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How to Use a Duck Call Effectively

If you are planning to engage yourself in duck hunting, one of the very useful equipment that you should have is a duck call. A duck call is a tool which is like a traditional whistle but is used to imitate the sound of a duck. Your goal when you are using a duck call is to make the sound as realistic as possible in order to lure your game. If you are serious in excelling in duck hunting, having good duck calls with you and being able to use them the right way is a must. As helpful and effective as it is, using a duck call may be a bit tricky. Also, you will need to study, practice, and master this skill if you want to get a good result. But, don’t worry, I have something here to help you with your learning. In this article, I have written six easy steps on how to use a duck call. But before we proceed to that, let us first learn a few things about duck calls.

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How to Make a Crossbow from Scratch

One of the weapons that you can use for hunting is a crossbow. It is a very good weapon especially for novice hunters since it is fairly easy to use and does not require much upper strength. However, accuracy, efficiency and practice are still needed to put a crossbow in its best use. One good thing about a crossbow is that it is inexpensive and is easy to make. So, if you are someone who wants to make his own crossbow just for the fun and satisfaction of it, or if you happen to be in the wild, and for whatever reason, you have no weapon in you that you can use in hunting for food then this article will be very helpful for you. Here are very easy steps on how to make a crossbow from scratch. In this article we are going to make a simple crossbow from readily available materials. But before we proceed to that, let’s have a short discussion of some things that you need to know first.

Basic Elements of a Crossbow

The Bow

The bow is basically composed of the limbs and the string. The limbs are the arms of a crossbow. They are the flexible curved shaped part of the crossbow which is attached to the stock and is where the potential energy of the crossbow is stored. This determines the force that the arrow will have when it is fired. There are different designs and materials that can be used in making crossbow limbs which vary from every manufacturer. For the design, there are two types which are the compound crossbow and the recurve crossbow. The former has much stiffer limbs than the latter and the latter has limbs where the tips flare away from the archer. For the materials, manufacturers usually use fiberglass because of its strength and flexibility while others use steel. However, since what we aim in this article is how to make a crossbow from scratch using readily available materials, we would consider using wood or PVC pipe.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

The bow – Photo credit: vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net

The string is what holds and launches the arrow. It is attached to both ends of the limbs and connects the limbs together. This transfers the kinetic energy from the bow to the arrow. Strings should have high strength and low creep or stretch. Materials usually used for strings are high modulus polyethylene, polyester, synthetic fibre, or a spun fibre of liquid crystal polymer.

The Stock

How to make a crossbow from scratch

The stock – Photo credit: i.ytimg.com

The stock is where the bow and all other components of the crossbow are attached. It allows the shooter to easily hold or shoulder the crossbow in order for him to take a good aim. A good stock should ergonomically have good positioning and allows the shooter to have a good grip. Materials usually used for stock are wood, molded synthetic plastic, or other composite plastic materials.

The Trigger

How to make a crossbow from scratch

The trigger – Photo credit: i.ytimg.com

The trigger is housed into the stock. It is responsible for firing your arrow. The trigger retains the string when the crossbow is cocked and releases it when the trigger is pulled. It works like pulling the trigger of a rifle, but it is quite different since it holds back much more weight due to the string’s tension. A good trigger must be crisp and clean when pulled. Also, it should hold the string well in place to avoid accidental release of the arrow. Many triggers, however, are accompanied by a safety mechanism.

The Bolt

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The bolt – Photo credit: http://www.glaciertraditionalarchery.com

The bolt serves as the arrow of the crossbow. It must be compatible with the crossbow in size and must not me too heavy or too light to have a good shot. Also having a notch and fletching on the butt of the bolt helps for a better flight.

How to Make a Crossbow from Scratch

Before we proceed on the steps on how to make a crossbow from scratch, here are some materials that you may need:

1. Knife

2. String or Rope

3. PVC Pipe or Bamboo

4. Wood

5. Saw

6. Measuring Tape

7. Chisel

8. Drill

9. Wood Rasp

10. Sandpaper

11. Wood Glue

Step 1. Prepare all the materials that you will need

If you happen to be in the wild and wish to build a crossbow for survival, it is enough that you have a good knife and a rope. The next thing that you need to do is to search for a wood that can be used to make the crossbow. The wood must be both strong and flexible. A good wood material that you may try to find is bamboo. If you are not familiar with it, it is a green woody grass that grows as high as 40 meters. They are green, tree-like in appearance, have narrow leaves, and have hollow jointed stems. Choose the ones with a stem diameter of about an inch or two and cut three stems which are around 1 meter long each. If you do not have a string with you, you will also need to look for fibrous plants that you may use to make one. Examples are the leaves of Cattail, Yucca, Agave, and Douglas Iris, the bark of Willow, Maple, Basswood, and Cedar, and the bast of Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, and Flax.

