Introduction: How to Make a Survival Bow & Arrow

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if your lost in the wild your gonna get hungry you will need to hunt this bow is great for hunting rabbits and other small animals this is not a very strong and doesn't look very good either but when your lost you don't need fancy you need functional

Step 1: Things to Bring and Things to Find

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things you should carry in your backpack
fishing line
pocket knife

things to find
three long freshly cut off sticks
one long thin strong stick

Step 2: Prepare the Wood

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take your three long sticks and cut off any leafs and branches

Step 3: Bind It Together

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take your robe and bind it in five places at both ends the middle and between both ends and the middle any kind of knot will work for binding as long as its strong

Step 4: Stringing Your Bow

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take your fishing line it should be one and a half times the length of your bow tie a knot around the end of your bow tie the other end slowly bend the bow and put the other end of the fishing line on the bow once the bow is strung pull on the string to make shore its tight

Step 5: The Arrow

take the long thin stick cut a notch in one end and sharpen the other end just a simple arrow

Step 6: Done

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your done now you can eat little rabbits for dinner any suggestions and feedback would be great


DracoUltima (author)2010-08-06

How many pounds does that bow hold? 3-5? That bow will not aid you in hunting at ALL. I'm a beginner bowyer and my first bow is still much stronger than your ''survival'' bow.

JoeyB42 (author)DracoUltima2016-04-08

You're probably not gonna have that bow out in the wilderness in desperate need of survival so STFU.

Master97865 (author)DracoUltima2013-04-25

Ah yes, just as I was looking for. May I ask, a few questions? How old do people start archery? And do you know what the best wood for a handmade bow is?

Archery01 (author)Master978652015-04-09

You can start at any age, I started when I was 5 yrs old. And I have a friend who started when they were 4. Though I think now you have to be 5 yrs or above. You can shoot up to any age as long as you are fit enough.

freeza36 (author)DracoUltima2012-06-14

I agree. A simple pointy stick would be a better weapon than this. It lacks structural support or flexibility.

35Timmy (author)freeza362013-04-17

i got an idea cut down a tree make a stone knife carve it make rope out of some wild grass (simlar to wheat) amnd make it into fibers then make the arrow and the arrow head string it on and good
* the problum is easy to solve when your not destristed try and write down ideas before you go out carry a emenegry book out of laiamanated out of pages
*keep in mind that survival book means life unless you cheat on the skills and have a generator and a cell phone

foxdart14 (author)DracoUltima2013-03-05

look man, you wont find that sweet bow in a survival situation, hell you'll be lucky if you had the fishing line and paracord; and the spear idea that that guy below mentioned? hell no, do you know how much noise you make with the crawl to get close enough for effective throwing range, much less the noise from the movement of chucking it(which you mostly dont know how to do properly)? no man, this bow could be a god send. true probably doesnt pack much power and isnt the ideal bow, but at least you got some range on your prey; even if you dont kill said prey, maiming it with a well placed arrow can give you the window to take it down up close and personal. dont get cocky cause youre an amateur archer, this may just save you in a situation you never thought you'd be in, and where's your neat bow then? by the way, SWEET bow, i like :D

mymy548 (author)DracoUltima2011-08-21

ok dude were talking save your life bow not sit at home in a safe place bow but your bow does sound good so you shold make ahow to or a vido

William! (author)DracoUltima2011-07-19

Dude I WANT YOUR BOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

komodoboyx5 (author)DracoUltima2010-09-07

okay then, find some expert woodsman to show you how to make good bow out in the wild out of crap twigs and branches. its not easy at all.

bdblock94 (author)DracoUltima2010-08-11

its a bush bow not a professional bow.

jcudal32 (author)bdblock942010-08-14

lol wouldn't be called survival bow now would it. instead, it would have been professionally hand crafted bow that can over kill any animal for hunting.

JudahH (author)2015-08-20

You all are being very skeptical and unsupportive. Just saying. Also, grammar.

