A current bill was introduced in Austin for the 2019 legislative session that each one Texas anglers want to concentrate on.
It’s not a “catfish” drawback.
It’s an issue that would probably impression anglers regardless of which species of fish they target, H.B. 346 proposes legalizing bow fishing for catfish, again.
Please learn every little thing under after which comply with the steps on the end of this text.
I was lately appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Fisheries advisory committee. I typically have discussions with numerous personnel at Texas Parks and Wildlife and have long earlier than this committee appointment.
The knowledge in this article is a direct results of my very own investigation. All quotes, knowledge and other info relating to Texas Parks and Wildlife employees is info pulled from public report.
I’ve not consulted or interviewed any Texas Parks and Wildlife employees while writing this article or with regard to HB 346 deliberately because of my position on this committee.
The opinions listed on this article are my own.
I’ve been involved in catfishing in Texas for a long time now as an avid angler, guide and in the media and that is really one problem I assumed had been put to mattress and we’d by no means see it again. Boy was I incorrect.
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- 1 TLDR:
- 2 Catfish Bow Fishing and Texas Recreation Fish
- 3 The Historical past Of Bowfishing For Catfish in Texas
- 4 Texas H.B. 346 : Bow Fishing For Catfish, Justin Holland
- 5 The Details About Bow Fishing For Catfish In Texas
- 6 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Change Process
- 7 The Texas Catfish Noodling Boondoggle
- 8 The Noodling-Bow Fishing Connection?
- 9 Take Action
- 11 Copy This E-mail
- 12 Replace: February 20, 2019
- 13 Keep Up To Date
There’s a variety of info right here. the TLDR model is Justin Holland is trying to bypass the Texas Fish and Recreation fee to legalize bow fishing for catfish (again). Skip right down to the “take action” part and assist us out.
Catfish Bow Fishing and Texas Recreation Fish
Catfish are recreation fish in Texas and the second most sought after fish in the state (second solely to bass). Legalizing the harvest of catfish by means of bow fishing isn’t in line with the present catfish management plan that Texas Parks and Wildlife has in place and in based mostly on earlier testimony from TPWD employees might easily “devalue the fish as a species working against past efforts”. The opposite apparent concern is the door opening to reap other recreation fish via bow fishing. This might set the precedent to add bass, crappie, striped bass, hybrids and different Texas recreation fish sooner or later.
The even greater concern, beyond legalizing the harvest of recreation fish by way of bow fishing is Representative Justin Holland and different Texas politicians trying to bypass the already established system for managing Texas fisheries. They’re not letting the system work as designed with modifications being managed by the Commision, appointed by the Governor.
There are various steps to a bill turning into regulation in Texas. H.B. 346 is in it’s infancy. The 2019 legislative session begins subsequent week. The invoice might die and by no means see the light of day however given past experiences nevertheless, it’s essential to make Texas anglers conscious of this now, before it’s too late.
Once you actually dig deep, there’s considerations concerning the driving forces behind HB 346, but there’s some history required first.
The Historical past Of Bowfishing For Catfish in Texas
In 2006 members of the Texas Bowfishing Affiliation petitioned Texas Parks and Wildlife for a rule change to allow bow fishing for catfish in Texas. TPWD opened the rule change for public remark following some discussions concerning the ramifications of legalzing bow fishing for a recreation fish.
It was famous at the moment that feedback from anglers have been three to 1 towards changing the regulation to allow bow fishing for catfish. Suggestions from the public hearings was towards permitting a rule change on bow fishing for catfish.
Former Commisioner Phillip Montgomery was a supporter of this modification from the beginning and labored onerous for the Texas Bowfishing Affiliation. A few of his feedback in January 2006 relating to the Texas Bowfishing Affiliation petition indicate he wasn’t conscious the rule change can be open for public remark and it appears he was concerned public comment would make the process of adjusting the regulation harder , it’s an fascinating read.
Commissioner Montgomery and I spoke a number of occasions throughout that point. He made it clear he had little interest in listening to opposing opinions on the rule change, he was “all in” on bow fishing for catfish. Montgomery labored very exhausting to realize help regardless of there being no help from TPWD Inland Fisheries Employees, the plenty of Texas anglers or different conservation groups within the state. Almost every conservation group within the state spoke out at that time towards the rule change, together with CCA. The bowfishing help got here solely from a small, nicely organized group of bow anglers.
