Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

A lot has been going on the last month. We did some car bridge repairs. The Tomahawk shoot went well and we had a lot of good comments about putting the 3-D's in front of the bales instead of to the side. It saved a lot of lost arrows and was a lot safer. We got rain Friday night and some on Saturday but we were able to get the targets out. Sunday was a perfect weather day with no wind. Then on Monday the winds were so bad, Steve Todd and myself had to leave the range as it was so unsafe with all the limbs and trees blowing down. I went out Tuesday morning and it looked like a tornado went through the range. Bill Waltz and Max Burk worked Wednesday to clear all the targets so they could be shot. We called for a special work party for Saturday and we had 15 hard working members show up and we were able to chip everything up in about 6 hrs of hard work. I can't thank everyone enough for there help.

The NAFAC is coming up on November 8th & 9th, so both roving ranges will be closed both days to all shooters. The practice butts only will be open. We will be needing 8 people to run the cook shacks both days. If you can help out, text Tony at (626) 354-2268 to save your spot. As a reminder cook shack work is double credits.

If you don't know what NAFAC is, it is the North American Field Archery Championship (NAFAC). It's a competition between America, Canada and Mexico. It is an IFAA shoot, very similar to a NFAA Field round. If you want to be an International Champion, this is your chance. If you want more information, give me a call.

The Christmas shoot is December 9th. If you know of a needy family, make a list of the ages and sex of the kids and we will do everything we can to get them Christmas presents. Bring your list to the shoot and give the list to us early and we will bag up some toys while everyone is shooting and you can picked them up after the shoot.

Shoot Straight

Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685 
Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

Nothing to report.

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   

Hi everyone,

The last shoot we had at the club was a great shoot ,I think everyone had a good time. I had my truck broken in to, my doors were not locked and they got my lotto tickets, they were worth 6 dollars , I hope they had a good time. Keep your cars and trucks locked up when at the range, a good point to remember.

In some states they are having trouble with CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE and in California the CDFW [California Department of Fish and Wildlife] they are trying to keep it out of CA. It is very contagious and always FATAL. Twenty four states and two Canadian Provinces are infected with CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE, so do your part and de-bone your deer or elk, don't bring the backbone or the skull back to CA. There are places all over CA that you can have the deer or elk checked. For more information go to www.wildlife.ca./CWD  OR CALL 916-358-2790. The CDFW wants to check all deer and elk taken in CA also, so do your part and take a little time and have them [CDFW] check your game.

Send your game cards to me or drop off at the front gate mailbox, just make sure you put it in ORANCO MAILBOX or at the club house, I have one game turned in so far. Don't forget ORANCO now has a woman division so the woman don't have to compete with the men. If you need any game cards send me a email with your name, address and phone number or mail me a letter to the address below and I will send you some game cards, by the way you can pick them up at the club house too. You can put small game and large game on the same card, read the instruction on the back it is real easy.


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

Nothing to report.

Side note:
If you want to contact Tony please text him. He is much more likely to respond back. Thank you.
Tony Tobin
(626) 354-2268
Tournament Chairman

By: David Bacon. - Tournament Chairman

Many of you may know me from the range but for those who don't, I would like to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is David Bacon and I have been an active member of the club since 2012. Shortly after joining the club I volunteered to help our Vice President, Pete with registration and score keeping at our events. At the time we were using a custom database that Pete designed for the process, but it was very time consuming, so I wrote a custom software application to lighten the load and provide us with a history of our events. In 2013 I took over administration of our clubs’ website and have been gladly doing both jobs ever since. A few years back it was decided that all the board members should have an assistant to learn their job in case of emergency and help with opening the club on public Sundays, so I volunteered for that as well. This allows the board member to stay close to the clubhouse and provides an extra set of eyes when we have guests and non-members on the range. And, for a short period of time, I did the newsletter editor's job until Nick Scamperino and now Justine Houston took over. Thanks to both.

For several years now I have also been helping out as chaperone for the Youth at the State 900 with our Range Captain, Chriss and came to realize that most of the youth archers didn’t know much about or had been exposed to Field Archery so this year I decided to start a new youth program at the club to help teach the basics of field archery to our youth archers. It is called OBJFA (Junior Field Archers) and its purpose is to teach the youth how to shoot and score a field round according to NFAA rules, so they will be prepared for the State Field Championships and other field archery events. Also, we will be introducing them to shooting and scoring 3-D as well, so they can confidently participate in 3-D events.

