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Old 04-16-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Question Bowfishing in Houston City limits

I live in the Meyerland area, right off of South Post Oak and 610. Brays bayou runs right through it. I called the local game wardens and they said they had no issue with be bowfishing the bayou as long as I was following the law.

That's the question I have. What is the law when it comes to bowfishing within city limits? I called a HPD friend of mine and he said no because it would be considered hunting. I said bowfishing was fishing, not hunting, but he argues that fishing with a bow and arrow, in houston city limits, is considered hunting, doesn't matter what you're targeting, it's hunting if you are using a bow.

Does anyone know if it's legal? I researched and researched this and can't find anything and I really don't know who to call to receive a legitimate answer.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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I figured I'd be the only jackazz in Houston asking this question. I'm going to go with NO, it's not legal.
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You need to see if there is a law or a code against "practicing archery". If there is then, no you can't bowfish.

Each city is different.

There are other creeks and rivers within and hour or so of town that is probably legal though.....
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I hear you and I'll check it out. I know I can travel other places to do this but all I really wanted to do was to catch a few carp for bait and the bayou is right by my house. I don't have to get them a bow. I was just wanting to have a little fun. I'll just have to bait a few holes in the bayou and get em' with a cast net. No biggie..
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State law completely legal city ordinance will be the only book to check
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I went bow fishing last weekend in sugar land on Oyster Creek with my friend who is a Fort Bend county sheriff if that tells you anything
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In the 80's we bowfished Buffalo Bayou along Old Galveston rd.never had any problems.
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I went bow fishing last weekend in sugar land on Oyster Creek with my friend who is a Fort Bend county sheriff if that tells you anything
Fort Bend county is not Harris County and the section of Brays Bayou that I would fish is within Houston city limits. If he has any contacts at the Harris county sheriff department that he could ask, that would be awesome.
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