Thursday, September 13, 2007

Open Season

Hunting season starts tomorrow. I write this as I'm about to head out the door to drive to Washington D.C. My brother, his roommate and I are going to hunt at a friend's property in Virginia. We will all be hunting with primitive self made bows and arrows.

The point on the left I'm hoping to haft into and arrow. It is the first point I've made that is good enough to hunt with. The notches are kind of bad, but the width is almost an inch at the greatest. I'm hoping to make the piece on the right look like the one on the left tomorrow.

I finished my bow string made out of yucca fibers, but when I shot with it, it broke. You can see at the top right where it broke. For now, I'm going to hunt with a nylon string.

Hopefully the next time I post something it will be a picture of me with a deer.


Torjus Gaaren said...

Nice points! Keep in mind that the points doesn't have to be pretty to kill though. Looks don't usually kill... hehe

About the string. Never make a vegetable fibre string two ply only. Three is a minimum. I think it is so messy to make that I really recommend sinew strings, which can safely be made into working two ply strings.

Sassmouth said...

Thanks. The yucca string is three ply but's it's hard to tell that from the picture. I used yucca because I heard it worked for bow strings and because my parents have so much of it in their yard. I will probably try sinew next.