posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:40 PM
a reply to: Skid Mark
You can buy the components for arrows and assemble them yourself. I shoot aluminum arrows with feather fletchings I apply myself. Just like in the
world of firearms, the ammo you make yourself is always superior to anything produced in a factory.
You could certainly order wooden shafts online or check the youtubes for making your own. I use aluminum because they are sturdy and hollow. Hollow
matters to me because I can insert a seat for whatever point I use; a target point (rounded so it won't pass through the target!) or a razor-sharp
broadhead for when I go hunting. They sell the heads at specific weights, so your hunting arrow has the exact flight characteristics (in theory) that
it had in practice.
2. No Quiver
I hunt by stalking. When I am closing in on my quarry, I carry one arrow nocked on the string, and the 2nd arrow in my bow hand, holding it along a
groove on the outside (and palm-of-hand side) of my bow, pointed downward. You only get two shots in my experience. The second is for if you hit the
deer but it is able to escape for a short distance, and you need to make a follow-on/coup-de-grace shot.
I tried a quiver bolted to the bow; but it catches the wind, snags on grass and branches, etc. Worse, it changes the weight and wind resistance of
your bow-hand after each shot. For consistency's sake, you need your bow to weigh the same and shoot the same shot after shot.
I tried hip quivers, and even made one over my back, like a knapsack for arrows. They all clinck and clank at the worst possible moment. I saw
drawings done by native americans (Black Elk?) and they showed archers carrying arrows(s) in the bow hand while shooting. I tried it and it worked
EDIT TO ADD:
I cannot find the artwork by Black Elk online, but the Anglo artist George Catlin shows arrows held point up along the bow in paintings like
Buffalo Bull, A Grand Pawnee Warior
edit on 19-12-2014 by tovenar because: I must have the last word