Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Bowfishermen urged to dispose of rough fish properly

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: June 24, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Bowfishing for carp and other rough fish has become increasingly popular, but so, too, have problems with improperly disposed fish arrowed by archers.

“We’re seeing a few too many cases where people are just dumping the fish,” said Capt. Greg Salo, DNR central region enforcement supervisor. “Not only is that pretty disgusting, it’s littering, a misdemeanor that carries a $150 fine.”

Said conservation officer Jeff Johanson of Osakis: “The public is not happy about this activity and calls seem to come in on a weekly basis.’’

Curt Cich, president of the Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association, said the practice also gives bowfishing a bad image. “These activities by a few people don’t reflect the practices of the majority of bowfishers, who practice their sport ethically and responsibly,” Cich said.

Cich recommends that all bowfishers have a disposal plan before practicing the activity.

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