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Old August 31, 2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Minimalist Bow How-to

This guy, Backyard Bowyer, has a spot on YouTube that will show you how to make PVC bows - from minimalist to fairly elegant.

He also shows how to make crossbows, arrows, crawfish traps, and an array of other useful survival tools out of common materials.

Worth a look... .
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Old September 1, 2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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Atlatl

Not to hijack your post here.

BUT if your looking for "field expedient" tools,take a look at a Atlatl .

Can be made in VERY little time with nothing but a pocket knife [ if you have one ] and will take small game out to 25 yards with a bit of practice.
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Old September 1, 2014, 04:18 PM   #3
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I've always found that light bows are more useful than atlatls when hunting frogs, turtles, carp, and other quick and easy foods. Anyway, I'm noy very good with an atlatl.
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Old September 1, 2014, 06:11 PM   #4
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I've always found that light bows are more useful than atlatls when hunting frogs, turtles, carp, and other quick and easy foods. Anyway, I'm noy very good with an atlatl.
Wouldn't a spear be better for all three of those animals?
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Old September 1, 2014, 07:33 PM   #5
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Somehow, I keep getting a mental picture of a chunk of older PVC pipe getting brittle after being fully flexed one two many times.

Then snapping off when flexed 40 degrees at full draw, and the jagged end sticking in the top of my head about an inch!

That would leave a mark.
And most likely kill you.

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Old September 1, 2014, 07:45 PM   #6
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rc,

You should look at the guy's work. He's been at this for a few years now and a lot of people have taken his instructions and made up surprisingly effective bows. To my knowledge, no one's complained of failure due to weathering. That doesn't mean it hasn't happened, just that I haven't seen anyone post about it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_U...gKHN_A-iTAwZbg
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Old September 1, 2014, 09:12 PM   #7
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I believe you.
Just not for me I guess.

I sweat the little stuff like that anymore.
I'm at the stage, if it 'could happen', it would happen to me!

Besides, I couldn't pull a decent recurve or stick bow to full draw anymore anyway!

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