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xseven 10-05-2007 04:22 PM

Survival Bow
 
Hi! I am trying to pack a „survival kit” and among other „usual stuff” I am thinking to take with me a bow! Now the only problem is that space is limited and my solution is to take just the limbs and the string (maybe a few arrow heads!) … the rest can be carved ‘out there’!
This is not intended to be a fast solution to troubles (if ever!) but more like a last resort. But again never say never!
What limbs do you think will be the best for this task? - I am concerned primarily about robustness and resistance to elements and at last about the price (around 150$).
Any other suggestions that might improve my kit? (regarding the bow!)
Thank you very much for your time and knowledge!

StrutNtom 10-05-2007 07:52 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
Is this a serious post?

gamespooker 10-05-2007 08:47 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
plannin on gettin lost?

xseven 10-06-2007 03:25 AM

RE: Survival Bow
 
Have you ever been outside your house for more than two weeks? ... yes .. is a serious post ...

xseven 10-06-2007 03:48 AM

RE: Survival Bow
 
A few clarifications: first of all … no guns. I don’t like guns. Second: like I said the bow will be the last resort (I can make good traps and I can fish decently) but if, for some reason small game is not available or I am just unlucky, I want something to help me build a decent bow – I can carve the riser and I was making arrows since I was six … but finding a good wood for a bow sometimes is hard – so I think the limbs will help a lot.
I don’t know too much about the best materials that will do for this situation (wood, carbon …) that’s why I am asking you guys: What are the best limbs you can buy with 150$?

98Redline 10-08-2007 12:16 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
No offense, however I would get over my not liking guns really quickly in a survival situation.

Something like a small .22 cal rifle
http://www.henryrepeating.com/h002_survival.cfm
or a longer barreled revolver would be my recomendation.

Survival is not about it being cool or nifty to fashon your own riser and make your own bow, it is about coming out alive. Expend as little energy as possible doing just the things needed to keep you alive until help arrives. By the time you get done whittling your riser, stringing your bow, getting proficent enough to hunt with it, you could be dead. That's not even considering that you may not be accurate enough with it to actually kill anything within a reasonable period of time.

A small .22 is light enough to carry and will give you the ability to hunt effectively until you either get yourself out or are found.

The bow is just a bad idea.

SevenMag 10-08-2007 02:35 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 

Have you ever been outside your house for more than two weeks? ... yes .. is a serious post ...

(in reply to gamespooker)

ORIGINAL: 98Redline

No offense, however I would get over my not liking guns really quickly in a survival situation.

Something like a small .22 cal rifle
http://www.henryrepeating.com/h002_survival.cfm
or a longer barreled revolver would be my recomendation.

Survival is not about it being cool or nifty to fashon your own riser and make your own bow, it is about coming out alive. Expend as little energy as possible doing just the things needed to keep you alive until help arrives. By the time you get done whittling your riser, stringing your bow, getting proficent enough to hunt with it, you could be dead. That's not even considering that you may not be accurate enough with it to actually kill anything within a reasonable period of time.

A small .22 is light enough to carry and will give you the ability to hunt effectively until you either get yourself out or are found.

The bow is just a bad idea.
+1

Super G Force 10-08-2007 06:29 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
I would just go with a large bowie knife and string. You could then tie the knife to the end of a stick and make a spear: worked for Rambo!!haha. Seriously I hope you never get into a situation to have to use your survival kit. Good luck in your quest for survival. If you are going to take limbs, stings and cables you might as well take the riser and a ratchet strap. You could fully assembly the bow that way. Oh yea, don't forget your allen wrench set.

matters 10-08-2007 07:01 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
I agree get a gun a henry survial .22 would be great light easy to pack and just makes more sense. If you can find wood good enough to make a riser than why is it now good enough to make the whole bow? And in the end you want the bow for the same reason, to provide food or defense.

Bailsuk 10-08-2007 07:05 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
Sounds like a better idea to me and that US suvival .22 is a cracking little weapon . Really like the idea of that myself .

ORIGINAL: 98Redline

No offense, however I would get over my not liking guns really quickly in a survival situation.

Something like a small .22 cal rifle
http://www.henryrepeating.com/h002_survival.cfm
or a longer barreled revolver would be my recomendation.

Survival is not about it being cool or nifty to fashon your own riser and make your own bow, it is about coming out alive. Expend as little energy as possible doing just the things needed to keep you alive until help arrives. By the time you get done whittling your riser, stringing your bow, getting proficent enough to hunt with it, you could be dead. That's not even considering that you may not be accurate enough with it to actually kill anything within a reasonable period of time.

A small .22 is light enough to carry and will give you the ability to hunt effectively until you either get yourself out or are found.

The bow is just a bad idea.

Flix 10-11-2007 09:02 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
xseven,

I spend a lot of time learning and practicing wilderness survival skills and have considered the benefits of bringing a bow vs. crafting one in the field. I tend to agree that a firearm is generally superior for stocking the larder as well as defense. That being said, I understand that some in places, firearms are prohibited and that some people are either opposed to or prohibited from possessing them.

Depending on the amount of space you can spare, you could pack a takedown recurve (with extra bow strings) and some broadheads. Back when external frame packs were popular, I heard of somebody keeping a couple of arrows in the vertical frame tubes. You might be able to find room for several carbon shafts in a fishing rod tube. I would prefer bare shafts, which could have multiple uses. Instead of fletching, I would carry several FOBs.

This seems like a lot to pack. A good quality slingshot seems a much simpler solution, especially given the relative low priority that meat gathering has in a survival situation.

You might find some helpful input over in the Wilderness Survival Forum.

-- FLIX

redhawks 10-12-2007 10:40 AM

RE: Survival Bow
 
okay i'll play, making survival kits is usually entertainment for most of us anyway. i suggest skipping the limbs and making a bow walking stick that can be strung and loaded fairly quick and is handy when not needed.

mikesugar 10-14-2007 07:12 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
I am an engineer and I seriously doubt you will be able to carve a strong enough riser and attach it firmly enough to the limbs to be able to get an arrow fast enough to either kill something big or hit something small.

If you're looking for something to defend yourself from an animal, bear mace, aspear, ora machete will do better than a homemade bow.

If you're looking for something to help you survive on small game, how about a slingshot, takedown bow,pistol crossbow, or blow gun.

Mike


general327 10-20-2007 02:31 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
I too would get over the "No evil guns" thing too and bring a good revolver. But if you must have a bow I think Whisper Creek or one of those smaller bow companies makes a really short a to a bow like in the mid 20 inch range. I'm sure someone on here knows the one I'm thinking about.

jeremy3303 10-20-2007 02:54 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
here ya go general, not sure if this is the one you're thinkin about but its the shortest bow that i know of.

http://www.libertyarchery.com/

general327 10-20-2007 03:14 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 
Yeah thats the one, nice job jeremy. I knew someone would know what the heck I was talking about:D

Super G Force 10-20-2007 03:15 PM

RE: Survival Bow
 

ORIGINAL: jeremy3303

here ya go general, not sure if this is the one you're thinkin about but its the shortest bow that i know of.

http://www.libertyarchery.com/
That is SHORT!!


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