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Message started by ehkahk on Nov 19th, 2003 at 12:38am

Title: Rabbit Sticks
Post by ehkahk on Nov 19th, 2003 at 12:38am
Anyone use a rabbit stick for hunting or just for fun?

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by David_T on Dec 14th, 2003 at 4:35pm
What are rabbit sticks??

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by Chris on Dec 14th, 2003 at 6:59pm
Yes, please do explain.

Chris

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by JeffH on Dec 14th, 2003 at 7:34pm
Oh,  yes, do tell, do tell.  

Oh, the suspense.  The suspense is killing me.

Now, a bit more seriously.  My wife used to catch mice with a stick and a box.  We lived in a small house way out in the country and got the occasional mouse.  She hates them and had her fill when one ran across the kitchen while she was fixing supper one night.  So, the decided to rid the house of them.  She propped a box up on a short stick (actually a pencil stub) with a string attached, put some peanut butter on a cracker underneath and sat back and waited.  She caught several that way.  In fact, she got rid of the problem and they never came back.

Her box worked sort of like a dead fall, but she operated it manually rather than the prey tripping the trigger.

jeff <><

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by JeffH on Dec 15th, 2003 at 12:24am
I just found this:

http://www.perigee.net/~benjamin/throwstick.htm

jeff <><

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by ehkahk on Jan 3rd, 2004 at 1:57pm
I havent been here in a while heh.

Their a north american version of a boomerang, you throw'em like you would a boomerang and they skim the ground and whack the rabbit/squirrel etc so you can eat'em lol. Ive been playing around with one for a while now that I made, lots of fun. If only I had a hunting license.....

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by magnumslinger on Feb 5th, 2004 at 8:53am
I think that the rabbit stick used by the western tribes is a North American version of a boomerang, but the rabbit stick my tribe (the "Oklahoma", or "Choctaw" tribe) used, and still uses sometimes, is just a stick with the long handle shaved "like on a lathe" to lkook like an old German "potato masher" hand grenade shape.  It is thrown hard and fast at rabbits and squirrels and the like to stun them or disable or kill them for dinner!

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by english on Feb 7th, 2004 at 1:25pm
According to the article on the website quoted above, the rabbit stick is best when curved.  Supposedly a native American boomerang, the rabbit stick shape is in fact identical to the real Australian hunting boomerang, as in, not the returning type.  I have started reading a book on the aborigines of Arnhemland in Australia, who use a curved throwing stick for taking down all kinds of prey; it is very thin, except near the head, where it widens slightly, and so it minimises air resistance, is not heavy, and is easy to use.  I have made a simple design, (as you may be able to tell, wood carving is a hobby) and it works very well; the stick had more power than it looked.  It fact, I was using a normal archery target, and the stick became stuck for a little while in the bale.  It was very far in, and that was at some range.  Ergo, these sticks are not to be taken lightly; I believe that they could kill something quite big, or at the very least stun it.  
The ancient egyptian also used throwing sticks, sometimes in battle, although not often, for it requires skilled soldiers to use effectively, and is not good through armour.  Can someone please tell me how to put images on this forum?  I have a few pictures of recovered Egyptian sticks.  They are all curved, and thus I think this must be the most effective type otherwise they would not have been used.

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by english on Feb 19th, 2004 at 6:06am
I have now made a curved throwing stick with nice looking native American pictorials, obtained from a book on the subject, carved into the wood.  I also carved a wolf's head onto the end of the stick, and the Mohawk word for wolf, Okwaho, on the alternate side to the pictorials.  Everything was done with a Swiss Army knife, but it doesn't look too bad.  It is also protected by beeswax coating.  I will try and post images soon.  I just need a camera.

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by Gun on Apr 25th, 2004 at 5:34pm
are there any other rabbit stick / boomarang sites that show pictures other than pedigree.com?

Title: Re: Rabbit Sticks
Post by Gun on Aug 2nd, 2004 at 2:47pm
Just thought i would bring this up.

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