It has been a busy hunting season for me including a ladies’ small game rabbit hunt; a Bishop, California mule deer hunt; a ladies’ deer hunt near Big Bear, California; and a Colorado elk hunt. In summary, I shot my first rabbit and butchered it for the crock pot. I had a couple opportunities for mule deer in the high country, but a small forkie shook off a forward shot in the brisket and kept going. No hunter wants to wound an animal but if he wasn’t destined to fill my cooler then I’m glad he will survive and grow bigger until the next opportunity. I also saw lots of elk in Colorado, but I’m still learning the fine art of elk hunting and how different a hunt it is from mule deer. I wasn’t able to take a shot, but I’m encouraged at finding and getting close to these “ghosts of the Rockies.” All said, I gained valuable experiences and I’m excited to start planning the next hunt. I hope your hunts are safe and successful also!
Here is a quick summary of Oranco updates from the last Club meetings in September and October:
● NFAA marked yardage national tournament will be held piggyback with “Break the Barriers” shoot in October in Fresno. Congratulations to our Melanie and Mattie on you National Championship and to Brad Belvedere and Al Wiscovitch who placed in their respective classes.
● Chula Vista tournament (California State Games) is still on. Oranco will be represented by 4 shooters. Best of Luck! ● Check out the CBH Event Calendar for additional tournament dates and updates on cancellations throughout California.
BEGINNERS ARCHERY CLASS
● Classes will resume when Oranco reopens to the public. FREE one-hour class usually held on Saturday mornings; RSVP required. Please check out our website or contact Vernie Urbano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-928-4100 for more information and to RSVP.
JUNIOR FIELD ARCHERS
● JFA will resume when Oranco reopens to the public. Check out the website for more information as available. Participation is free for members and children under 11. Guests are $14. No pre-registration required. Please contact David Bacon at email@example.com or 909-217-4441 for more information.
● If you would like to learn how to shoot tournaments/league, bowhunt, or just want to shoot archery with other women there is an informal lady’s group that meets at the range at 2:30pm on Sundays. Please contact Amanda Duchardt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
RANGE MAINTENANCE AND WORK PARTIES
● WORK PARTY – We’ve held several work parties for gluing targets and maintaining the range after wind/rain events. Stay tuned for additional Saturday/Sunday work party notices via email.
● Joe is managing several projects around the range. Please reach out to Joe at 951-897-5685 if you need work party credits and have a few hours to help.
● When we reopen to the public, most Board members will need assistants to help with duties and opening the range on Sunday. Work party credits available. Check out the Contact page on the Oranco website and reach out if you are interested in helping.
● Hunting Season is upon us! Hunt awards for 2020 are up for grabs including the Big Buck Award, Oranco Bowhunter of the Year, and Species Awards. Ask Jose Lara or check out the Oranco By-Laws on the website for additional information and rules. Best of luck and turn in those game cards!
● CONGRATULATIONS, Ellena Saldana! Ellena harvested her first archery deer on the D14 opening weekend (see pic below).
● All National Forests in California are open to the public again after a month plus long closure due to wildfire danger.
● Due to fires across California, CDFW may refund elk, sheep, pronghorn tags and points but not deer or bear tags due to fires. Check the CDFW website for more information.
● AB1175 Iconic African Species Act is dead in the legislature due to filibuster. Hunters may still bring home their African hunt trophies to California.
● Hunter education classes are available online.
● We recently received permission from the San Bernardino Parks Department to reopen the range to the public. Stay tuned for official announcements. Members are still allowed one guest at a time. Your guest can visit the range twice per normal Club rules and then must apply for Membership for continued access.
● Several new bridges are under construction between the Club House and the Tree Stand. Please do not use these bridges until the handrails are complete. Orange cones/flagging indicate that ridges are closed.
● A reminder was sent out on September 14 regarding the proper use and function of the target bale toppers. The toppers are for safety in case an arrow misses the paper target and are NOT to be used as targets themselves. Thank you for your cooperation.
● Shooting Broadheads in any are on the range other than in the designated broadhead pit is PROHIBITED. The broadhead pit has a marked shooting lane out to 60 yards. Do NOT shoot across the creek. This is a safety hazard!
● Giving the gate code to a non-member is grounds for immediate termination of club membership. If anyone asks you for the gate code, refer them to the Oranco Membership Chair, David Bacon. David can confirm active membership status including payment of dues and current CBH membership on file. ALL active members have been provided the current gate code.
Want to be informed or get involved? Our next club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, at 7pm. 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 meetings are included below.
I hope everyone is well. Here is a quick update on how the club is doing on membership. Currently we have 347 members including 23 prospective members all working hard to fulfill their membership requirements. This has been a tough time for the Prospective Members with the lack of in person meetings and work parties some of them have been waiting for months just to do a work party. We are doing everything we can to get them through their requirements and I thank them for the patience and persistence.
We are getting the JFA (Junior Field Archers) back up and running. For now it will be just the JOAD kids to keep the group size down but if you have a youth archer who would like to participate, send me an email and I will put them on the list for the next class which will be November 8th at 9 am.
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 Tobinis back and 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. Due to poor cell service in his area please contact him via TEXT message to assure he can receive your information. 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.
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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