Interesting Perspective

“Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that individual to carry weapons in follow-on service.”
Terry McAuliffe
VA Governor
February 20, 2017

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=19432

Which Weapon Is Better When Hunting, Guns or Bows?

In earlier days, people use to prefer bows over guns. Bows were extensively used for hunting and shooting purposes. The reason behind is that they can shoot bolts and are shock mounted. They can vary in their shooting abilities and also can be different from the other firearms in a way that it requires a totally different level of energy in order to operate them. Before buying any kind of bow it is important to understand and compare the features of various kinds of bows.

Types of bows

• Recurve bow

Recurve bows have a much longer flight groove area than the other types. It has a tip that bends away from the archer. It places more stress on the arrow when it is fired that is why more noise is produced when the arrow is released from the weapon. That is why mostly bow string silencer is used with it. These are made from the fiberglass over the base that is made from wood or foam of carbon.

Due to the longer length of the flight groove, it produces less hand shaking and also provides better acceleration. These are mostly used by the professional shooters, hunters, and archers.

• Compound bows

It is another variant of the bow family. It is preferred over other bows because the limbs are stronger than others. The higher rigidity is a plus point for compound bows. The bow is shot to a much farther distance than other types. It also stores more energy and then shoots the bows with great speed.

• Crossbows

This is the latest type of bows. The traditional bows had some shortcoming and to fulfill those needs crossbows are made. Crossbows can be used to target at longer distances. These are the most solid form and are highly accurate. That is the reason professional prefers crossbows over other types.

• Traditional bows

This kind of bow is used by professionals and is much liked by them. Traditional bows are mostly used in 3D archery and field archery. Hunters and shooter prefer traditional bows when heavier draw weights are required or used.

 

These are some of the various kinds of bows available. Well, it is said that bows are great for hunting but still, they are not the best weapon used for self-defense as guns and pistols are. Here are some of the features that state that guns are better for self-defense when compares to bows.

 

What makes guns more powerful than bows?

These are some of the features of bows that make them less powerful when compared to the guns or pistols. This is the reason people have started replacing the bows with the latest firearms.

• Size of bows

The guns and pistols are smaller in size as compared to the bows. Thus it is easy to hide the guns and pistols when attacking the enemy.

• Loading time of bow

Bow takes more time to load as compared to guns. After shooting one arrow the shooter has to take his eyes off from the aim and then load another arrow while guns take lesser time to load. The magazine of the gun can be loaded once with about 10 to 15 bullets and fired at a time or at intervals without taking the eyes off from the aim.

• Piercing power

It may take two to three arrows to pierce through the artery or vein but only one bullet is required to stop the heart of the enemy. Bullets cause the real damage because of its immense high energy via which it pierces through the skin and on the other hand arrows will take more time to reach your target and it will not cause damage to that extent as bullets will.

• Speed

Bullets shot from the guns travel at a greater pace when compared to the quarrels shot from the bow.

• Cost effective

Bows can be really expensive especially when you are looking for the one that is more accurate and solid. On the other hand, you can get a top notch rifle or gun in the same amount or even less

Pros and cons of gun and bow hunting

Pros of bows

• It does not produce sound when it launches the bow from it and the chances of your enemy running away are pretty less.

• If you are a good shooter than chances of missing your aim is pretty less

• You can adjust the force with which the arrow is shot from the bow

 

 

Cons of bows

• Bow hunting at times can be a difficult task

• The bow is way more expensive than a gun or rifle

• It can be really tiring when you are having a bad day and you cannot hit even a single prey

• If it’s windy out there are more chances that your arrow won’t hit the aim

 

Pros of guns or pistols

• Aiming is easy with the help of the scope attached to the pistol

• You can add silencer to the pistol and hit the enemy without any noise

• The bullet fired from the pistol travels at a much farther distance as compared to the bow shot

• Guns and rifles are cheap as compared to bows

• The bullet travels at a greater pace than the bow

 

Cons of guns and pistols

• Amateurs require training before shooting with a gun or pistol

• Guns and pistols should be kept at a safer place

 

Conclusion

It is stated above that guns work better than bows because of easy handling, ease of loading, accuracy, greater pace and cost effectiveness. However, still, if we have to select which bow is better than other types the list goes like this:

Out of all the bows available, the best one so far is the compound bow. They are used extensively and shooters and hunters personally prefer this type because of its easy handling and great kinetic energy.

It is also accurate and the arrow is shot to a much greater distance.

After this comes the crossbow which is also great. It is easy to handle and shoot an arrow with it thus making it a suitable bow for beginners.

Now the choice is yours that which weapon do you prefer for hunting and shooting.


This guest article was written by Tomaz Rodica, a founder of the website archerstop.com where are try to give valuable information about archery and hunting which will help people in different situations. I really enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air and I love archery and hunting.

