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Don’t Let Spring Bowfishing Fun Pass You By

March 5, 2014

Bowfishing equipment is simple. A recurve bow allows for quick shots. Instinct is the key to making shots on fish; it takes practice but most shots are close.

Spring and summer bowfishing is looked at as a way to keep your muscles and instincts in tune for bowhunting, but it’s more than that---it’s just plain fun. Bowfishing equipment has evolved a lot since I started trying it out 40 years ago; there is some high-tech stuff out there. This probably sounds crazy, but my favorite bowfishing set-up features a Ben Pearson recurve that I got out of the “Free” box at a garage sale. No kidding. That’s one of the things that makes bowfishing so great: you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want, and anyone can easily...

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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio Interviews Bowhunting Expert John Paul Morris

February 26, 2014

Bowhunting expert John Paul Morris this week on BPS radio.

Listeners tuning into Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio show can learn how to get started bowhunting and how to become a better bowhunter. John Paul Morris, RedHead Pro Hunting Team member, will be featured on Bass Pro Shops hour-long radio show Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO’s SiriusXM channel 80. Morris, who is also the general manager of Bass Pro Shops online store, will join host Rob Keck to discuss what bowhunting gear hunters want most....

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Oregon DFW Announces Fall 2013 Outdoor Workshops

August 29, 2013

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We would like to invite you to join us at one of our ODFW Outdoors workshops.  We have openings in adult pheasant hunts, youth pheasant hunts and family crabbing workshops. Two Family Crabbing Workshops will be held in Newport--one on Sept. 7 and one on Sept. 8, 2013. Cost is $42.00 for adults and $12.00 per child. Equipment, lunch and instruction are all included. A series of adult pheasant hunts begins Sept. 6, 2013 and runs through Sept. 20, 2013. Cost is $42 and includes shotguns, ammunition, safety gear, instruction and dogs and dog handlers. A series of youth pheasant hunts...

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Washington Commision Sets Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Season and Extends Octopus Protections

August 5, 2013

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The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission extended protections for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound today by prohibiting the recreational harvest of the species at seven popular scuba diving sites from Whidbey Island to Tacoma. The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the Governor...

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‘Outdoor Journal’ Goes Fishing & Electrofishing, Youngsters Learn Hunting Skills

May 14, 2013

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On Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., “VPT’s Outdoor Journal” will air the final episode of its new season.  November’s annual Frostbite Fleet Salmon Shootout challenges hardy Lake Champlain anglers.  Viewers will meet some friends who participate in the derby. A story about electrofishing shows...

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Moody, Tharpe and Sanderlin Win the 14th Annual Muzzy Classic in Georgia

May 8, 2013

Moody, Tharpe and Sanderlin Win the 14th Annual Muzzy Classic in Georgia

With literally a boatload of fish in hand, a team of Georgia young guns—Justin Moody, Michael Tharpe and Jeremy Sanderlin—emerged from a large pack of 62 teams to win first-place laurels at the 14th Annual Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament, April 27th through 28th in Guntersville, Ala. In the end, three teams hailing from Georgia ended up on the winner’s podium.

Fishing from 7 p.m. on the 27th through 7 a.m. on the 28th in the world’s most prestigious bowfishing tournament, teams of two or three competed for thousands of dollars in prize money, as well as sponsored equipment. The top six teams raked in $9,150 in cash prizes, while other participants won prizes from tables full of sponsored product. But as the boats pulled up to the dock for the final weigh-in, Muzzy Classic winners Moody, Tharpe and Sanderlin had amassed an amazing total of 380.3 lbs. of fish on board for the win.

No strangers to the Muzzy Classic winner’s podium themselves, Tommy Woods, Hunter Woods and Scott Baxter brought in 371.8 lbs. to take $2,500 for second. Yet another team of former Muzzy Classic winners, Michael Evans, Jeff Moomey and Trey Lord, took third with 348 lbs for the $1,500 prize.

In fourth place for their 326.5 lbs. haul, $1,000 went to the Alabama’s Will Mattox, Derek Blevins and Jeremy Plemmons. The fifth-place spot went to Jerry Broadnax, Chad Sullivan and Todd Wingo for their combined 284.8 lbs. of fish. The sixth and final paying slot went to Gary Bergman, Jeremiah Hayes and Jamie Brooks.

In addition to the traditional Big-20 format, Muzzy also awarded prizes to the participants with the largest fish in each category. Jake Birdwell won a Mathews DXT Bow for the largest grass carp, which tipped the scales at 60 lbs. With a big buffalo netting 55.4 lbs., Scott Baxter won a $500 Bass Pro gift card. Chris Tankersley’s 35 pounder won the biggest carp award and a PSE Wave Bow, and Jarrod Bibb was awarded a Hunter Safety System harness for his 58.75-inch gar.