If you are going to build the crossbow at home, you can make a crossbow from wood plank and PVC pipe which will require more materials to use. Prepare all the materials listed above except for the bamboo.

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Prepare the materials – Photo credit: vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net

Step 2. Construct the limb

If you are going to build the crossbow in the wild, you are going to use a bamboo stem. Get a bamboo stem which measures around 1 meter and cut it in half lengthwise. Smooth the inner part of the wood using your knife. Afterwards, bend the wood such that the inner part of the arc is the outer (green) part of the wood. You may use your knees to help bend it easier but make sure that you don’t put too much stress on the wood more than it can handle so that it wouldn’t break. Create two grooves opposite to each other around one inch from the end of the limb. Do this in both ends. This is where you will attach the string later.

If you are going to build it at home, cut a 38-inch PVC pipe with one inch diameter. Measure 1 inch from inch end and drill a hole through the PVC pipe. This is where your string will be attached later.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

Construct the limb – Photo credit: https://sensiblesurvival.files.wordpress.com

Step 3. Make the stock

For the bamboo crossbow you’re making in the wild, get a bamboo stem which is around one meter and make a hole around 1.5 inches from the end of the stem. The hole must go through the stem and it must be big enough to fit the limb that we have made earlier. One good way to make this hole is to make two slanted cuts that form a “V” on the opposite sides of the stem. Also, make a square hole through the center of the stock which is big enough to house your trigger.

If you are at home, you may use a wood plank for the stock. Any decent hardwood will be fine. Get a wood plank of around 2 inches wide, 2 inches tall, and 38 inches long. Hold it as if you are holding a crossbow and mark the area where it would be comfortable for you to place the trigger. In this area make an rectangular hole which is around 3 inches long and a ¾ of an inch wide using your drill and chisel, and wood rasp. Smooth the surface with sand paper. Next, find the center of the stock and make a channel of around ¼ inch deep from the front end of the stock to the hole that we just made for the trigger. The channel should be wide enough such that the arrow can comfortably sit on it without being restrained when fired. Also, drill another hole around an inch away from the front end of your stock. The hole must fit the size of your PVC pipe limb well. You can also create a grip for your crossbow by attaching a plank of wood with a comfortable size at the back end of your stock using wood glue.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

Make the stock – Photo credit: http://www.medievalcrossbow.info

Step 4. Make the trigger

For the bamboo crossbow you’re making in the wild, carve a piece of wood into a “T” shape wherein the horizontal part is around 1 inch long and the vertical part is around 2 inches. The horizontal part must be thicker so it can retain the string and the vertical one must be thick enough to hold the pressure of the string.

If you’re making it at home, you can use a small piece of wood plank to make the trigger. Using a saw cut an “L” shape from it of around 1 inch wide and slightly less than ¾ of an inch thick. The height of the “L” must be around 3-4 inches. After that, make a channel of around 1/8 inch at the center traversing the width of the outside part of the base of the “L”. Then, drill a hole near the intersection of the “L” where you will insert the screw to attach the trigger to the stock.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

Make the trigger – Photo credit: i.ytimg.com

Step 5. Construct the bolt

For making the bolt in the wild, you can also use the bamboo by cutting a thin piece of the wood, around 1/3 of an inch wide and sharpen one end to a point. Then, smooth the arrow all around and put a notch at the other end. You can also put feathers (if you are able to find some in the wild) to the notched end to improve arrow flight.

In making the bolt at home, you can use dowel. The length should be longer than the distance from the trigger to the front end of the bow. Sharpen the other end of the dowel and put a notch on the other end. Lastly, glue feathers opposite each other on the notched end.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

Construct the bolt – Photo credit: http://www.huntingnet.com

Step 6. Assemble the parts

For the bamboo crossbow, insert the limb onto the front hole we made earlier making sure that it is centered and it is secured well. Next, tie the string at both ends of the limb where you make the grooves and secure them well. The limb must be slightly bent when the string is attached. Then, place the trigger on the square hole and pull the string and slip it onto the trigger. Make sure it is retained well to avoid accidental slip. Lastly, place the butt of the arrow onto the string. Our crossbow is now ready for firing.

If you don’t have an available string, you can make it using the fibrous plants that you have collected earlier by twisting them together.

