How to Hunt With a Boomerang

Hunt With a Boomerang

Even though many talk about how ancient the boomerang is, it was only around 1800 when the word (a similar word as a matter of fact, “wo-mur-ran”) was used to describe the name of one of the Aboriginal clubs. Right after 1800, the word boomerang was used in the Sydney region, which is why it’s so common to consider the boomerang and Australian tool.

What’s the story with the boomerang anyway?

aboriginal hunting boomerangFor a very long time, boomerangs were used exclusively for hunting and some were built to circle more than once. This way, the Aboriginal hunters would get closer to some birds, throwing their Boomerang high, for more than just one spin. The hunters would continue by mimicking the sound of a bird of prey so that the birds would think they’re being attacked. The birds would flock together and fly right towards the hunters who could easily attack them in the end.

How many types and sizes are they?

You may find many shapes and sizes for the Boomerangs and each of them is better for some situations. Some boomerangs are built so that they travel fast and, if you missed your target, they come back so you may try once again.

You can also find bigger boomerangs that don’t have symmetrical designs so that the heavier side picks up momentum as the boomerang spins up in the air. You may use this type of boomerangs for hunting kangaroos. They are tough enough to break the legs of kangaroos, which would make later killing way easier.

boomerang types and sizes

Let’s not forget about the boomerangs with serrated edges that are helpful for clipping wings or breaking legs of your prey.

What to use for hunting?

It’s important to know that Australian aboriginals don’t use light returning boomerangs for hunting. The most popular model, the returning boomerang, isn’t the best choice for hunting, not these days nor in the past.

In fact, it’s the non-returning boomerangs that you may use for hunting, sunken shelters, digging up roots, fire pits. You may also use them as musical instrument or even for hand-to-hand combat, which you couldn’t do with wooden tomahawk.

Returning boomerangs are too light for hunting and you can’t really predict their path, so you can’t really aim when using them. This doesn’t mean you can’t use them for practicing for getting better when actually hunting with a non-returning boomerang.

A hunting boomerang, aka “kylie” for the aborigines, is heavier and larger than a regular boomerang. It also has a specific design, typically in the shape of its art foil. It’s very common for a hunting boomerang to have one arm much longer than the other is so that it doesn’t fly in a circular path. This why it’s easier to aim with it and why it flies faster. What you get in the end is a hunting weapon that may become deadly it used right.

How to use a hunting boomerang?

You may throw the boomerang sideways as you don’t need it to come back anyway. When hunting birds, you may use returning boomerang as you may fail the first time you throw them. They’re great tools to use against flying flocks, ducks or bats, individual sitting birds or even smaller animals.

Funny fact: King Tutankhamen of Egypt used the non-returning boomerangs when duck hunting. As long as you’re throwing it right, if you throw a heavy boomerang into a flock of ducks, chances are it’s gonna hit one or two of them. As ducks or any other birds fly off from the lake, they all do it in one direction, therefore a leading throw may hit and hurt a wing or a neck strong enough to bring it down.

You may also the boomerang to hit a small game (rabbits, hares) and even a deer from time to time. Some Australian natives used boomerangs against emu, breaking its neck or leg, immobilizing it later on.

The same principles applies when using it against a kangaroo, wallaby, just as long the boomerang is heavy enough to knock out the animal.

You would need a sharp boomerang to disembowel the animal to kill.

If you want to add more fun to it, you can also throw the boomerang against the tree’s leaves, scaring roosting birds. They would fly right into your throw-up nets.

The fair conclusion

Boomerangs lost their popularity once the bow and arrow were invented and proved to be more efficient and precise then boomerangs. They still remain a common choice for the Australian aborigines though as they do master the skills of throwing them.

As long as you’re willing to play with it and practice a lot, we see no reasons for not trying to use the boomerangs for hunting. They do try it to develop it as a sport as well, in case you’re interested 🙂 .

How to Hunt with a Slingshot

Hunting with a Slingshot

Small and easy to carry around, slingshots are quite a powerful hunting weapon that you may easily use for small game like rabbits, squirrel, geese, pheasants, ducks and, surprisingly enough, even fish (if they are near the surface).

As long as you know how to use it, a slingshot is a great hunting weapon to have on you, in a small pocket or your backpack. If anything goes wrong when hiking, you may rely on this strong, small weapon, mainly if you know what to get the best out of it.

Know your weapon

SlingshotSlingshots aren’t just a kid’s toy and only an avid survivalist is able to recognize a good, dependable slingshot. We are not comparing slingshots to guns, as they may lose when it comes to accuracy and range, but they sure are easy to carry around, even in your pocket, when hiking. In addition, this part counts as a big pro, especially when compared to carrying a heavyweight rifle on your shoulder.

We also like slingshots as they are quiet and you may shoot at an animal without scaring other possible preys around. You’re gonna find slingshots great for hunting rabbits as they have bigger heads, which makes aiming easier. Let’s not forget they also like a lot to raise their areas and scout the area. Keep in mind to always aim for the head. Moreover, if you miss, don’t worry either. Once they’re wounded, they’re not that difficult to track.

What ammunition is good?

It’s not mission impossible to find ammunition for your slingshot. Additionally, it’s not pricey either and you should be able to find it in any hardware store. A popular choice are the marbles as they are cheap and effective at the same time.

You don’t have to spend the extra buck for the slingshot either and even a cheap model may throw a projectile faster than 150 ft. per second. Just to make an idea, this is enough for fracturing a small animal’s skull and kill it within seconds.

You may also use regular stones, but the trajectory becomes a bit unpredictable and you may fail.

If you’re doing it like a pro, go for the steel balls as they are the most effective ammunition when hunting small game.

Tips when hunting with a slingshot

Small animals run fast and are so agile, so you don’t want to waste your ammunition while they’re running. Wait until they stop for a short breath and keep your slingshot close. A good hunting situation may disappear as fast it came, so you always have to be prepared.

If you have the skills for it, a great way to speed up the hunting process is to find the hole or the nest where your small game lives. We’re not talking about the underground burrows as they are more difficult to find, but it’s not that difficult to spot birds or squirrels on trees. Pay attention when hunting and open big your ears. Birds do communicate with each other, so it’s easier for you to see them.

hunting with a slingshot

The easiest animals to hunt with slingshots are definitely the rabbits. It’s great if you catch them when they’re still, while scouting the noises around. Aim for success and use steel ammunition so that you hit and kill the rabbit.

Squirrels are also easy to find in many forests and it’s best to catch them while getting down from a tree. If you don’t hit the head, chances are you hit the spine so the squirrel may not be dead, but still unable to move. They do have a tough skin and even if your ammo doesn’t tear the skin, the meat inside may be already wasted.

Should you get lost around a lake or some river, you may easily find some birds to hunt. A bird could feed you for even 5 days so focus if you see a flock of ducks. As long as you’re aiming right, it’s almost impossible not to hit at  least one of them.

Practice. Always

Hunting with a slingshot is typically for survival purposes, which is why you should practice all the time. Even if your prey isn’t moving, still it’s a small prey so it’s essential that you aim as precisely as you can. Speed varies from one slingshot to other and the ammunition that you use is also essential.

Try to hold the slingshot’s pouch lightly and hold it lower in your grip. When you’re new at this, you tend to hold it too high or too tightly, which may result into shooting everything else but your small game.

Precision is essential when hunting with a slingshot and you should aim for the head for humanitarian reasons. Just because you missed the head, doesn’t mean your hunt isn’t already injured and only minutes away from dying. After all, you’re stranded without your dog in the wilderness, unable to find on your own a soon to be dead small animal.