The Pryor Times

October 26, 2013

Extended bowfishing dates

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation that extends the season for bowfishing of nongame fish in sections of the Upper Illinois River, as well as expands the body of water in which bowfishing is allowed, will take effect come Nov. 1.

Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, partnered with Senator Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland, and sponsored House Bill 1010, which increases the opportunities for hunters and fishing enthusiasts to bowfish.

Bowfishing is a technique of hunting fish with a bow and arrow that combines the thrill of hunting with the skill of archery and the sport of fishing.

An avid outdoorsman, Brown championed the increasingly popular sport of bowfishing and HB 1010 subsequently received unanimous support from both the House and Senate chambers.

“Extending the season of bowfishing on the Upper Illinois River is a win for everyone,” Brown stated. “Not only do our citizens enjoy additional time to participate in this sport, but the extended dates will also contribute to the economic development of our area.”

House Bill 1010 extended by six months the bowfishing season set for nongame fish for the Upper Illinois River in the body of water upstream from the Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to where State Highway 51 crosses the Illinois River. Previously, bowfishing in this area was only permitted from Dec. 1 through March 31 of each year; when HB 1010 takes effect, bowfishing will be permitted from June 1 to March 31 of each year.

Brown’s legislation will also allow bowfishing in an area that had been restricted to only gigging. Bowfishing will now be authorized in the area upstream from where State Highway 51 crosses the Illinois River, with the season set for this area beginning

Dec. 1 and ending March 31 of each year.