How to make a bow and arrow in the wild

How to make a bow and arrow in the wild: 4 steps


The bow and arrow in all regards has played such an integral role in the shaping of world history; it has been used for centuries as a weapon of war and also as a way to fill the bellies of our ancestors. According to well-informed scientists, these weapons were said to have been used as far back 50,000 BC. The remains of a broken arch were found in Africa around that time and the intelligence of the people in that period was established.


How to make a  bow and arrow

For the bow, one should use a piece of dead wood about 5 to 6 feet in length and at least an inch in width. The wood should be flexible and sturdy; the recommended species are oak, walnut, ash, elm, black lobster, hazelnut and teak. For the arrows, you need six pieces of wood 1 to 2 feet long and 1/2 inch in diameter. The same types of wood mentioned for the bow are also ideal for making the arrows. One will also need a hemp chain of about 3/4/4 to 4/1 feet long and three pieces of 12 x 10-inch cardboard. The only tool required is just a  survival knife, a craft knife, and tree sap for glue.

Step 1. Using a survival knife, cut into both ends of the wood you picked. The slots should be 1 to 2 inches each, semicircle or crescent in the outer arc of the angle at 90 degrees, and deep enough to move toward the center of the wood.

Step 2 After that, the inner and outer sides of each end of the arch are whittled. The bow should be wide in the middle section, and its ends should be narrow and flexible.  (The process of whittling the arrows is the same as the bow, but the slits in each arrow must be straight and be made only on one side. This slot is part of the arrow where the bowstring sits when it is pulled on the bow.)

Step 3. The next step on how to make a bow and arrow in the wild is to thread the bow. The hemp string to be used must be shorter than the bow itself, to give the bow the tension needed to push the arrow. If you do not have hemp string then you can use strains of tree bark and braid the strains together to make a strong rope.  A loop should be made on each side of the bow, the size of the loops should be sufficient to fit the slots at both ends of the bow. You can also just tie one end of the rope in a bow and tie the other end around the bow to make sure it’s extra tight.  One will need to use his foot to press to push the bow towards the curve to easily tie the ligaments around each end.

Step 4. For the tail of the arrow use bird feathers if you can find any around the woods. To glue together, attach the bird’s feathers to the arrow, just use tree sap. If you can’t find any feathers, then omit the feathers and use the arrow as is. The arrow may not be as effective when it’s shot, but it can still do damage at close range.

Use a good survival knife to sharpen the other end of the stick. If you do not have a survival knife then you can use a sharp rock.



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History of the bow and arrow

When the bow and arrow became a weapon of war, the world of simple mechanics changed forever. All this happened in Central Asia around 1500 BC. This was when a simple bow and arrow transitioned to an advanced machine known as a compound bow. The compound bow was made from simple bones, ligaments, and wood that increased their strength and flexibility. The compound bow became a means to wage a more effective war against primitive enemies of that time.  After the compound bow, came the crossbow and the longbow. These were used in China, Rome, and other places like in England. Many people were killed with these weapons, but they also provided a way for great civilizations such as the Roman Empire to become massive invaders and remain so for long periods of time.

Once gunpowder was created, the use of bow and arrows became limited. In our modern day society, they are considered an essential part of a hunter who has a hobby of deer hunting. They can also be found in various forms of archery as well as in the Olympic Games being a competitive sport.  The bow and arrow that is used in the high-tech world today is the one that was used by the primitive grandfather who began in the so-called cradle of life. The world has come a long way since the beginning of the bow and the sport that accompanies it. The story associated with these tools is full of blood and vengeance, but it is also used for sporting purposes. One has to read history books to understand everything about the bow and the arrow. Fortunately, it is possible to learn how to make the bow and arrow which has the same quality as the archers of all ages.


 How to maintain your new survival bow and arrow

Regardless of whether you choose to utilize your bow and arrow for hunting or protection in the wild, bows and arrows should be maintained properly.  The following are a few hints on the best way to keep up bows and arrows maintained.

  • Make sure you check your string to make sure its securely tied to the arch
  • Periodically check the strength of your bow by bending it to make sure it does not break
  • The worse feeling is having your arch broken in the middle of a hunt.
  • Make sure your arrow stays sharp by resharpening them or just replacing them with a new stick.



If you ever find yourself lost in the wilderness and need to hunt or protect yourself, then creating a bow and arrow would really help you survive. Now let’s be realistic, the above information on how to make a bow and arrow in the wild is just a snapshot of what you will need and how to do it, but good ole experience will make you effective at good bow and arrow. So if you don’t get it right the first time or can’t find the exact material, don’t give up, get creative and you will be just fine.

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