Bow Hunting : The Most Hunted Animal
Who would have thought that bow hunting for small animals , rabbits , grouse , pheasants ,etc. was the more popular game for hunting with a bow.
I know my dad and I went bow hunting for rabbits. It was my first experience bow hunting. I was not very old but I remember loving it.
We got a rabbit and I was so proud . I used to practice in the backyard shooting my bow all the time.
The bows and arrows we had back then were nothing like today’s. Ours were the first ones that came out nothing fancy but they worked. I’m not sure that I would have tried to shoot a big animal with the one I had but small animals was fine.
They explain the difference in the arrows very interesting …
Small Game Hunting With Bow and Arrow
What is THE most hunted animal in North America? The whitetail deer? The black bear? The elk?
Nope! It’s the cottontail rabbit! In fact, more hours are logged in the field each year by small game hunters than any other.
Some of the most exciting bowhunting action on the planet is found in hot pursuit of small game.
Have you ever been jolted back to reality by a pheasant busting up at your feet ? Or how about stalking the tundra and spruce in search of snowshoe hares, or ranging the arid desert for jackrabbits?
Dale and I have shared some great fun chasing the multitude of spruce hens that inhabit the Alaskan far north.
From East to West and North to South, we all have small game to hunt and we love doing it. Small game hunting has a lot to offer the traditional bowhunter.
Those of us who have taught Bowhunter Education are well versed in the discussion of how broadhead tipped arrows kill by hemorrhage resulting in blood loss in contrast to bullets which kill by shock and tissue damage. The small game point is, in bowhunting, the exception to the rule.
In this article we’ll cover the various small game heads available to the longbow and recurve shooter and describe their various strengths and weaknesses. You’ll also learn the subtle and not so subtle differences between heads, which should make choosing what you need much easier.
After kicking around the best way to present the different heads, we’ve decided to feature a selection of some of the most popular small game heads and discuss them individually.
The Hammer™ Small Game Blunt
Nail’em with the Hammer! Offered in a Screw-in Hammer and a Glue-on Hammer, they are devastating on all small game and sure to be your new favorite stump shooting blunt. The recessed ballistic point delivers killing shock to all sized small game.
Jack Zwickey and his dad Cliff designed the amazing Judo. They truly are perfect for realistic bowhunting practice. You can shoot into stumps, trees, cut-banks, and even open fields without fear of losing your arrows. The small spring arms that encircle the head prevent deep penetration in the stumps and ground and they grab tall grass and flip your arrows up so you can find them in grassy fields. We do recommend that you have over 50 pounds of bow force if you intend to use them for small game.
Snaro Bird Points
What an attention-getter! This is one popular head, probably because of the four loops of wire on a steel blunt. This head has advantages and disadvantages. They’re heavy (200-300 grains) and wind resistant so they slow down your arrow. This makes hitting moving game, especially at longer distances, more difficult. When you see the big loops you think, “Hey, I’ll still get my animal or bird even if I’m off a little.” But the truth of the matter is, if you miss, this head is not going to get you rabbits and squirrels. You need a lot of power behind this head to take advantage of the wire loops.
Bludgeon Small Game Blunt
Made of a hard hitting rubber-plastic. Great for stump shooting and small game hunting. The raised tips offer small game killing shock, yet enough to help prevent sliding under the grass.
Flat-Nosed Steel Blunts
These points are still quite popular with bowhunters and they do a very good job at killing small game. The Flat nosed deals the shock and a small chamfer helps to prevent skipping. They are stamped with diameter and grain weight for easy identification.
Tred Barta Bunny Buster
The Bunny Buster rubber blunt is so handy it deserves to be included in every bow hunter’s small game repertoire. The basic concept of a hard-hitting rubber blunt has been tested and battle-proven for over 50 years. This one, with its one-of-a-kind parallel-to-tapered internal slot, can be slipped over tapered or non-tapered shafts or even over other points on wood, aluminum, or carbon arrows. There’s no tapering and no glue needed. Make sure to always keep a couple handy.
The Bunny Buster offers more that just convenience; it packs a deadly knockout punch on small game, yet bounces off trees and stumps making it an excellent roving or stump shooting arrow as well. This is a distinct advantage over solid steel blunts. Glancing blows with steel blunts often break wooden arrows, the Bunny Busters bounce and reduce the risk of breaking arrows. Rubber blunts like the Bunny Buster have been successfully used on all sorts of small game, including; snowshoe hare, jackrabbits, grouse, pheasant, squirrel, and more. These blunts deliver a tremendous amount of shock to their target with minimal tissue damage.
Tred Barta Blunt
One of our most popular small game heads is the Barta Blunt. The Barta Blunt has a reputation for putting small game down for good. They’ve proven themselves time and time again as hard-hitting, quick-killing heads.
The Head Saver
Designed for the wood arrow stump shooter. The Head Saver keeps your field point or blunt connected to the arrow after the wood shaft has broken behind the point. Works great for stump shooting and small game hunting.
We’ve included the field point because some folks just don’t know any better. In a word, DON’T. Don’t use field points for small game hunting.
Broadheads are not intended for small game hunting, but sometimes they are used. Most of the time it’s a big game arrow used to shoot a small game animal when the bowhunter didn’t bring any small game arrows with him. We don’t really recommend broadheads for small game, but we have seen excellent results on game birds like grouse and pheasant.
Like the birds and animals they were designed for, Bunts and Small Game Heads are available in many shapes and sizes. From simple flat-faced steel bluntto exotic Snaro Bird Points and everything in between, there’s a head for every use and every bowhunter.
Article by : Dale Karch & Todd Smith