Popular event celebrates seventh year in helping to clean up area lakes
BOSSIER CITY, La. – The U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship, the largest event of its kind in the fast-growing sport of bowfishing, is coming to Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, Louisiana in 2019. This year’s event will be held April 5 – 7 and will continue to feature the largest competition and biggest prizes in the sport of bowfishing.
Teams can pre-register online at www.basspro.com/usopen on Monday, February 11 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. Premier parking is expected to sell out within hours of pre-registration opening and participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to secure a spot in the 2019 U.S. Open.
All teams will receive a free tee shirt and hat. In addition, all teams who pre-register are automatically entered in the overall big fish category and have the opportunity to win a new Tracker 1860CC Sportsman Bowfishing boat. The winning name will be drawn April 7 immediately following weigh-in and participant 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. The winner of the biggest fish harvested wins $5,000. All-new prize categories have been added for big buffalo, big common and big grass carp. Each winner of those categories will receive a U.S. Open Limited Edition Oneida Osprey Bow.
Other great prizes include a Textron Prowler 500 ATV, bows, bowfishing gear and more.
The live weigh-in will be held Sunday, April 7 at approximately 9 a.m. at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World,100 Bass Pro Drive in Bossier City.
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 area 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.
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 North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. 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 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.”