Rules & Regulations

Michigan Bowfishing Regulations


BAM Bylaws

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1. It is the responsibility of the tournament participants to know and obey state and local fish, game and boating laws.

2. Fish entries must be taken with bow, compound, recurve or long bow and single point arrow only.

3. Release forms must be signed and on record for each participant of a tournament.

4. Registration will close 2 hours after tournament begins. After start of tournament, participants must sign sheet at tournament location.  Participants are required to register and pay immediately at weigh-in, and call or text tournament host to specify:

    Open or Sportsman class
    Number of participants
    Side pot preferences

5. There is no limit on the number of miles that you can travel by boat, unless otherwise notified.

6. All boats will leave from tournament site- NO TRAILERING unless the tournament is a predetermined trailering tournament. Tournament host must determine if trailering is permitted and set boundaries at annual meeting.

7. Identification of persons participating is required upon request.

8. Each team will be allowed the use of one boat during the tournament. If mechanical trouble requires the use of another boat, that boat must be inspected before leaving the tournament site.

9. Tournaments will begin and end at the predetermined times by the sponsoring team.

10. A penalty of one fish per minute will be assessed to any team returning late for up to 30 minutes, with the largest fish by weight being the first penalty fish. The penalized team will remove penalty fish. Any team not reported in by 30 minutes after the end of a tournament will be disqualified.

11. When arriving at the tournament PLEASE register as soon as possible.

12. Day and night scouting is permitted up to the start of the tournament. No bows in the boat for the period of 24 hours prior to the start of the tournament.

13. No bait or chumming fish.

14. Only rough fish are legal. Eligible species of fish will be announced at the pre tournament meeting. NO catfish or bullheads are allowed towards eligible fish for any tournament.

15. Suspected transferring of fish between teams will result in disqualification of all teams involved.

16. No unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated.

17. The decisions of tournament officials will be FINAL.

18. A formal protest fee in the amount of $50.00 must be made to officials and posted one hour prior to the awards ceremony.

19. Failure to comply with the tournament rules will result in disqualification and entry fee WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

20. All participants must check out upon leaving the tournament early.

21. Tournament hosts and sponsors are not responsible for accidents or lost property.

22. NO AUTOMATIC REFUNDS OF ENTRY FEE. Fees or any portion of fees refunded will be the decision of tournament officials and will be based on reason of cancellation.

23. All airboats or fan motors must have a suitable shroud protecting the fan blades.

24. Open Class: $25.00 per person, a maximum of 4 adult members per boat. Pay back is determined by the number of paid shooters in class. 1-10 paid shooters pays 1st place only. 11-20 paid shooters pays 1st and 2nd place. 20 or more paid shooters pays 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Fish count is based on total legal fish per boat. Participants 17 years and younger are free. No limit for participants 15 years and younger.

25. Open Class Team of the Year: In order to compete for the team of the year you must register your team at the first tournament that you attend. A team consists of up to 4 shooters and your boat for a total of 5. You must register other shooters that will shoot on your team in future tournaments as long as it does not exceed 3 members. No substituting of team members once your team has been established. Points will be awarded to whatever the majority of an established team is on a given boat. Once you are on an established team you may not switch teams.

26. Open class points are awarded as follows: Team must turn in at least one legal fish to be awarded 10 points for registration. 1st place finish awards 50 points. 2nd place finish awards 40 points. 3rd place finish awards 30 points. 4th place finish awards 20 points. 5th place finish awards 10 points. Open class Bonus fish points shall be: Biggest fish by weight= 10 points. Biggest Bowfin by weight= 10 points. Longest Gar by length= 10 points

27. Sportsman class: $10.00 per person, no limit to number of members per boat. Payback is determined by number of paid shooters in the class. 1-10 paid shooters pays 1st place only. 11-20 paid shooters pays 1st and 2nd. 21-30 paid shooters pays 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. 31-40 paid shooters pays, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. 41 or more paid shooters pays 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place. Tournament rankings are based on the total weight of largest 20 fish. Participants 16 years and younger are free, no limit.

28. Big Fish Pot: $5.00 per person- Everyone on the team must be registered for the big fish pot in order for any one member to win. 80% payback.

29. Open Class Big Ten Side Pot: $5.00 per person. Every member must be registered for the Big Ten Side pot in order for the team to win. The biggest 10 fish (by weight) will win. Payout is for the top place.

30. Sportsman Class Numbers Side Pot: $5.00 per person. Every member must be registered for the Sportsman Class Numbers Side pot in order for the team to win. Fish count is based on total legal fish per boat.

31. No nets or gigs will be allowed in the boat- NO EXCEPTIONS. Gaff hooks with a single hook and less than 4 feet in length may be used in landing fish.

32. The awards for tournaments will be given according to the BAM schedule. 90% pay back of registration fees per class.

33. Any substitution of team members once the tournament is underway is not permitted.

34. Tie breakers for points fish, big fish and tournament placement will be determined by the 2nd, 3rd , and so forth until a winner is determined between the teams, by weight or length depending on the species of the fish.

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