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Carp e diem
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 06:29 PM 03/20/09 (CST)
As of today we had a bowfishing bill introduced in the Senate, SF1798, and we are working on a bill for the House that would open up the state to night bowfishing from May 1st until the last Sunday in February. Also in this bill is to allow bowfishing on the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in the metro area (exempting local firearm discharge ordinances). Here is a link to the bill introduced, https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=S1798.0.html&session=ls86

Now with that said in order to get to this point we needed to put provisions in this bill that would help protect property owners from lights and generators. I will be the first to say that I fully agree with these restrictions! We as a group must be considerate of those who could possibly be affected and in order to have any chance at getting these bills passed and signed into law.......This was a must!

A lot of effort has been put into getting to this point over the past year! Now it is up to you, members and non-members, to contact your local legislatures by email and phone to seek support for these bills. I have been able to make that even easier by working with Gary Leaf from Sportsman’s for Change. They will have a system set up for us to send a form letter to your legislatures very soon and once it is up and running I will provide a link to them. It is as easy as filling in some info and BAM it does the rest for you. I have personally used this system for other petitions and I can tell you it works very well! I would also encourage you to contact as many friends and family to do the same. Even if they don’t bowfish they can support these bills to help increase the harvesting of carp. The only way this will have a chance is we get the support through contacting legislatures and people attending hearings at the capital! The MN DNR most likely will not support these bills and will testify against us even though we all know this makes sense for MN. We have done as promised in the past and now it is up to MN bowfishermen/women. Take and make the time to do this! Remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Are you willing to step up for what you believe in? Please copy and post this on any other forums that you can to reach out to as many as we can. We can make this a reality for Minnesota sportsmen/women and those who would like to see additional carp harvested from MN’s waters!

The next step is these bills will need to have hearings in the senate and the house next week. They must be approved by the committees before next Friday to be able to continue through the process. I know this is short notice but we will need as many as we can get to testify in support for this bill. THIS IS A MUST FOR US TO HAVE A CHANCE!

I cannot thank enough Senator Chaudhary, the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance (Especially Don McMillian), and Sportsman’s for Change for their efforts to help us with trying to get equal privileges that our fellow friends have across the US! Back in 1998 MN’s asked to have their right to legally hunt and fish put into our state constitution and we deserve the same opportunities as others across the country here in MN.

Thanks,

Brian Petschl
Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association President


Brian Petschl
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Carp e diem
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:46 PM 03/27/09 (CST)
Currently we have two senate bills introduced relating to bowfishing. I will provide the house bills as soon as I can get them so you can contact your representative. But for now PLEASE contact your senators and seek support. I will also be getting a system up and running soon through Sportsman for Change's website. Here is a link to find out who your senator is:
http://www.gis.leg.mn/mapserver/districts/


SF 1798 would expand the night season and make it law, not a rule change, if signed by the Governor. Here is a link to the bill:

https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/revisor/pages/search_status/status_detail.php?b=Senate&f=SF1798&ssn=0&y=2009

Then we have SF 1968 which would give rough fish contests an exemption from permit fees.

https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/revisor/pages/search_status/status_detail.php?b=Senate&f=SF1968&ssn=0&y=2009

I can tell you a lot of time and hard work has gone into these bills. In order for these bills to succeed it will take folks like yourself to contact your legislatures! If we just sit back and wait for something to happen then we will most likely not get these passed! Some points to use when contacting your senator:

1. MN sends the most money on carp control than any other state in the US. A night season will dramatical increase our ability to harvest invasive species like the common carp and the Asian Carp, and it is free to MN tax payers!
2. We have self imposed restrictions that will protect property owners and still give sportsmen/women a better experience.
3. Almost every state (including WI, IA, and SD) in the US have a night bowfishing season and it works very well for all of those ecosystems.
4. Bowfishing is one of the fastest growing sports in the US and will have a positive economic impact for MN through retail, license sales, and for the service industry. As the sport continues to grow we introduce new and young people to the outdoors.


Now it is up to you.......Please reach out to friends and family and ask them to support these bills even if they don't bowfish but support the additional harvesting of invasive species! Let's show our legislatures that we as a group stand strong and that these bills are a positive for MN. Any questions please let me know.

Thanks, Brian


Brian Petschl
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http://www.landoflakesbowfishing.com/
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:03 PM 03/27/09 (CST)
Hey Carp e diem,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

I fixed up your links for you. Thanks for the info! If you have a website, I sould add it to your signature file so others would be able to visit... up to you...



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Carp e diem
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:59 PM 03/27/09 (CST)
Thanks for the help and advice!

I was advised by one of the Senators tonight to just contact your legislatures, don't worry about bill numbers. Seek their support for night bowfishing and the fishing contest permit bills!

Thanks, Brian


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http://www.landoflakesbowfishing.com/
Carp e diem
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 06:42 PM 03/30/09 (CST)
We now have a petition on Sportsmen for Change's website, http://www.congressweb.com/cweb4/index.cfm?orgcode=mnsc. This system works very well and I have already been getting back responses. When you fill out the form and send the email it will send the letter to 27 legislators, including your's. You can also look up who your legislator is on that page and I would recommend that you call them also. If you are a non-resident we can also use your support. Pass is info on to anyone you can and lets give this a fighting chance.

Thanks, Brian


Brian Petschl
President for the
Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association

http://www.landoflakesbowfishing.com/
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