Just getting into June, and it’s starting to heat up some. Our Firecracker shoot is on June 30th and we will need workers for the day before, Saturday the 29th at 8:00 to set up the shoot, and more help on Sunday the 30th at 7:00 to work around the office and cook shacks. If you want to work on Sunday during the shoot and are good with a computer, we are looking for some help with score keeping. There are only two of us doing it, so it would be nice to have one or two more people who could fill in now and then.
Reminder: There is no Alcohol allowed on the range during a shoot. This is just a common sense safety issue, so please keep an eye on this so we don’t find ourselves in the position where we have to remove someone in your group from the range.
We just got a lot of new animals in, so setup will go a bit smoother by not having to look as hard for usable targets. The Tomahawk shoot requires double animals for the short distances to give your group more spots and save arrows. This year we will have plenty of the smaller ones.
At our JFA (Junior Field Archers) class this month we took our JOAD kids out for 14 hunter targets and they did very well. I was great to see some of these young archers who grew up shooting indoor really take to field archery and some of the parents picking up a bow for the first time and having fun with their kids. Vernie is doing a great job with our youth archers so please say thanks when you see her.
The CBH State Field Championships are just around the corner…If you would like a refresher course on how to properly shoot and score a field round according to NFAA rules, come on out for our JFA Class on June 2
nd at 9 am. We will be shooting an Animal round (14 targets) in the valley.
We also had two Girl Scout troops out to the range for the Beginners Archery Class in May to earn their Archery Badge and a Boy Scout Troop who came out for an Arrow making class and then the Beginners class so they could earn both badges.
All in All, we had 33 youth and 14 adults out to the range for Education in May and I think the program is doing very well and again thanks to Vernie for donating her time and equipment to help educate the next generation of archers.
Please don’t forget that when there is a class going on, the broadhead pit is closed for safety reasons. Most of the classes are listed on the website but when we have a large group coming in we take it down so the class doesn’t get too large.
Thanks again and hope to see you out on the range.
Thanks to all our members, prospective members and guest that attended the May Club Meeting.
TOURNAMENTS AND WORK PARTIES:
· Oranco is hosting the Sate Field Championship on June 8-9. Pre-registration is mandatory by June 1. Check out the event flyer on the CBH website or in the Oranco club house.
· The Firecracker 3D shoot is on June 30th. We’ll host a work party on June 29th at 8am and we need volunteers to run the cook shacks and some assistance during the shoot with score keeping in the office. Please contact Pete or David for additional information.
· There are A LOT of office tasks and general maintenance going on around the range and we have a job for everyone that’s interested in work party credit. Please reach out to any Board Member and we’ll get you started. Contact Joe if you are interested in a weekday work party (except for Tuesdays).
4th of JULY POTLUCK
· Anyone interested in a 4th of July Potluck? Tentative plans include bringing a main dish for yourself and a side to share. Stick around to see local fireworks shows from the top of the mountain range. Mark, David and Amanda volunteered to assist and will take recommendations for other planned activities on the 4th. Please reach out.
ORANCO SUMMER LEAGUE
· Al is organizing a 6 week Summer League on Saturday mornings starting in July. 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.
· 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.
· 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 Frazier Park. Contact Rojen Besha (email@example.com; 714-833-4318) or Sean McCloskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Want to be informed or get involved? Our next club meeting is Tuesday, June 11th 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
Here is a quick update on how our annual renewals have been going.
The new accounting system has been working out very well. Most of you took advantage of paying your dues by credit or debit card and Louie (our treasure) doesn’t have to make as many trips to the bank.
Currently we are at 253 members with new renewals coming every day.
We have 30 prospective members and 6 that should get their membership in June.
If you didn’t receive your renewal or have any questions, please contact me so we can get it to you ASAP. Call or text me at 909-217-4441 or email to email@example.com
The only real issue we've had, which delayed mailing out the new membership card and gate code is having a current CBH or NFAA membership card on file, so when you renew your association membership each year, please take a minute to send us a copy so we can update our records and get the cards out as soon as possible.
All in all, it has been a good first run and with a little fine tuning it should run like clockwork next year.
I just wanted to take a minute to recognize one of our members. Many of have been up to Redding for the Western Classic and know it is one of the best shoots of the year. I have not been, but I hear it is a grind. I also manage the Straight Arrow Bowhunters website and it is my privilege to post the scores for them every year. We have a member (Young Adult) who has been competing at the western classic since 2016 and each year has improved her score by 100 points and taken top honors. She also set a new State Record at this year’s State Indoor Championship.
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 De leon 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
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.
Winter Impact on Deer
Meteorologists claimed late January’s polar vortex inflicted a once-in-a-generation deep freeze upon Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region, but wildlife biologists doubt it had much impact on the Northwoods deer herd. It raised the question, should we be concerned with the winter impact on deer? Is it really that harsh to their overall well-being?
“Go west,” they say. If you’re a bowhunter looking for adventure, and bowhunting mule deer is on your adventure list, you should indeed head west. A do-it-yourself hunt for mule deer will be one of your most exciting and memorable hunts. Good numbers of mule deer abound from Mexico north through Alberta, existing in every type of habitat imaginable. They’re found in terrain ranging from high basins above timberline at 12,000 feet to the low-lying deserts of the Southwest.
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