Hey fellow hunters, what in your opinion is best for hunting or which one of these suits you best and why.
I would take a gun, because it is a lot cheaper and easier to find ammo for! I'm thinking of the WW2 style eastern european rifles like Mosin-Nagant... dirt cheap!
I have one of these wonderful old rifles. The hunting loads cost more than the rifle!
handload your own shells. Satrlite brass is cheap and new. 7.62 by 54 russian is a common round.
Thanks for the suggestion! I bought some surplus steel jacket rounds for practice. I bought the rifle years ago for $29.95 but the hunting rounds were almost forty dollars a box!
Many hunters like to uses several weapons for bagging game, including compound and recurve bows. My latest interest is in making my own bow and bagging a deer or turkey with this ancient weapon. Perhaps I'll tell my "deer hunting with a knife" tale at some point. LOL!
Where I come from we only use A Stick
If we want to influence our friends with how cool our weapon is... we just paint the stick.
I personally would not use both. but if I had to choose I would use a crossbow, not noisy as a gun. and seems very impersonal. I wish that you would have asked this question 12 years ago, maybe I would have stayed out of trouble.
don't hunt. prefer guns for some reason. and besides thought i'd post a pic i like.
Definitely a gun, but I grant that crossbow is way cooler if you have the patience and stalking skill for it, same goes for bow hunting too. I watched some guys bow hunting pheasant one time... that was so frickin' impressive. Like a Robin Hood movie for real.
well, I dont hunt , but I did like learning how to use a bow - although I think a gun is quicker
Don't hunt. Hate guns. And the only time I've liked crossbow was on robin hood!
I hunt with a stickbow, but have taken deer with muzzleloader and handgun....so trying them all I prefer a bow...( i have taken deer with a crossbow before, but not no more, not challenging enough)
Some hunters have opted for traditional bow hunting! The sense of achievement gained by actually making one's own bow, and arrows, string, etc., adds much more to the sporting and historical aspects of whitetail deer hunting. Like you, I consider using a crossbow as more sporting than using a rifle, but not much more. But to each his/her own!
Crossbows are illegal in the state I live in unless you have a doctors recomendation. I use a Hoyt Alpha Max compound bow and prefer bow hunting to gun any day!Great question!
I usually like to use my incisors to dig into the neck of the creature for a rapid kill. The resistance and squirming is a real turn on.
The bonus being, of course, that the teeth marks I leave are a great conversation starter when I mount the carcass in my family room.
For fun though (you know, when I am out in the park with the guys, having a few drinks on the weekend), sometimes I like to..
Does it depend what kind of gun we can have? I would rather have a sniper or Ak-47, than a shotgun. It also depends on the situation!
I prefer guns my self. The boom from a gun is way more exhilarating than the sound of a crossbow.
I would not use a bow to hunt, not versatile enough in terms of distance, reload and killing power.
I use a .3006 168 grain softnose for all my hunting of antelope, I generally take head or neck shots for instant kill, at a longer distance I shoot heart and lung and will often shoot again if the animal doesn't drop immediately.
I bought a crossbow once and practised for a while and decided against using it. I have seen Kudu run for half a mile with an arrow through the lungs...did not like what I saw at all.
For Cape Buffalo, Elephant and predators (Lion, Leopard) I reccomend a .418 Rigby or .470 Holland and Holland nitro express. In my opinion .375 is not enough for these animals.
Predators can easily be taken with 30 caliber weapons, but you have to know what you're doing.
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