Archers can get a taste of bowfishing at festival and conservation shoot

A day of bowfishing and bowfishing education is scheduled for May 19  at the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area boat access.

The all-day Illinois’ Bowfishing Festival and Conservation Shoot will feature bowfishing instruction and ranges, fishing instruction for kids with supervised rod-reel fishing opportunities, fish cleaning and cooking demonstrations and activities for children.

Experts will be on hand and displays will be presented by the DNR, the Illinois Natural History Survey, Bowfishing Association of Illinois (BAI), and other partners and organizations.

The Conservation Shoot bowfishing tournament – coordinated by the Bowfishing Association of Illinois – will target bighead carp, silver carp, grass carp and common carp on the Kankakee River, Des Plaines River, and Illinois River near the Des Plaines SFWA. Bowfishing enthusiasts may register for the tournament by email at

Admission and parking are free for the event, scheduled from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 19, rain or shine, with tents set up for all of those attending. Fish dinners and other food items will be available throughout the day from Springfield’s famed Carter’s Fish Market food truck.

For more information on the event, contact DNR’s Division of Fisheries at

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