Best Ways For Hunters To Attract Deer

Part of a deer hunter’s job is to ensure that they can find as many deer as possible so that they can kill them. They can achieve this through using simple, but effective methods of attracting deer to a certain area to attack them.

Not only that, but these simple methods can be just as efficient and effective as using deer feeders that use corn to attract them to the feeder. That is because using feeder relies on the knowledge of fundamental deer traits and behaviors to attract them. The methods that will be discussed can be used in as many areas as possible like the deer feeder would.

Here are now some bow hunting tactics that hunters can use to get close to a deer as possible.

Using surprises to lure deer.

Using an element of surprise has been a well-used tactic for hunters in the past, and continues to be frequently used. This tactic is only successful when the hunter can make sure that the deer does not know where they are. Otherwise, the deer will not move toward the area that the hunter is in.

The deer hunter, though, has to be prepared to be as secretive as possible. Whether it is finding spots to hide in during the off season, or using tree stands for different wind factors; achieving a successful deer covert operation is very difficult. One mistake, and the hunter will fail to kill a deer in range.

When it comes to using surprise techniques to catch deer, the most difficult aspect is entering and exiting the area where they spy on the deer. This is because most hunters tend to go for easy exit and entry routes out of their standing spots. However, what hunters do not realize that the same easy and exit routes they want to use are the same ones that the deer use. This can be the case in vegetation areas, mountainous areas and in other aspects of agriculture.

The solution to eliminating the problems with the entry and exit routes is to avoid bumping into the deer. This will involve developing a plan for the entry and exit hideout area. Whether it is choosing to exit the area earlier than the deer or choose alternative routes where the deer will not go; it is better to plan the escape and entry routes before commencing the deer hunt. Months of preparation will be needed in such cases.

Compared to using the surprise technique, using deer feeders can allow the deer to be distracted. However, the feeder has to be positioned in such a way that the hiding spot is in eyesight range for the killing of the deer when the deer is at the feeding station.

Funneling technique.

Funneling deer is another strategy that deer hunters can use to lure in their deer. The strategy behind this is using funneling methods to ensure that the deer has only one path to follow; that is the path towards the hideout spot of the hunter.

Some examples of funneling areas that a deer hunter can use are creek crossings, logging roads in mountainous territory, and erosion ditches. The best funneling channels are those that are well concealed; deer are more likely to go through that funneling path because it provides cover.

One recommendation that hunters can use is to set up as many deer feeders as possible to lure them through the funnel. This can be termed the bait that the hunter can use to lure in the deer.

Mimicry technique.

As for mimicking tactics for hunting deer, the hunter can use a series of mock scrapes (using the foot and scraping the foot along the dirt floor, just like a real deer would). This is a tactic that can be used if there are no other methods.

The rule behind mock scrapes is that the scraps have to be made months before the deer breeding season commences. However, these mock scrapes can be done earlier, especially around the summer time.

Using deer scents.

Using other scents from a deer is another tactic that can be used by the best deer hunters to prey on deer. Some may choose to use hoe-doe deer scents to conceal the fact that the hunter is in the area.

When it comes to using the deer scent, it is best to apply the use of the deer scent every 50 meters to allow the scent to stay strong. The scents can be added to the boots and the clothing of the hunter. By doing this, the deer will follow the path of the scent properly without veering off the path as the hunter is going towards the spot that they have set up for their hunting expedition.

The other tip that goes along with the use of scents is that the scent paths should not lead directly to the spot where the hunter is going to spot the deer. That way, there is a great room for the hunter to spot the deer.

One important fact to remember is that strong, sweet scents can also be used to lure in deer. The best deer feeder in the market, for example, utilize corn because corn has a sweet smell that will attract deer. Scents do not necessarily have to be natural deer scents at all.

Decoy tactic.

Finally, the last tactic that the modern hunter can use if all else fails, is the use of a decoy. This is best suited when the deer is in a mating mode where the deer is trying to mate with a female deer. When this happens, the deer is not likely to be scared away and will be distracted.

This means that if the decoy is used properly by a hunter, then the decoy can lure in a very large deer. As long as the deer is in an area where there are ample tree spotting areas and where there is favorable wind condition.

Robert Gate is founder of Archerytopic.com. He was enthusiastic about hunting from the first shot, from then he decided to become a pro hunter. If you find something

The Quest For Fire

Fire is so crucial for survival in the wild especially when lost or just taking an adventure. Ever wondered why almost every person starts a fire whether camping or just taking an adventure? In a short while, I will show you exactly why fire is so important in the world and why you must know how to start one. You can agree with me that most people who find themselves in a situation where they need fire don’t have a lighter.

Well, I promise to show you exactly how you can start a fire in the wild with or without a lighter but first let’s see why fire is so important in the wild.

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