Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

The CBH State Meeting is over and a few things need to be reported. First, we had 2 members inducted into the CBH Archery Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Wayne Raupe and Earl Williams. Also, Chriss Bowles was drafted to serve as President of CBH/SAA with Wayne Raupe's retirement. Jason Duysings was appointed as 2nd VP of hunting, Matt Burns is small game chairman and Amanda Duchardt was appointed as DFG Regional 6 Legislative Rep. The Big and Small Game committee have a few Oranco Members on them as well, but I don't have the list with me. Congratulations to all our new CBH/SAA officers.

This year's CBH/SAA State Field will be in Redding CA. The Broadhead is still undecided at this writing. We will host the State Target again this year.

The main petition that was past this year regarding the State Field & Target is that Longbow shooting will not shoot over 50 yards.

As far as Oranco Elections go, there were no nominations are so the elections are closed. We have two new people on the board for 2018. Amanda Duchardt will resume the role of Secretary. Don Reiter will resume the role of Tournament Chairman. Jake Reiter was nominated and appointed as the Two Year Board Member. Congratulations to everyone.

You will be getting invitations to Oranco 65th Annual Award Banquet very soon. Please respond ASAP so we can make plans. This year's banquet is going to be very different. It will be at the range under a big top tent and there will be some fantastic door prizes. More details will follow.

Next time you are at the range you will notice the last four trees behind the practice butt awning have been cut down and it looks very different. We had no choice but to cut them down since they were constantly dropping limbs on the awning. It was not a matter of 'if' but 'when' we would get some serious damage. Our plan is to extend the awning over the bow racks. The picnic table to the right end of the practice butts is a little closer to being done. All that is left is to weld the beams and put on the roof metal which we plan to have by the February shoot.

There is a ton of firewood at the range and anybody that has a chainsaw is welcome to help themselves. It has all been moved behind Target 18 on the Valley Range. Have fun.

On a sad note, we had an Oranco Past President pass away on December 22nd. Dale Braken was President in 1978 & 1979. Dale was very involved in helping Oranco move to Chino. He was 70 years old.

The rains have started, and the grass is turning green so this is a reminder to all our Members that have Target Assignments, that you need to keep an eye on your targets before they get overgrown.

I want to say, "Thank you" to Chris Bunn and his crew for cutting down the practice butt trees. Great job.

Hopefully everyone has a fantastic 2018.
Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685    
We are having a work party at the range on Saturday, February 10th at 8 am in preparation for the Rendezvous 3-D. Please plan to come out and support our Club.

For more information, please contact:

Pete Whitworth
(909) 223-5822

We will need HELP to work our Cook Shacks at the Rendezvous Shoot on Sunday, February 11th. Our Fish Taco vendor can't make this shoot. I know it's short notice but we need HELP and it is a double work party credit. If you can help please give me a call. Thank you.

Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685
Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

Nothing to Report.

Pete Whitworth
Range Captain
By: Chriss Bowle s -  Club Range Captain
Good evening team, I hope this news finds you well. It has been a while since writing an article so hopefully I have not missed too much. The Range is looking pretty good right now as we enter the dull days of winter post-hunting season. Hopefully, everyone had a chance to get out a lot more than I did. A big thanks to Pete Whitworth and Dave Bacon, et al. for getting the new carpet bales out on to the practice butts. They look great and they really needed it. It looks like there are still a few used ones left so get them while they’re hot. 

Thanks again to all who have helped with targets as I know that can be a bit of a pain to glue and put them out there. I know Bill Waltz has been an incredible help along with a lot of others. For those of you that have Target Assignments, you know who you are, Stay on them. Most of the Mountain Range targets look great!!.... some, not so much. This is the heavy weed growth time and you need to try to stay ahead of it.

If you haven’t seen the new Cook Shacks out there yet, then get out to the range and check them out. Joe and Jason have done an incredible job and they look great! It also looks like Dave McCleod’s picnic bench is finally getting a permanent make over at the practice butts. Should be finished soon. The Club was forced to take the trees down at the practice butts. It was sad to see them go, but they have become a safety hazard. There are some new improvements to the awning coming soon so keep an eye out. 
The Charity shoot in December was a huge success so thanks to all who came out. We really appreciate the generosity and we have received a couple of letters from very thankful families telling us how much they appreciated the help during the holidays. 

Sorry to say that we have seen the last shoot using the Tree Stand. I have had a lot of fun with shots from the tree stand over the years, but it looks like we may have a safety and liability / insurance issue, so for now, it is off limits for our shoots. 

Sorry to any and all that wanted to shoot the Stump N Varmint. That is always a popular marked paper shoot and it had really been growing over the last few years. My friend Pete who hand paints those targets just got a little behind in his work schedule and could not squeeze it in. Actually, his wife Sue paints them, but Pete does an excellent job supervising!! Should be good for next year. 

