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Old 04-10-2012, 02:28 AM
mountainmedic mountainmedic is offline
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Default Made a Bola!

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(Pics to follow.)

Made a couple bola's today for fun.
First one with spectra-cord and 3 small socks stuffed with rocks. Worked okay.
Second one I used #2 and #3 fishing weights and spectra. About arms length and 3 weights.

The first one was good for rabbits and barely but in a pinch it took 5 minutes and could be made with socks and shoelaces.

The second one was nice! Arms length but opens to double that. Throws 15-20 feet well, still working on accuracy but I can walk that close to deer in my yard daily. Thrown at a pair of upright shovels it wrapped both handles and pulled them from the ground entangled (though honestly about 1/6 attempts but hey, it's my first day.)

Don't expect much, still have to chase down the animal. But two people in the woods with shoelace bolas and knives have a FAR better chance than with thrown stick or other simple improvised tools.

Next, bird bola.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:15 PM
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Cool! I love interesting weapons. Please do post pics or video. I can imagine it takes a bit of practice but many things do.

Old 05-08-2012, 11:44 PM
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thats awesome your delving into the primitive arts

check out pale planet heres a link on bolas for some more crafty ideas.

and here is the misc weapons section(anything not atlatl or bow)

hope to see more awesome primitives in the future
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This is really awesome, and I'm going to make some of these soon.

I love learning new stuff! You rock!


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