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The NC Wildlife currently is proposing a law that will ban bowfishing for half of Lakes James, NC. The lake is 10 minutes from my house and the next closest one is an hour. The area that they are banning is basically the only area on the lake where you can find more than 5 fish in a night. The reason is because they have had 2 Musky that have been reported to have been shot. The games wardens have not even seen the fish in person, they have only had reports ( I know this because I asked them) For all they know they either just died of natural causes, were killed by a fisherman, or was gaffed. Their response to the situation is just to ban bowfishing on half of the lake instead of getting out there, investigating the case, and catching the person if it was even a bowfisher. They just want the easy way out. The thing that makes me the maddest about this situation is that the guy that is pushing this law and reported the Musky is a carp fishermen and him and his family catch carp and sell them to carp ponds. Its obvious that he isn't trying to save musky, he is trying to save the carp. In my mind this law is a ridiculous response to the situation. If there is a bowfisherman that is shooting musky then the gamewardens need to get out there and catch him. They claim that they believe that they know who is doing it, however, they say that they do not have enough information to ticket them. To me it would be the same as banning bear hunting on a section of land because a certain hunter has shot a bear under the required weight limit. Or to ban deer hunting in an area because a hunter has killed over his limit of deer. The muskies could have been shot by a bowfisherman but they very well could have been killed by a rod and reel fisherman that caught them and then took 25 pictures to post on social media before releasing the fish. The person that found the fish just found them floating in the lake according to the game warden and there had been a bowfisherman in the area the day before. In my mind this is not supporting evidence because there is a at least 5 bowfishing boats every week in the area from early spring until late fall. People have bowfished this lake for 30 years (I personally know a few people that have and still do) and tournaments have been held here for 9 years. If bowfishermen as an entire group were a problem then there would be a lot more than 2 musky found in 30 years. Unfortunately we are going to have to take it upon ourselves to police other bowfishermen because reporting them just shines a bad light on the sport to the game wardens.

The proposed regulation states that the reason we are shooting the musky is because they are easily mistaken for grass carp that we are targeting in the area. This is simply not true. I have seen 6 Musky this year and its completely obvious what you are looking at when you see them. It is also not true because there are very few grass carp in the area, it is 95% common carp. Common carp look even more different from a musky than a grass carp. The rule also states that the carp are evenly distributed throughout the lake and that this ban of half of the lake will not limit us. That is also so far from the truth that it makes me sick! If you go to the area that they are wanting to ban in early spring you can fill a barrel in 3 hours with 15lb commons (which is unheard of for NC lakes). If you go to the other side of the lake you might shoot 5 fish during an all night shoot. If the ban occurs on the part of the lake that they are proposing then it will render the lake useless to bowfishermen.

There are several steps to approving a law and this one is just starting around the loop. There will be a public meeting towards the end of the phase that will allow us to voice our opinion. The public meeting date has not been announced yet. The current step is a meeting with the game wardens to see if the proposed law can even be enforced. We have 2 game wardens that bowfish that will be in the meeting, one of which is the captain of an adjacent district. We are hoping and praying that these 2 wardens can stop the law in its tracks. I will keep everyone updated on the status of the proposed law. Hopefully we can stop it. I have attached a PDF of the proposed regulation and a .pdf of the steps the regulation must take to be approved.


View attachment Lake James MK regulation proposal DRAFT.pdf
View attachment PubHearBrochure.pdf
 

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ill try to stay in the loop if i can sign petitions, or make it to meetings i will deff try
 

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ill try to stay in the loop if i can sign petitions, or make it to meetings i will deff try
Thanks. I really appreciate it.
 

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Good luck man. I hate to hear that. Is say there's going to be a lot of that going on in the future because bowfishing is getting so big.
 

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Good luck man. I hate to hear that. Is say there's going to be a lot of that going on in the future because bowfishing is getting so big.
I fully agree. When bowfishing was smaller you never heard anything bad about it or anything at all actually. Used to when people would see me out around town or at the gas station with my boat and they asked me what it was for, I was excited to tell them all about it. Now when people ask me what I am doing with all them lights on my boat I tell them "night fishing". The general public does not need to know about bowfishing. I think that the number one problem that is spreading bowfishing hate is facebook. Back in the day if you shot a pile of fish you would show them to your other good ole boy buddies that enjoyed the same thing. Now when everyone shoots a load they post them up on social media for all 1,000 of their "friends" to see. 50% of these social media friends are likely liberals, carp huggers, and vegans. I think that if you really want to post a big fish on there then that is fine but don't show the public the dump truck full of trash fish that we filled up after a tournament. I know everyone including myself wants to have the attitude of "if they dont like it then they can suck it" but thats not how the real world works. In the real world who ever cries the loudest wins. And right now the carp huggers are crying the loudest so we are the ones who are going to suffer.
 

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I fully agree. When bowfishing was smaller you never heard anything bad about it or anything at all actually. Used to when people would see me out around town or at the gas station with my boat and they asked me what it was for, I was excited to tell them all about it. Now when people ask me what I am doing with all them lights on my boat I tell them "night fishing". The general public does not need to know about bowfishing. I think that the number one problem that is spreading bowfishing hate is facebook. Back in the day if you shot a pile of fish you would show them to your other good ole boy buddies that enjoyed the same thing. Now when everyone shoots a load they post them up on social media for all 1,000 of their "friends" to see. 50% of these social media friends are likely liberals, carp huggers, and vegans. I think that if you really want to post a big fish on there then that is fine but don't show the public the dump truck full of trash fish that we filled up after a tournament. I know everyone including myself wants to have the attitude of "if they dont like it then they can suck it" but thats not how the real world works. In the real world who ever cries the loudest wins. And right now the carp huggers are crying the loudest so we are the ones who are going to suffer.
Well stated! its been going on in NY too the carp rod and reelers are pushing to get bf banned along with every other left wing nut job... gl in NC keep us posted
 

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Where will the meeting be? If I'm free I'd be more than happy to show up in suport of the sport
 

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Where will the meeting be? If I'm free I'd be more than happy to show up in suport of the sport
It has not been scheduled yet but when it is scheduled I will let everyone know the time and location. Thanks for the support.
 
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