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The_Vex_Man

winter bowfishing

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Does anyone know if you can legally bowfish in a darkhouse like spearing and if so have you done it or know of somebody. I think it would be pretty fun. let me know

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yes it is leagel to bowfish out of a darkhouse. I know someone who contacted the dnr to find out for sure.

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And I know other guys who go out in the boat on the mississippi to shoot fish.

Or you could go to lake petenwell in wis and shoot hundreds of fish.

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I asked the DNR this same question last year, if you are in a dark house, you must use a spear, archery equipment isn't legal. It would be fun to use a bow, but it's not legal. I think if you could find fish in open water in the winter, you could still use your bow.

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In your fishhouse, a bow is a firearm. You can not use it.

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The LLBA checked this matter. It is legal to shoot carp with a bow during daylight hours in a fish house. But you cannot posses any game fish regardless how you took them so leave your spears and rods home. And you cannot shoot pike with a bow. The president of the LLBA went to the St. Paul HQ to clarify this law.

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