Discussion in 'Turf and Surf Hunting and Fishing' started by Bishop, Apr 19, 2017.
How to throw bolas
I too, have an interest in primitive weapons and always find your videos quite interesting. I haven't thrown a bola in 40 years but will admit to not knowing to retain the third leg, makes sense. Thank you.
A very long time ago, us grizmoids made bolos with rocks on two legs and lead on the third. We held the lead end when spinning overhead. Can't say I remember a whole lot of luck catching even trees, but we sure tried. I don't remember why the different weight legs, but there it is.
It makes sense to hold some weight in the hand for control and on release, the bola spreads out from the force of the throw evenly as opposed to all three being directed at once toward the target having just been twirled in a circle. It appears like the weight in the hand acts like a counterbalance to the centrifugal force. It was interesting to observe this technique, I've never seen it before.
The bola is an easy step up from the basic throwing stick, and much more efficient.
Tossing one into a rising flock of birds can result in more than one kill.
yep, that or stuck in a hollow pecan tree filled with angry bees...don't ask me how I know this.
My son is going to love this one. He loves primitive stuff like this.
Made me some this afternoon and it WORKS! I had made a set in the past but never could figure out how to make them spread until now. I just loves me some internet!! Thanks Bishop!
Glad I could help
How long are the cords?
Made mine 3'
It depends on the person I had one I wore as a belt when on liberty over seas that were 40 inches long I left it with three Turkish men that to this day I bet don't appreciate me for leaving it.
3 to 4 feet is a good starting point
Whipped up a bola for the grandkids today, using the carcass of an old cast net.
It took two throws to get the loft figured out, then I wrapped & trapped a street sign.
The kids were astonished.
They said is was "savage!"
I think that means the same as bees knees.
I sent them home with three DIY Bola Kits: Three net weights, just add rope.
I hope the neighbors will be ok...
When my girls were littler, I made bolas for them with tennis balls. They work great, especially in the backyard. And the monkeys get to throw things around without too much worry for injury or damage.
I made a few out of small socks and plastic bags with sand in them and hunted my kids and there friends out in the yard I think they liked getting wrapped up
Your posts are cool Bishop. I've always been into homemade weapons. I was nasty with Numchucks when I was a kid. Did serious damage to the skull and nut region. My own of course.
You and me both sported a many a black eye from my own work hell I may have to make a pair up now
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