Several years ago, Tim says he went to Kentucky on an early season deer hunt where he tagged out on the first day. His quick success left him with days until his flight and nothing to do until someone offered to take him down to the dam to shoot some fish with a bow. It was that experience that got him hooked on bowfishing. The great thing about bowfishing, Tim says, is that anyone can do it. You don't need a boat or fancy gear. You don't need to have experience as a regular bowhunter. It's just a learning curve, he says, you have to learn how to judge distances and instinctively shoot. You can't aim directly at the fish - because of light refraction the fish are actually lower than they appear to the eye. There are a few general rules to help bowfishermen estimate where to shoot like the 10-4 rule or the 1-3 rule. However, Tim says experience is all the teaching you need. Once you shoot a few times, you begin to understand where you need to aim in order to hit your intended target. Surprisingly, Tim says people who bowhunt often have a hard time picking up bowfishing because they are used to aiming very precisely at animals. Those who have never bowhunted before or who have very limited experience often pick up bowfishing faster because they aren't slaves to their hunting technique.
Listen in as Tim talks about the gear you need to start bowfishing, the rough fish species you'll be targeting, bowfishing in dirty water vs clear water, some great bowfishing tournament opportunities and much more. He'll also highlight what happens on the 15th season of "Inside Outdoors" airing on Outdoor Channel and how they navigated different challenges and worked through the season to get animals on the ground.