Flenters (author)2015-07-14

It is amazing how people tend to just slam anyone that does not have their "experience". strarbucks tried to show how, in dire straights a bow can be fabricated from what is at hand. And yes, this may not be the strongest bow in the world, but at least it is something. As to hunting rabbits, believe me, if you can shoot accurately enough you can. If you are an indifferent shot, not even a .22 rifle will kill a rabbit. And please, I am no expert, just an amateur that has tried quite a few things before. Besides, the concept is quite sound. A bundle of sticks will give you power if a thick limb is not available.

star_above_the_clouds (author)2011-02-11

Hey, give him a break people. You've got to remember that when you're out in the wild, you're limited on supplies and materials. I find this very cool! :D

Yeah it is cool, and if you ever find your self in a position where your lost you'll be happy to have some sort of weapon, like this bow.

Arcticpheonix (author)2010-02-07

Good question, I'm not sure this would be powerful enough to actually kill or even disable a rabbit at any reasonable distance. I've gotten within ten feet of a wild rabbit, and I'm not sure this would do it. That's not to say it couldn't, just that I'm skeptical.

well hunting rabbits with a bow is not sensable unless you are willing to draw the bow back for 10 minutes until you spot the rabbit. it is not great to hunt with the bow because drawing the bow when you spot the rabiit would spook him and he would run away. You probably would not hav any luck shooting anything. ;0

Archery01 (author)Robot Lover2015-04-09

I don't agree with you at all, I shoot rabbits and drawing the bow back certain doesn't scare the rabbit, and you only have to draw the now back when you spot the rabbit, once you aim, then fire you've only been holding the draw for about 1 min 30secs at the most.

William! (author)Robot Lover2011-07-19

you might be able to get a sparrow or two. that will feed you!

10 feet isnt very far i think if you got withing 10 feet you could at least injure it if not kill it because with my skewer bow I made it's very easy to shoot 44 feet and it isnt as powerful as this.

The outdoorsman117 (author)2014-12-21

dude check my instructable out it is called bow it is definitely 12lb draw weight and it cant kill a rabbit so I don't think yours will penetrate through a paper target

LordStDennis (author)2014-12-20

God is bringing another global flood so you might want to consider making a speargun in addition to a bush bow.

Don't forget to add the duct tape to the backpack survival kit! Paracord 550 works great too and you can jump out of airplanes with it. Your best recourse for staying alive in the woods would be to carry a small cellular tower and call Dominos, Pizza Hut, or even Pizza Inn for delivery! If you still want to hunt use your 7 inch Tablet PC and log

onto Amazon,, eBay or and buy you a bow and arrow set! That's Good for the economy.

serm.tanakul (author)2014-09-02

My folding bow from tent poles and paracord rope.(30 pounds)

ZhabinR (author)2014-08-10

надо мокрыми кожаными ремнями перетягивать пруты или ветки . ветки должны быть более тонкие.

binding tree skin. wet skin(water). The tree must be thin and more pieces

LiftAndLove (author)2013-08-02

I would not reccomend fishing line for bowstring. It stretches and your bow will be very weak, especially after a feww shot. Some longer arms would help too.

Damian Leguizamon (author)2011-10-08

Its very cool,but dont kill any animals with that


let me ask you this. if you were lost on a large wooded area/ savana/ any other unihabatited place which would you do.
1. make the bow and kill an animal so you can eat
2. run around looking for people
3. 3. become snow white and call animals to your rescue

Tigerlynx (author)blingblingdog2012-09-23

A bow would only be useful where you have water because animals obviously need water but surely water means fish? And I personally would try catch fish instead of animals. There's also plants and instead of a bow you can make traps, in the wild you have to compromise. Hunting isn't the best idea as it takes up precious time and energy that can be used for shelter

ps I am also a Russo :D

In survival cases, it's kill or be killed, but for recreational use, I agree that no animals should be harmed with or without the use of the bow.

