Hunting with a Slingshot (With Video)
Hunters have become accustomed to stalking game with the latest equipment , but one of the funnest, cheapest and oldest forms of hunting is with a Slingshot in Europe they are known as a catapult. Hunting is fun and challenging, and requires skill, practice and the ability to be fairly accurate. Slingshots have less shooting range than a rifle or shotgun, but if you miss the game typically will hang around depending on what it is, and you can get followup shots. I keep a variety of commercially and hand made slingshots and take them out with me regularly and practice while I am walking down a trail. You do not need any special target just pick a rock stick or whatever stop and take aim, and see if you can hit the spot or item you selected. Soda cans hanging on string swinging in the wind work well. Just make sure you are not going to take out any windows or break anything where you intend to practice.
To ensure success in slingshot hunting make sure you can hit whatever you are aiming at at least 75 % of the time at distances from 10-40 feet. Ammo can be free, here in the desert I use the abundance of smooth stones for my smaller slingshots, and taking small game. For larger animals I uses heavier loads made from lead or steel and a slingshot designed for larger animals made by my dear friend Madison Parker at Primitive Supply. They are the finest made in my opinion. You can use it for small game however when taking quail and the like I use a small $3.00 Store Bought model it is quick on target and it does not take much to kill them. Madison’s shoot a bit different because they will shoot a fairly large projectile and although I have not done it guys have used them to take deer. Like any other skill the more you do it the better shot you become.
Birds, squirrels and rabbits are the most fun. Although I like stones because they are everywhere Slingshot ammunition like, marbles, steel nuts, steel or lead balls , will give you more consistent shots and will help a beginner become more accurate quickly. When hunting get as close to your prey as is possible, just keep your eyes posted while walking the trail, you will be amazed at how close you can get and what will present itself as you walk. For survival situations practice stalking your game. Have fun with it and you will do very well. Get frustrated or take an attitudes and you will fail. I have been using them all of my life, and still jam one in my back pocket or have one in my pack on the trail they are better than a video game. I do not believe that you will ever check my car or pack and not run across one.
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