Bows are powerful and should always be handled with care, one wrong move and you might hurt some body. Use this at your own risk and be careful, some information might not be accurate as I am still learning about bows, I will do my best to not spread misinformation. I want to introduce you a really creative way of making yourself a bow using what mother nature has to offer. This makeshift bow should not be used to hunt game, it’s simply not powerful enough and I’m not talking about dumb games like football, I am talking about real animals, you don’t want to make them suffer.

Before you craft your bow you need to collect a few resources, you need roots (to tie your bow together), two chestnut branches and some oak bark (for glue). Manufacturing the arrows is easy as pie, grab some sticks and sharpen their points, you can also use feathers to increase the velocity and the precision of the arrows, use glue to make the feathers stick. The chestnut branches need to be glued together using strong glue, I suggest making oak bark glue and using that. Tie the roots around your two chestnuts, now for the bow line I suggest you use something commercial, nature doesn’t provide us with a good firing line for the bow so we have to improvise.

You don’t need to build the bow on your own if you don’t want to. You can always buy a bow online or at a local store, just make sure you have a permit to use it, you also need a different permit to hunt but that depends a lot on where you live. Ask about and make sure you don’t do anything illegal while at it without even knowing it.

Traditional Bow

The name says it all, this is a classic bow, has been used by for centuries and still is a viable choice for hunters. Traditional bows are used by professionals most of the time as they do not have an aiming mechanism or a nocking point for arrows to rest. My advice is to start out with a recurve if you are a beginner or … if you feel extra badass today you might as well go for the traditional one! Heed my warning, it has a much steeper learning curve than most bows out there.

shooting a traditional bow

Recurve Bow

Most people prefer a recurve bow over any other hunting weapon (projectile based), most recurves are take down bows which can be taken apart for easy mobility. It can be used for hunting and indoor training and is one of the most common bow types. Some say the best way to go is to use carbon and wood arrows for training, aluminum arrows for hunting game. As an entry level individual you should consider a lower drawing weight for your bow, depending on your gender, age, weight and height. As a point of reference, male adults start at 30 – 35 pounds and female adults 25 – 30 pounds.

using a recurve bow

Compound Bow

The compound bow has an entirely different story, it’s used for hunting and handles much harder, most compound bows have a higher drawing weight. Hunters use compound bows during hunting seasons because unlike recurve bows, the compound bow has a lock mechanism which only requires its user to draw the bow once, it gets locked and you don’t have to fatigue your strength to keep it drawn, whenever you want to shoot it, just release the lock and the arrow goes flying!

One great down side to the compound bow is the mechanical side of its use, compounds have various components and if one gets damaged or broken, the bow doesn’t work anymore. There goes your hunting season down the drain, there is no way you can simply fix a compound bow in the wild using sticks and leaves, you need specialized people to have a look at it and determine what the problem is.

Always choose a bow for your dominant hand, if your right hand is dominant then you will hold the bow using your left hand and vice versa. This can cause problems as most bows are made for a specific demographic of people and you will have a hard time trying to shoot a bow for your non dominant hand, you could even hurt yourself so I would stay away from it.

It’s important to have the right pose when using a bow, wrong positioning alone can compromise the whole aspect of training. I also suggest using an arm guard for safety reasons, hitting your arm won’t hurt the first time, nor the second time but in time you will get bruised and that will be a sight you’d rather avoid. I want to end this with a warning, do not use your bow in public spaces, do not try to hunt game if you can’t even hit a target, get professional help if you want to get better and never, ever dry fire!