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Extreme aerial bowfishing!
August 14, 2007 3:24 PM   Subscribe

Extreme aerial bowfishing!
posted by Terminal Verbosity (27 comments total)

 
Well, it's extremely something, I guess.
posted by dersins at 3:29 PM on August 14, 2007


That's a whole lot of arrows wasted without hitting a single redneck.
posted by Optamystic at 3:34 PM on August 14, 2007


Featuring Metafilter's own Astro Zombie and loquacious . . . well, everyone in that is a mefite. And I wasn't told.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 3:36 PM on August 14, 2007


f'in sweet.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:37 PM on August 14, 2007



Featuring Metafilter's own Astro Zombie and loquacious . .


See, now I feel bad.
posted by Optamystic at 3:39 PM on August 14, 2007


Awesome!
posted by The Light Fantastic at 3:57 PM on August 14, 2007


Why are the fish jumping?
posted by lastobelus at 4:13 PM on August 14, 2007


Why are the fish jumping?

To get to the other side.
posted by dersins at 4:32 PM on August 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Also, nice use of the "EXTRME!" tag.
posted by dersins at 4:32 PM on August 14, 2007


Isn't killing for fun ... fun?!
posted by homodigitalis at 4:34 PM on August 14, 2007


Needs more minigun.
posted by Artw at 4:45 PM on August 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


at least these are invasive fish that kill off native species. bowhunting gar however, is a different story. they are so docile, it's like hunting cows.
posted by eustatic at 4:47 PM on August 14, 2007


I'm thinking hard about Artw's suggestion.

And I'm visualizing something really, really awesome awful.

...at the end of it, there was smoke. It drifted lazily across the water, slowly spiraling away. It was only then that the full scope of what had transpired became apparent.

No more fish were jumping; there were none left. And the seagulls would gorge themselves to sickness over the next few days on the pulpy paste that floated on the surface.

"Holy shit!" I exclaimed.

"What?" said the gunner,

"Holy shit, you just killed the whole river!"

"What?"

I ignore his deaf ass and turn to the ammo feeder, "How much did we shoot?"

"About twelve thousand rounds"

I do the math in my head, "Isn't that like three thousand dollars or something?"

"Yeah, about that."

"We just spent three grand killing fish?"

"Yep."

"... Really?"

"Yep"

"Are we all crazy?"

He fixes me with a toothy grin, "Next time we are going to use napalm"

I am so-fucking-there.
posted by quin at 5:24 PM on August 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Seriously, why are the fish jumping? It looks like they just jump in one area. Do they always jump like that, or have the bowfishers done something to instigate the jumping?
posted by lastobelus at 6:08 PM on August 14, 2007


For over the top archery, I also like the gobbler guillotine vid.

Whatever happened to blast fishing?
posted by BrotherCaine at 6:12 PM on August 14, 2007


I thought you said blowfishing. Alas.
posted by unknowncommand at 6:19 PM on August 14, 2007


lastobelus: they are Silver carp sometimes called flying carp. It seems that the sound or vibration of a boat motor causes them to jump out of the water. I've went boating on the Illinois river earlier this summer and was amazed at just how many fish were jumping out of the water behind the boat.
posted by Sailormom at 6:45 PM on August 14, 2007


@Sailormom: thanks. Interesting article.
posted by lastobelus at 9:05 PM on August 14, 2007


Christ, what assholes. I hope the arrows that end up being left in the water are biodegradable...
posted by pmbuko at 9:29 PM on August 14, 2007


I hope the arrows that end up being left in the water are biodegradable...

If they were carbon fiber, maybe. If they were aluminum, probably not. Though they could have been the material of arrows for the last 2000+ years, which is 'wood' and totally Earth friendly.

In earnest, I get your point. But the fact is that, unlike firearms practice, there isn't a real 'protect the world' movement in archery. Mainly because archery itself is so low impact.
posted by quin at 10:30 PM on August 14, 2007


These arrows are attached to lines so they can be reeled in.
posted by event at 10:35 PM on August 14, 2007


Funny, I read 'bowlfishing'. Not sure what I expected. I guess someone's going to be eating lots of gefilte fish balls? Or is this for fertilizer? (Not sure what else to do with dead carp. The old school way of preparing carp is to keep it in the bathtub a few days, in clear water).
posted by Goofyy at 10:58 PM on August 14, 2007


So quin you're saying that you're more an atlatl, throwing knife, or rock-tied-to-a-piece-of-string/sling kinda guy?

The bow is one answer for hunting forest game, and a pretty good one. There'es lots to be said about a bow but the amount of time required master it may better be spent in other disciplines.
posted by porpoise at 10:59 PM on August 14, 2007


"These arrows are attached to lines so they can be reeled in."

Excuse me, but this is MetaFilter. Please don't let reason or facts interfere with our competitive outrage. There are favorites at stake.
posted by Eideteker at 3:50 AM on August 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


"a whole lot of arrows wasted"; "what assholes";"killing for fun".

They're fishing, I don't know how anyone missed the trailing lines or the honking great reels on the bows.

Maybe if they were shotgunning goats or bullfighting, I'd understand the knee-jerking shit-cocks, but they're not.

And tell me, just where the hell were you when they were harvesting all those innocent potatoes? (Just you look into their eyes and tell me they have no souls! You can't!)

That glow in the dark orange arrow right at the end was friggin' awesome. Very Half life.

The turkey guillotine thing was disturbing. It seems to me that it's probably the most humane way you could possibly hunt a bird with a bow. But still, the cackling hunters and weird voiceover, ergh.
posted by The Monkey at 6:04 AM on August 15, 2007


It's on the front page of CNN.com now.
posted by Optamystic at 7:39 AM on August 15, 2007


I scooped CNN?

::Does happy dance::

::Realizes CNN is a shell of its former glory, not fit to spin the truth, let alone report it::

::Weeps for the state of society::

::Rewatches video of dudes shooting flying fish with arrows, forgets troubles, goes on with day::
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 7:49 AM on August 15, 2007


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