Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

Nothing to report.

Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685 
Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

Well, by all accounts so far, the Firecracker was a success. Thank you to everyone who came out to help set up the shoot on Saturday and to all the people we had on Sunday to run the shoot. It’s a lot of work, and we couldn’t do it without you.

I have been getting feedback from anyone willing to offer their opinion, and so far all but one of the comments have been favorable. The only unfavorable comment (that I am aware of right now) was that we placed one standard shooting stake where an overhead branch was interfering with the Modern Recurve shooters. One person in that group was able to make the shot using a Modern Recurve from a kneeling position. I consider that an acceptable challenge, however; we will keep a better eye on that specific issue in the future. Actually, it is a good challenge, so please send me your feedback on that too. Is it a good thing to add a lower branch now and then to keep you modern Recurve guys from getting bored? I know all the Traditional Longbow and Traditional Recurve shooters enjoy one now and then.

I did hear that some people were moving too far from the stakes to take their shot. Well, there are two sides to that issue, so to keep everything in perspective, let me say this. We want people to shoot abreast. Up to 4 shooters would be great, as long as safety is observed. The exception to that is when we have set up an “interesting” shot, where moving too far to the side allows you to get on the other side of the intended obstacle. If you are shooting any Freestyle division (using a sight) it doesn’t matter at all, and I would only expect you to follow the aforementioned safety policy. ALL NON-SIGHT divisions need to stay within the window that we worked hard to create for you. In other words, a non-sight shooter who moves around an obstacle can be protested and DQ’d. If there are no obstacles then for sure shoot all abreast.

I am particularly thrilled with the feedback I am receiving regarding the Traditional Recurve style. This shoot was our trial run for bringing back the missing link in Traditional archery.

The NFAA lumped everything from Traditional Longbow to Modern Recurve into one huge Mosh Pit, where we were left to fight it out amongst ourselves. Ironic huh?

Oranco has always kept Traditional Longbow and Recurve separate, however; that is still sadly lacking, because; we have been catering to both ends of the spectrum, leaving Traditional Recurve guys in a zone where they could not compete against modern shooting machines.

The difficulty here is in determining exactly where to draw the line for what is allowed on a Traditional Recurve without heading into Modern Recurve technology. So this is where we are…

#1) Off The Shelf. So far, the consensus (and my personal opinion) point to requiring the riser and shelf to be solid parts of the bow and NON ADJUSTABLE. There is a machined part available for eliminating the button action on a modern riser that is adjustable but once it is locked with a set screw the plate on it’s end is a solid surface. I understand this is allowed at the Chamberlain shoot, and at Pasadena.?. I would like to hear any comments you have on this. I am leaning towards staying with our original decision that modifying the riser is OK, ONLY as long as it is a permanent build-up of some kind (wood, aluminum, leather, etc.) that eliminates any center cut to the bow, and of course a solid shelf could be built up in the same way. Call or text me (909-223-5822) with any comments.

#2) No Stabilizers.

#3) Bow Quiver. Is OK as long as it is not designed or modified to act as a Stabilizer.

#4) Basically all the same rules as for Longbow, including no string walking, no clickers, no written memorandum, no sight, no overhead drawing, no target camping, 😉

It will be October 13th (the Tomahawk Shoot) before we do this again and we will be using the same rules (including any fine tuning we may make to the above riser rule). Please, contact me with any feedback regarding this or another issue.

Thanks, have fun, stay warm, don’t get stuck in a snow bank, and stay 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

Nothing to report.

Mark Houston
(760) 605-1155
Tournament Chairman

By: David Bacon. - Tournament Chairman

We had some cubs and Peewees out for the JFA this month and we took them out for an Animal round. It was great to see the Dads leave their bows in the car so they could spend some time with their kids on the range. They were very well behaved and attentive and had a lot of fun and hung in there for all 14 targets.

Beginners Class:

Attendance at our Saturday beginners’ class is way up thanks to Vernie. Most classes are full and we are getting a nice mix of both Youth and Adults who are getting into archery for the first time. It is great to see Mom, Dad and the kids out there trying their hand at the greatest sport ever invented and having fun. We have several girl and boy scout troops on the schedule and will be hosting a boy scout troop for a weekend campout in July. They will be doing some service projects for the Club and Vernie and I will be giving them some instruction as well. Please make them feel welcome.