For the PVC pipe and wood crossbow, insert the PVC pipe on the hole we made at the front of the stock making sure that it is centered and secured well. Next, tie the string on both ends of the limb where we made a hole and secure it well. The limb must be slightly bent. After that, place the trigger on the rectangular hole in the stock and screw them together making sure that it is loose enough to be pulled. Next, pull the string onto the trigger and slip it on the groove of the trigger. Lastly, place the butt of the arrow on the string. The arrow must fit the channel of your crossbow without being restrained. Our crossbow is ready for firing.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

Assemble the parts – Photo credit: i.pinimg.com

Conclusion

Having knowledge on how to build a crossbow from scratch will be a great help for us hunters who may face unexpected circumstances in the wild. A crossbow is a good tool for you to hunt possible source of food in the wild, and you can also use it to protect yourself from predators. Also, if you want a crossbow but can’t afford one or find it too expensive to buy one, you can just build one yourself. It not only helps you save money, it also gives you a feeling of satisfaction of being able to make your own crossbow. I hope this article helped you with that.

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How to Survive a Wild Animal Attack in the Woods

Although wild animal attacks are relatively rare, all hunters and campers still need to take extra precaution to avoid an attack. In this article, we’ll be talking about how to survive a wild animal attack. And better yet, we will discuss the tips on how to avoid an animal attack altogether. This article will come in handy if you’re an unexperienced survivalist and are planning to camp in unfamiliar territory. So, read on, even if you feel that you are already prepared.

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What You Need to Know About the Types of Bows for Hunting

Hunting is a continuous learning process, just like any other aspect in life. After you master one skill in hunting, you must move on to another skill and master that as well. In this way, you are maximizing the time that you have as an able-bodied hunter while learning as many skills as you can. If you’re a hunter who wants to try out the joys of bow hunting, this article can tell you all about the different types of bows for hunting.

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Do I Need Camouflage to Hunt?

If you’re not so experienced in the field of hunting, then you’ve probably asked yourself this question: do I need camouflage to hunt?

Have you ever stepped in a hunting goods store and was surprised by the number of camouflage-printed things that greeted you? Or perhaps; have you ever seen a hunter in full camouflage gear and thought to yourself: do I really need all that to be able to conceal myself fully in the field?

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The Best Way How to Build a Green-Wood Grill for Camp Cooking

Camping can be a great experience for both those who are inexperienced and those who are not. That is, if you know how to camp properly. Yes, there is a proper way to camp; you can’t just throw a few supplies into your trunk and head on out for adventure. To be able to make your camping experience as enjoyable and convenient as possible, you have to make adequate preparations. One challenge you can encounter while camping is the cooking part. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to build a green-wood grill for camp cooking. In this way, you would know how to whip up a hot meal in the midst of the woods.

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Learn How to Aim a Slingshot with This Quick Article

When you think slingshot, then you probably remember all the good old days of your childhood when you used to use the slingshot to hit cans or birds. Although it seems like a childish thing, a slingshot is also a useful hunting weapon. Now, you probably weren’t expecting that, were you? Well, maybe it’s time to lay down the hunting rifle or bow for now and try your hand at a classic slingshot. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to aim a slingshot.

What Is a Slingshot?

 A slingshot is a useful hunting and survival weapon. Basically, it’s a wooden piece in the shape of a fork where an elastic band is attached. With this elastic band, you can use it to propel a marble or stone at your target.

It shoots the stone in a projectile motion, and if you’re going for longer distances of targets, you may need more knowledge on how to aim it properly.

What Type of Slingshot to Get

There are a lot of commercially available slingshots at hunting shops. You can find different types of frames and elastics, as well as different kinds of slingshot ammo. If you’re going to ask me which type of slingshot to get, then I will find it difficult to tell you which the best one is.

It all depends on your preference. However, I can provide a general description of the type of slingshot I recommend. You might want to get one that has a sturdy frame, yet is ergonomic so your hand won’t feel too tired. Moreover, a slingshot with a strap can help ease the hand fatigue.

A good elastic will also help you get a good pull weight. You want to get a high quality slingshot with this type of elastic in order to maximize your potential with the slingshot.

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How to Aim a Slingshot

Using a slingshot may have seemed pretty easy if you’ve experienced it back in the day. It’s essentially a small catapult that allows you to shoot objects in the air. Now, using your slingshot for something other than shooting cans off a fence may need more than just amateur aiming.

For this article, we are going to learn how to aim a slingshot like a pro so in no time, you can use the slingshot to hunt.

