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As many know, a group of euro style carp angling proponents have tried to have bowfishing banned in a lake in Texas a few years ago.
Here is an old newspaper article dealing with it......

"Carp controversy: Bow hunting ban being sought
Catch-and-releasers say something's fishy on Town Lake
By Mike Leggett

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Catch-and-release carp anglers believe Town Lake bow fishermen are killing the
largest and best of their beloved fish, and they are hoping the Austin City
Council will ban archers from the lake.

Claiming Town Lake is one of the premier carp fishing destinations in the
country, the Carp Anglers Group will take its argument to the Land and
Facilities Committee of the Austin Parks Board on July 20. The committee could help begin a process that might lead to an ordinance prohibiting bow fishing onTown Lake. However, carp in Texas are considered nuisance fish with no protection of any
kind, and even supporters of the bow fishing ban admit that any carp protection regulations are a long shot.
Bow fishermen, meanwhile, argue that carp are destructive to game fish and lake habitats, and believe they are doing a service by removing them from any lake. And Texas Parks and Wildlife fisheries officials say they don't plan to do anything to protect carp in Texas waters.
"That's almost universal," says Frank Walters, president of the Carp Anglers Group that is based in Lake Meade, Nev. "Carp fishing is non-mainstream and there's a prejudice against carp. I don't know that we've come across a state that's different." Walters, who said he has fished for and caught carp in all 50 states, still plans to carry through with his request that bow fishing be banned in Austin. Town Lake, he said, is one of the best carp fisheries in the United States. "It's just an absolute waste of a wonderful resource to put an arrow through a 30- or 40-pound carp," Walters said. Walters is among a group of approximately 40 catch-and-release anglers who come to Austin each spring to fish for carp from the banks of Town Lake. All of those anglers take great care to release the fish unharmed, he said, so that they can be caught again. Most of the large carp in this country are German carp, which originated in Europe. They are revered as a game fish there and caught over and over again, Walters said, but not in the United States. Carp are powerful swimmers and often highly sought by Texas anglers, but aren't really considered a food fish. They are, however, considered a nuisance fish, said Phil Durocher, chief of freshwater fisheries for Texas Parks and Wildlife.
"We certainly don't support catch-and-release fishing for carp," Durocher said. "German carp are an introduced species and I don't know anywhere we've got a shortage of them."
Durocher pointed out that any city regulations regarding carp would have to be in the form of a ban on bowfishing. Size and bag limits are strictly controlled by the state, he said, and there are no plans to change anything specifically for carp. "

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This attempt failed, but recently using a different approach many of the same people pushing this had a slot limit imposed on the same lake where only one fish over 33in could be harvested, and one groups leader has already stated he wants it to be 24in. No lake study was dont to make this decision and no evidence of a carp shortage was noted.

I have always said this type of activity is the same thing that P E T A tries to do. Bowfishermen have been singled out and attacked for years by pro C&R carp anglers. Our sport has been badmouthed in newspapers and magazines by them. Our 100% legal sport that is.

Well, some newspapers across the country are taking notice of this anti behavior. You may not like bowfishing, even dislike it, but hopefully you dislike the efforts of ANY anti groups out there more. Here is the article out of Evansville........

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/a ... shing-ban/


Evansville courier Press

Home › Sports › Local Sports

Carp group wrong on bow-fishing ban

By Phil Potter (Contact)
Sunday, April 6, 2008

When floodwaters start to drop, bow fishermen will have a field day as carp and other rough fish species make a mad dash back to the safety of area streams.

The removal of alien species makes life easier for game fish who are pressured by the undesirable species now clogging most Tri-State rivers, creeks and sloughs.

But CAGOA (Carp Anglers Group of America) maintains that bow fishing unduly impacts their sport of catch and release carp angling. CAGOA stages carp fishing derbies and tournaments and believes carp need protection to the point they're lobbying state fish and game agencies to ban the sport of bow fishing.

They've convinced Texas to establish some public lakes for the protection of carp. The ironic part is that by asking states to nix bow fishing they've allied themselves with groups such as PETA and the U.S. Humane Society.

Sport anglers as well as bow fishermen should counter CAGOA by inundating state fish and game agencies with letters and petitions demanding no protection for any carp species. Petitions should also request that along with bow fishing and gigging, additional control methods such as purse seine netting and other control methods be used to stem the invasive species.

What could be done with millions of pounds of carp? Probably converting them into fertilizer. Most carp 15 inches and bigger contain undue amounts of noxious chemicals, rendering them unfit for human or pet food. The fact that big-head, silver and black carp spawn up to three times a year means they can improve gardens for many years to come.

The Pilgrims learned the power of planted fish when the Penobscot Indians taught them to fertilize crops with candlefish, shad and lobsters and all three species are still abundant.

Flooding means legions of carp are in a neighborhood near you. If you want to learn more, contact Jason Greer, co-chairman of Down River Bow Fishing Association, at (812) 305-2354 and get started thinning the ranks of scaly aliens.

n EHD, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, hit Indiana's deer last summer. Indiana Deer Biologist Jeff Thompson has data that shows that counties nearest Evansville had marked downturns.

In Pike County, the buck-only bag was down 40 percent and the combined buck-doe tally was down 30 percent. Warrick County had a 34 decrease in bucks and a combined 30 percent downturn. Spencer was down 22 percent on bucks and 22 percent overall. Perry showed a 29 percent buck and 22 percent combo downturn, while Posey had a 2 percent buck and 4 percent overall decrease.

In counties farther north, hunters had a 16 to 23 percent increase in their deer harvest, proving EHD plays hopscotch with deer herds.

Thompson said it's anyone's guess what this season will be like, especially in counties nearest Evansville, but adds that EHD may return and could further reduce deer numbers before hunting seasons begin.
 
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