Show us your Rabbit Sticks

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  1. jcs271

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    I find that making rabbit sticks is a quick and fun project. I found an interesting bend in a little Douglas fir the other day so I decided to turn it into a hunting tool. Here it is with a little carving and primitive pyro graphic decoration...........

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    Between the heavy weight towards the short end and the angular bend it sits perfectly in the hand for throwing.

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    Throwing practice was greatly enhanced by the rapid returns made by my 14 yr old assistant!

    And she is a lot easier to catch than a boomerang. :)


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    I would really like to see what you guys have come up with.
     
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    hello,
    @jcs271 slightly O.T on one of my favorite walks commonly used by dog walkers, I call these sticks "dog chews" pieces of stick dog walkers use with their dogs as "fetch" sticks. The bark (pardon the pun) is removed by the dog chewing the wood, & the dog's teeth marks in the wood make for good traction (spindles) in creating fire bow drill sets. I have found some very good examples on the route which I place somewhere I can retrieve such myself on the route home, where I dry them out & cut into manageable pieces to create fire bow drill sets (spindle & hearth board). :)
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    That looks really cool. Guess I gotta make one now...
     
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    You throw wocks at wabbits, not sticks...

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    Not exactly a rabbit stick, but it is a stick.
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    Here’s one of the rabbit sticks I have made.

    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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    Really cool, but I couldn't hit the side of a barn f I was standing in it. joe
     
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    Liking that Apache star there FE, a really underrated set of tools there. Work real good on water nesting birds at night to make meat. Practice with 2 liters bottles 1/4 filled with sand, switch to 20 oz when appropriate .
     
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    I started one the other day, stringy green Ash.
    Is still sitting there drying. I'll finish thinning it down and polishing it up next time I pass through that chunk of woods again.

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    Don't have a pic, but somewhere I still have the rabbit stick I made with my dad before a boy scout weekend survival campout.
    No rabbits were killed with it, but it has dispatched snakes over the years. They are perfect for younger folks, too.
     
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    hello,
    Wok the dog :8:
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    Very much so. Almost no one believes me when I mention its efficacy and reality of use. And YES its a bonafide Apache hunting method.
     
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    Marlon Brando used one in the western "The Missouri Breaks". Pinned a rustler to a tree.
     
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    My rabbit stick has a metal barrel and fires .22lr.
    I have made them in the past, a way way long time ago, before I realized they needed to be much heavier. They’re a lot like a thrown club.
    Has anyone ever killed a rabbit with one?
     
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    Sure have. When my son was about 8, we hunted the local airport ( small town). Took several with a recurve, a slingshot a few with rabbit sticks . Early training for the boy. This was an ideal hunting grounds, the rabbits would come out of a cut over to eat the fresh cut grass about sundown. It was a target rich environment .
     
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    Now that’s cool. I’ve never used one before. From what @jcs271 described, you throw them like a boomerang. Which by the way is a very nice looking rabbit stick.
     
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    My old Assistant Scoutmaster was a full-blood Apache who was a wealth of information on Native Americans. He had a rabbit stick carved very sharp on the edges for aerodynamics, but not flat one one side like a boomerang. He used to tell people that it wasn't designed to come back if you throw it, and if you throw it into the bushes at a rabbit and it comes back at you, you better run, because you are dealing with a mean rabbit!
    I always figured the sharp edges, in addition to being aerodynamic, would maximize the impact of the spinning stick.
    Now I want to make a new one and try it out!
     
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    I have killed three birds to date with rabbit sticks but no rabbits yet.
     
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    I think a rabbit stick is the best bang for your buck improvised hunting weapon. Don't take a lot of time or skill to make. don't take a lifetime of practice to be accurate and durable a nuff that it can be used over again, not like a primitive arrow.

    One of the reasons I like larger knives, you can whack one out in a hurry. In my mind if a "survival knife" is not large a nuff to make a rabbit stick without too much trouble its not really a survival knife.
     
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    I agree. A rough one can be cut in a hurry, and it tends to stay in the hand, ready for use as you walk. Most outdoorspeople have walked up on a rabbit close enough to use a rabbit stick, and they lend themselves well to dispatching slower-moving ground animals, snakes, etc. One other benefit that comes to mind is that arming a bunch of 12-year olds with their homemade rabbit sticks on a campout is relatively harmless, but arm those same boys with bows and arrows, and you'll need to be much more careful.
     
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    This thread needs more photos lol
     
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    Now I've got another project to add to my list. Very cool btw, it's been a long time since I've made a rabbit stick.
     
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    Here's a rough one I knocked out at a retreat a couple years ago. I think it's acacia? Memory fails...
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    While it's considered an illegal method of take under normal circumstances, they would be perfect for hunting grouse in a survival situation! Here's a couple more alongside two boomerangs my neighbor gave me from her 1970's trip to Australia.

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    Though I'm not doubting you, I have to wonder, why? Is throwing a stick considered less sporting than a shotgun?
     
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    The Montana grouse regs are very clear. Rifle, shotgun,handgun, archery, falconry, Period! Like many things in life, there is no reason for it, it's just Department policy. :)
     
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    I think I know where there's a perfect sassafras trunk and root
     
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    Never killed any with sticks, but my cousin and I once hunted them with Diet-Rite Cola bottles we had found. We found success when we started throwing the bottles sidearm, prior to that it was all throw and miss. With the right hunting stick sidearm would probably be the ticket as well.
     
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    Sidearm is definitely the best way to throw.
     
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