There is a lot to love about Texas. Beautiful scenery, great food, friendly people and bowfishing. In the last ten years bowfishing has become a popular sport, with visitors from around the country coming to Texas lakes and rivers to try their luck with a bow and arrow. It might sound slightly insane, and to some people it is, but there is nothing quite like the thrill of catching a fish with an arrow. If you are still trying to figure out why we Texans love bowfishing here are some of the reasons it is getting more and more popular every day.
No off season
Bow hunters used to have to spend the off season shooting at paper targets, and this doesn’t provide the same thrill. When whitetail and wild hogs aren’t in season bowfishing can be a great way to keep skills honed, while still providing avid hunters with the excitement they are looking for. Adding to the thrill is the fact that they are on the water, instead of shooting from solid ground. There is no better way for a bowhunter to improve his technique than aiming and firing from a gently rocking boat.
Plenty of variety
Even experienced anglers are dropping their rods and reels and picking up a bow and some arrows. Not only is this a new form of fishing that many anglers can’t resist mastering, it also provides them with a unique advantage. Casting with a rod and reel often limits anglers to the size or type of fish, but this doesn’t apply with a bow and arrow. Since you are not trying to entice the fish to take a bite you don’t have to worry about using the right lure and bait. This means that you can shoot anything that the state has declared legal.
Prizes and trophies
While game fish are illegal to hunt with a bow and arrow, the same is not true regarding alligator gar. Like their name implies these fish resemble an alligator and can grow up to an impressive 250 pounds, measuring 7 to 8 feet long. The chance to bag a trophy this large is simply to tempting for many hunters and anglers to ignore. Adding to the appeal of bowhunting is the simple fact that you can win prizes and money.
There are other reasons why bowfishing is becoming so popular in the Lone Star, but for you to fully understand you’ll have to give this new sport a try.