How you choose to hunt says a lot about you and your preferences. There are so many different ways to hunt, and they vary so much that some of them don't even resemble the same activity. While hunting with a long gun and trapping are both technically hunting, the activities bear little resemblance to each other.
Over the course of today’s article, we are going to look at the oldest form of hunting performed by Homo Sapiens and even our distant ancestors from different genera. Prehistoric hunting has only recently come back into style, and it is quite ironic, as it is technically a new and old form of hunting at the same time.
You may be wondering what exactly prehistoric hunting means. It’s not as if we still have sabertooth tigers and dire wolves to contend with. Well, let’s take a look at primitive hunting in a more generalistic fashion before we delve into the details.
Primitive hunting is what you would expect from hearing the name; it is a type of hunting in which you use equipment and weapons that would have been used by prehistoric man. Of course, this form of hunting consists of more than just using certain weapons. A prehistoric hunter must also fashion his own gear.
If you thought that modern hunting was difficult, try killing a wild pig with a stone arrow. Primitive hunting is the ultimate test for any hunter, as you have to be entirely self-sufficient. If you want to take it a step further, you can try to assemble your gear without instructions, but we would only recommend this if you are experienced in DIY.
You may be wondering exactly what kind of equipment you can use while participating in a primitive hunt, and it depends on where you find yourself. You can use anything you want in primitive hunting, but there is a catch; you have to build anything you use on your own.
The tools at your disposal as a primitive hunter will depend on how handy you are and what you know how to build. Everyone will have a different style of primitive hunting because they will have to rely on their strengths. Let’s go over some of the tools you can use while hunting.
The most popular weapon for primitive hunters is the bow, but don’t expect a primitive bow to bear any resemblance to a modern, fiberglass, compound bow. Where a compound bow has a lethal range that can potentially extend out to one hundred yards, you will barely get a tenth of that range out of your primitive bow.
Of course, you will have to be able to build your primitive bow in the first place. It can take up to a month or even longer to build your bow. It is up to you whether or not you use modern tools in the making of your bow. If you are capable of making a bow with primitive tools, it is highly recommended.
A bow is only half of what you need to hunt, however. If you are going to be successful in your primitive hunt, you will have to make arrows to shoot. The most common materials that are used for arrowheads are either whittled bits of stone or flint, whichever one is more readily available.
You will also have to bind the shafts of your arrows to their heads, a task that is usually accomplished using natural fibers taken from the trunks of trees. In fact, tree fibers will be one of your primary binding materials as a prehistoric hunter, so you will have to get used to cutting strips of it.
A rarer form of primitive hunting is spear hunting, which many view as unsavory due to the physical nature of the hunt. In some cases, however, you will not have a choice but to go after an animal with a spear because you have run out of arrows or your bow has broken (remember that both take a long time to build).
Of course, a spear is also easier to build than a bow and the necessary arrows. All you need is a suitable stone to sharpen into a point and a substance to use as a shaft (often a sturdy wood). Once you have whittled down your spear's shaft and it's tip, all you will need to do is bind them together.
Keep in mind that spear hunting is much more dangerous than bow hunting since you will have to get much closer to the animal. You will also need a good deal of physical strength to hunt an animal with a spear.
Spear hunting is restricted in many states, check your local hunting regulations and see if it is legal before you decide to use this primitive hunting weapon.
Remember that hunting can be a hazardous activity, even if you have access to modern equipment. When you go on a primitive hunting trip, you will want to take all possible precautions to ensure that you will come back uninjured. There are many ways to ensure that you remain safe in the wild.
First off, we would recommend bringing a backup weapon with you, as you may end up needing it if you enrage an animal but don’t manage to score a killing shot. Regardless of whether you bring a gun, a crossbow, a compound bow, or anything else, you will need something to protect you in case of an attack.
You should also keep in mind that your primitive hunting weapons will not have the same tolerances as modern weapons that have been tested to ensure that they will not fail on you.
Primitive hunting is a great way to get closer to nature and understand how our ancestors sustained themselves. Feel free to let us know what you think about primitive hunting in the comments section down below.