Bowfishing gar is a huge pastime for people in the mid-west. But what exactly are its motives?
I'm typically in favor of allowing people to enjoying the outdoors in every way possible. Hunting, fishing, trapping, you name it. But occasionally I have to ask myself what the motive is behind certain practices that we call hunting or fishing. Bowfishing gar is one such activity that needs to be looked at carefully.
This gentleman showing up at a ramp on the Trinity river had to ask himself those very same questions.
Warning: video contains strong language.
Current state rules permit the pursuit of alligator gar with a bow.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, "...(fish) may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment." This is an obvious statement however many fish end up on the banks and boat ramps where these activities take place.
This directly effects the way others are able to enjoy the area and use the public facilities.
Like I said, I am all for enjoying the outdoors, but killing animals and not using them for food or education purposes is certainly something that should be frowned upon.