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Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help #13205622 07/05/19 06:56 PM
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Want to make it out for the first bowfishing trip of the year this weekend. Anyone been of been doing any good? Looking for an area to start in

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13205781 07/05/19 09:40 PM
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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13206725 07/07/19 02:52 AM
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Don't shoot Bridgeport. But this time of year I hit flats as near as you can get to deep water. As a secondary, if you can find that area with vegetation on it it'll be lights out! Good luck


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13207599 07/08/19 04:04 AM
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eek Shooting fish can get messy, and legally you have to use them for food or bait. If you want to check out the European method of catching Carp so you don't have to deal with dead fish then you're more than welcome to come out and join me at Ray Hubbard on July 13th


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13207620 07/08/19 08:10 AM
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Also can try fly fishing, good luck

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: TXMulti-Species] #13218689 07/18/19 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by TXMulti-Species
eek Shooting fish can get messy, and legally you have to use them for food or bait. If you want to check out the European method of catching Carp so you don't have to deal with dead fish then you're more than welcome to come out and join me at Ray Hubbard on July 13th


You may want to re read the law........ Any fish that is edible or can be used for bait (includes all gar species, common carp and buffalo) may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment.

It does not say you have to eat or use the fish.. It states you can not release the fish back into the water

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: TGalyon1] #13218962 07/18/19 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by TGalyon1
You may want to re read the law........ Any fish that is edible or can be used for bait (includes all gar species, common carp and buffalo) may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment.

It does not say you have to eat or use the fish.. It states you can not release the fish back into the water

Believe me I've read the laws and discussed them with TPWD numerous times. Here's a recent response a bowfisherman kindly posted up, even though it went against his claims.
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I apologize for the delay, I work nights and we were busy the last few nights.
Below is the question as I stated it to TPWD:

Comment or Question:

My question has to do with bowfishing: If I shoot a boat load of rough fish (gar, carp, and buffs) is it lawful to dump them in a hole on my private property to be used as fertilizer? I am aware of the new regs on alligator gar and these would not be included.
Originally Posted by ToasterWEyes
Below is TPWD's reply copied directly:

When we examine the law,

Texas Parks & Wildlife Code, Sec. 66.011. LEAVING FISH TO DIE. A person commits an offense if the person leaves edible fish or bait fish taken from the public waters of this state to die without the intent to retain the fish for consumption or bait.

As there is a segment of the public that enjoys angling for rough fish, I would suggest they have a value beyond fertilizer. Some of the public actually enjoys consuming what others say are rough fish.

In light of this, I would say your described practice is a violation of 66.011.

Mike Mitchell
Assistant Commander Game Warden
Law Enforcement Division, Austin
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
michael.mitchell@tpwd.texas.gov
www.tpwd.texas.gov/warden


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13250615 08/17/19 03:46 AM
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