Build a Wooden Hunting Bow Plans
These classic archery plans are for a standard bow intended for hunting.
Though these plans are similar to the standard bow plans, they stand out because they aim to give you more hunting information. There's info on making various blunt and broadhead arrows as well, and a discussion on the merits of flat vs. semi-flat bows.
From the plans: Hunting game with bow and arrow packs a real wallop.
There's a thrill in seeing an arrow
go winging toward its mark. Even
a close miss is fun. So many
sportsmen have adopted this sport
that some states have exclusive
bow-and-arrow hunting reserves
where firearms are prohibited.
A bow for hunting
should be as short as
practical, ranging in
length from 4 ft. 8 in. to
5 ft. 6 in. It should be a
plain bow, able to stand
a lot of knocking around.
The drawing weight need not be excessive; you can
bring down the toughest game in the country, including
moose, bear and wild boar, with a 45 to 50-
lb. bow and a steel broadhead arrow.
The demountable type
of semiflat bow described here is popular because
of ease of transportation, and the knockdown handle
in no way affects smooth, fast shooting.
If this is
your first bow, by all means make it of lemonwood,
as this compact and nearly grainless wood permits
mechanical shaping without any regard to grain
If you want the best, however, use osage
orange or boam. Yew is good, too, although a little
too soft for rough usage. All bow woods except lemonwood
require careful following of the grain.
Start by roughing out the back of the bow. Osage
orange is perfect in this respect; just peel off the
bark, and the remaining layer of sapwood, about Via
in. thick, is just right...
Hunting Bow Plans