Bowfishing- My offseason bow hunting.

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    I'm always jealous of all the exotics and pigs that a lot of you guys shoot in the offseason. I don't have really any access to any of those hunts close to home.
    This is how I spend my offseason when I'm not doing habitat work. It has become one of my favourite things to do with a bow. Last weekend a buddy and I got into a whole mess of grasscarp in a freshly flooded backwater off the Mississippi. It was kindof nice shooting something other than the flying Asian carp. Grass carp have always been considered a large trophy in my area bowfishing. The biggest one out of all of them was 42lbs. Any other bowfishermen here!? Let's see some pics!


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    Sometimes if I'm shooting Buffalo out of clean water I will eat them. Usually, I add all my gar and carp into a pile of horse manure out at the farm. I compost manure for a year with a small amount of lawn waste but I bury the dead fish and also all of our other gamefish and catfish filleted carcasses in there. I stir it every now and again throughout the summer.
    Once it has composted for a year I spread it on our big garden at the farm and work it in. Ever since I started this we have grown an awesome sweet corn patch. I try not to waste anything I kill and eat it but unfortunately the Mississippi is totally overrun with invasives. We shoot a lot of fish out of agricultural drainage systems in the river bottoms where the fish are not recommended to eat. I feel like I get decent use out of them while attempting to help the river system in a very small way. Most people around here dump them in a ditch.


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    Swampcat I have followed a lot of your posts and you seem to do it all! I am waterfowl hunter also and I take yearly trips to Arkansas, Walnut Ridge area in NEARk and around Casscoe and Humphrey/Stuttgart region. I've done a ton of lurking in the Arkansas Hunting net forums and I've noticed you hit the waterfowl quite hard also! I enjoy your property tour and your posts and all of the forums.
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    We eat a few buffalo ribs. The rest go in the bone yard with the dead hogs.
     
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    I try to stay busy. Pretty much if you can catch it or shoot it - I am at least trying it. I am fortunate to have a piece of property that offers a lot of opportunity. It is not great for anything - other than hogs - but the opportunities are pretty varied.
     
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    Swampcat is that your boat? Looks like a hell of a setup. I am in the process of building a removable 18in raised aluminium shooting deck for my Lowe Roughneck 1860. Been a busy year so it may not be ready until next spring.


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    No. My son in law’s boat. 20’ airboat, 500 hp, 8 ft wide - can handle four shooters, half and half sodium and halogen lights let you shoot pretty much any water. Water down here is dingy to mud - unless we get down on the coast after redfish.
     

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