I know, we’re living in the period of automatons and remote web, we have a space project and ICBM’s, we arrived on Mars, we have cross breed autos and the majority of us don’t leave home without no less than 3 diverse electronic gadgets. Alright then, what is this fellow jabbering about? Bow hunting with a rangefinder? Robin Hood, is that you?
But hold your horses and listen here folks: bow hunting is an art form of the highest sort! Also, and most importantly, in a survival situation, knowing how to hunt using what nature provides abundantly may save your life one day. It’s a matter of when, not if, so be prepared!
Now, here comes the disclaimer: I don’t advocate the returning to a “better” age, when we used to hunt “wabbit” Pocahontas-style. I just want to point out a few important things every prepper should be aware of before discarding the idea of using a bow, that’s all!
The obvious advantages of bows and arrows are quite a few and, in a wilderness survival scenario, nothing beats a bow and arrow setup.
Why Use a Bow?
Why are bows and arrows awesome? Stick with me and check this out:
- You can make an improvised bow/arrow anytime. You don’t need that fancy Sporting Goods $300 Hunger Games kit. All you need is hardwood, like maples, ash, yew, pines, or aspen.
- Arrows can be produced using cattail (for instance) or whittled from different sorts of woods. Cedar wood is the best bolt material as indicated by numerous individuals, since it doesn’t twist so effortlessly.
- The arrowheads can be chipped from stones (flint would be the best) or you can harden the tip of the arrow itself by burning it to a point in the fire. The bow string can be made from the inner bark of various plants, such as milkweed or you can use animal hide and even the cords of someone’s jeans (in a survival situation you can use your imagination).
As you can see, bows and arrows are the ultimate DIY weapons.
- It’s an extremely versatile (lethal) weapon, particularly in the event that you possess a separable bow, that falls to pieces in three pieces
- It’s very affordable, even free if you’re DIY-ing.
- It’s an adaptable weapon that may be utilized for different things for chasing as well as for angling as well; you can utilize bow strings in a large number of situations, similar to bow drill for making shoot, for making catches and traps, for jog line angling and so on.
- Bows are quiet weapons and the laws about them are extremely careless.
- They are long-range weapons and very effective for both hunting and self-defense if SHTF.
Utilizing a bow and a bolt in a powerful way is another story however, in light of the fact that it requires frantic aptitudes and heaps of practice. Really, getting the ability is the most vital thing; the gear is futile in case you’re not capable in its utilization. Arrangement is the key and you ought to begin rehearsing at this point!
Bow Hunting Tips
Presently, give me a chance to impart to you a couple bow hunting tips and methods that can help you hunt a rabbit or protect your shelter:
- When hunting, you must locate the concealed food wellsprings of the diversion you’re after; fundamentally, on the off chance that you find where the carrots are, the rabbit will arrive, at some point or another. Remember that you can simply utilize baits to draw the amusement out, so be as innovative as you prefer.
- Try to be a proficient hunter, by utilizing great technique, i.e. knowing when and where to chase, where to stay out of, and so forth. These things can improve things greatly. For deciding the best ranges for hunt, you can utilize trail cameras in the event that you have admittance to them with a specific end goal to check whether there’s diversion movement in the territory; chasing in “hot” zones will drastically expand your shots of accomplishment
- Think positive, on the grounds that having a positive perspective is really more vital than the nature of your rigging! The brain is your definitive weapon and having trust in yourself and your abilities will prompt more achievement when chasing, as well as in your regular life. I know, it seems like a motivational discourse, yet it’s valid! A decent bow seeker is dependably a self assured person and doesn’t get demoralized effortlessly.
- Be patient at all times; bow-hunting is a holding up diversion. Readiness and practice improve things greatly, yet in the event that you can’t procure that Zen state of mind, that mental peace and unwinding, you’ll never be one of the best.
- When honing with bows and bolts, you must attempt and escape from your safe place! Shooting bolts at altered focuses in your terrace while tasting a brew and smoking a stogie doesn’t imply that you’re arranged for a genuine circumstance. At the point when the snippet of truth arrives, you’ll most likely mess up the shot! In the event that you need to be a genuine bowman, you must practice out of your safe place; for instance shoot from 60 yards rather than 30, regardless of the possibility that it might be scary at first.
- Imagine yourself in a genuine hunting circumstance and don’t permit more than 4-5 seconds for settling the pin and shooting at the objective. Make target procurement a matter of only a few moments, don’t take as much time as is needed. Work on holding a full draw for whatever length of time that conceivable furthermore hone the “visually impaired shooting” procedure. Visually impaired shooting is precisely what it says it is; essentially shooting bolts rapidly and naturally with a specific end goal to fabricate muscle memory and to set up your psyche for acting instinctually, thus maintaining a strategic distance from that adrenaline surge that shows up when an open door presents itself (read deer).
- Don’t sit tight for the amusement to go to your area, chase where the diversion is! Be adaptable, regardless of the possibility that this obliges additional exertion, you should infrequently climb trees and hole up behind logs, however you’ll be reimbursed at last for every one of your inconveniences. Try not to chase the same stands, move one constantly, much the same as in guerilla fighting.
Alongside disguise, ground blinds will give you security from terrible climate and they are not perceived as a danger by wild animals.