Is this even legal? It looks a bit too fun to be legal.

Taking advantage of silver carp’s tendency to jump in the air when startled, this man guns them down like clay pigeons with his shotgun. Since Asian carp are a highly invasive species that compete with more valuable, and vulnerable, fish, this can been seen as a good way to control carp populations. However, shooting up in the air while on a moving boat is dangerous to say the least. We know that Illinois and Indiana both introduced legislation to legalize shooting carp with a shotgun, but we’re not sure if either passed.

Do you know of any states where using a shotgun on carp is legal? In the right conditions—and with the right safety precautions—it looks like great gun and an easy way to blast those pesky carp out of the air. Who needs to spend money on clays when all you need is a boat and some shotguns? And, of course, steel shot when shooting over water.

Shooting fish. Not in a barrel. Why? Becase Asian Carp are an invasive species and are destroying the Mississippi River ecosystem. This is simply a short glimpse into how infested the Delta area by itself has become with these vermin.Psh………..sporting clays my ass!!!

Posted by Sean A Morr on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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  • James Lindley

    I know here in Illinois it wouldn’t be legal.

  • John Cumming

    In hunter safety we teach: “Be sure of your target and whats behind” In the video how could these shooter be sure someone was not on the land behind the boat?

    • Bruce

      Because shot goes a MAX of about 250 yards, they are 1/2 mile from shore and no other boats are visible.

  • NorthernMichiganBoy

    Definitely not legal in Michigan..This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen..Unsafe as you can get..Was this person high or drunk!..I wish that the local DNR will follow up and write this person a summons if possible.Hopefully no kids get any crazy ideas and hurt someone or themselves..Very irresponsible even to put this on the net Outdoor Hub!

  • Jason H

    Ive never seen such outright stupidity with a firearm – ever heard of “be sure of your back stop”?

  • colney

    Seriously, this is why so many hunters get the “REDNECK” “stoopid yokel” assigned to them.
    1 how dangerous with possible water ricochet , and no back drop for your shot
    2 killing for fun….as a hunter i eat what i kill….shooting animals as a gaff is @ssHole move
    3 reporting this with video on your site is pretty @sshole move as well…..what happened to responsible hunting

    OUTDOOR HUB NEEDS TO GROW UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE TO PROMOTE PROPER AND CORRECT GUN USE

    • The likelihood of shot having a ricochet is pretty low especially off of water but if it did it would have VERY little force behind it and not travel very far.

      As far as the killing for fun comment, the Asian Carp is an INVASIVE SPECIES that is killing off everything else in the waterways as it eats and multiplies very quickly and has no predators to wipe them out other than HUMANS. It’s kinda like the wild hogs that are damaging farmland. While it would be good to capture and use for food they need to be eradicated in any way possible.

      is it kinda redneck, yeah. What isn’t at some point, but this to me is a very interesting way to figure out how to take the numbers of this foreign fish out of our waterways and at the very least prevent the spread. The only way I could see to make this better and safer is to just get someone with a small radio controlled boat out there and let them zip up and down the shore while these guys sit on the beach.

      • John C G

        An email with this video has gone viral and I’ve probably received it a dozen times. I did not expect to see it distributed by Outdoorhub.com. Here’s why:
        (1) How about shooting from a moving boat (or vehicle)? Where is that legal?
        (2) As far as “distance from shore” and the possibility of people/property being there; The video clearly shows the boat making a turn with the stern facing shore and someone in the boat shooting in that direction, easily 75 yards away.
        (3) Most importantly, what kind of message does this send to young hunters?
        Yeah, it looks like fun, but “invasive species” or not, this is dangerous and illegal activity. I hope that Outdoorhub.com will be a bit more selective about the content of what they distribute in the future.

  • Gigs

    A shotgun with birdshot doesn’t carry that far, even less if they are using steel shot. I think you all are overreacting a little bit with the safety comments.

    • d

      Shooting from a moving boat is not safe.

  • AK guide

    boo hoo hoo back stop. what about fish lives matter :'(

  • Patrick Granahan

    Now that looks like fun! No shortage of targets!!!….Rednecks have all the real fun!!!

  • Doc Boston

    Liberals in Illinois wouldn’t allow for the Carp to be shot. They would tell the other fish in the water that they needed to be open and accepting to the new species who only came there to find a better life. Then, over time, some of the Carp would start committing crimes… killing some of the other species of fish in the area… and the liberals would only turn their heads and act as if the existing fish were not open to the presence of the new species. Existing fish would speak out about the problems introduced by the new fish would be called crayfish, and accused of being closed minded. Besides… liberals don’t like guns.

    • Don

      Good answer! though shooting from a moving boat does not seem safe to you, shooting into trees or brush is where you absolutely have no idea what your back drop has in it. Now you can clearly see there is nothing behind him while taking this shot but if he does not continue to scan his background then you would have a right to be just a little indigent with him. But really what it boils down to is your a liberal, we should open season on you! You have cost more lives than any gun.Wanna debate that I worked in the penal system where you gave criminals more rights than I had. So I am reminded of a saying my Mommy taught me and your should have taught You . If you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all!

  • NorthernMichiganBoy

    Daniel Xu…your a very irresponsible writer….And Outdoor Hub, do you really need attention this bad to post an article like this!…Shame on you!

