Bowfishing Gear & Equipment

Bowfishing Gear & Equipment

At Chicago Archery we take our bowfishing seriously!

Through our over 100 years of combined archery experience we have developed a bowfishing store designed for you to become more involved in making the correct decisions before you make your purchase.  We stock, what we feel are the best manufactures that cater to bowfishing. Such as Diamond, RPM, AMS, Cajun Bowfishing, Muzzy, Fin-Finder.

We strive to educate the beginner and help the experienced. We can even hook you up with one of our trusted guides

Question: I have been trying to get into the sport of bowfishing but two issues have my parents and I a little puzzled. I heard that if you are going to bow fish, you need some kind of special reel on the bow (don’t know whether it was an open face reel or a crank reel). We are also unsure what license I should use. Do we need a hunting or a fishing license to bow fish?

Answer: In most states you will need sport fishing licenses since you will be taking fish and not game. No special reels or gear are required for bowfishing but you must have the arrow shaft or the point, or both, attached by a line to the bow or to a fishing reel.

Be sure to check with the governing law enforcement agency for the area where you intend to fish because not all areas of the state (including various federal, state and local parks) are open to the sport. Some areas prohibit using this type of fishing gear because they consider it possibly a “deadly weapon.” This has been the case primarily in incorporated city areas.