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Silent Weapons for Food Procurement

What tools can we call on to help us acquire food? Can we procure food without attracting attention to ourselves and without giving away our location? There is a very serious need to use silent weapons for food procurement.


Silent Weapons for Food Procurement

In a previous post Air rifles for SHTF food procurement, we discussed air rifles for food procurement, but serious preppers need to take that another step further. Sooner or later that air rifle will break, be lost or even stolen, then what? As the poplar prepper mantra says “Two is one, and one is none!”, so redundancy and backup tools equate to a better chance to survive and maybe even thrive.


Bows have long been a staple of the hunting tribes and the hunter gatherers. It makes sense to leverage a bow to provide food. You can get much larger game with a bow than you can with an air rifle. I’m talking deer, and even bear (oh man, that’s scary stuff). To keep things simple and have less moving parts, I’d think a recurve bow or even a long bow. I’m a huge fan of recurve bows so that’s my choice, but you can use whatever you’re comfortable. If you comfortable with a compound bow, then use that, but make sure to have plenty of spare parts.

I’m big on using the simplest and most economic method to do the job, so I chose the Bear Archery Titan Bow.  The length is 60-inch, has a 22 to 28-inch draw length and a 20 to 29-pound draw weight. I know most people don’t hunt deer with anything less than 40-pound draw, and that’s fine, but this is a descent bow for a small amount of money.

If you do go with the Bear Archery Titan Bow, make sure to get some spare Bow Strings. Note: A Replacement Bow String To Fit a 60″-62″ bow should have a string length around 53″. Don’t be afraid to contact the seller of any bow string and tell them what type of bow and the measurements of it.

Also don’t forget to stock up on some good arrows. With arrows you get what you pay for, but don’t break the bank. Make sure to get practice arrows and good hunting arrows. Don’t overlook arrow heads for the hunting arrows, most don’t come with the arrow heads.

Once you have your bow and plenty of arrows, make sure to practice until you are proficient. To avoid destroying all your target arrows, use a good quality archery target.


Another silent but deadly hunting tool is the Slingshot. The slingshot is small enough to have with you at all times, allowing you to take advantage when a target of opportunity falls in your lap. It can also use regular rocks, stones and pebbles as ammo. How convenient is that?

I’d probably start off with some store bought steel slingshot ammo, and fall back on pebbles and stones when that was all gone.

I can’t imagine that you’ll be taking down a deer with a slingshot, but birds, small mammals and frogs would be perfect targets for a slingshot.

These are just a few ideas. There are many other tools, like spears, but A bow can do more than hunting. You can use a bow to fish, to launch cordage over high branches of trees and to provide a measure of security in a world that might be very rough.


  1. I would suggest going to more than 35# for a bow simply because, unless you’re a great shot, using less could be cruel to an animal when you miss. Anyone can work up their strength to get to 35# if it’s a bit much in the beginning by working with a small diameter PVC pipe and a large loop of clothesline tied through it to practice pull that builds up your muscles.

    Also, remember that a bow needs to be tuned – they aren’t completely silent, and while a human may not hear it, an animal can and get skittish before the arrow ever reaches them.

    Thanks for the bow update, though! There are NEVER enough posts for archery!

  2. OMG
    I can’t believe you didn’t mention air rifles or crossbows.

    Both are far easier to learn to shoot accurately than bows and sling shots and both have far greater accurate range.

  3. Steel ammo for slingshots gets kind of pricey quickly… You can get a sack of decorative glass balls at craft stores that have a floral department. Florists use these in clear vases – the balls go in the vase, the stems of flowers are jammed in among the balls to hold the flowers in place… They sell them in sacks of 100 for around $2 – 5. That makes your cost 2 5 cents each. They are cheaper than marbles because they have sort of a roughed up surface and some of them are not perfectly spherical like a ball bearing. However, they are all pretty much uniform in size as well as weight so there are no “surprises” when you shoot them. Odd sized rocks or stones give different “flight paths” that are unpredictable and if it means eating or going hungry, you want some accuracy. Of course you will eventually run out, but the price makes them easy enough to stockpile more so than steel ball bearings.

    If you have access to natural clay, you can make your own ammo too. I say natural clay, because in a SHTF situation, you might not have access to an oven to “bake” them. Natural clay can be dried in the sun.

    Anyone try making “bird shot” for a sling shot??? I experimented with various sizes of shot, scraps of metal and fine gravel. My idea was to put a pinch or two of this material into one of those flimsy paper wrappers that drinking straws come in from fast food places and sort of fold and twist the ends of the wrappers back on themselves. Had lots of trouble ripping them before I could get them into the sling pouch to shoot. Small square sections of paper towels or toilet paper seem to work better. Anyone have any other ideas???

  4. I’ve been an archer for years. I agree a bow is a great tool. but as a survival instructor, I also teach how to build the bow and build precisely the arrows as well because as air rifle will, industrially made bows may die on you some day as well.

    Hunting with any short range weapon is more difficult.

    Nothing is 100% silent

    for slingshot, I only use premade marbles or projectiles at home. considering I like the slingshot because you can shoot what you find, you also have to get a very specific feel for the shooting of “not perfectly round” ammo of various weights.

    After going to indonesia, 15 years ago, I added big bore blowguns to my kit. Relatively quiet, great for taking out small targets. with some practice it’s fairly easy to aim and it’s super easy to improvise ammo in the field, and of course to make the blowgun in the first place. Plus the stronger versions you can find (out of bamboo, exotic woods, homemade ones or even the Cold Steel ones) can be a sturdy walking stick, percussion tool in self defense, a flag pole for emergencies when over the tree line and, still over the treeline, a pole for your tarp (same for the bow).

  5. I made my own clay balls for my sling shot. Got over 100 done in a matter of a couple of hours, left them to dry for a couple of days. They work great.

    I would add to you list of bows….crossbows both full size and pistol. I have used both. My crossbows range from 135 to 175 in poundage and have recurve bows on them. I also have both the 50 and 80 pound pistol crossbows. The only issue was on the 50 lbs pistol crossbow the caps kept shattering after just a few uses, so I use the 80 lb caps with shims. Never had an issue with the 80 lb pistol crossbow. Am in the process of making a couple of crossbows from plans I found first printed in magazines back in the 40’s and 60’s.


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