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Bowfishers gather at Guntersville for Classic competition

It’s not quite shooting fish in a barrel.
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Though bowfishers participating in the Muzzy Bowfishing Classic and Alabama State Championship at Lake Guntersville April 26-27 will definitely get plenty of shots at whopper fish at close ranges, most of them will be quick to admit that the big, slow-moving carp and buffalo fish they seek can sometimes be surprisingly hard to hit.

The gear is typically a compound bow in the 35 to 50 pound draw range–high power and high tech bows designed to propel ultralight arrows longer distances, as used in deer hunting, are not necessary here. The typical shot is 5 to 10 yards, mostly because that’s about as far as you can see a fish in most conditions.

Most bowfishers shoot solid carbon or fiberglass arrows with no fletching or feathers. The tough, heavy arrows give better water penetration than light, hollow carbon arrows, and the lack of fletching is no problem at short range.

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