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Compare a human skull to that of a deer. The human skull is dominated by the brain, so a shot to the head is likely to penetrate the cranium and brain. On the other hand, a deer brain is very small compared to the skull and presents a very small target. Furthermore there are bony stuctures which might deflect away a bullet or arrow. See this picture of a ...


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The head tends to be a harder target to hit than the vital organs in the center of the body, but a penetrating hit there is more likely to take a human or animal to unconsciousness and inability immediately. That's more important to do to a human who may have a weapon that can hit you back quickly, than it is to a nearly-defenseless animal you are hunting ...


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Having done a bit of googling it appears he appears he shot left-handed due to an accident where he had part of one of his fingers amputated: ...Fred Bear shot the bow left handed, but he was right eye dominant. He had a partial amputation of one of the fingers on his right hand, so it was either draw left handed or only draw with two fingers of his ...


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It will not matter which way the fletching runs on arrows for left or right handed archers, however right handed fletching tools will be harder for a left hander to use, as you would need to change the angle of your hand. Any angling of the fletching will produce spin on the arrow, however this is not going to affect the shot of a right or left hander, for ...


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With the bow it is not the speed of the arrow but the power it is packing. I think the general speed is around 300 fps (90 m/s). There are some compound bows that can shoot faster with thin diameter arrows. Usually 55 lbs draw is enough to kill any large game. I shoot a 65 lb take down recurve when I train. Then I switch my bow limbs for 50 when I hunt ...


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To answer this I need to split up your question a little bit. I'd like to know which kind of arrow would slow down or kill a bear Every arrow with a broad-head (= hunting point) attached. It doesn't matter whether it's made out of wood, aluminium or carbon, if the arrow fits you and your bow. Which vital spots should I aim at The lethal zone which is in ...


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It does apply, in some cases - it's actually a preference. For small game such as rabbits a neat little shot to the head with a high powered air rifle will kill the rabbit and save you from having to get the shot out afterwards. This is also most likely with small game that it's going to be much harder to pick out heart or lungs to aim to, the head is a ...


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A headshot is a high percentage HIT if done perfectly, but it is not a high percentage SHOT to do perfectly. The brain (which is the actual intended target) is a small target, a miss of the exact target leads to a very ineffective alternate hit, it moves more, and it is more armored (which on glancing shots can increase the chance of ricochet, this is ...


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If your reason for not wanting camo is that you want to be obvious (maybe to other hunters so you don't get shot) then you can always flash a backpack with reflective material, or use a hi vis pack cover such as those recommended for cyclists. Home-modding a rucksack to incorporate the barrel ties and stock pocket probably wouldn't take you too long if you ...


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Chances are you'll be doing a lot more tracking. Blunt tips are for very small game, intended to knock they prey out cold or cause death by blunt trauma. Hunting tips are intended to increase depth of penetration as well as doing continuous damage to the vital organs once full penetration has occurred. Hunting tips will almost always penetrate deeper than ...


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Yes - 50lbs draw means you need to be able to pull 50lbs, unless you have a pulley/gear reduction. So if you increase to a higher draw, you'll need to be able to pull it.


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Refer A Beginner's Guide to Hunting with a Crossbow You cock before you load an arrow.... You can leave your bow cocked all day (provided that you remove the arrow before walking or exiting a tree stand, of course), but you should uncock the bow at the end of the hunt. Clearly, you should not be walking around all day with an arrow in a cocked ...


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It looks to me, looking at the diagram on this site, that ATA is a measure of the bow itself. I would say that the limbs of the bow are relaxed in this diagram. I hope this article will also be helpful to you. And here is the article: Understanding compound bows, and how to select them.


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A.M.O.(Archery Manufacturing Organization) and I.B.O. (International Bowhunters Association) both have a method for testing arrow speed from bows and although they are different both can be used to compare equipment for relative speed. Both of the speed testing standards use a constant drawlength, arrow weight and bow weight to test bowspeed. These are the ...


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I don't know how much push-ups will help, since they're working the muscles in a different direction. I started indoor rock-climbing this year at a place with some pretty healthy overhangs, and those work the back muscles in pretty much the same way as drawing my bow. It feels to me like it's made quite a difference. Also, what's your draw weight and what ...