  • A Johnston

    Irresponsible and illegal!
    RULE 1.4 HUNTING FROM A MOTORIZED VEHICLE
    A. It is unlawful to shoot at any wild animal, or wild bird from a motorized vehicle or motorized conveyance unless the progress from such vehicle or conveyance has completely ceased.

    B. It is unlawful to hunt, chase, take, or pursue any wild animal other than squirrels and beaver from a motor boat or other water craft having a motor, unless the motor has been completely shut off and its progress has ceased.

    C. It is unlawful to discharge any firearm from a boat or other watercraft operating on the public waters of this state during night time hours from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise; except the Commission may set special seasons and regulations for the taking of alligators at night during dates and times set by them.

    History: Revised April 2014.

    SOURCE: MISS. CODE ANN. §§49-1-29, 49-4-4, AND 49-7-45. Deer may not be taken from a boat at any time.

    • Scott s

      Lol… All three points say nothing about shooting fish or shooting during normal hunting hours. Dumbass. Also, if it was limited to low population areas the shot falling would have no danger to anyone.

  • I’m pretty sure it’s not legal, but almost from the start of all this everybody wants to play Asian carp skeet! With the right saftey precautions it could be done, I have no problem with killing them, they kill millions of native fish, they will make the Great Lakes as well if we don’t do something!

  • Rocky C

    WHAT THE FU____ AND YOU FILMED AND POSTED YOUR OWN CRIME !!! SEE YA’ ON AMERICA’S DUMBEST CRIMINALS!
    DNR is gonna love you two clowns, when they take your guns, boat, licenses, and cash! But you surely will make their day interesting!

    “Swang at err boat roun’ agin Jo Bob, I missed one….n’ stay still, Ima’ shoot the nextun’ ova yo head OK?”

    Oh well, ya’ll are just proving DARWIN’S LAW: BEER + GUNS + IDIOTS = 2 LESS MORONS, PASSING ON THAT MORON GENE !!!
    I’ll send ya a box of condoms, just in case there’s any women dumb enough to think you’re worth spending “Quality Time” with.

  • Rocky C

    I guess we should have known something wasn’t right with ya’ll, when we saw the cover was off that outboard, but engine problems are least of your problems, I’ guessing!

  • 1000 Rounds

    Have any of these commenters ever been out of the city? Have you ever shot or hunted with a shotgun? I read “Be careful of your backstop…ricochet…..I only kill what I eat…. ” – Pussies

    • Rocky C

      I’ve been shooting guns since I was 3 yrs old, hunting since I was 7, and was taught the fundamental safety rules of staying alive around idiots whom have no business handling deadly weapons. And I’m definitely no “city boy” sonny!
      (1) Idiots that think birdshot is safe to fire at the 9 o’clock & 3 o’clock angle of fire, will eventually shoot their buddies in the face because Dick Cheney say’s it’s OK, and if they can’t it take, they’re just “pussies”.
      (2) After you’ve felt the sting of birdshot raining down on your ass, even at 100 yds, you’ll get the message. I know I did! It’s called “responsibility” you little snot!
      (3) If somebody is sitting on the bank fishing, minding their own business, and your drunk ass speeds by shooting “carp”, and blows their face off, don’t act surprised when one of their friends or family start returning fire in your direction with an AK, or whatever rifle they may have handy. I would!!! We don’t take being “shot” lightly here in our neck of the woods!
      (4) Idiots like you, whom have no business even owning a firearm, are the main reason the “gun-grabbers” want to take “my guns”!!! Ya’ll need to get off our rivers, and out of our woods, so we can hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors safely, with our families and friends, like we’ve been doing all along.

      If that’s being a “pussie” in your book sonny…….well I guess you ain’t glanced into a “mirror” in a while. Maybe you don’t have enough hair to shave yet! And with that kind of attitude about guns, you probably won’t be around long enough to worry about shaving anyway. One of your “pals” will probably give you a “Cheney Greeting Card”.

  • Stephen Jones

    Everybody understands the safety implications from shooting from a moving boat… It’s still an awesome idea and I’d love to do it. These fish are horribly invasive and need to be killed by any means and at any level of waste possible. To anyone arguing that we need to eat what we kill, I am with you %100 when it comes to native species but not these animals.

    With the right safety precautions in place, I’d love to see this be a new recreational opportunity on Asian carp affected waters!

  • beth harris

    They practically jump in the boats……
    I do think its dangerous….one minute your shooting a carp and the next a speed boat comes out of no where and someone shot. Plus you can see the red shells are popping off and going into the waterways….i dont like that either. My two cents….

  • Tom Matych

    I’m sure the duck guys have been shooting them all along, this guy had the balls to post a video. Ive been to Illinois 7 times with controlled conditions I believe people could shoot them. Wont put a dent in the population but it’s doing something!

  • paul

    Its a cool video, can’t we just appreciate that ? You guys get all wound up and start cussing at each other . One guy somewhere shoots some invasive species from a moving boat with a shotgun and now we need to make some more regulations . If you like regulations so much move to a country that controls every aspect of your life . Or wait a couple years and I’ll show you what defending that looks like. Damn now I’ve been drawn into the argument… oh well . choot em

  • Schoettlin Glenn

    Oh my God. Yea it would be fun until someone else on the lake or shoreline ends up with some steel pellets in their face.