If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who is homesteading, then hunting with a slingshot must have been a part of your SHTF preparation. Not only is it the most reliable source of gathering food but also quite easy to carry and hunt with. Slingshots are simply the perfect survivalist weapon. Hunting small animals like squirrels and rabbits can be conveniently done if you take care of certain details. Rabbits are the biggest animals you can hunt with a slingshot and are perfect for survival situations since they are rich in protein.
Follow these five steps when hunting for a rabbit with a slingshot for survival:
1. Aim for the right spot
When hunting a with a slingshot, there is a risk of hurting the rabbit but not being able to kill it. This causes unnecessary pain and suffering to your prey, which is entirely unethical. Going for the right spots such as the head of the rabbit can result in an easy kill. Since their heads are bigger in size and easy to spot, you can aim without much difficulty. Hitting on the Atlas, the lower area of a rabbit’s head can also prove fruitful as it instantly cuts off all nervous actions. The cervical area on the neck is another sure shot spot that results in complete paralysis of the body.
2. Never go for the body
While many people may claim that hitting on the body is the rightful thing to do, remember that body shots are always a waste. The main drawback is that spotting a rabbit’s body when he is in hiding is next to impossible.
However, even if you do manage to hit on the body and injure him, the chances are that it will escape. Now since it is injured, it will gradually die somewhere sooner or later writhing in pain. If you manage to get the rabbit somehow, you could have caused internal bleeding and ruined the meat. Therefore by opting for the body, you might manage to make a hit, but you might not get your prey.
3. Using a slingshot for survival
Hitting your aim right with a slingshot is totally a matter of practice. On an average, a slingshot throws your ammunition at a distance of 180-300 feet. As fast as it is, even the slightest mistake can make you miss your aim and scare a rabbit off.
The slingshot should always be held loosely and rather than aiming at a height, keep your aim straight. When it is the question of survival, accuracy can make all the difference. Aim for the areas like head, cervical or atlas and aim when the rabbit it still because that’s your best chance to get it right.
4. The best way to hunt a rabbit
Getting a rabbit with a slingshot while it is on the run is nearly impossible owing to its fast pace and agility. Try to find a hole or burrow, and you will have a chance of spotting a rabbit lying or nibbling on food nearby. The main benefit of using a slingshot for hunting a rabbit is that it is extremely stealthy and allows you to shoot without scaring off any other prospective prey nearby. While many people prefer whistling to make a rabbit stop, it is advisable to stay calm and make no noise.
A steel ammunition is perfect for hunting rabbits with a slingshot because it gives you the best odds of hitting and killing your prey. Going for a head-shot will kill your prey instantly, preventing any internal bleeding.
5. Things to take care of while hunting for a rabbit
Rabbits are very swift, and even a single hint of any human presence can result in you losing your prey. Therefore, try to avoid exposing your arms or face when hunting. Wearing a strong perfume is another hint that can warn a rabbit of your presence. So, try to keep it natural.
If you are a beginner then before hitting a rabbit, try to practice a few times. Though it won’t affect much, it might give you an idea of how to aim. If there is an obstacle like wildflowers or grasses, wait until the rabbit moves because obstacles can minimize the effect of your shot substantially. Thus, it might leave the rabbit injured but would not necessarily result in a kill.
Slingshot hunting can be enjoyable and challenging at the same time. Thus, if you plan to carry a slingshot when homesteading, it is better to prep for it. It will ensure that no matter how bad a SHTF situation it is, you won’t be impoverished.