Benson1 (author)2009-05-29

There just isn't anywhere in the world I could go that isn't at least a two day walk from civilization. And I live in Banff.

BearFist (author)Benson12010-08-23

realy dude i have bin on vacation in sweden and there are places in central sweden were yo uwil walk for a week without finding a city yes you might find the road... and once a week a realy fast driving truck might pass i can know cus i have bin in that situation still hunting is too mutch effor you waste energy on small fry by hunting rabbits make traps or eat plants fish is actually the ideal survival food

11877 (author)BearFist2012-05-01

I agree with you I live min south Africa and going camping with the school can one times be nerve racking since if you o get lost your chances of survival are slim

Capt. Kidd (author)BearFist2010-08-26

i believe it's spelled "been". FAIL

BearFist (author)Capt. Kidd2010-08-26

well iam very sorry i am not english i try my best to speak your lousy language becus you definately wont learn mine so cut me some slack if you please

B2BSurvivor (author)BearFist2011-12-20

you are doing OK with the English. Thanks for making the effort, too many rude English speaking people out there. Most of them are "wannabe" type, know it all's, more interested in criticising grammar and spelling than offering help to others. Ignore them !!

komodoboyx5 (author)BearFist2010-09-07

its all right, alot of Americans cant even speak English properly & they've spoken it their whole life.

blingblingdog (author)2012-03-20

i think there are 2 things wrong with what you have posted.
1. it depends on what kind of wood you get. it factors in with how far the arrow will go
2. your arrow could use so improving. such as some sort of feathers at the end to make the arrow more stable and be more acurate.
Other than that looks good

ooocol22 (author)2012-02-21

try it with duct tape if you dont have enough cord

curvy77 (author)2012-01-27

if one dosent have fishing line , string or a knife a good few things to look for would be fresh sapling branches or green sticks, use a sharp rock to strip them down into ,well strips. then use those strips in plce of string, and the rock in place of a knife.

madelyn russo (author)2011-11-23


martin7771 (author)2011-03-12

not to be a jerk but this is from the tv show man vs wild he makes it to shoot a rock across a lege

Rupnok2 (author)2010-11-19

I like the effort put into the project, but experience has led me to know that in most survival cases this is not the best of options. Poor construction my lead to injury or wounding needlessly. People need to be willing to spend time working on making a good project, not something you may have time for. One of the best options is to familiarize yourself with the area you are working with before you head out. Food is not the most important thing in survival.If you want to make that bow do it on your free time, and take your time. It looks like you have all the tools you need to cut wood so if you truly need to survive, find a branch roughly 1 inch or what ever fits your hand well, a natural curve is a good thing and cut it about 1 foot. *Do not do this with a lighter wood*. Any chance you would have to use the bow just throw the stick, like a boomerang . They were used to hunt and are still a valid method.

Also i saw someone who said Rabbits lack in nutrition, and it is true *ONLY* if you eat only meat. It is common among most small game and meat that lacks fat. To counter that, you need to eat more then just the flesh. I would suggest sucking the marrow from bones. It's a bit gross sounding but it beats being sick and unable to provide for yourself anymore.

gabrael (author)2010-09-29

maybe small game? but the effort and time you took to share is appreciated. thanks so much. i am going to try something like this for my daughter. she is 4yrs and is always at my side when my sons and I shoot target. she will love this one. thnx again you rock

11richie21 (author)2010-08-07

what is the normal rate on how much tension a bow can withstand because i just tested mine and it can go up to 25 lbs without snapping

ringring (author)2010-01-06

hav u actualy killed anything with it? just wondering

georion (author)ringring2010-06-13

Yes !!!! i beat a lizard to death with it --Why ?? he spooked the rabbit iwas trying to shoot !!!!!

That Inventor Dude (author)2010-06-09

I hope you realize rabbits have no nutritional value whatsoever so you could not survive on the however they taste very nice and are good for adding flavour to a stew.

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