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
Slingshots 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.
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.
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.