Get the feel of your slingshot

Once you’ve got your new slingshot, it probably won’t feel familiar in your hand at first. Thus, the first thing you have to do is get the feel of your slingshot. To do this, hold the slingshot in your hand and learn how to hold it properly.

If you’ve gotten an ergonomic slingshot that has a hand mold, then it’s much better. You can probably get the feel of the slingshot much better and get acquainted with it quicker.

You should also practice extending the elastic and see how far it will go. Chances are, your elastic needs to be broken in so that it will perform to its utmost when you start practicing.

Set up your targets and goals

After you have your hands acquainted with your slingshot, you can start setting up your goals. What distance do you aim for? It’s best if you start with short distances before moving on to longer ones, especially if you’re a little rusty. And if you haven’t used a slingshot in a long time, you’re probably going to start with short distances first.

Once you’ve set your short-term goals and long-term goals, you can choose your targets. Still targets are the best ones you can practice with in the beginning. Maybe go through the recycling and use a few cans as your targets?

After you’ve chosen your targets, set them at the appropriate distance congruent to your goals. When you get better and better as time passes by, you can start going for long distances and even moving targets.

Load up your slingshot ammo

The first step you’re going to have to do is load up your slingshot ammo onto the elastic’s pouch. It’s imperative that you place the ammo, which can be a small pebble, marble, or metal ball, at the center of the pouch.

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Hold your slingshot

To aim, hold your slingshot at arm’s length towards the target. Then, place your thumb and index finger on the pouch of the elastic. Hold it firmly and pull back the elastic until the pouch reaches your cheek.

Aim your slingshot at the target

Aiming the slingshot can be more difficult for first timers since it doesn’t have a sight or crosshairs. However, you can get the hang of aiming the slingshot if you always envision the target to be in the middle of the fork.

You should also remember to not misalign the pouch since the ammo needs to fly straight. Moreover, you should also learn how to estimate the angle of your slingshot relative to the distance of your target.

You need to be consistent with your angles so you will learn properly. Here’s a diagram on how to do just that:

Release your slingshot

The release is also important in shooting a slingshot, as in how to shoot a compound bow. You need to release the ammo without moving the hand that’s holding the slingshot. If you do, your aim will be misaligned at the last second.

Practice, practice, practice

You’re not going to get better if you don’t practice. As always, practice will help you aim better and estimate your angles better. Other than that, practice will let you move onto longer distances. As I’ve said before, once you’ve got the shorter distances done, you can move on to longer distances.

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Conclusion

The slingshot is a very simple and useful weapon that can be used for hunting and survival. It’s relatively cheap and easy to maintain, and once you’ve gotten the hang of using it, it can serve as a good weapon for you. Other than that, it holds a lot of nostalgia, doesn’t it?

In this article, we’ve discussed how to aim a slingshot, which is a pretty fundamental part of using the slingshot. The aim is everything. And your aim is not going to get better if you don’t work on it constantly. But let me tell you, once you’ve got the slingshot mastered, the skill is going to prove itself useful over time.

I hope this article shed light on the dying art of slingshot shooting, and I hope you’ve learned a lot. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below. Don’t forget to also share this with your friends who might be interested. Thanks for reading!

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What You Can Expect in The Python Hunt

 What could be more thrilling than hunting one of the most dangerous snakes in the world? Well, The Python Hunt embodies the enthralling challenge of hunting the mighty python for yourself. Just recently, there has been a great clamor to hunt non-native pythons that cause a great pain by preying on local wildlife. If you’re thinking of getting in on The Python Hunt challenge, then here’s a rundown article of what you can expect.

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What You Need for Successful Winter Hunting

Every hunter knows that winter is the toughest season to overcome while hunting. Well, this is no mystery at all, since most perils come with the onset of the cold months. Man is simply not made to withstand the cold temperatures on his own, but thanks to many innovations and inventions, there is an abundance of gear today that help hunters succeed with winter hunting trips. Thus, in this article, I’m going to tell you what you need for successful winter hunting.

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Shoot with Consistency – The Best Archery Release

It is hard to use your fingers to shoot a bow especially when your bow is too heavy. Because of this, it is good to use an archery release aid so that you can shoot more consistently and accurately. Putting aside your shooting skills into consideration, using an archery release can give you better results than traditional methods from the mechanical and operational standpoint. Whether you are a beginner who aspires to learn to shoot cleanly, or a professional archer who wants to improve his shooting skills, an archery release is a good equipment to try. With all the models of archery release out in the market, it is easy to get confused on which archery release to choose. To help you with that, I have listed in this article the best archery release that I have gathered after careful considerations.

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