Year Board Member

Hi there everyone,

As I start this newsletter we are just about done with the 1st month of our New Year happy New Year to “everyone”.

With January, start’s the new archery season and the 1st State Championship up and down our State with the indoor 20-yard shoot.

This year I sighed up at Turner’s outdoors man in West Covina and shot with a bunch of Oranco members we had a great time thank you Turner’s for hosting this event.

Now for some Oranco news, we are about a month away from the start of our new 3-D club league starting Saturday February 22nd so put this down on your calendars this league will run five consecutive weeks ending on March 21st if there is a rain out we will take the next available date. We will follow Oranco rules that we currently use for our 3-D events, there will be awards at the end of our league followed with a potluck BBQ on the same day with our club providing the hotdogs and burgers should be a lot of fun. Don’t forget to put it on your calendar.

March also is our Champ shoot this year’s date is March 1st this is a club event for free to club members and Lunch included you can also bring a guest to shoot this event for five bucks (Awards for club members only) this a NFAA style shoot 14-field 14-hunter and 14-animal always fun shooting this event! If you have any questions see Mark Houston Range secretary.

March is also our annual banquet and will be held at our club again just like last year. If you made it last year you already know how much fun we had hanging out with club member’s, awards great Chuck wagon style food, raffle prizes with entertainment yes we had Elvis in the house. So put this on your calendars as well Saturday March 28th last weekend of the month. We will be sending out RSVP soon so don’t wait too long to return them as we sold out last year we are adding a few more seats this year. Cost for this much fun is 20.00 bucks per person and yes you can bring a guest.

As always thank you for reading this news letter

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. Tony Tobinis back and will be taking over Cook Shack Assignments effective immediately. Terry Lopez will no longer be accepting calls for Cook Shack volunteers.

Please contact Tony Tobin in order to reserve your spot at: Cell# (626) 354-2268 . Due to poor cell service in his area please contact him via TEXT message to assure he can receive your information. 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.  

How to Age White-tailed Bucks

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