Slingshots have been around for centuries and many of us that are adults now, probably grew up playing with one of these as a kid. The hardest part about using a slingshot is to get your aim accurate.
When we think of hunters we often think of using rifles and shotguns to take the animals down but a slingshot can be just as effective.
- Slingshots are cheap
- They’re easy to make
- Free ammo everywhere
- They are quiet
- No licence needed
- Easy to maintain
Now, obviously your slingshot isn’t going to be taking down a fully grown moose but they are an effective weapon against small game such as rabbits, squirrels and birds.
Tips for Aiming Your Slingshot
In order to be more consistent when you use your slingshot, you need to follow some simple aiming tips. You need to work and develop an anchor point for your draw.
If you shoot using the over the top method, draw the pouch to a point near your eye line. If you shoot through the forks (with the slingshot turned 90 degrees to the side) draw the pouch to a point near your lip line. Varying degrees of tilt will have anchor points in various locations between these two points.
When you draw back, you want to try and keep the forks perpendicular to the ground for the best accuracy no matter the tilt. Another important thing to mention about the draw is to try and keep the pouch centered between the forks at all times.
Move your upper torso to raise, lower, or pivot, but maintain the proper relationship between the draw and the forks. Smaller movements close are much larger at the point of the target.
After a bit of practice you will start to get a feeling for your average trajectory and range. Providing your ammo is all the same, it should travel the same path when it’s used.
Tips for Slingshot Practice
The more you practice, the better you will get. It is the same with any weapon. Here are a few extra tips for when you practice with your slingshot.
The main thing that you get from practice is consistency and so you need to experiment with different stances to find one that you are comfortable with.
When you practice, you don’t want to use a different setup than the one you intend to have in your survival kit. Everything must be the same.
Strength and Weight
Next, we need to look at the strength of the bands and the weight of the ammo which all plays a part in the range and trajectory of your ammo.
Strong bands are good for range and velocity but take extra strength to draw which could be a problem in a survival situation. Weaker bands may not be good for heavier ammo but they are better when it comes to getting a consistent aim.
Once you have the right bands for your setup it’s time to look at getting the right ammo for the bands.
What happens is that when you draw back on the bands, you create stored up energy which is held until you release it. This energy will determine the velocity and range of the projectile. A heavier item wouldn’t travel the same distance as a lighter item on the same amount of energy. So we need to balance out the weight of the ammo for the strength of the bands.
Hunting and Blending In
If you’re hunting with your slingshot then you need to blend into the surroundings as much as possible. By blending in to the surrounding areas then you will be able to get closer for the shot.
When hunting you want to hunt downwind so as to avoid casting your scent everywhere.
When camouflaging yourself you can’t just add a few dry leaves or green materials to yourself and be done with it. You need to breakup your outline too.
When deciding on what gear to take with you on the hunt, don’t have anything on yourself that can cast reflections or light towards the animal.
Patience, Patience, Patience
As with anything, it is going to take time and dedication to get a perfect aim with your slingshot but you can do it if you wish to. You also need a lot of patience when you eventually go out on a hunt, too.
You can’t expect to go and take a seat somewhere only to get a rabbit hopping along a few minutes later. It doesn’t work like that. Even when you do get a rabbit in your sights you could be sat awkwardly with the slingshot drawn for several minutes before it comes into range for the kill. You will miss some shots and that’s OK as long as you don’t give up.