Post by BigCountryBarnes on Jan 10, 2005 1:33:07 GMT -5
I have no experience hunting with a slingshot, but I have shot one a few times just messing around. Im sure they have enough power, but you would have to be very accurate, in order to make a clean kill and not injure the animal.
I've successfully killed squirrells, rabbits and grouse with a slingshot. Cheap 1/8 - 1/4 once marbles work best. Still, hitting a target like a squirrel can be tough. Make sure you have lots of marbles. Also if tyour in an area that may have wildlife officers make sure your legally allowed to hunt with a slingshot. If there aren't many wildlife officers in your area, you don't have to worry. Slingshots and airguns aren't permitted for hunting in my province, but every teenage hunter I know uses them. I've been stopped by wildlife officers and they don't give you a hard time about it,...usually! Now that I'm of age I use a 12 gauge loaded with #8 lead for squirrels. I typically use # 6 or # 5 for rabbits and grouse. Occasionally I still like taking the pellet rifle for squirrels.
Yes, I have killed both squirrels and rabbits with slingshots, and like hunthicks I used marbles. I find them at the dollar store for a buck for a bag of 100. Slingshots have enough power at reasonable ranges, but the only problem is they are not overly accurate, so practice is required.
Seems to me that "Time" is merely an artificial concept, created by man, with which to hassel himself.
One thing though, yes they will kill a squirrel but you need to make sure its legal to, some states have rules on what types of weapons you can use. Just don't want to see you get in trouble for it and loose you rights to hunt, it happend to a kid with an air rifle he got charged with animal cruelty.
"ITS NOT WHAT THE WISE MAN SAYS BUT WHAT THE WISE MAN DOES DURING HIS LIFE THAT MATTERS"
I carry a slingshot with me at all times when hunting before the trees are bare. I use it to locate squirels that get lost in dense upper foliage. A low velocity acorn richocheting around the tree tops does a pretty good job at getting a squirrel to reveal itself. The down side is that acorn may just richochet back at you.
I shoot blowguns sometimes around here, but I have never attempted anything larger than mice, or useing the blunt tipped "stun darts" to butt-shoot neighborhood dogs that get on the porch after the wife's cats ... or occasionally paint balls to add a bit of color to the wife, or my son in law and daughter who live next door.... However, I have read about people hunting rabbits, squirrels, rats, and even fish with blowguns...
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