JOAD Program:

Our JOAD program continues to grow and Vernie is working hard to get them ready for their qualifiers to earn their pins. It is a lot of work so please let Vernie know how much we appreciate all her time and effort on behalf of our club and our youth archers.

Also, please keep in mind that while there is a class going on at the Education Area…the broadhead pit is closed. Sorry for the inconvenience but as always…Safety First.

David Bacon
(909) 217-4441
Club Secretary

By: Amanda Duchardt - Club Secretary

Hi All!

I hope everyone is having a great summer and Happy 4th of July! I wasn’t able to attend the June meeting but past Membership Chair Samantha was kind enough to volunteer to take notes. Here’s a brief summary of events:

· Oranco hosted 83 shooters at the Sate Field Championship on June 8-9. It was a hot one but the range looked great and we got a lot of compliments.
· The Firecracker 3D shoot was on June 30th. We really appreciate all the help from members and guests with set up and take down.
· Scalps and Skins shoot on June 15 was canceled due to overlap with Father’s Day weekend and the Big Bear Carp Shoot.
· Next major tournament is the Tomahawk Shoot in October.

· Al is organizing a 6 week Summer League on Saturday mornings starting on July 13 and ending August 24 with a break on August 3 (Big Bear Shoot). Club members and prospective members are invited to participate. The fee is $10 per shoot, all styles, one bonus shot each week. Participate in 5 or more weeks for a chance at an award. There will be an awards BBQ on the final weekend.

· Next class is on July 6 at 10am. Please contact our JOAD Coordinator Vernie Urbano at archer@vernie.biz or 714-928-4100 to RSVP.
· Additional class is offered on August 8, 17, 24, and 31 at 10am. Please contact Vernie!

· Next JFA is on July 7 at 9am and will introduce 3D targets. No pre-registration is required.
· The August 11 JFA will include 14 field targets.

· Joe is managing several projects around the range including main cook shack renovations, foot bridge repairs and additions, new sinks for the out houses, spraying for weeds, etc. Please reach out if you need work party credits and have a few hours to help.

Want to be informed or get involved? Our next club meeting is Tuesday, July 9th 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 meeting are included below.

Amanda Duchardt
Membership Chairmen  
By: David Bacon - Club Membership

Hi All,

Currently we are at 346 members. Renewals have slowed a bit recently as expected. Our biggest issue is still getting a current CBH or NFAA card to go with paid memberships. Keep in mind that we cannot send out your new membership card and gate code until we have a current association card on file. Please remember to make sure to send us a copy of your new card when you get it. That will help insure you get the new gate code in January when it changes.

We have two new members:

Arvin Pabustan

Guillermo Gutierrez

Please welcome them to Oranco when you see them.

We also have 33 prospective members working hard to complete their requirements.

Members, we need your help to ensure that only current members are using our facilities. This means making sure you scramble the gate code when you open the lock and not leaving it one number off. Some members have reported seeing a few individuals coming by and checking the lock each day. Unless the gate code is scrambled each time, it only takes a few quick glances to figure out what the new gate code is and they are in. Having unauthorized people on the range can cause big trouble for the club. First, it is trespassing, not to mention theft of services, but it isn’t likely they will follow our rules regarding safety either. Then there is the insurance liability and you can guess what kind of trouble that can cause for the club.


By now, all current members have received the gate code through official channels and there is no reason for the members to give it out to anyone. We only have two requirements during renewals…Pay you club dues and have a current membership in either CBH or NFAA. If either of these requirements have not been met…they don’t need to be on the property and just a reminder, giving the gate code out will likely get your membership terminated.

Our By-Laws require all members to have their membership tag visible at all times while on the range. If you see someone without a visible membership tag, you don’t have to confront them but see if you can get a clear picture of them or their vehicle and send it to a board member. Our phone numbers and email addresses are on the contact page of our website so send a picture and please allow us to handle it. While it is each club members responsibility to follow and enforce our club’s rules, there is no need to get into a confrontation or argument. Stay Safe.