Former Commissioner Montgomery’s public testimony sums up his idealogy nicely….
Many anglers had considerations relating to legal harvest of catfish by bow, particularly larger catfish.
Throughout discussions on whether or not the assets might help the harvest Montgomery replied
“The strategic challenge for this Department is, do we have a constituency in 20 years, or do we have a world full of TV environmentalists. That is what we are growing in the urban areas. We need to get people outdoors more and more and not less and less. And we should not be regulating when we don’t have a resource issue, we don’t have an ethical issue.” … Phillip Montgomery
Montgomery assumed that simply because Texas resident lives in an “urban area” they’re a “TV Environmentalist” (I assume that’s the 2008 model of snowflake). This was immediately after a number of commissioners spoke relating to how they have been “struggling with the ethics” surrounding the change. There’s fascinating debate within the transcripts which might be summed up as “here’s all the reasons this is a bad idea and is inconsistent with the direction TPWD has been headed”.
As with most different Texas Parks and Wildlife regulation modifications, the general public comment period handed and the rule change then went to the TPW Commission for dialogue and a vote. I say “most” different rule modifications because there’s a current exception. Hold studying for extra info on the “noodling boondoggle”.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division Program Director Ken Kurzawski and his employees opposed the rule change, greatest summarized by his statement
To summarize, there was also beforehand a petition submitted on this in 2004. At that time, employees did advocate that the petition be denied, and it was denied. We actually don’t feel there’s been numerous further, though we’ve taken some further public touch upon this. Little further info has surfaced in the course of the current process. Subsequently, we don’t feel there’s any compelling purpose to break with earlier administration approaches and help this proposal presently. …. Ken Kurzawski
The bowfishing for catfish rule change was handed with a cut up vote by the TPWD Fee with a one yr sundown. The “sunset” means it was legalized for a one yr interval after which would have to be voted on once more to remain in place.
In 2008 a proposal was sent for public comment to extend the regulation to permit bow fishing for catfish another three years until 2011. In January 2008 TPWD employees really helpful that the Commission take no action and permit the rule to expire and it was opened for public comment.Commissioner Montgomery was also not a member at that time.
Public comment was cut up with most feedback being submitted on-line with just a few individuals displaying up for comment on the public hearings. In March 2008 the Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee (FFAC) weighed in prior to the knowledge going to the TPWD Commission. The advisory board did not help the continuation of allowing bow fishing for catfish. In accordance with transcripts opposition centered on their disagreement that “lethal means such as bowfishing is an acceptable method for harvest of catfish”.
TPWD’s Ken Kurzawski closed his March 2008 testimonial to the fee with the next….
In abstract, whereas the taking of catfish by bowfishing isn’t a useful resource challenge right now, employees agrees with the Freshwater Advisory Board that using this technique for taking catfish shouldn’t be suitable with the standing of catfish as our second most useful recreation fish, and the administration of recreation fish populations by selective harvest, which includes using catch-and-launch for undersized fish.
Anglers wishing to catch catfish have the opportunity to catch these fish by extra legal means than some other recreation fish. A further concern expressed by some sportfishing group is the precedent set by allowing using a deadly technique for taking of a recreation fish.
Based mostly on these considerations, employees would advocate towards any extension of using bowfishing for catfish.
The rule change was reversed and bow fishing for catfish was not authorized within the state of Texas.
Now Consultant Justin Holland has introduced H.B. 346 and Texas recreation fish are at risk again. Somebody clearly noticed a window of opportunity when the “noodling boondoggle” happened and is trying the seize the chance.
Texas H.B. 346 : Bow Fishing For Catfish, Justin Holland
Right here’s The Full Textual content of HB 346
Representative Justin Holland of Rockwall Texas, Texas Home District 33 has launched HB 346 to the Texas Legislature for 2019.
Referring to the regulation of bow fishing.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTIONA1. Subchapter B, Chapter 66, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by including Section66.116 to read as follows:
Sec. A66.116. BOW FISHING.
