Saw this on Facebook the other day; interesting and one heck of an accomplishment:
This is the deer my husband harvested last year with his atlatl and 7-ft darts! He threw out of that window in our 101 year-old barn… 13-yard hurl and it was a heart shot!
According to Wikipedia, the atlatl, or spear-thrower, is a tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in dart-throwing… The spear-thrower is believed to have been in use by Homo sapiens since the Upper Paleolithic (around 30,000 years ago). It was used by early Native Americans as well. It seems to have been introduced to America during the immigration across the Bering Land Bridge, and despite the later introduction of the bow and arrow, atlatl use was widespread at the time of first European contact. In early times, the atlatl was used for combat, hunting and sporting events.
Today’s state laws vary widely on the use of the spear-thrower for hunting, so be sure you check before you go out and try to kill a deer with a dart.