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Rendezvous shoot in February. The Rendezvous is always a great shoot and will be our first unmarked 3-D of the year. We will need workers as always, but Sunday will be fun for anyone that comes out. I promise to make it fun because Joe will be in Vegas and Pete and I can do whatever we want!
We just finished the CBH/SAA State Meetings at the Ontario Gateway Convention Center and it was productive as always. I would say that the meetings were colorful and eye opening. I am not entirely sure how to react to some of it except to say that it is a brave new world out there and some of us are a little behind the times. Human beings are strange creatures and it is just a fact that we don’t accept change very well and we also have a bad habit of only talking to people that agree with us. 

That being said, I would say we are headed in a new direction. Yes, the rumors are confirmed. Yours Truly has accepted the position of President of the California Bowmen Hunters State Archery Association. Some of you may be saying that the “new direction” is into the abyss...lol...but let’s hope it goes better than that. I am taking over for Wayne Raupe. Wayne is retiring, and his rest is long overdue. Wayne was inducted into the California Archery Hall of Fame on Saturday night and it is an honor very well deserved. I have never missed an opportunity to chat with Wayne and disagree if I felt it appropriate, but I might be able to count on one hand the people that have done as much for archery in California as Wayne. He has been a fantastic ambassador for our sport and is a professional in every way. Please take time to reach out to Wayne and wish him well. He is a great archer and friend.

The State meetings saw some other very interesting developments. Oranco Flint Captain, Jason Duysings, has assumed the role of 2 nd VP of Hunting for the CBH/SAA and will be running the Big Game Club and the State Broadhead this year. Jason is a knowledgeable hunter and solid leader. Please lend him your support as he tackles this important new challenge. I will leave the details for Jason’s report. 

I am happy to report that another club has taken the challenge of the State Field Archery Championship for this year. The State Field will be in Redding. I would love to see some heavy participation from Oranco. I know it’s a “fur piece” to get up there, but I would really like to see this state get our Field Championship back to its former glory.

Oranco will once again be a host site for the State Outdoor Target Championship (State 900). As I transition to a new role at the State level, I would like to have someone step forward to run this important shoot. We hosted over 100 archers over 2 days last year and I will be looking to host the tournament 2 weekends in a row to accommodate more shooters this year. I have all the equipment and details of how to run this thing and it is very easy. I will be a part of it every step of the way. I just need someone to jump in and take some responsibility for it going forward. Please let me know at the earliest.
Lastly, I would like to once again reach out to the Membership to see if anyone would like to serve as an Associate Range Captain. I promise not to walk out and leave anyone holding the bag. The position would entail some changing of targets and gluing. I would need someone to help setting up 3-D’s at our tournaments and assisting Pete as needed. I can offer dues and an occasional cold beer for the effort! It’s a great way to jump into this thing without getting wet…damp maybe…but not wet. Let me know or call me if you want to talk it through. As always, thanks for everything you guys do for me and the Club. I really appreciate it! See you next month.
Chriss Bowles
Range Captain
Hunt Chairman

By: Bill Leal - Club Hunt Chairman   

Hi all,

You have until February 15 th,+5689* 2018 to turn in your game cards for any game taken in 2017. We now have a female division and the ladies will compete among themselves for awards.

However, for THE BIG BUCK CONTEST, both the men and women will compete for awards based upon the widest spread on any deer taken under the rules and regulations from ORANCO, CBH and P&Y. If you need game cards you can email at: williamleal5284@yahoo.com

You can mail your completed Game Cards to me:

Bill Leal
You can also drop them off at the Club House, or you can leave them in the mail box at the front gate of the range.

Check out the link from the CDFW NEWS ROOM and read about the Lodi man that got caught poaching a Black Tail Deer - Click here - Full Article

ATTENTION - To ALL Deer and Bear tag holders

You need to submit a report by January 31st, 2018: Whether you got a Deer / Bear or not. Whether you hunted or not. Check out this LINK more information.

I have heard rumors that you can bow fish for Catfish in CA, I don't how true that is or what the limit is but check with the CDFW to be sure before you shoot any.

People were trying tell me that a JAVELINA is a rodent or it is in the skunk family, well it is not. I looked it up on the internet and low and behold it is a pig. The JAVELINA [COLLARD PECCARY] is a far relative of the European Boar [wild pig], the scientific name is PECARI and the name is TAJACU .

JAVELINA are only found in the Western Hemisphere. If they are found anywhere other than the Western Hemisphere they were transplanted there. We will see you at the next Club Meeting on February 13 th , 2018 at 7 PM. Have a good one.   

