5 responses

  1. christine jarlik-bell
    June 30, 2012

    This is an article I truly enjoyed reading – Thank you for sharing your passion !!!

  2. Alexia
    July 3, 2012

    Great article, Andrew!

  3. Corey
    July 19, 2012

    I’ve seen these here and there being demonstrated. I need to give it a try! Great article.

  4. Orrin
    August 28, 2012

    Great article on the general basics!

    I am now retired and in my late 60′s. I made my first Atlatl back in high school as a demonstration project for two classes, science and history. I not only managed to get good grades my classmates were enlightened and fascinated.
    Although the other kids managed to break my 3 darts, the teachers and the class were excited to try a shot or two with such an ancient tool. Afterward I made more darts and actually hunted with it. It took a couple dose launches, but I managed to tag a couple jackrabbits, then cooked them over a campfire.

    When the Atlatl somehow came up in conversation over dinner a week ago, I was telling my adult children the above story and they poo-pooed it as one of my grandiose war-stories, about the good ol’ days. kinda hurt my feelings.

    Last weekend while taking a nature walk along the South Platte River nearby our home with the grand kids, I couldn’t resist. As a teaching moment we gathered some willow shafts for darts.. Now it’s time to make another Atlatl just for fun and to prove the old man ain’t no liar!!! Bet the whole family will have a ball trying out my latest Atlatl on my archery target, in the back yard.

    Who knows …. maybe before I “kick the bucket” I’ll take it deer hunting, like you. When you do go afield with an Atlatl, my prayers are with you and good luck!!!!

  5. Jennifer Doctors
    May 2, 2014

    Great article

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