It’s often difficult to combine hunting and fishing in the same day, yet the annual Muzzy Bowfishing Classic in Alabama offers the best of both. Aside from the chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money and rid the waters of some nasty creatures, this event is a total southern hoot. It’s so much fun, don’t be surprised to find a new TV show called Carp Commanders. Here’s how to join in:

bowfishing[2]Registration opens today for the 15th Annual Muzzy Classic & Alabama State Championship bowfishing tournament, which will be held April 26-27 at the Lake Guntersville Harbor and Marina in Guntersville Ala. With guaranteed prize money of $3,500 for first place and more cash prizes paid based on number of entries, this is one of the most popular tournaments in the region.

The primary tournament is a Big-20 format with boat limits of three grass carp and 15 buffalo fish. No catfish are allowed, and there are no exceptions on the catfish. Prizes will also be awarded for bringing in the heaviest carp, the longest gar, the heaviest grass carp and the heaviest buffalo. This is a two- or three-man tournament with $150 entry fee. Potential payouts, not including prizes, are: second place $2,500; third place $1,500; fourth place $1,000; fifth place $750; and sixth place $500.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.