(a) In this part, “bow fishing” means fishing by use of archery gear, including a longbow,recurved bow, compound bow, or crossbow.
(b)An individual holding the required fishing license and freshwater fishing stamp issued to the individual by the department might interact in bow fishing for catfish within the public freshwater of this state.
(c)The commission might undertake rules related to bow fishing.
SECTION 2. This Act takes impact September 1, 2019.
You possibly can view the bill right here.
The Details About Bow Fishing For Catfish In Texas
Right here’s the details about bow fishing for catfish and why it’s dangerous for Texas:
- Catfish are the second most wanted species of fish within the state.
- Catfish are categorised as a recreation fish.
- Catfish are the one recreation fish which might be authorized to reap with strategies aside from rod and reel.
- There are at present a number of legal strategies to reap catfish that are not authorized for any other recreation fish including hand fishing (noodling), trotlines, juglines, limb strains and throw strains.
- TPWD employees has repeatedly said in previous testimonial they did not help the harvest of catfish by means of bow fishing and the change would “devalue the species and game fish in general”.
- Permitting the harvest of recreation fish via bow fishing would set the precedent to permit the harvest of all different recreation fish in the future. Texas is at present taking a look at ways to guard fish from overharvest via bow fishing, take a look at the present activities surrounding alligator gar.
- TPWD employees has said in public data that “this harvest method is not consistent with their catfish management plan” and “it’s a break with the ongoing management approach of selective harvest”.
- Past makes an attempt to legalize bow fishing for catfish have been controversial with minimal help past the Texas Bowfishing Affiliation. Earlier feedback indicated anglers have been at minimum three:1 against the rule change.
- TPWD Commissioners have previously said in testimony that bow fishing for catfish was a “morale and ethical concern” for them for several causes. Many ethical considerations surrounded a change within the “cultural shift of game fish” that might happen, (again, “devalueing” the species and setting precedent for future recreation fish harvest by way of bow).
- The popularity of fishing for catfish continues to grow and can only proceed in the future. TPWD Biologist Kris Bodine was quoted after the noodling regulation handed stating “We’ve talked inside the agency and catfish are becoming the new largemouth bass, folks are really utilizing those resources”. Allowing bow fishing harvest is just not according to these sentiments.
- Texas has a catfish administration plan in place that they’ve invested considerable time, cash and assets into. Catfish are a big area of focus for them because that’s what Texas anglers need. They need to enhance catfish alternatives and access in the state and bow fishing is counterproductive to these efforts.
- In contrast to many different states Texas doesn’t have a statewide plan in place to protect the populations of bigger catfish. The populations of larger mature catfish are presently topic to overharvest which continues to be an space of concern for Texas anglers.
- The Texas Bowfishing Affiliation has repeatedly argued up to now that “limited opportunities exist” to reap catfish with a bow. Results seen in the course of the legal one yr period show otherwise. Experienced catfish anglers know that in sure durations the influence might be devastating. Why has this association fought so exhausting, for therefore lengthy to make catfish bow fishing authorized? It does current vital alternatives and claims that it gained’t are nothing more than politics in makes an attempt to get the regulation modified.
- TPWD Inland Fisheries focus is on more catfish opportunities for anglers each when it comes to extra entry and higher high quality fishing. This is an ongoing effort that targets the plenty not only by way of urban fish stocking but in addition enhancing fisheries creates opportunities for anglers of all experience and talent ranges. Altering the regulation for a distinct segment sport with limited participation is counterproductive to the efforts they’ve made.
- Bow fishing for catfish was beforehand allowed for one yr after which repealed. It handed with a cut up vote and despite robust public opposition towards it. TPWD employees didn’t help the change at that time and clearly said it was “moving catfish management in an opposite direction”.
- TPWD Commisioners in earlier hearings had clear considerations concerning the ethics, the influence on other recreation fish and the devaluation of catfish as a species with bow fishing for catfish.
TPWD Inland Fisheries has not supported catfish bowfishing prior to now nor has the FFAC. The commission struggled with the morale and ethical implications of legalization of bow fishing for recreation fish and there were “significant concerns about precedent and devaluing game fish overall”. This alone should make it clear that legalizing bow fishing for catfish is a nasty concept for Texas.
