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Reply #165 - Oct 31st, 2020 at 12:59pm
 
a wrote on Oct 31st, 2020 at 3:33am:
It can be used for hunting. It's not suitable for all prey in all situations, but like any hunting your primary weapon is your brains.

Fruit bats sleep in trees higher than you can throw by hand. Birds sleep in trees as well, even chickens.

Hunting larger size animals primitively isn't about killing an animal with one well aimed shot every time. Great if it happens but often it's about injuring or slowing them enough that you can finish them off. Or herding them into a trap or towards others.

It would be my primary ranged weapon


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Reply #166 - Nov 3rd, 2020 at 2:14pm
 
Despite being named slinging.org this thread shows that this forum really does hate the sling sometimes.
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Reply #167 - Nov 4th, 2020 at 2:55am
 
I eat rabbits, why not bats ?
I saw a video that showed aborigines hunting bats with boomerang.
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Reply #168 - Nov 15th, 2020 at 7:03am
 
Bats are good eating, the wings stink like an unwashed armpit but you don't eat those anyway.
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Reply #169 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 3:58pm
 
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You must teach us your arcane knowledge.
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Reply #170 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 6:04pm
 
Slyngorm wrote on Nov 22nd, 2020 at 3:58pm:
You must teach us your arcane knowledge.

I have a positive outlook, because guns are not available here or any other ranged weapon. So the alternative is throwing by hand which is how they do it here. And I'm a naturally positive chap Smiley

It's very simple, you get as close as you can then take a shot, sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss. Or you herd a pig towards a net trap. There's no need for pinpoint accuracy, all that is instinctive.

I don't shoot long range, there's no point. Even if I hit I'll have problems finding the animal if it's not outright killed, and I don't enjoy killing things or having them suffer.
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Reply #171 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 6:35pm
 
I can't speak for everyone else but for me I mostly see the sling as a poor survival weapon. True survival is hard even with a perfect custom bow and arrows. But for an afternoon hunting small to medium game it's a fun weapon whether you connect or not.
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Reply #172 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 7:29pm
 
Morphy wrote on Nov 22nd, 2020 at 6:35pm:
True survival is hard even with a perfect custom bow and arrows.

Depends where you are, I'm in the tropics, there's literally food all around me if I know how to get it.
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Reply #173 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 7:49pm
 
a wrote on Nov 22nd, 2020 at 7:29pm:
Morphy wrote on Nov 22nd, 2020 at 6:35pm:
True survival is hard even with a perfect custom bow and arrows.

Depends where you are, I'm in the tropics, there's literally food all around me if I know how to get it.


A buddy of mine has a wife from the Philippines so he's spent years over there. He said in some areas survival is a part of everyday life. Also work with a guy from El Salvador who talked about just going into the jungle to get their food half the time. Seems like an amazing way to live in some respects. The whole tropical island thing is just the cherry on top.
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Reply #174 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 6:59am
 
Where I am itís fresh water thatís the hard one , itís pretty much salt water or stagnant poison water, enough animals to hunt and trap but you would die of dehydration pretty quick in summer
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Reply #175 - Nov 24th, 2020 at 12:12pm
 
What type of environment do you hunt in?
From the sound of it you mostly target small animals in trees.
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Reply #176 - Nov 25th, 2020 at 11:39pm
 
Slyngorm wrote on Nov 24th, 2020 at 12:12pm:
What type of environment do you hunt in?
From the sound of it you mostly target small animals in trees.

Usually I'm after something specific, but mostly bush.
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Reply #177 - Nov 26th, 2020 at 6:05am
 
Fortunately, I don't have to hunt my food.  But I would be able to.  I could feed myself with a sling.  Likewise with bow or spear.  I shot a lot of rabbits.  You don't even have to hit them.  One hit in front of you in the ground and you are scared to death.  It's good.  It goes very quickly.  And the fur and bones are preserved.  Less mess during preparation.
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Reply #178 - Nov 26th, 2020 at 5:25pm
 
Yeah I have an experience with a rabbit that might have been that exactly.
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1509491851/4
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Reply #179 - Nov 26th, 2020 at 5:47pm
 
Jaegoor wrote on Nov 26th, 2020 at 6:05am:
Fortunately, I don't have to hunt my food.† But I would be able to.† I could feed myself with a sling.† Likewise with bow or spear.† I shot a lot of rabbits.† You don't even have to hit them.† One hit in front of you in the ground and you are scared to death.† It's good.† It goes very quickly.† And the fur and bones are preserved.† Less mess during preparation.

I have had birds fall out of trees stunned when I only hit the branch next to them.
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