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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.


Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

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Bow fishing, it’s the latest craze!

June 30, 2009 at 09:25 PM

What does a bow hunter do in the off season waiting for the Fall to come? Bow fish!

An old sport with a new twist, bow fishing is an action packed sport hooking even the biggest naysayers. Here in Illinois, bow fishing on the Illinois or the Mississippi river can offer the bow fisherman/fisherwomen a energy packed day in the boat. The Asian carp will fly in the hot months creating moving targets second to not even a video game. On the lakes, gar, buffalo and several other non game fish are abundant and ready to be hammered. Don’t think it’s for you? Try it one time and I’ll bet you’ll want to come back for more! I sure did.

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What to use.

From the people I talk to, the advice they give me is to use either an old bow or to buy a bow specifically made for bow fishing. Most use 20-40 pounds of pressure. No need to use a release as it’s quicker to just pull and release with your fingers when shooting at quick moving fast targets. Most of the time, you don’t even get a chance to fully draw the bow back anyway! Expect about 1 good hit out of every 15 or so as things just happen so quickly. Today’s spin cast reels are the way to go. Some benefits are faster retrieves, more shots taken, fighting the fish in with the reel (instead of having to put the bow down and pull in the line by hand) and the smoothness of the reel itself. 7 out of 10 bow fishers I spoke with all say that Muzzy’s equipment is the best out there. I have personally shot with Muzzy’s equipment and couldn’t agree more. Of course you have a choice of line strength depending on what you want to shoot. Don’t forget to buy the special arrows that are needed to skew your targets! In the southern states, they take alligators 12’ and larger with bow, so as you can see, anything goes!

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