Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

Another banquet is over and the food was great. It was different doing it at a Chinese Restaurant, but we had our own banquet room and everything went well. There were quite a few people who were not there to get their Club year pins or other awards. These can be picked up at the Club House on any Sunday. 

If you haven't heard yet, Oranco will be hosting both the State Broadhead and State Field this year. It is an honor for us to do these shoots and it gives the Club a lot of exposure. However, it is also a lot of work. We have already started improvements by creating pits to put 3-Ds into in order to increase skip safety. We will also be adding more dirt mounds. Hopefully, this will give us more options to make it more difficult to try and look at close by yardage markers. 

The biggest challenge for both shoots is getting enough people to work the cook shacks. This is because each shoot is a 2-day shoot. We will need 10 people for each day for both shoots. If you can work 1 or 2 days, it is a very fast way to work down next year's Membership dues. We have decided to increase the amount of work party credits given. If you work 2 days in a row, instead of a total of 4 work party credits, you will earn 6. That is enough for your next year's membership dues in one weekend. However, you must let Tony Tobin know in advance if you plan to help. 

The Valley Range is looking good. Don and Bill have had some busy days mowing. However, the Mountain Range still needs a lot of work. On several of the targets it is difficult to find the shooting plugs. If you have a Target Assignment, then this is your responsibility to the Club and your fellow archers. 

During the last Club Meeting, we had 73 people show up to vote for Flint Captain. Jason Duysings was the winner. We were a little surprised at the turn out, but it was great to see that when something is important, our Members will show up. Congratulations to Jason. I know he is planning some new stuff so hopefully everyone will be happy and supportive. 

The Big Game shoot is April 9th and there will be a work party Saturday the 8th to set up the 3-Ds and to help with some general range cleanup.  As always, we will serve an “All You Can Eat Lunch”.

Sunday the 9th we will need 10 people to help with the cook shacks and 4 people to help with Registration. If you can help on Saturday the 8th, just show up at 8:00 am. We can use all the help we can get. If you can help on Sunday, please call or email Tony to reserve a cook shack of your choice. 

The Big Game shoot is your last opportunity to work your Club dues down for this year. This gives the Membership Chairman a chance to do all the math in time to send out your renewal notice. Any work parties after this shoot will go towards the following year. As usual, if you have any questions please feel free to contact any Board Member. 

See you at the Big Game Shoot.

Joe Dotterer 
(951) 897-5685     


Darwin Potter unexpectedly lost his wife Pam of 38 years on March 24th.

Darwin has been an Oranco Member for 26 years and we wanted to send him and his family our prayers and condolences. She is survived by Darwin and their three sons, Josh, Kevin and Mark as well as, their two grandchildren. 

There was a memorial service held on Monday April 3rd at the Fair Haven Cemetery located at: 

1702 Fairhaven Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

From 4pm to 8pm and there was a grave side funeral held on Tuesday April 4th at 12 noon.

If you want to send cards you can mail them to

Darwin Potter 
15882 Garnet Street 
Westminster CA 92683-7235

Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

The Big Game tournament is here folks.

We will need plenty of help on April 8th to get this shoot set up for the 9th. The set up for this one is going to cover the entire property, because; we are using this to feel out the target positions for the upcoming State Broadhead shoot on May 27th and 28th.

Speaking of shoots...If you have never shot in a tournament, you are missing out on the best part of this sport. The benefits include getting out of the house for a little exercise, enjoying the day with old friends, meeting new friends, having an excuse to eat hot dogs, and discovering things about yourself and your equipment. If you happen to shoot well, you may even win something.

That last part is not important, due to its irrelevance, because; having fun and enjoying your day is far more rewarding than the actual competition to many of us. Sure, it’s nice to win, but compared to the things I mentioned above it’s insignificant.

So…  “If you have never shot in a tournament” or think your shooting isn’t good enough to compete, don’t let your perceived skill level get in the way of having a great time.

You can start right now with the Big Game shoot. Come out on Saturday and camp overnight if you like.  Maybe come out early on Saturday (8:00 am), and help us get the tournament set up for Sunday, and meet a few people in the process. Lunch on Saturday is free to the workers. If you can’t lift animals, there will be other jobs available like target gluing and cleaning the picnic area. The shoot is on Sunday April 9th. Registration starts at 7:30 am, and the shoot will start at 9:00 am.

Groups will consist of 3 - 8 people for scoring reasons. We use double scoring, so each group needs two scorekeepers and one person calling scores, which is why there is a 3-person minimum.  Groups larger than 8 tend to slow things down too much, so we have the 8-person maximum. There is a board located at registration where you sign up for a starting target, and you can put your name on any target with less than 8 people. If you don’t know anyone yet, you will have around 7 new friends by the end of the day.

