Slingshot Hunting For Sport And Table

 By: Chas Brown
Slingshot hunting is a great way to get outside and accept a challenge from Nature herself. Can you approach and take one of her wary wild creatures with nothing more than your stalking skills and a truly primitive weapon? Hunting with a slingshot successfully will take every bit of skill you can muster.

This is a sport for people who find the other methods of hunting too easy. Or, they just want to do something a little different - give the game 95% of the advantage.

For me, it goes back to childhood, when this boy developed a passion for hunting. I came by it naturally, because my Dad was a hunter who grew up during the dust bowl years of the thirties in Oklahoma, when life was hard and money scarce. The boys hunted with slingshots because money for rifles and shotgun ammo was not always available. The rabbits, squirrels and bullfrogs they got were good table fare. And Dad was even to get an occasional duck from the farm pond.

That alone qualifies as a real feat.

Making your own homemade slingshot was the order of the day. That meant a tree limb fork, a couple of strips of natural rubber inner tube and a leather shoe tongue. Primitive? It worked!

So when my brothers and I were ready, Dad made slingshots for us, and we then learned to make them for ourselves. We spent countless hours in practice and before too long we were able to reduce the pest population of sparrows and starlings in our area. In time we graduated to the turtle (mourning) doves which were legal in September and abundant in Oklahoma. Then there was the bigger challenges yet of feral barn pigeons, rabbits and squirrels.

For ammo, we used crushed rock - not the best stuff, since it tended to fly erratically. Round stones were hard to come by, so we saved what we found for game. Marbles and ball bearings were best, but could be expensive to acquire.

Many grown men today still enjoy slingshot hunting. They may have fond memories of boyhood adventures or just like the challenge. Commercial slingshots today are powerful tools, and must be used carefully. Some people just like to practice on backyard targets, while others take to fields and woods for wild game. In any case, hunting with a slingshot is a great way to accept nature's challenge, and can give many hours of inexpensive exercise.

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