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

May 2019

Hi there everyone,

Wow can’t believe how fast this year is going by, I hope you are all enjoying all the archery shooting that has been coming are way. For the month of June I was able to shoot the two CBH state championships the first one was the State Field Championships hosted by Oranco Bowman the second one was the new 3-D marked yardage hosted by Cougar Mountain Archers up in Yuba County. Big thank you to all who worked to make these tournaments successful event Dan Safford is the new second V.P and was reasonable for theses tournaments. Thank you Dan for working so hard and making it a success I do believe the new 3-D will become a very popular event in the future once the bugs are worked out.

I would like to apologize for last month’s newsletter I has sent Justine the wrong newsletter and didn’t catch it till our newsletter went out. So I’m including it in this month’s newsletter there you will see that I have listed our new summer league with it start dates This league is for Oranco members and those who are working on becoming Oranco members on good standing. I’m also enclosing our format and shooting styles if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me or call me with your questions.

June 2019

Hi there everyone,

I hope this newsletter reaches you all well and your archery shooting is going well? Last month I talked about shooting other archery clubs. This month I want to share my experience shooting, as I went to Cherry valley, they are a very nice group of people and have a very nice range to shoot and also have a nice indoor range. There tournament was a mix of half and half marked and unmarked yardages making this a challenging shoot. I was fortunate to shoot with all Oranco members; we had 5-of us together making up our squad, we had some rain but not as much as they had forecast for that day. We soldiered on and put together a good day of shooting. George Acosta and his son Nathan both won their class Nathan shot very well for a ten year old boy, great job Nathan Nick who I have never meet b-4 took 3rd place and was a lot of fun shooting with, Bernie Ortiz (Sensei) finished 3 points out of 1st with a sold 2nd and I was able pull off a 1st by one point this month as last month I missed 1st by one point I guess what goes around comes around all in all fun shoot and thank you to Cherry Valley for putting on this event.

Last month I report that we will be starting a summer league well I’m happy to announce that on Saturday July 13th we will be starting our new summer league for club members only this league will go till August 24th with a one week brake August 3rd as many of you will be shooting Big Bear and want to be up there. We will be sending out more info. In the next few weeks as we get closer to our start date we will email out our format and rules.

Just a few more words and I will be done this coming weekend Oranco will be hosing the State field championships if you haven’t signed up it may be too late but if you have signed up good luck and please be good host of our club.

Oranco Archery Summer League

League will start on July 13th and end on August 24th with a one week brake on August 3rd

League will follow NFAA rules for our age groups and styles.

Cost to shoot: Ten dollars per week

Must shoot 5-of the 6-weeks to qualify for awards

Squads must have a minimum of three shooters

Scores will be kept on a running total per week posted to our website

Awards to be given on finial week 1st 2nd 3rd place awards

End of league BBQ for all club members, club will pay for dogs and burgers club members to bring a side dish (BYO soft drinks)

1st week will consist of 14-targets 4-arrows Field style

2nd week will consist of 14-targets 4-arrows Hunter style

3rd week will consist of 1-arrow a 2nd arrow and a 3rd arrow if need be Animal paper style targets

4th week will consist of 2-arrows 14- 3-D targets 7-marked 7-unmarked

5th week will consist of 3-rounds 2-ends 6-arrows per end shooting 60-yards 50-yards and 40yards paper Fita target.

6th week this will consist of a culmination of all previous weeks starting with Field round 5-targets 4-arrow Hunter round 5-targets 4-arrow Animal round 5-targets 1-arrow 2nd and 3rd if need be 3-D round 5-targets 2-arrows finishing with Fita target 1-end 6-arrows.

Each week we will have a 110 yard bonus shot that will be used for tie-breakers ( Fita style target using fita scoring)
These will be the shooting styles for our summer league

Any questions can be sent to me via cell phone, text, email

Thanks hope to see you all out there July 13th!!

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.  

Summer Scouting from Scratch

New year, new look at your whitetail ground. We all know what the definition of insanity is, because it has become cliche at this point. What we probably don’t realize is that a lot of our deer hunting efforts fit nicely into that definition.

Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

Twentieth Century philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Chances are he wasn’t thinking about deer hunting when he spoke those words, but the principal still applies, nonetheless. If you are like me, just remembering what I had for lunch yesterday is challenging enough.

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