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

By: Tony Tobin - Club Range Secretary

Happy New Year to everyone. One more tournament year clicks away, and another begins. I would like to say this is going to be the best year ever, but I’m not a fortune teller nor a prophet. My wife once told me, you can set goals for the future, but you still must live life one day at a time before those goals can be reached. By the time this article hits the Newsletter, the State Indoor shoots will be over. Good luck to everyone who participated.

I am jumping ahead to March, so I can remind everyone of the Club Champ Shoot on March 11 th , fliers should be available in the Club House. The Champ Shoot consists of 3 different rounds. The first is a (14) target field round, the second a (14) target hunter round, and the third is a (14) target animal round. If you have never shot field archery, this is the perfect time for you and your family to come out and give it a try.

Did I mention, it’s free for Members to shoot and I will be providing a hot dog lunch to those who participate. This year I want to get everyone out on the range and shooting by 9:00 am and have a 3:00 pm cut off time. Groups need to be no less than 3 and no more than 6 shooters. Last year there were a few groups who went just a little over the allotted time frame because of the number of shooters in their group. I hope to see ya’ll out there.
Till next month, shoot straight and focus on the gold. 
Tony Tobin
(626) 354-2268
Tournament Chairman

By: Anthony Tobin, Jr. - Tournament Chairman

Nothing to Report.

Anthony Tobin, Jr.
Membership Chairmen  
By: Samantha Ewertz - Club Membership
Hello Everyone,

The banquet is fast approaching and invites have gone out. This year, we are hosting the banquet at the club. There will be dinner, awards, raffle, and entertainment; hope to see you all there!

The CBH Banquet and meeting was the weekend of January 12 – 14, and was very informative. This was the first CBH event I have attended since getting into archery, and it won’t be the last.

I want to thank Wayne Raupe for all he has done for CBH over the years and I am sad to see him step down from being President.

On another note, I would like to Congratulate Chriss Bowels on becoming CBH President and Jason Duysings on becoming 2nd VP of Hunting. I look forward to assisting Jason and being on his committee.

Last but definitely not least. I would like to Congratulate Madison Wilkens on her newest accomplishment. At the CBH Banquet she was awarded the “Grand Slam Award”. To win the “Grand Slam Award”, you have to win four State shoots. Madison won the 2017 State Indoor – Barebow, 2017 State Broadhead – Non Sight, 2017 State Field – Barebow, and 2017 State Target – Barebow. Along with her new award she has also won the following;

CBH/SAA Young Adult Female
  • Indoor Barebow 2017 Champion – Record
  • Indoor Longbow 2017 Champion – Record
  • State Broadhead 2017 Champion/Grand Champion
  • State Field Champion – Record

NFAA Young Adult Female
  • Indoor Barebow 2017 Champion
  • 3D Barebow 2017 Champion
  • Field Barebow 2017 Champion – Record
  • Outdoor Target 900 2017 Champion – Record

These are not her only accomplishments, and they won’t be her last either. Congratulations again Madison, keep shooting straight! Thank You.

Samantha Ewertz
Membership Chairman
Flint Captain

By: Jason Duysings - Club Flint Captain

~Scalps & Skins~
   It's almost that time for another series of Scalps & Skins shoots. Dates were posted in the last newsletter and you can also check the website. Shoot dates will be as follows: 2/24, 3/10, 4/21, 5/12, 6/16.

  The 5/12 shoot will be Broadhead optional for those fine tuning for the state broadhead shoot which will be held at Tejon Ranch this year. And those looking for a little fun make sure you bring your flashlights to the 6/16 as for this shoot will be little challenging while shooting at night. You must shoot 4/5 to qualify for awards, 1st-3rd place awards will be given out. This year's shoots I will be placing obstacles in front of targets or making for some trick shots on occasion. Please tell your shooting friends and help me get the numbers increased at these shoots. I will put it on FB as well, when you see the posts please like it and share it with your friends.

    I would like to Thank Chris Bunn and his crew for taking their time on a day off to come and remove the trees that were causing problems above the practice butts. You guys showed up with an arsenal of equipment and handled those trees pretty quickly. Thanks again!

    Banquet invitations have been mailed out, please take the time to check your calendars and return the RSVP'S. I have already recieved numerous raffle prizes, everybody who comes to the banquet automatically receives 10 raffle tickets. Everybody has a chance to win some great prizes and will enjoy a great banquet with a live DJ. I hope to see all of you there, You won't want to miss this banquet!!! If you know anyone who would like to donate raffle prizes please have them get ahold of me.

    If you are interested in work party credits by helping me set up for scalps shoots please get ahold of me, I usually set up on Fri mid mornings. And the take down after the shoots I always need help as well. People have asked me to do more shoots and I would love to but I'm getting very minimal participation with set up and take down. Please step up and start helping me out if you have time. I apprieciate it in advance.
Thanks again for all your support.

