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Re: bow vs atlatl - whats deadlier?
Reply #45 - Oct 27th, 2010 at 7:11pm
 
I think the atlatl is more deadly because a 8 ounce dart has ALOT of penetration on a animal. More so than a bow. Even though I would rather hunt with a bow
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Re: bow vs atlatl - whats deadlier?
Reply #46 - Oct 27th, 2010 at 9:19pm
 
I am not an expert but I have hunted and killed game with both the bow and the atlatl and darts.  If you are hunting out of a treestand with your target almost directly below, the atlatl is better.  Unless you are using a really heavy bow, the spine will usually stop an arrow, the steep downward angle also usually prevents a pass through, so your blood trail is really poor.  Also, it is difficult to come to full draw at a steep downward angle.  On level ground, or uphill,  the bow is better.  You have to make a lot less movement with a bow.  You can also shoot a bow while sitting down or tucked in next to a tree.  Effective range is about the same, the bow will let you have about 5 more yards.  No one mentioned fishing, the atlatl/dart is better for larger fish, sharks and armored targets such as alligators and turtles.  Bows are good for shallow water, atlatls will let you get fish that are much deeper.  Heavy brush screws up both, you can't throw and even if you can, it still deflects the dart.  Moving through the brush is about the same, both are a PITA but can be done.  I usually use a bow for whitetail deer and an atlatl/dart for feral hogs.  One last thing, a bow can easily be used to hunt small game, it can be done with an atlatl/dart but not easily.  That was one of the reasons I looked into slinging.  Bill
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Re: bow vs atlatl - whats deadlier?
Reply #47 - Oct 28th, 2010 at 6:06pm
 
I would say atlatl, but it takes more practice.
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Re: bow vs atlatl - whats deadlier?
Reply #48 - Oct 29th, 2010 at 10:01pm
 
colejack3 wrote on Oct 27th, 2010 at 7:11pm:
I think the atlatl is more deadly because a 8 ounce dart has ALOT of penetration on a animal. More so than a bow. Even though I would rather hunt with a bow


Compared to what kind of bow?  I've talked with a few hunters that had arrows go completely through and exit something the size of a deer.  Of course, this doesn't make the animal extra dead, but it's impressive, and cautionary about standing close to other bow hunters.
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Re: bow vs atlatl - whats deadlier?
Reply #49 - Oct 29th, 2010 at 10:28pm
 
Well i meant like this, Would you rather have a 1/2 inch 8 ounce 7 foot long dart sticking out of you or a skinny 600 grain arrow?
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Reply #50 - Oct 30th, 2010 at 12:06am
 
Well if you're gonna make me choose, then neither thanks.  In all practicality, both are equally deadly.  Both are capable of putting a shaft through a deer size target.  Any thing beyond going all the way throug is just bragging rights.
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Re: bow vs atlatl - whats deadlier?
Reply #51 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 5:22pm
 
I agree.  Dead is dead, no matter what kills you, whether it's a bow, atlatl dart, sword, slingstone, or the panther that was stalking you while you were stalking that deer.  Also, it depends on the skill level of the person using the weapon.  I could kill you with a bow pretty easily, but I would have no idea on how to even hold an atlatl.  Both are just as deadly, but the circumstances determine who dies and who survives (to be killed by a panther).
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