With things the way they are, using your instincts is definitely the way to go. One way is around the use of a survival bow. Here’s a great guest post from Steve at TopSurvivalWeapons.com.
The Survival Bow – Do You Really Need One?
The compact folding survival bow is becoming a popular item in prepper circles. Ranging in price from about $75 to over $200 they are not cheap by any means.
A bow would be a nice thing to have with you in the wild, but is the survival bow the way to go?
Most of these bows use an aluminum riser with fiberglass limbs that range from 40# – 55#. Most of the bows seem to be able to accommodate both right and left handed shooters.
Like most bows they become fairly accurate with time spent practicing.
The popularity of these bows seems to rest in the compact design being able to fit into your pack. However, a similar size and compactness can be achieved with many take-down bows on the market. These bows will cost considerably more than the survival bow unless you make your own.
There are several tutorials on making take-down bows online. You can even make them from PVC. There are many plans for making top quality wooden self bows with the take-down feature.
Another option is to buy an old fiberglass bow. Not the laminated wood kind but solid fiberglass like you used as a kid. I have 40# and 50# models that while they are not as fast as a respective weight laminated bow they are still more than adequate for big game.
These bows are almost bomb-proof and will serve you well in a survival situation if you can stand carrying them around.
If you buy a package set you will get take-down arrows (usually three) along with the bow. Sometimes these arrows store in the riser sometimes they don’t.
I like the idea of take-down arrows because building straight identical arrows in the wild is almost impossible. You can certainly build serviceable arrows in the wild, but if you worry about precision the take-down arrows will solve your problems.
Arrow irregularity will make the biggest difference in your shooting accuracy. If you can have a couple arrows that shoot the same every time it will greatly improve your chances of taking game.
For this reason, I do recommend investing in the take-down arrows if you are serious about archery and don’t have the skills to make acceptable arrows in the wild.
They are not cheap however; I found prices of up to $60 for three arrows online. If you are handy you can just buy the take-down inserts and make your own takedown arrows.
If you plan on being in the wild for a long time, and you don’t have the skill to make wooden arrows from your surroundings the old fiberglass arrows are pretty tough. You can also improve your carbon arrows to make them bomb-proof for stump shooting.
One skill worth learning is how to make Flemish twist bow strings. This will allow you to replace all your bow strings whenever you need to.
Personally, if I wasn’t going to carry a bow into the woods I would simply pack three or four Flemish twist strings.
Let me explain; everywhere in this country natives made bows out of wood found locally. That means there is a wood everywhere you go that you can use to make a bow in the field.
Two of my strings would be six feet (my height so I could gauge how long to make a bow) and two somewhat shorter in case I can’t find a suitable stave of six feet.
The really great thing about Flemish twist strings in that they are forgiving on bow length. You twist them up tighter for a shorter bow and untwist them for a longer bow.
So, the question returns, do you really need a compact folding survival bow?
For me the answer is no because I have skills to replace it in my kit, but for many it is a viable option if they can afford the price.
Something to think about. Thanks again Steve.
Use your instincts to survive