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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Bowhunters are being invited to shoot as many Asian carp as possible in a competition planned for July on the Illinois River in central Illinois.

Organizers are planning the first Flying Fish Festival and Bowfishing Tournament for July 11 and 12 with a sporting goods store as lead sponsor.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the event will offer cash prizes for the bowhunter who shoots the most fish. Asian carp dishes will be available at stands along the river.

The tournament will charge $120 per boat for up to four participants.

Asian carp are an invasive species that infests the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries. A multi-million dollar effort is underway to keep them out of the Great Lakes where they could disrupt the fishing industry.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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