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From my archery days, you're primarily looking at upper arm and shoulder. Push-ups can help with that, but are pretty hard on your joints. Shoulders: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/free-weights-exercises/single-arm-row Triceps: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/free-weights-exercises/jawbreaker ...


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If you have to pull it back manually without a mechanism then you will need the strength to pull it back. Also consider when putting a new draw on it, that the body can hold the increased vibration and tension without shattering. I would suggest going for a new crossbow if you want increased poundage, or get a professional to change it for you. As a side ...


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Three blade broadheads will leave a wider wound channel and thus a better chance for a kill as bow kills are usually blood loss. It can be argued that two blade gets better penetration but, in my opinion, that is just a factor of putting your shot in the right place. Failure to hit the target isn't an arrow problem. (Edit: Okay yes, failure to hit could ...


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Two different kinds of wood, fiber from bark (to make the string and to hold the wood together while gluing), a knife or hatchet, pitch from a pine tree, fire to temper the wood. The stiff wood needs to be on the front of the bow, the less stiff on the back. Edit: if making a recurve, you need to soak the wood, and bend it opposite the direction you will ...


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This question arises basically for one reason. Movies are wrong. Any cop or soldier (even snipers) are trained to shoot center of mass. This is because it's far easier to hit, and still highly lethal. The head is a relatively fast moving, and smaller target. The skull also provides much more armour than the ribcage. As well demonstrated by @mikeagg the ...


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I've found some! I've searched a little bit and stumbled over a few. For example the "Halti Kauris": One is even able to remove the "rifle holder" and use it as a completely common backpack. Or the "Wisport Forester": Also I came across these beauties: But as wonderful as they are, they are expensive and the backpacks quite small.


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The outcome in the use of the set up you speak of, will also greatly depend on the size of the game you are considering hunting. On small game a field tip will penetrate, and in most instances, pin the game to the ground unless shooting at extreme angles. While this would work to harvest a smaller animal, I would definitely not recommend it on any size game. ...


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According to the "Australian Bowhunters Association" there is no minimum requirement. Q: What the minimum bow poundage required to hunt in Australia? Answer The ABA has no minimum recommendation on poundage for hunting. There are State regulations that require minimum standards of poundage and arrow weight. In Victoria these are ...


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In addition to the already given answers, I've found a in-depth guide on how to build a bow (full credit goes to Jason Knight). How to Make a Quickie Bow from a Sapling 1. Choosing wood The first step is to select the proper materials. Some of the best woods for making bows include osage orange, yew, ash, black locust, and hickory, though ...


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Other than the stated back to nature (if you can count it as that as most hunters use compounds) it is generally considered both quiter and cheaper. It is a lot cheaper to buy a bow and arrows than a silenced rifle. Especially as, if you are lucky, you can reuse arrows. It is down to preference however, as to what a person wishes to use.


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If you're in the right area, there will always be hunters selling old gear on Craigslist so they can buy new gear. In my case, I was able to find an Ebrlestock Slingshot for $50 on Craigslist. There was also a Tailhook for $100, and while that was a great deal, it was outside my price range. After a lot of experimentation, I got the Slingshot working pretty ...


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OutdoorLife.com says: You wouldn’t think by looking at a turkey that they would present much of a challenge. After all, they’re just a pile of feathers and a few pounds of meat, right? Wrong! Turkeys are one of the toughest animals on two legs and you can’t assume you have Thanksgiving Dinner in the bag until you are wrapping your tag around ...


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When hunting with a rifle, it's the energy of the bullet that matters. With an arrow, it's all about blood loss. The 'power' matters, but only insofar as it is a factor in creating blood loss. Ideally, you want a through-and-through so the arrow is out of the animal's body and does not block blood flow. What's necessary wrt fps for an arrow to kill a ...


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Hunting arrows fly differently due to the broadheads so the "fineTuning" variable would be slightly different. I shoot the same bow and arrows (points and broadheads weight the same) for field and hunting but I have a set of arrows for field and a set for hunting. That said, as I shoot a recurve barebow style, I wouldn't notice much difference between my ...


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I wanted to add something to the very good existing answers. While this would work to harvest a smaller animal, I would definitely not recommend it on any size game. With smaller game, a harvest would be an almost given however, the results may be a lengthy death for the game animal which wouldn't be the most ethical hunting practice. From ...



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