There’s a a lot greater concern at hand than legalization of bow fishing for catfish though.
Justin Holland is trying to bypass the process the state has in place and bypassing the TPWD Commission appointed by Governor Greg Abbott and that’s a fair greater situation.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Change Process
Texas Parks and wildlife has a process for rule modifications and proposed rule modifications, there’s comittees, focus groups and other involvement at numerous levels that is all finally reviewed and voted on by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The process for modifications to fishing laws is straightforward. The identical process additionally applies to searching.
Right here’s an summary of how that’s presupposed to work.
1. Biologists evaluate knowledge and or angler wishes for improved fishing.
Many regulation proposals are the result of critiques by employees based mostly on ongoing evaluations or are in response to angler considerations. Some proposals don’t make it by way of the assessment process. We proceed to assessment and gather input, if mandatory
2. July/August – Goes out for divisional evaluate.
3. October – Goes to Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee (FFAC) for evaluation.
4. November – TPW briefs fee on potential modifications.
5. January – Proposals are introduced to commission and permission is granted to publish in the Texas register and take public comment.
6. The official public remark interval begins after the January TPW Commission Meeting. That can embrace public hearings, if wanted. Most feedback TPW gets are from posting of the proposals on their web site.
7. March – Ultimate fee approval. The Public can remark one final time at March Fee meeting.
8. September – Remaining implementation
Every part is introduced to and voted on by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Comission and commission members are appointed by the governor.
It’s a transparent and calculated process that balances all points of managing fish and recreation in the state, assures everybody has a voice and that any modifications made to fish and recreation legal guidelines are according to general mission of TPWD and that the assets are available to help and sustain any modifications to regulation.
There’s additionally a course of referred to as petition for rulemaking. The formal process is printed within the Texas Administrative Code. To summarize that, an individual needs to send their request for a change that includes a regulation handed by the TPW Fee by e-mail or letter to the TPW Government Director, stating the change and the reasoning behind it. TPWD employees assessment the request and put together a response for our Commission. The fee then decides if it is something they want to talk about at a Commission assembly.
As a basic rule we now have some superb searching and fishing within the state and while I can’t say I’ve agreed with each determination that’s been made by the commission up to now, they do an amazing job and I wholeheartedly help the method that’s in place.
Of current there’s been a new precedent and it’s very harmful for outside conservation in Texas.
Historical past on the “noodling boondoggle is in order to truly understand the issue.
The Texas Catfish Noodling Boondoggle
Also known as “how one family changed hunting and fishing in Texas forever”.
I wrote this story on the noodling boondoggle in 2011 and never revealed it. I went again to it in November of 2018 once I first acquired wind of H.B. 346 and revisited it and began engaged on it once more.
I make it some extent not to make enemies or piss off individuals which are wealthy or highly effective, it often doesn’t end properly for the little man. After plenty of individual reflection and consulting legal counsel I removed some particulars from my unique article on recommendation of others. I’ll come back and add some more details later but for the present problem at hand with H.B. 346 I’ve hit the necessary elements and in case you’re prepared to perform a little research you possibly can fill within the blanks yourself. I’m quote certain a serious media publication will decide this up and fill within the blanks although.
In March 2011 Houston Based mostly Representative Gary Elkins introduced H.B. 2189 “related to the regulation of handfishing in Texas” otherwise often known as “noodling”. It occurred quick and the vast majority of Texas anglers were not aware of the proposed change till it was too late.
The passing of H.B. 2189 or what I wish to call “The Texas Noodling Boondoggle” is the epitome what occurs to the citizens of Texas when massive money and lobbying gets involved. It was a “feel good” invoice that handed in Austin with tons of media hype and helped take consideration off of actual issues that didn’t garner help.
I’m going to summarize. In case you’re actually considering all juicy details, do a little analysis and comply with the cash. Most of this can be a matter of public report , though it’s a tangled net.
How TPWD and Texas Anglers Have been Stepped On
There’s an enormous Texas Oil and Fuel Tycoon that a major participant in the oil and fuel business and as you in all probability guessed, extraordinarily rich (and related) who’s no stranger to lavish searching and fishing experiences. His sons are also massive recreation hunters as properly. I’m calling them the “Big Oil Family”.