Now normally, there would be a board member in charge of such a program and something like this would fall under the Tournament Chairman's position, but the position was vacant, so I asked to board, and they voted to install me as Tournament Chairman so I could define the program and get it all up and running. The position has been vacant for some time and some of its responsibilities have fallen by the wayside, so my goal is to bring the position up to date and fold the education programs into it so that our club can provide some much-needed education and help to promote both our and other organizations archery events to our members and guest archers.

All that being said, it is going to be a big job and I know this will need to be a team effort so I will be relying on our members to lend a hand…We will need volunteers to help out as chaperones for the youth archers while they are learning and some of you have already volunteered to help out and for that I am sincerely grateful. Let's put our knowledge and skills together to bring up the next generation of archers.

For more information, see the JFA flyer below.

If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

David Bacon
(909) 217-4441
Club Secretary

By: Amanda Duchardt - Club Secretary

Hi All!

I hope everyone had fun at the Tomahawk shoot. This was my first time shooting the Tomahawk and I really enjoyed the set up. I’m already looking forward to doing this one again next year!

For those members that were unable to attend the Club Meeting in October, here are the goings-on highlights:

We have a few updates to the 2019 Oranco tournament calendar:

  • Stump and Varmint moved to January 20th to avoid conflict with the California Bowmen Hunters and State Archery Association (CBH/SAA) annual meeting. (Note: Over half of the Oranco board members that organize and run the Oranco shoots are active in CBH SAA and will be at the annual meeting).

  • Rendezvous moved to February 17th to avoid conflict with the Las Vegas shoot.

  • State 900 will be held on 2 weekends September 14-15 and 21-22.

  • Other tournaments will be held on their traditional dates/weekends. Complete schedule coming soon.

The Board continues to research options for permanently replacing the car bridge. Current estimate for a metal bridge is about $30,000. Ouch!

Oranco has a new used trailer for target pickups. This second trailer should speed up target pickup after tournaments. Please consider volunteering for target pickup duty.

Please be careful when shooting under the cottonwood trees. Many of these trees are in bad shape after drought and beetle infestations; they will drop branches when the wind picks up. Thank you, Ruben for a heads up on the condition of a couple trees near Targets 25-27. Cases in point – work partly on 10/20 following the Santa Ana winds. Thanks to all who participated. The range looks AMAZING once again!

The Board continues to research options to allow our members and the public to pay dues and fees with a credit card. Stay tuned! I feel we are getting close.

In other post-meeting news:

  • David Bacon was appointed to the Oranco Board of Directors as Tournament Chairman for the duration of the annual term. David is also the Oranco webmaster and recently organized the Oranco Bowmen Junior Field Archers program kicking off on November 4. Check out our website for more info on this exciting program!

  • Want to be informed or get involved? Our next club meeting is Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm in the club house.

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.
Correction: I overlooked a couple motions from the September meeting and left them out of the summary in last month’s article. See corrections below.
Membership Chairmen  
By: Samantha Ewertz - Club Membership

Hello Everyone! 

I would like to welcome the following new guests;
Marcus Phipps
Arthur Horst
David Bush
Daniel Sun
Chris Mikity 
Jared Wang
Suzie Dickerson

Samantha Ewertz
Flint Captain

By: Jason Duysings - Club Flint Captain

Nothing to report.
Jason Duysings
Two Year Board Member

By: Al Wiscovitch - Two Year Board Member

Nothing to report.

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 Tobin 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  . TEXT ONLY because he cannot answer his Cell Phone at work. Leave your name and your cell phone number.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.  

6 Rut Rules You Should Know

November is a month of anticipation, high hopes, dreams, success and failures. One which affects more people than any other, if you’re a deer hunter. November is what we plan and dream the other eleven months about. Whether or not your November is one to remember in a good – or a bad – way can come down to a few little things. Here are 6 rut rules you should know this season as we head into November.

Bowhunting Late October Pays Off for BHOD Crew

Late October traditionally signals the kickoff of the best days of the year for deer hunters. The BHOD team has consistently made good on big bucks in the final days of October in the past. This year has been no different. Several of the BHOD team members shot nice bucks in the last 48 hours while bowhunting late October bucks in Illinois.

Tips for Stalking Mule Deer

Hunting mule deer should be near the top of any bowhunter’s to-do list. Tags are available across the plains and Western states, with ample amounts of public land throughout their range. While there are many tactics that can be used to kill mule deer, the primary method of hunting is spot and stalk. I have been blessed to hunt mule deer in multiple states and different terrains, and as such I’ve identified commonalities in my approach when locating and stalking my target buck.

Mission Statement :
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