This Newsletter is going out to about 450 active Members, and if you all bring a friend or two, this could turn into a major party!  I hope to see you all there.

Pete Whitworth

Range Secretary

By: Tony Tobin - Club Range Secretary

Nothing to Report.  
Tony Tobin
Club Secretary

By: Don J. Reiter - Club Secretary

Nothing to Report. 

Don Reiter 

Range Captain

By: Chriss Bowles - Club Range Captain

Nothing to Report.

Chriss Bowles

Hunt Chairman

By: Bill Leal - Club Hunt Chairman  

Wild Turkey hunting season is here again. See the dates above that were pulled from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's website.

Have a good time and be careful. Don't forget, turkeys have good eye sight so camo up real good and be still because they can see you moving.


We would like to Congratulate the Members below for their Hunting Success in 2016. If your name is on the list below and you were not at the Annual Banquet, you can pick up your Award in the Club House.   

Bill Leal 
(714) 803-9617 - Cell
(714) 523-5284 - Home

Membership Chairmen  

By: Samantha Ewertz - Club Membership Chairman

Hello Everyone! Just a reminder, I have not received everyone's CBH or NFAA cards. Please keep sending those in. We are currently right over 400 members. I would like to Congratulate the following members for their tenure in the Club. If your name is on the list below and you were not at the Annual Banquet, your year pins are in the office.  Thank you.

Samantha Ewertz 
Membership Chairman    

Flint Captain

By: Jason Duysings - Club Flint Captain

~Scalps and Skins~  

The first shoot was a success. Thank you to those of you who came out and shot. Like always, I am asking for your ideas, likes and dislikes. Please feel free to let me know after each shoot what you would like to see more of and I will try and make it happen. 

During each shoot, I will have a bonus target. The bonus targets are worth 20 points. You have the option of shooting the bonus target for 20 points, or opting out and shooting the animal that is designated with that target for the regular 10, 8, 5 scoring.
As a reminder, each shoot is a 1 ARROW per target only shoot. The rules are on the table at check in, as well as on your scorecards. If I continue to catch participants shooting multiple arrows at targets they will be disqualified and will be asked to leave the range immediately.

I would like to thank everyone who came and supported me in the voting. I truly appreciate you taking your time away from your families to come cast your vote. Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you out at the next shoot.

I would also like to congratulate the following top finishers for last season's Scalps & Skins:

Youth Female BB ~ Madison Wilkens
Youth Male BHFS ~ Joshua Allen
Male Cub Recurve ~ Owen Wilkens
Adult Female Longbow ~ Michelle Wilkens
Adult Female BHFS ~ Samantha Ewertz
Adult Male BB  ~ Jeremy Wilkens
Adult Male  BHFS ~ Peter Pinche
Adult Male FS ~ Javier Perez
Male Senior FS ~  Wally Schwartz
Male Senior BH ~ Don Bridgewater

For the winners who were not at the Annual Banquet, I will have your awards this Saturday on the table at the next Scalps & Skins shoot. Thanks again for coming out and shooting these shoots.

Jason Duysings
(951) 906-4021
C lub Newsletter   

By: Nick Scamperino - Club Newsletter Editor

As March 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 March Club Meeting, here is what was discussed:

Club Meeting -  March 2017 - Topics

  • Joe said there was a lot more gravel brought into the range. About 16 truckloads. All of the Valley Range roads are now covered.

  • We had to get a new lock for the front gate. We got the quad sprayer working now. We were able to do some spraying.

  • Joe fixed the outhouse lights. They are really nice.

  • State Broadhead will be at ORANCO over Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Major mowing started yesterday. (Bill Waltz and Joe Bagglio) The grass was very tall. Steve and Todd Dancer have been very helpful.

  • Chriss mentioned the Champ Shoot, He said it sounds like we have some plugs to replace. He said the Mountain Range needs a lot of work. 

  • Bill mentioned the Wolf Pack in California were messing with some cattle and they seem to have disappeared. There were two adults and five pups. CDFW wants people to let them know if they see them.

  • Turkey season is coming up. Bearded turkey only. Any animals taken out of state must be butchered, otherwise you can get into trouble.

  • Club Membership now over 400 people.

  • The Champ Shoot had 45 shooters. The 2:00 pm cut off time worked out much better.

  • The Flint Captain said everyone knows about the price increase for the Scalps and Skins and they are okay with it. 

  • Joe mentioned Don was supposed to get him pricing on the piping for the drainage ditch.

