Registration begins March 6 for the U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship set for May 20-21 in Springfield, Missouri
Round 2 of 4 to qualify for new Ultimate Bowfishing Championship event
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship, a new breed of fishing tournament and the largest event of its kind, returns to Springfield, Missouri in 2017. This year’s event will be held May 20 – 21 and features the largest competition and biggest prizes in the tournament’s five-year history. In addition, the top 20 finishers will be qualified to enter the Ultimate Bowfishing Championship that will be held later this summer.
Teams can register online at www.basspro.com/usopen on Monday, March 6 beginning at 8 AM CST. There is a $300 entry fee per team and participation is limited to 250 teams of two to four persons. Registration is expected to sell out within hours of opening and participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.
Plus, teams who register and pay within the first 24 hours for the U.S. Open are automatically entered for a chance to win a new Tracker 1860 Sportsman Bowfishing boat. The winning name will be drawn May 21 and you must be present to win.
The championship purse includes more than $100,000 worth of prizes and giveaways. The first place team will receive $25,000 in cash with each member receiving a U.S. Open Edition Oneida Osprey Bow. The winner of the biggest fish harvested wins $5,000 and the longest gar winner receives $1,000.
Event Serves Dual Purpose of Fun and Conservation
Besides being a fun weekend for participants and families, the bowfishing event provides lasting environmental benefits for Missouri lakes.
Bowfishing, which combines elements of fishing with archery to harvest rough fish species, is one of the fastest growing sports in the outdoor industry. Unlike traditional game fishing, bowfishing uses specialized bows to target species including carp, buffalo, and gar that plague lakes, rivers and streams around the country. Removing these undesirable species improves habitat conditions for native game fish.
All invasive fish harvested from the event are used to produce organic liquid fertilizer in partnership with northwestern Illinois-based Schaffer Fisheries. The process maintains the hormones, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and minerals to produce high-quality natural plant food.
Special Activities and Events
Visitors to the event will see custom bowfishing boats on display from across the country along with vendor booths and free seminars featuring past champions. Attendees can also meet their favorite outdoor TV show hosts and enjoy music, events and games. Throughout the weekend customers can take advantage of great deals on the latest name-brand bowfishing gear.
Additional details will be announced as the championship approaches. To register or learn more visit www.basspro.com/usopen
About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today 102 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
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