How to throw bolas

Discussion in 'Turf and Surf Hunting and Fishing' started by Bishop, Apr 19, 2017.


  1. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    How to throw bolas

     
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  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    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.
     
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    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.
     
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  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    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.
     
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  5. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Nice video.
    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.
     
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  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    yep, that or stuck in a hollow pecan tree filled with angry bees...don't ask me how I know this.
     
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  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    My son is going to love this one. He loves primitive stuff like this.
     
  8. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

    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!
     
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  9. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    Glad I could help
     
  10. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    How long are the cords?
     
  11. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

    Made mine 3'
     
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  12. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    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
     
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  13. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    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...
     
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  14. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    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.
     
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  15. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    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
     
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  16. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    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. [afro]
     
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  17. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    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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  18. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++


    @Meat vs @Bishop nunchaku pay per view!!
     
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  19. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    ^I'm just dumb enough to participate. $$$$. [afro]
     
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  20. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++


    Would it be more enjoyable if it were a beer guzzling nunchaku pay per view? With beer guzzling before, during and after... winner gets the bag of ice...
     
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