Anyone interested in joining The " OHIO BOWFISHING ASSOCIATION"can email myself,CARPNJAKE.OHIOGUY, or,DESPERADO for an application..We gave this a try last year with little success but hopefully with this sites help we can make it work..
True , BB. Bowfishing is just like the rods and reel expect no bait and you pick the fish you want.(legally though) You have a reel, line and a bow, shoot the fish with a fiberglass arrow and reel him in.
I don't want to start a forum war.....I really hate forum fighting. So if you can't post on this without being a but 'ole then don't bother.
Wouldn't in any case involving animals, killing them with no intent other than having fun be considered unethical and unsportsmanlike? Now, if you're killing groundhogs that's another story. Groundhogs are a problem to farmers. For example one farm where I hunted the owner had a horse injure itself by stepping into a groundhog hole. Coyotes are a threat to livestock. What do carp pose a threat to?
The idea of them being non-native pretty old. It wasn't just yesterday that they were introduced. Just because something is legal, doesn't necessarily make it right.
On that note, again this isn't first grade and I didn't steal anyone's toy car. It's just a question and I'd like to hear the other side of it.
Here is a post from a friend of mine named Jumper. The topic was about throwing carp on the bank. It seems to have the points I would go over. I hope this helps you out. Seeing your already against bowfishing before even trying it.
Being an avid bowfisher myself, I must first apologize for whoever it was throwing the fish up on the bank. I'm not going to sit here and lie about it, but yes, most bowfishers including myself, have done the "catch and release" method or thrown them up on the bank. But you will also find, the majority of those who bowfish, will not.
As for "wasting" the fish we shoot, I don't see how we're wasting the fish. Yes, many guys don't eat them. I mean, come on, when you pull that carp out of the water, filet mignon isn't oozing out of it's system. However, many guys will take them home and plant them in a garden. If they don't have one, they find someone who does. I've also heard of homeless shelters taking in the fish where it's cleaned, processed, cooked and served to needy individuals. And still yet, many guys will eat their catch. For large tournaments, farmers may take the catch to plow into their fields. None of which, I consider "wasting".
Because our method of catching/harvesting/fishing for our catch doesn't fall inline with the traditional mainstream beliefs, bowfishing is viewed by many as "unorthodox", "inhumane", "too easy", "barbaric", and the list goes on. Why? What is so different from someone who goes out to a middle of a lake, drops a line in the water, tie's it off to an empty two liter bottle of soda and leaves it sitting in the middle of the lake for a month? What warrants that method worthy of being called fishing?? What about gigging? Or noodling? How come you never hear complaing about someone sticking their arm in a hole to pull out a large catfish? Or snagging? You want my answer? There's nothing different! They're all methods of fishing! Regardless of the method, means or type of fish, it's all fishing. Our method just so happens to be with a bow and arrow. And if any of you have thought or asked the question, "How tough can that be?". Try it! I guarantee, it's not as easy at it looks. Ever try to shoot a 12" fish, from 10yds as it's swimming away from you?? Not to mention, factor in the light refraction and movement of the boat? It ain't easy!!
Many have even gone so far as too say, bowfishing is the reason the carp population is on the decline or the large gator gar (200# plus) are fewer in numbers. No it ain't!!! Commercial fishing, loss of habitat and spawing areas are the main culprit for any assumed decline in population. But I firmly believe the carp population is no where near on the decline, but instead, on the rise at a very rapid pace. Many wildlife departments look forward to seeing carp being harvested from their lakes because it's destroying the habitat of the "prized game fish". Others have said we could never eradicate the populations and that they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to just control their population to no avail.
I would be willing to bet, the number of carp taken by those who bowfish, in a one year period, would probably be considerably less than the number of carp taken by those who fish with rod and reel, whether they caught them intentionally or not. And how many of those fish are returned to the water or just thrown back up on the bank? My guess is, there's more thrown up in the woods or up on the bank than returned back to the water.
As long as bowfishing is legal, there will always be those of us who long for the hunt. Who spend countless hours working on our boats, scouting lakes, honing our skills and best of all, making new friends. Accept the fact we are out there. You don't have to approve of what we do, nor do you have to like it. All we ask, is you give us the same respect you would give a bass fisherman, or an avid catfisher, or member of GASS. Just because we use bow and arrow, instead of rod and reel, doesn't make us any less of a sportsman than yourself. It's when the sporting community starts to pit itself against others and pointing fingers, that the tree huggin, animal lovin nazi's can step in and get their way. So who ultimately wins?? No one.
i'm sure you've read and participated in other discussions(of which there have been many)on this subject.so you've already heard the other side.if you haven't,just do a search on bowfishing on a couple forums and you find everything you want to know.no need rehashing the same old thing over and over.
Now BB your getting real stupid with your posts. Stop stirring up things you already know the answer too. If you need more info look at Rick post and try it. If you can't, I'll gladly post some address for you.
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