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    Default Anyone ever use a atlatl?

    Really intrigued by these things anyone have any experience with them?
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    Do you mean for spear throwing? If so, yes. Adds tremendous power to the throw.

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    Yeah!! Myself, polarisblake, and Alaska_Lanche had an atlatl battle in Missouri two years ago, where we first saw them! You'd be surprised how far you can huck one of those things...

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    Atlatl's are still used regularly on the lower Yukon R. by local natives hunting seals. The silty river prevents seeing the seals unless they surface, so getting a spear into the animal helps give the hunter something to follow. The spear is wrapped with cord and has a detachable point, like a harpoon. The wooden shaft detaches from the head if a strike is made and the cord unravels so the shaft trails the animal. A harpoon may be thrown into the seal once it tires. The end comes when the hunter, in a boat, pulls the cord in and shoots the seal in the head.
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    Thanks guys I knew there were still folks using them in the bush but have yet too see one first hand. Any other experience with them? Are they difficult too learn too use?
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    Alaska magazine had an article on the lower yukon seal hunters who used atlatls.
    last year or the year before...in the spring i think.
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    There are a couple videos on making them and a boy getting a deer with one. For survival situations, seems like worth knowing how to make one.

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    I was thinking of trying to kill a bear with one
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    I was thinking of trying to kill a bear with one
    Thinking a little harder somtimes helps...

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    The Golden North Archery Assoc. used to hold a Bowhunter Jamboree every August. I was the range captain and was looking for good ideas to test the hunters coming to the range. Ned Manning came up with an atlatl and showed us how to use it. We set one target aside, and everybody had to make a throw for points.
    I did not hear any complaints and a few folks even managed to hit the target. Ned is a wealth of information if you can catch him.
    As I recall, you can throw a pretty heavy shaft a long way and fast too. I wonder what kind of energy that would equate to?

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