I just got a Hoyt zr 200 magnetec off the wonderful craigslist, and I am going to give bowhunting for rough fish a try. I have a few questions but any tips are appreciated cause I have basically no idea.
How do I set up the boat? I have a halogen and am going to get another one so I can have one on both sides. Will i need a second battery and is there a good way to setup a platform on a regular fishing boat.
Is there a reulations book or where do I find all the current rules. All I know is it starts may first.
Are there any good spots in the north metro. I have seen people doing it out on Coon. And I have a spot on the river. You can PM me if you got a spot.
Do you do any sort of baiting, decoys anything like that or do you just go out and look for them. If so how do you sneek up on them.
What is a good setup for the bow. I have seen many varietys of retrievers, which one works best and where can i find one for a decent price.
I know thats alot so thanks in advance for any help.
The bow fishing season for residents and nonresidents is from May 1 to the last Sunday in February at any time of the day.
Subd. 2.Possession of bows and arrows.
A person may possess bows and arrows for the purposes of bow fishing on or within 100 feet of waters at any time from May 1 to the last Sunday in February, subject to local ordinances. A person must take reasonable measures to retrieve arrows and wounded fish.
Subd. 3.Nighttime restrictions on motors.
From sunset to sunrise, a person bow fishing with the assistance of a gasoline-powered motor must use a four-stroke engine powered generator. The noise limits for total noise while bow fishing from sunset to sunrise shall not exceed a noise level of 65 decibels on the A scale measured at a distance of 50 feet from the motorboat or equivalent noise levels at other distances as specified by the commissioner in a pass-by test or 67 decibels on the A scale measured at idle in a stationary test at least four feet above the water and at least four feet behind the transom of the motorboat being tested. The noise levels under section 86B.321 apply to persons traveling to and from bow fishing sites from sunset to sunrise.
Subd. 4.Nighttime structure and campground setback requirements.
A person shall not discharge an arrow while bow fishing within 150 feet of an occupied structure or within 300 feet of a campsite from sunset to sunrise.
Subd. 5.Prohibition on returning rough fish to waters.
Rough fish taken by bow fishing shall not be returned to the water and rough fish may not be left on the banks of any water of the state.
ALSO I contacted the DNR about this and they told me to always check with local ordinance because some citys don't allow any bow and arrow use. The DNR officer also told me all of Ramsey county is closed to bow fishing. Doesn't sound right to me but that is definitely what I was told via email from the DNR.
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