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Currently, the following law makes it illegal to bowfish on navigable rivers or streams in Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kenedy, Llano, Maverick, Real, Uvalde or Zavala Counties.


§ 284.001. DISCHARGE OF FIREARM PROHIBITED. (a) In this
section:

(1) "Firearm" has the meaning assigned by Section
62.014.

(2) "Navigable river or stream" has the meaning
assigned by Section 90.001.

(b) This section applies only to a navigable river or stream
located wholly or partly in Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kenedy, Llano,
Maverick, Real, Uvalde, or Zavala County.

(c) Except as provided by Subsection (d), a person may not
discharge a firearm or shoot an arrow from any kind of bow if:

(1) the person is located in or on the bed or bank of a
navigable river or stream at the time the firearm is discharged or
the arrow is shot from the bow; or

(2) any portion of the ammunition discharged or arrow
shot could physically contact the bed or bank of a navigable river
or stream.

(d) This section does not apply to:

(1) an individual acting in the scope of the
individual's duties as a peace officer or department employee; or

(2) the discharge of a shotgun loaded with ammunition
that releases only shot when discharged.

(e) This section does not limit the ability of a license
holder to carry a concealed handgun under the authority of
Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 272, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

Representative King from Zavala County has proposed a House Bill which would make bowfishing legal on navigable rivers and streams in those counties.





82R5586 SLB-D

By: King of Zavala H.B. No. 3808



A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to fishing with certain archery equipment in certain
counties.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Sections 284.001(a) and (d), Parks and Wildlife
Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a) In this section:

(1) "Bowfishing" means fishing by discharging a barbed
fishing arrow from a bow equipped with a reel.

(2) "Firearm" has the meaning assigned by Section
62.014.

(3) [(2)] "Navigable river or stream" has the meaning
assigned by Section 90.001.

(d) This section does not apply to:

(1) an individual acting in the scope of the
individual's duties as a peace officer or department employee; [or]

(2) the discharge of a shotgun loaded with ammunition
that releases only shot when discharged; or

(3) an individual engaging in bowfishing, if the
individual has acquired a fishing license and freshwater fishing
stamp as required by this code.

SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
In addition, there are several other counties were it is currently illegal to bowfish in certain navigable rivers and streams. These counties include LaSalle County (P&W Code §82.712), McMullen County (P&W Code §82.722), Bee County (P&W Code §82.732), Live Oak County (P&W Code §82.762). The rivers include, but may not be limited to, the Frio, Nueces, Aransas, Poesta, and Atascosa. The proposed bill could be amended to include these counties also.

Please contact your representative and a voice your opinion!

Find your Representative HERE!
 

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This amendment is a few days away from passing. :tu:
 

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Way to go! TEAM! Thank you so much OBG for driving back and fourth to Austin to represent us. You're awesome! ( and must have a little truck that doesn't suck gas).
 

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Thanks Walter!!
I know how hard you have worked on this!!
 

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HB3808 just passed in the Senate--now on to the Governor for his signature! :clap::clap::clap:
This is great news for south and central Texas. :tu:
 

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This has been a team effort with many people involved! My thanks to everyone--- :tu:
 

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The new TBA is marching forward. More still to come. All you guys still on the fence, come aboard, we sure could use your help.
We lost 194 members in '09 and another 131 last year. Members that for some reason didn't sign back up. With those members back and our current
membership we'd have over 500. The more members we have, the more this organization can do for you. It takes an effort from all of you, the board cannot do it all. We need volunteers so we can charge ahead. Internet people, marketing people, media people, we need you!
 

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Even though Charlie and I did not have success over the years working on this, we did our best. Working with the Politics of our state officials can be very trying. I want to thank Charlie for keeping this subject in front of us and pushing me and others to continue the fight. Congrats goes out to all involved over the years. We should be looking towards a brighter future for our sport.
 

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Tim, Thank you for carrying that ball until the time you handed it over. It was a tiring effort, that eventually did pay off. So, thank you and Charlie for all you did as well to fight this thing. Politicians change due to elections, so that was also a factor in the current success. With the current Federal administration, it has called attention to our basic rights once again and caused several to decide to fight for our rights and freedoms again. Thank you!
 

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HB3808 was signed into law today by Governor Perry! My congratulations to everyone who worked to get this law passed!!!! :tu: :tu: :tu:
:cheers: :clap::clap::clap:
 

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Effective immediately 06/17/2011
Signed by the Governor 06/17/2011
 

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We should have a tournament down there soon.....any one interested??
 
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