“Everyone’s Getting Hooked:” Women Enjoy A Night Of “Stiletto Archery” – Fishing And Archery In 1

WAUKESHA COUNTY – “Bowfishing” combines two outdoor sports – and a group of women took part in the nighttime adventure on the water.

“Lots of shots. Lots of excitement. Lots of Laughs. You don’t have to be quiet,” Mathew Schillinger said.

The two-combo sport is played after dark.

“A lot of people here like bow fishing. It’s a great way to get out of the archery season. All of the bowfishing boats you see here today have lights and generators. When the sun goes down we kick the generators and it really helps us see in the water. Many of these fish are calmer at night,” Schillinger said.

It may be calm in the water, but on the boat, the sensations are not lacking.

“You know, bow fishing at night is a bit of a mystery. There are times when the temperature changes and there’s fog coming through the water and you have your lights on and you’re going, and then just at the outside those lights you see those fish peering into the water the lights and you get goosebumps – you get excited – and when you stick the fish it’s hoot and screams, claps. that fish in the boat, pictures are taken, lots of laughter – boom – back on deck ready to shoot more fish,” Schillinger said.

A special summer night is reserved for the ladies.

“I’m new to all of this. I started bowhunting last fall. It’s my first time bowfishing and I hope I’m enjoying it because I’ve a home setup – so fingers crossed,” said Kelly Carstensen, Muskego.

Whale-Tales Archery hosted its third ‘Stiletto Archery Bowfishing Night’ with the aim of introducing the sport to women and bringing together women who are already into bowfishing.

“Everyone gets hooked and we’ve heard a lot of great things where girls come back and buy their own gear – much like a girl buys a boat – just because it’s so exciting and so addicting,” Kyle Krischan said. , Whale – Owner of Tales Archery.

” It’s awesome. It’s not like fishing or hunting in my opinion because you’re constantly shooting, you don’t always get it all but it’s still so much fun,” said Allison Rauscher, Lake Mills.

And while the fun is one part of it, the competition is another.

“It won’t take long and pretty soon they’ll be on the decks shooting like us and it won’t take very long and they’ll get as aggressive and hardcore as we do and that’s the cool part about fishing. arc because it won’t be long and they’ll want to put a lot of fish in the boat,” Schillinger said.

No matter how many fish end up in the boat, it’s the shot that counts.

“You know, it’s always one of those cool things to take a bunch of people who wouldn’t necessarily be involved in something and give it to them and see what they think about it and most of them become addicted and have a new hobby and have a new activity that they can do in the summer in the past,” Krischan said.

“I think there’s a lot to learn. Like I said, I think it’s just about teaching people and making them understand why we do the things we do and why we shoot on fish,” Rauscher said.

Whale-Tales Archery partnered with the Wisconsin Bowfishing Association for boats and entered 44 women in the event.

Earnest A. Martinez