Chalk bowfishing up to one of the pursuits that I don’t want to watch on outdoor television. Granted, I will watch it if it’s on, but I’d much rather bowfish myself than sit in a recliner and watch it happen. Just like turkey hunting, bowfishing doesn’t translate well to television.
This is largely because bowfishing itself is pure fun, but doesn’t really look that way on screen. It’s also because in bowfishing, just like turkey hunting, there aren’t really any true trophies. Or to put it a different way — they are all trophies of the same caliber.
Sure, there are behemoth carp or occasionally you’ll see someone skewer a 150-year old giant of an alligator gar, but most of the time it’s just normal-sized fish in a fairly milquetoast setting. And if someone shoots a hefty carp and declares it a trophy, who really cares but the bowfisherman and his buddies?
Another reason, perhaps the main reason I don’t relish bowfishing television, is that it makes the whole pursuit tend to look so easy. Sort of like a big buck getting plunked on a food plot in a half-hour show doesn’t really display the behind-the-scenes time, work and Benjamins that went into the hunt. Bowfishing can be challenging, and something that not everyone excels at.
If this sounds familiar, keep reading. Following are eight tips that will make you a better bowfishermen.
<h2>Start Creepin'</h2>I know plenty of bowfishermen who will not go unless they are going to be in a boat. This is understandable, sort of. There are so many simple spots to bowfish from shore that writing it off entirely is a bad idea. You can work on your stalking game, while keeping things uncluttered. <p></p> If you’ve never tried to work along a cattail-lined ditch in search of a rooting carp, or tip-toed along a stream bank while looking for the telltale orange fins of a redhorse sucker, then you’ve missed out. Start looking around at local streams, ponds, small water and large. You’ll find bank bowfishing opportunities that help you develop some serious skewering skills.