Lookup a “who’s-who” of searching or fishing in the USA and also you’ll possible discover a connection to the “Big Oil Family” Family from co-internet hosting exhibits with Jim Shockey to searching with Michael Waddell, or spending $350,000 on a single exotic recreation hunt they do all of it BIG.
The “Big Oil Family” is related and cash is not any object. I’m not being essential, they’re extraordinarily wealthy, It’s a lifestle I can’t fathom. It’s simply necessary to know these aren’t individuals which are working 6 days every week making an attempt to scrape together cash to hunt or fish a few occasions a month. They’re in a league that most individuals will never comprehend.
Their presence was well known they usually flaunted this lavish outdoor way of life online until 2015 when an web rage mob came unhinged and went after the “Big Oil Family”. They needed to rent armed safety after receiving “credible death threats”. It was such a scorching mess airways even modified their insurance policies and “big Oil Family” pulled the household web site, deleted on-line movies and photographs and their public persona is far much less accessible. Unfortunately that’s the world we reside in nowadays.
One of the “Big Oil Family” sons fancied himself as a noodler and needed noodling to be authorized in Texas but Texas Parks and Wildlife wasn’t enjoying. Once you’re rich and influential you will have assets to make issues happen so “Big Oil Family” discovered another method via political donations, lobbyists and circumventing Texas Parks and Wildlife.
“Big Oil Family” convinced (presumably by means of donations) Houston space Rep. Gary Elkins to sponsor the noodling bill. The remaining is sorrounded by controversy however Elkins is not any stranger to controversy himself.
Political donations are a matter of public report, the knowledge is on the market when you select to do the research.
Next, in comes the “hired gun” Chris Hosek, a heavy hitter within the Texas oil and fuel lobby. Chris is described by some as one of the crucial useful power lobbyists in Texas. Chris Hosek goes to work, massages the system, does what lobbyist do, and the remaining is history. Noodling made Chris Hosek famous. All of a sudden Austin is all about “catfish noodling” it’s a very good bill to push and take the main target off the actual points and doing any critical work.
The media frenzy that follows is ridiculous (which I’m positive is more of Hosek’s work as wel). The media protection was far and vast with one of many sons at the middle of it all, the “poster boy for Texas noodling. I even apppeared in the New York Occasions in an opposition interview at that time. The entire thing was a genius plan actually and was very nicely thought out.
The top outcome was “Big Oil Family” getting what they needed, noodling was legalized in Texas.
As quickly as I received wind of the makes an attempt to legalize noodling via H.B. 2189 I made my opinions recognized each on legalizing noodling in Texas but in addition circumventing the method for TPWD rule modifications. I put loads of effort into the noodling opposition as did many different Texas anglers however the efforts fell flat. It wasn’t till after the bill was handed that we discovered there was massive cash and lobbyists involved and Texas anglers by no means stood an opportunity.
The talk on noodling and the potential to influence catfish populations, that’s one other matter for an additional day. The larger situation is that in the strategy of legalizing noodling in Texas “Big Oil Family” and Elkins managed to set a harmful precedent that would influence Texas hunters and fishermen for years to return.
The “Big Oil Family” is the one and solely purpose we’re here discussing bow fishing for catfish again.
They managed to bypass the TPWD system and process. They made it acceptable for the lege to meddle in fish and recreation legal guidelines. I’m on report with a number of media retailers at that time explaining that we’d be having this dialogue again sooner or later with the damaging precedent being set …. and here we are.
Now it gets much more fascinating. Miraculously, the noodloing poster boy son that simply needed to get noodling legalized in Texas “because it’s the right thing to do” resurfaced when the regulation went into impact as the host of his personal actuality TV show. It was an epic failure and didn’t last lengthy.
In all probability not.
The very strategy of taking the modifications to searching and fishing laws modifications from Texas Parks and Wildlife, away from the proven process that works, out of the palms of the specialists and away from the fee, appointed by Governor Abbott put the state on a slippery slope.
The Noodling-Bow Fishing Connection?
When the 2019 payments have been made public I was notified of H.B. 346 and immediately began research on Consultant Justin Holland, his political ties and marketing campaign donations and labored to determine who was really behind the invoice. Obviosuly Justin Holland didn’t get up one morning and determine that his great contribution to Texas in 2019 can be legalization of bow fishing for catfish in Texas.
