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Shooting Asian Carp with Shotguns? We’re Game!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by JerryC, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. JerryC

    JerryC Well-Known Member


    Bill 5317, introduced by Rep. Dave Winters (R-Shirland), would allow a statewide pilot program that would “permit licensed individuals to shoot Asian carp with a shotgun off of a motorboat in the Illinois River beginning with the 2013 licensing year,” provided that said individuals have the proper licenses and are using a specific ammunition.

    Sounds like fun, but I can't help but think what could go wrong with Shotguns, jumping fish, and boats speeding along on bumpy water.
  2. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    What could POSSIBLY go wrong there??? I'm afraid Bubba & buds would show up...
  3. trueg50

    trueg50 Well-Known Member

    Up in VT we can take the carp any way we please already.
  4. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    My dad slaughters them during bow season here in mississippi. Last year he shot many 40#++.
  5. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I rather prefer bow fishing. Carp ain't worth much, but it makes GREAT trotline bait! :D I used to shoot buffalo suckers in the river for that reason, bait my hooks. Haven't run lines in a while. Great way to catch catfish, though, and they are about as yummy as fish gets.
  6. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    Mcgunner, some people eat them here as well as buffalo. My dad sells some to fund his bowfishing gear and he gives some away. He is extremely good at it. I do it too but not at the level as him and, a couple of his buddies. They have it worked out to a science.
  7. ThorinNNY

    ThorinNNY Well-Known Member

    Seems to me I remember hearing about how people in some parts of Europe would buy LIVE carp ,early Christmas Eve morning, keep it a bathtub until just before they prepared their Christmas Eve supper.It was considered a special treat.
  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Carp and suckers have "interstitial bones" or bones in the muscle. I've heard steaming the meat will soften these, but I don't wanna mess with it. Plenty of good fish to eat, don't need trash fish, but they do make good bait.

    I've eaten gar. The meat is tough and similar to gator tail. I fry little strips like gator tail is done or grind it, season, and bread and fry into "gar balls". Those are good. Gar is the only fish I'd eat that I have bowfished for, but I figure flounder is legal to bowfish for. I've taken a lot with a gig, but never with a bow. It'd be point blank, no sights necessary, would actually get in the way.

    When I was doing all that bow fishing, I shot a recurve instinctive, no sights, missed way more'n I hit. I have a PSE kingfisher recurve now and a hoyt compound. I really prefer the recurve as the draw is faster. Your shots are usually quick on gar as they come up to gobble air, not much time for the draw. Best time for gar is on a hot, windless day. The dissolved oxygen concentration gets down to 2 PPM, those gar have a "red body" in their swim bladders that absorbs oxygen from air that they come up to gulp, almost like a lung, but not nearly as efficient. It keeps 'em alive, though, and also makes 'em good targets when they come up for air. :D
  9. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    For bowfishing with a compound , 40# draw is plenty. We don't eat those fish either.
  10. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  11. D Rat

    D Rat Active Member


    In Nebraska back in the day.
    We fished an ate Grass Carp.
    Try smoking
    If you deep fry it score it first,dam good eats.
  12. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    They already wasted hundreds of millions on an electric "fence" to keep them from getting into the great lakes. they are desperate.
  13. RevolvingGarbage

    RevolvingGarbage Well-Known Member

    They will probably specify that you can only use non-toxic steel or other non-lead birdshot shot for shooting the carp.
  14. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Oh, man, another use for my 10 gauge and steel T shot. :D
  15. wildchild2010

    wildchild2010 Well-Known Member

    Ya that lead shot on the water at $25 per shell can be an expensive day out hunting fish or waterfowl.
  16. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    It's hard to believe that a state that will not allow law abiding citizens to legally carry a concealed weapon for protection, would endorse such a Bubba-Fest. Go figure...........
  17. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    I've already got my gear loaded and waiting for a friend with a boat...
  18. ACP230

    ACP230 Well-Known Member

    I have been thinking for a while that they could be "flushed" with remote control boats.
    (They jump when a boat goes over them, apparently).
    Then the shotgunner in the real boat...
  19. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    Mossberg 590 carp gun........hmmmmm!!

    SEE IT LIKE A NATIVE Well-Known Member

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