In a survival situation, there are going to be a lot of scenarios in which you will be required to hunt. For this, you are going to need the right tools. Of course, you can buy hunting darts from your local store. However, wouldn’t it be better if you would make them yourself? This way, you save money and learn how to build them. This means that, no matter where you are or the conditions, you will be able to make your own darts, which I believe is highly important.
You will need:
- A Hammer
- Strong wire clippers
- A file
- A fine file or sand paper
- A strong surface
- Wire clothes hanger
- Electrical tape
- Clear plastic folder
Step 1: Cut the Clothes Hanger
The first need that you need to do is cut your clothes hanger using the strong wire cutters to the size you want the dart to be. Take into consideration the fact that longer darts are more stable, but are not as fast. Shorter ones fly further and have more penetration. I strongly recommend that you choose to make them short.
This means that you need to cut the hanger to 3 pieces. However, be careful whilst cutting it as they can fly in different directions during the process. For your safety, you can wear protection glasses and gloves.
Step 2: Flattening
Now that you are done with cutting the hanger, you need to flatten one of the ends with a hammer until it is about half a centimeter wide. Once in a while, flip it round so it doesn’t start curving to one side. Moreover, if it goes wider than half a centimeter, it is not a problem.
Step 3: Making the Tip
The most important part of the process is here. You now need to file upwards towards the middle until you have a tip. Do the same thing downwards to make it a bit like an arrowhead. Use the rough file to do this.
Step 4: Sharpening
You want your dart to be as sharp as possible. Take out the small file or sand paper to create a small blade on the edges of the tip. This helps slicing through flesh and bone while hunting.
Step 5: Making the Cone
To get the dart to work for the blowgun, you have to make a cone at the other end of the dart so that you can shoot it out. You can do this by cutting a small square out of the clear plastic folder about 7cm long and wide.
Next, make a cone around your finger with the square and put a small piece of tape so that it stays in place. Moreover, make sure that there is no or a very small hole at the tip of the cone.
After that, get your dart and pus it through the tip of the cone from the back. Secure the cone from sliding off with a small piece of tape. Leave about half a centimeter of the metal dart sticking out inside the cone. Without applying any pressure, loosely wrap electrical tape around the cone start about 1 and a half centimeters before the cone.
After fully covering the cone with electrical tape, slide your dart into your blowgun and cut the extra cone off. You may need to trim the cone off a bit but in the end the dart should fit into the blowgun and stay in place without sliding up and down.
You should now have your own blowgun dart. With a decent blowgun you could easily kill small game from about 15m. You can even modify the dart a bit so that you can also use it for fishing.
What other materials do you know work best for making a hunting dart? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.