Jason Duysings
Club Newsletter  

By: Nick Scamperino - Club Newsletter Editor

Hope you had a fantastic New Years Day. As January has come to a close, there have been a lot of things going on down at the Range. For those of you who missed the January Club Meeting, here is what was discussed:

Club Meeting - January 2018 - Topics

  • Oranco Bowmen received a couple of “Thank You” letters from a couple of families that received gifts from the Charity shoot

  • Joe mentioned that we just paid last month's water bill.

  • We received a recall notice on the RTV 900. Repairs have been made.

  • Joe needs to follow up on the quote for the bridge metal.

  • Joe's expenses included a grinding wheel, the water bill, fence repair, and a tube for the practice butt's reverse awning.

  • We have been taking out trees due to the safety hazard some of them are imposing. We have removed all four trees at the practice butts.

  • One of our Members, who is also a tree trimmer, didn't show up as was scheduled.

  • Pete wanted to remind everybody of the upcoming Rendezvous shoot on the 11th of February. He also stated there would be a Work Party on the 10th of February and we would need help.

  • There was a discussion about having the Stump N Varmint paper targets printed out versus being hand-painted to alleviate the amount of work Pete and Sue have to put into setting up the shoot.

  • Chriss wanted to thank Pete and Dave for putting out the carpet bales.

  • Chriss mentioned the upcoming State meetings at the Ontario Gateway Hotel, which is across the street from the convention center.

  • Bill mentioned that people need to start getting their Game Cards turned in.

  • Bill also mentioned we now have a Women's Division. He has extended the deadline from January 1st to February 15th.

  • The Membership Chair stated that we were at 438 members. She also has the new Membership Applications ready for review by the Board.

  • There was discussion regarding the two options for the banquet invitations. It was voted on and one was chosen.

  • The Flint Captain brought in revised pricing for the banquet based on 60 people. 

  • There was a motion for Club Members to pay $10 if they pre-register or $40 after the registration date. The motion was approved.

  • It was decided that the tree stand would no longer be used for Club shoots. It is only to be used by Members.

  • The FITA Target will now be closed from 8:30 am - 2 pm on Sundays due to the safety issues that have arisen from people crossing in front of the FITA Target while it is being utilized.

  • Amanda Durchart will be assuming the role of Secretary. Don Reiter will be assuming the role of Tournament Chairman. There will be no elections as there were no other members nominated for any of the remaining positions.

  • Jake Reiter was nominated as the Two-Year Board Member. It was voted on and approved.

  • There was a discussion, and anyone can write a Newsletter Article, however it needs to be approved by the Board to be published.

  • David is checking into some different options to obtain internet coverage for the range.

  • There was a motion to get a scanner for the Membership Chair. It was voted on and approved.
Some of these issues may be important to you and some may not be. The only way to have your voice heard is to attend a Club Meeting. They are held on the second Tuesday of every month. Please plan on attending the next one. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Nick Scamperino
Newsletter Editor  
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 

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 Tobin will no longer be accepting calls for cook shack volunteers. Please contact Terry Lopez in order to reserve your spot at: (562) 900 - 4487. First Come, First Serve.  

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.  


This survival bow looks pretty effective. We’ve highlighted several of  Survival Lilly’s  informative  YouTube videos  here in the past. She really knows her stuff when it comes to making things one might need in a survival situation. In this video, she demonstrates how to make a survival bow and then shows how effective it really is.


Bowhunters need to get close to their quarry to make an ethical shot. However, Clay Newcomb got so close he actually touched the bear with his arrow! Black bears can be pretty curious animals. This big color phase bear gave  Bear Hunting Magazine  Editor Clay Newcomb a little more than he bargained for on his Saskatchewan hunt when it came in to check him out. It got so close that Newcomb literally touched the bear with his arrow before shooting it.

Better Practice for Bowfishing

I ’ve had the opportunity to guide a lot of people on their first bowhunting trip. There have been lots of kids, as well as men and women. No matter the age, size, or gender, one thing remains the same. Shooting fish with a bow can be tough for the beginner. Sadly, we often put first timers in the boat, hand them a bowfishing bow, tell them to “aim low,” and then turn them loose. This can be frustrating on the rookie, to say the least.

Several years ago I watched a young man grow increasingly frustrated throughout the night as he continued to miss shot after shot. I vowed on that night to help new shooters, prior to their night on the water, to be better prepared for flingin’ arrows at fish. There is solution for better practice for bowfishing.

March 11, 2017
14 Field, 14 Hunter and 14 Animal Targets
Open to all, Awards for Members only, presented at the Banquet.

Oranco Bowmen Banquet

March 31, 2018
More details to follow

Hunt Chairman
Membership Chair
Range Secretary
Flint Captain
Vice President
Range Captain      
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