As we have posted before, after conversations between the Bowfishing Assoc. of Illinois and IDNR Director Miller, Illinois will have its first ever official state bowfishing records program this year and from now on.
Today we had a several hour meeting with DNR officials and several new programs in addition to the records program will be set in place for bowfishing.
First, the bowfishing records program will soon be hosted on the www.ifishillinois.org
site. There will be a press release and articles on it in the Outdoor Illinois publication. If you click on the link you will see how the rod/reel records program works. In a couple weeks there will be a section just like that for bowfishing where anyone who bowfishes in Illinois can download the forms.
But even better a fish citation program will also be started along with a master bowfisher program. The fish citation program will be very similar to the BAA program where a list of minimum weights will be posted and any fish for that species that meets or exceeds the minimum will be awarded a citation. The citations will be downloadable off the site.
In addition, if a bowfisherman/woman harvests certain groups of species they will be awarded special citations. If they get all the species they will be awarded the Master Bowfisherman/woman citation.
Additional educational information about bowfishing and the fish we hunt will also be found on the site.
We are very happy about all these additional programs just for those who love to bowfish in the state of Illinois and hope everyone enjoys them!