bowfishing[2]Bowfishing, in addition to being a spectacular recreational sport in its own right, is one of the best ways to keep your archery skills sharp in the hunting off-season.

You don’t have to get up early, the weather is warm and you get a boat ride. Best of all, bowfishing is pure action and tons of fun.

If you live in the midwest, you can take solace in the elimination of invasive species that threaten to wipe our our most popular sporting fish. One Asian carp may carry as many as one million eggs, so you can imagine how quickly these species can multiply.

For the rest of the country, the good ol’ bugle-mouth bass (carp) is the prime target. These scaly beasts grow to nearly 50 lbs.

The folks at Brownells have put together a video that’s both fun to watch and very informative, explaining the ABCs of all the gear you will need. Make a splash with bow fishing!

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.