The Illinois Bowfishers is a non-profit group created for the purpose of promoting bowfishing in Illinois in a manner that is consistent with good sportsmanship and as an effective management tool for reducing the numbers of rough fish that inhabit our waters. The fun and challenge of bowfishing gets even better if we can help with the conservation of our Illinois waterways by removing non-native invasive fish such as the common carp, grass carp, bighead and silver carp.
The Illinois Bowfishers works closely with the Illinois DNR, lake managers and fisheries biologists to create policies that are both beneficial to the aquatic environment and the sport of bowfishing.
The club frequently holds seminars in order to better educate the public as to the negative impact invasive fish have on our waters and to demonstrate the equipment and methods used in bowfishing today.
Utilization of the fish harvested is also discussed along with tasty recipes for these often neglected rough fish.
The Illinois Bowfishers also host several tournaments and fun shoots throughout the year which allows archers to compete with one another for great prizes and bragging rights in an environment that never becomes too serious.
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