Bowfishing Program to Mentor Novice Shooters

Nebraska's bowfishing mentor program helps young and novice shooters get into the sport.

Nebraska’s bowfishing mentor program helps young and novice shooters get into the sport.

How many times have you heard a young hunter or angler say something like, “I got to go once or twice but we haven’t been again and I don’t know where to go.”

Access, mentoring and being successful are three ways to help kids and novices get into a sport or activity, whether it’s deer hunting, camping, fishing, a traditional sport or something as wildly interesting as bowfishing.

Nebraska’s wildlife agency and good folks volunteering their time are helping spread the news about bowfishing.

The Bowfishing Mentor Program at Ponca State Park in Nebraska is currently open for registration. The course will be taught over four nights, June 4, 11, 18 and 19, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Limited to 25 registrants, students must be 10 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Students will learn basic bowfishing skills, including knowledge on archery equipment; how to find, identify, and shoot fish; and cleaning and cooking fish.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Big Game Conservation Association and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Program is free and most gear will be provided. Participants should bring insect repellent, sunscreen and polarized sunglasses.

Ponca State Park is located at 88090 State Spur 26E, Ponca, NE 68770. To register, contact Nick Tramp,


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