“We extend our most hearty congratulations to the Moody, Tharpe and Sanderlin team and all the other winners for their remarkable catches in the 12-hour period of the Muzzy Classic,” said Mark Land, event coordinator. “Muzzy is exceptionally proud to sponsor this event, and we thank everyone who helps to make it a success. We have already started planning next year’s event, and we expect it to be even bigger and better.”

Complete information on the 15th Annual Muzzy Classic will be available in January 2014.

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Parker Launches Stingray Bowfishing Crossbow

February 19, 2013

Parker Launches Stingray Bowfishing Crossbow

Parker Bows, a leading manufacturer of high quality Compound Bows, Crossbows and Crossbows Accessories, is proud to introduce the StingRay Bowfishing Crossbow for 2013. The StingRay is designed to deliver superior performance in the growing sport of Bowfishing.

The StingRay is ideal for both fresh and salt water Bowfishing, as well as hunting a variety of Bowfishing game. The StingRay is compact and lightweight, weighing-in at only 7.5 pounds, making it incredibly easy to maneuver, aim and shoot on the water. The StingRay features an adjustable draw weight range from 100 – 125 pounds, so it can be customized to your Bowfishing game. And the draw weight adjustment can be made without the need for any special tools, a bow press or additional parts.

The StingRay comes complete with everything you need to hit the water, including the crossbow, your choice of an Open Sight or a 1X Illuminated Multi-reticle Scope, the AMS Retriever Pro Bowfishing Reel, Bowfishing Arrow and Mounting Hardware. The AMS Retriever Pro Bowfishing Reel offers fast, simple operation with zero drag and excellent line control. It includes 25 yards of 200 pound high-visibility braided Dacron line and an integrated arrow quiver. The Bowfishing Arrow includes a Muzzy Gator Getter Point. The StingRay is appropriately decorated in Fishouflage Camo, and like all Parker crossbows features the EZ Pull System, which reduces cocking effort by over 50% when using a Red Hot EZ Roller Rope Cocker.

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Registration Open for Muzzy Bowfishing Classic & Alabama State Championships

February 11, 2013

Registration Open for Muzzy Bowfishing Classic & Alabama State Championships

Registration has officially opened for the 14th Annual Muzzy Classic & Alabama State Championship bowfishing tournament to be held April 27-28, 2013, in Guntersville, Ala. This popular Bowfishing Association of America (BAA) sanctioned event has guaranteed prize money of $3,500 for 1st place with more places paid based on number of entries. Potential payouts, not including prizes, are: 2nd place $2,500; 3rd place $1,500; 4th place $1,000; 5th place $750 and 6th place $500.

The primary tournament is a Big-20 format with boat limits of three grass carp and 15 buffalo fish. No catfish are allowed. Participants will also have the opportunity to win a new bow or another exciting prize for bringing in the heaviest carp, the longest gar, the heaviest grass carp or the heaviest buffalo. This is a two- or three-man tournament with $150 entry fee.

Last year, Tommy Woods, Scott Baxter and Mathew McCrary won the event with a whopping 439.6 lbs., and as a result, the trio is already registered to defend their title. Pre-registration for this year’s event will be conducted up to 72 hours prior to the tournament. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as teams leave in the order that they register. Regular registration will be conducted at the tournament site, Harbor Marina in Guntersville between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the day of the event, with a mandatory meeting at the launch site for all teams at 6:30 p.m. The tournament runs from 7 p.m. April 27th through 7 a.m. April 28th.

For information on the tournament visit www.muzzy.com/news/14th-annual-muzzy-classic, and download the flier, rules and entry form. Registration entries can be mailed to: Muzzy Products Corp., Attn: Muzzy Classic, 110 Beasley Rd. SW, Carterville, GA 30120.

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2013 Stingray Bowfishing Crossbow from Parker Bows

November 26, 2012

2013 Stingray Bowfishing Crossbow from Parker Bows

Parker Bows, a leading manufacturer of high quality Compound Bows, Crossbows and Crossbows Accessories, is proud to introduce the StingRay Bowfishing Crossbow for 2013. The StingRay is designed to deliver superior performance in the growing sport of Bowfishing.

The StingRay is ideal for both fresh and salt water Bowfishing, as well as hunting a variety of Bowfishing game. The StingRay is compact and lightweight, weighing-in at only 7.5 pounds, making it incredibly easy to maneuver, aim and shoot on the water. The StingRay features an adjustable draw weight range from 100 – 125 pounds, so it can be customized to your Bowfishing game. And the draw weight adjustment can be made without the need for any special tools, a bow press or additional parts.