  • Pricing was brought in for the First Aid Kits and the Defibrillators. There was a motion to spend $3,000. It was seconded and approved.

  • Pete needs to get David the Range Rules for the website.

  • The State Broadhead will be on May 27th and 28th.

  • Joe is getting a bid to install a sprinkler system to help keep the dust down on the range, Especially, during the dry times when we have large shoots going on. Cost was figured at less than $3,000. Motion was entered, seconded, and approved.

  • We have dug some new pits for the 3-D targets that were cut into the hillside. We are looking for ways to utilize more of the area on the backside of the range.

  • Treasurer’s Report Approved.

  • Pete needs to complete a 3-D Target inventory.

  • Tony will get with Dave for info for the website regarding work party credits. 2 days straight for the State Broadhead = 3 work party credits per day. Only 1 day = 2 work party credits.

  • Jason has been talking with Joe about repairing the cook shacks on Bear Valley and Sniper Point. Approximate cost $3,000 each x 2. Motion entered, seconded, and approved.

  • Throughout the entire meeting, Members showed up and cast their votes for Flint Captain. In total, we had 73 votes. Jason Duysing won the election and will remain the Club’s Flint Captain.

  • During the Annual Club Banquet, Life Membership Awards were presented to Pete and Sue Whitworth and Terry and Becky Adams. Congratulations to all of you and Thank You for your years of service to the Club. 

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   

Oranco Bowmen Archery Club - Range Map 

Olympic shooter Jay Barrs offer sage tips on how to get ready for deer season

Bowhunters should practice at low bow poundage because it’s easier on shoulder joints and muscles, says Olympic gold and silver medal archery champion Jay Barrs of Salt Lake City.

If, for example, an archer hunts with a bow set at about 65 pounds, he can reduce bow limb bolts a couple full turns so he’s drawing about 55 pounds during most practice sessions. Bow sights must be adjusted, but it’s easier to work on proper shooting technique that produces tight groups with low poundage, says Jay.

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Joe's List

Due to the lack of Member participation last month, I wanted to try this one more time. My apologies go out to the 10 of you that took the survey last month. If you are still interested in this section, please take the survey again. Of the 10 votes received, almost everyone was in favor. For those of you who skipped this section, there are only three survey questions. It should take you less than a minute to complete.

In working towards making the Club Newsletter more appealing to our Membership, I have been striving to find more interesting content to bring to the Newsletter. One idea that I have heard some of the Board Members mention in the past is having a place where Members could Buy, Sell, and Trade their gently used Archery Equipment.

Although I think this is a great idea, the Club WILL NOT assume ANY responsibility for ANY items that may be purchased or sold through this type of venue. ALL responsibility would remain between the Buyer and Seller.  

In honor of our Club President, Joe Dotterer am thinking of calling it "Joe's List". It will be like Craig's List, without all of the weirdos. Please take the very short) survey below and let me know your thoughts about having our very own "Joe's List". Thank you for your support,

Nick Scamperino, Newsletter Editor


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. Please call Tony Tobin today to reserve your spot at: (626) 354-2268. 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. 

NFAA Qualifier Round Shootout 
The 1st Sunday of March, June, September, and December  

For More Information: Contact Tony Tobin: (626) 354-2268 - Range Secretary -  Email
 Novice or Veteran, Here’s a No-Nonsense Turkey Hunting Refresher

Shake off the dust or learn something new with this Turkey Hunting 101 lesson to be ready for the coming season. Hunt 101 takes a quick couple of minutes to go over some Turkey Hunting 101 topics to get our heads back in the game for this coming spring. (Obviously, this article was created by the firearms industry. However, there is some good info...just imagine yourself using a bow).

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  Scalps and Skins

April 22nd, 2017                                           
Start Between 8:00 am - 10:00 am                
(24) Mini 3-D Targets                                     
N ew Youth Stakes this Year                          
Fun Bonus Shot (Optional) Worth 20 Points  
$15 Each/ $25 Husband & Wife/ Cubs - Free
A dditional Scalps and Skins - Shoots         May 6th, 2017                                                
May 20th, 2017 - Broadhead (Optional       
  Big Game Shoot

Sunday, April 9th, 2017                             Registration - 7:30 am / Starts - 9:00 am    
42 Unmarked 3-D Targets. One Arrow per  
Target. All Styles & Age Groups Welcome  
$25 Adults / $35 Man & Wife / $40 Family /
$15 Young Adult / $10 Youth / $5 Cubs       
04 /02/2017
04 /23 /2017
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Tournament Chairman
Range Secretary        
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