Bowfishing – An Outdoor Texas Adventure
Bowfishing is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of bow hunting and fishing, and its been around for a long time in Texas.
In this month’s edition of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Steve Hall penned a great article about Bowfishing.
Bow fishing combines the stealth and shooting skills of a bow hunter with an angler’s knowledge of fish habitat and behavior. Beginners should start with a licensed guide to learn about the specific species allowable (nongame fish only), proper equipment and methods.
Steve interviews Marty McIntyre, a guide with Garquest, who also teaches bowfishing at Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops that are organized through Texas Parks & Wildlife. You can find a schedule of upcoming Becoming an Outdoors Woman classes at http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/bow/schedule. Workshops cover a variety of topics including: shooting sports, fishing and water, and nature and other outdoor activities.
There are several organization that support bowfishing in Texas and across the nation.
The Texas Bowfishing Association has been around for 30 years. They hold several sanctioned and non sanctioned tournaments through out the state Texas and keep track of points. Each member can participate to win a plaque in one of the following categories:
- Bowfisherman of the year
- Youth Bowfisherman of the year
- 2 Man Team of the year
- 3 Man Team of the year
The Bowfishing Association of America is another organization that has been around a long time. Getting its start in 1990, in addition to the annual BAA World Championship, BAA also works closely with biologist and DNR to help reduce the spread of invasive fish species around the country. The BAA also issues State and World Records, you can check out the Texas standings at http://www.bowfishingassociation.com/state/texas/. The current record was set in April 2017.
Are you interested in bowfishing? Check out Garquest’s website where you can book a guided bowfishing trip with an expert.