Justin Holland’s historical past is fascinating and there’s some fascinating ties.
He beforehand served five years on the Metropolis Council after which Mayor Professional-Tem for 2 years within the metropolis of Heath whereas operating his actual property firm and then ventured into his run for the house.
Holland’s campaign finance studies point out, “Big Oil Family” has donated between $10,000 and $13,300 to Holland’s campaign.
Might “Big Oil Family” be back at work making an attempt to backdoor Texas Parks and Wildlife again? There’s no approach to know for positive but the ties are fascinating and strikingly just like what we’ve seen up to now. If lobbyist Chris Hosek surfaces in Austin and begins talking bow fishing we’ll know shortly who’s behind it.
I’ve made a number of requests to interview Mr. Holland relating to this invoice. He’s not responded to emails, facebook messages or telephone calls regardless of repeated requests. I’d really hoped to ask questions instantly previous to publishing however I assume he didn’t really feel I used to be essential emough to return my telephone name.
I hope the good outdoor lovers of Texas rise up and let him know in any other case.
Again, H.B. 346 has solely been submitted and there’s an extended process for a invoice to turn into regulation however it’s necessary that Texas anglers stay conscious of this challenge and take motion.
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I lately discovered of H.B. 346 you’ve introduced to legalize harvest of catfish by means of bow fishing.
As a Texas resident and angler I don’t help this laws.
Catfish are a recreation fish in Texas and the second most popular species within the state. Texas Parks and Wildlife employees said in public data that “catfish are the new bass”. They’re a big space of focus in Texas. Vital respurces have been invested within the improvement of the Texas Catfish Administration Plan and bow fishing just isn’t according to that plan.
Bowfishing for catfish was beforehand legalized in Texas and then repealed after one yr. TPWD inland fisheries employees didn’t help the legalization of catfish being harvested by bow at that time. Public data from previous TPWD hearings show there were vital morale and ethical considerations relating to legalizing bow fishing for catfish and that it will finally devalue the species.
The legalization of bow fishing for catfish would also set precedents for different recreation fish to be harvested by bow. Beyond the Texas Bowfishing Association there isn’t any association or conservation group that helps for legalizing the harvest of recreation fish by bow in Texas. It’s additionally noted that public suggestions on this prior to now was three to at least one towards the legalization of bow fishing for catfish.
Texas has a parks and wildlife commission that handles modifications to fish and recreation laws. There’s a process that permits input and suggestions from most of the people, biologists and others with considerable expertise in this space. It’s a process designed to satisfy the needs of Texans and in addition guarantee that the assets are protected. Governor Abbott has appointed these commisioners and they need to be allowed to do their jobs as the system has been designed. The residents of this nice state deserve that respect.
Fish and recreation laws must be managed by the process that’s established and by people who have the experience to make these selections and not used as fodder for media consideration within the legislature.
Do the best factor, pull H.B. 346 at let Texas Parks and Wildlife handle Texas Fish and Recreation.
Replace: February 20, 2019
H.B. 346 has been moved to committee as we speak.
Now’s the time to start out reaching out to the representatives on the Tradition, Recreation and Tourism Committee. Allow them to know you don’t help H.B. 346 and that they need to let Texas Parks and Wildlife do their jobs, particularly Chair John Cyrier and Vice Chair Martinez Armando.
Here’s the members of the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee. I encourage you to e mail and name these reps with the knowledge under.
Please e-mail the committee reps and allow them to know you don’t help HB 346 and tackle these three considerations with them.
- Fish and Recreation laws have to be managed via TPWD, the TPWD fee and the system that’s in place. They should not be managed via the legislative process. One of many foremost reasons this is an issue is that altering fish and recreation legal guidelines by way of the legislative course of prohibits modifications and fish and recreation laws always have to be evaluated and altered.
- TPWD has earlier tried legalized bow fishing for catfish in Texas, it didn’t work and there was little or no help from anglers and no help from Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists and employees.
- Catfish are a recreation fish in Texas and should not be harvested by bow. State regulation doesn’t permit harvest of some other recreation fish by bow.
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