What tools can we call on to help us acquire food? Can we procure food without attracting attention to ourselves and without giving away our location? There is a very serious need to use silent weapons for food procurement.
Silent Weapons for Food Procurement
In a previous post Air rifles for SHTF food procurement, we discussed air rifles for food procurement, but serious preppers need to take that another step further. Sooner or later that air rifle will break, be lost or even stolen, then what? As the poplar prepper mantra says “Two is one, and one is none!”, so redundancy and backup tools equate to a better chance to survive and maybe even thrive.
Bows have long been a staple of the hunting tribes and the hunter gatherers. It makes sense to leverage a bow to provide food. You can get much larger game with a bow than you can with an air rifle. I’m talking deer, and even bear (oh man, that’s scary stuff). To keep things simple and have less moving parts, I’d think a recurve bow or even a long bow. I’m a huge fan of recurve bows so that’s my choice, but you can use whatever you’re comfortable. If you comfortable with a compound bow, then use that, but make sure to have plenty of spare parts.
I’m big on using the simplest and most economic method to do the job, so I chose the Bear Archery Titan Bow. The length is 60-inch, has a 22 to 28-inch draw length and a 20 to 29-pound draw weight. I know most people don’t hunt deer with anything less than 40-pound draw, and that’s fine, but this is a descent bow for a small amount of money.
If you do go with the Bear Archery Titan Bow, make sure to get some spare Bow Strings. Note: A Replacement Bow String To Fit a 60″-62″ bow should have a string length around 53″. Don’t be afraid to contact the seller of any bow string and tell them what type of bow and the measurements of it.
Also don’t forget to stock up on some good arrows. With arrows you get what you pay for, but don’t break the bank. Make sure to get practice arrows and good hunting arrows. Don’t overlook arrow heads for the hunting arrows, most don’t come with the arrow heads.
Once you have your bow and plenty of arrows, make sure to practice until you are proficient. To avoid destroying all your target arrows, use a good quality archery target.
Another silent but deadly hunting tool is the Slingshot. The slingshot is small enough to have with you at all times, allowing you to take advantage when a target of opportunity falls in your lap. It can also use regular rocks, stones and pebbles as ammo. How convenient is that?
I’d probably start off with some store bought steel slingshot ammo, and fall back on pebbles and stones when that was all gone.
I can’t imagine that you’ll be taking down a deer with a slingshot, but birds, small mammals and frogs would be perfect targets for a slingshot.
These are just a few ideas. There are many other tools, like spears, but A bow can do more than hunting. You can use a bow to fish, to launch cordage over high branches of trees and to provide a measure of security in a world that might be very rough.