The StingRay comes complete with everything you need to hit the water, including the crossbow, your choice of an Open Sight or a 1X Illuminated Multi-reticle Scope, the AMS Retriever Pro Bowfishing Reel, Bowfishing Arrow and Mounting Hardware. The AMS Retriever Pro Bowfishing Reel offers fast, simple operation with zero drag and excellent line control. It includes 25 yards of 200 pound high-visibility braided Dacron line and an integrated arrow quiver. The Bowfishing Arrow includes a Muzzy Gator Getter Point. The StingRay is appropriately decorated in Fishouflage Camo, and like all Parker crossbows features the EZ Pull System, which reduces cocking effort by over 50% when using a Red Hot EZ Roller Rope Cocker.

The StingRay is proudly made in the U.S.A., is backed by Parker’s Lifetime Warranty and has a retail beginning at $499.95.

For more information on the StingRay visit Parker’s website at www.parkerbows.com or call (540) 337-5426.

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California Outdoors Q&As with Carrie Wilson: Retrieving Deer from Private Property and Other Questions

September 28, 2012

California Outdoors Q&As with Carrie Wilson: Retrieving Deer from Private Property and Other Questions

Prohibited from Retrieving Deer from Private Property

Question: I recently shot a doe with my A31 tag inLos AngelesCounty (Archery Only-Either Sex). It appeared to be a lethal shot from 22 yards with decent shot placement. I tracked the blood to a privately owned ranch 100 yards away. I stopped tracking it when it appeared she went onto the ranch property. I then approached the ranch manager to get permission to continue tracking my deer. The owner initially agreed but after one of her coworkers talked to her, she retracted her permission (approximately 10 minutes from the time we spoke in her office). She requested that we leave her property at once as she didn’t want people to think they approved of hunting. I didn’t have enough time to locate my deer and left broken-hearted.

I don’t like seeing animals die or suffer for no reason. I would never have shot if I would have known I couldn’t recover her. I believe I did everything legal and correct but it shouldn’t be right that a deer goes to waste because of the bias of a property manager.

Is there anything I could have done to recover my deer? Do I have any rights or is there anyone I could have contacted? I’m still sick over the situation. (Luke G., Loma Linda)

Answer: It’s unfortunate that this happened. Although the law prevents one from wasting the deer, the law does not permit the trespass to retrieve it. Perhaps, if you’d contacted the local game warden, they may have been able to contact the ranch manager or owner for some possible assistance to prevent the deer from going to waste.

According to Department of Fish and Game Lt. Todd Tognazzini, when archery hunting it is recommended to hunt farther from private property boundaries to avoid this type of problem as deer taken with archery usually travel farther after a lethal wound than those shot with a rifle. Tognazzini says he has never been refused when a fresh and legitimate blood trail is found leaving public land onto private property.

Live Mouth Bass for sale?

Question: I recently noticed an advertisement in the seafood section of our local Los Angeles Hong Kong supermarket newspaper where they are selling “Live Mouth Bass.” Is there really such a fish? The picture looks like they are largemouth bass. I didn’t think our precious game fish could be sold for food. If these are largemouth bass, is it legal to sell them in the market? (Doc H., Walnut)

Answer: I am not aware of a species called “live mouth bass.”  It is not legal to sell largemouth bass caught in the wild or under the authority of a sport fishing license. Often times the Asian markets have aquariums where they display live fish for sale. Largemouth bass can be sold if acquired from a private aquaculture facility with appropriate sales receipts.

Remote controlled boat

Question: I have a remote controlled boat approximately 36 inches long with a remote GPS and fish-finder system located on the boat. On the back of the boat there is a small box containing a baited hook. The hook is connected to a line with an attached weight. Once the boat is located in the area I’ve chosen, the line can be remotely deployed. The line (which can be as much as 2,000 ft. long) is also connected to the fishing pole I hold onshore. Once the line has been deployed, the boat is returned to shore. With a California fishing license, can I use this at lakes or at the beach? (Ron C.)

Answer: Yes, as long as the rod is hand-held or closely attended and the fish voluntarily takes the bait or lure. For a description of “angling” and the legal methods authorized for taking fish, please review sections 1.05 and 2.00 in the Freshwater Fishing Regulations booklet available wherever fishing licenses are sold or online at http://dfg.ca.gov/regulations/. Angling under this definition is not required in ocean waters.

Hunting predators when a bear responds to the calls

Question: If I am out hunting predators using a call, and it is during bear season, and I have a bear tag … if a bear comes in on the call, can I kill the bear?

Answer: Yes, unless they are electronic calls. It is unlawful to use any recorded or electrically amplified bird or mammal calls or sounds, or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird or mammal calls or sounds …to take game birds/mammals (Fish and Game Code, section 3012).

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