Many bowhunters look at summer as some of the longest months of the year due to anticipation for the upcoming hunting season. To me the summer months are some of my favorites because of one thing... BOWFISHING!
What a memorable bowfishing season this has been and there still remains a lot of action in the weeks ahead. Some of the highlights have been my son Zach arrowing a beautiful yellow color phase bighead that gave us an epic fight. Then my daughter was able to make her first bowfishing trip and let's just say that she is hooked. If one color phase bighead wasn't enough, Travis Stracke and Zac Hurlbert doubled on another one!
We followed this up with a very memorable paddlefish season!
The best part about bowfishing is it can be a social affair to where you don't have to sit in total silence (you know I struggle with that). We often times have several people in the boat and that adds to the experience and excitement. I enjoy few things more than a screaming drag with a big fish on the end and trying to get it to the boat to be gaffed, but let's not forget about the great table fare this activity provides as few things are better eating than a fresh batch of bighead fillets. Though it is no easy chore boning these things out, to us it is worth every minute.
I love so many things about bowfishing but one of things I enjoy most is just spending time with great friends and family on the water or around the campfire at night. We made a lot of great memories bowfishing this summer and even made some new fiends along the way but we didn't always experience good luck.
Some of those happenings included a big branch falling on the tent, almost losing a tire on the boat trailer, and almost swamping the boat (and that was all on one trip). These are stories that will be told in many different versions down the road. So instead of cringing when you think of the summer months, go pick up your old bow and go chase some fish!
Harlin Welch has been an NBA member since 1990 and has been bowhunting for nearly 30 years. He has two children Zach and Madison that share his passion of bowhunting. Harlin has been married to Kara for 20 years and she allows him to pursue small game, fish and big game with his bow year round.