I guess it would all depend on what bow and arrow or what bp rifle. If you were truly going primitive, I would say the bow and arrow. And when i say bow and arrow I mean the non-compound type with a wooden arrow like "the indians" used. An old flint-lock rifle or the kind that used the smoldering string would be interesting though.
My preference is the rifle. Either a flintlock or caplock. Don't like inlines, too much of a traditionalist. MS. now allows scopes on bp rifles. Why the F**K have a primitive weapon season if you're going to allow all this modern S**T!!!!!!!!
untill arthritis hit me this year, i'd say a bow and arrow is the only way to go. now i am a non primitive weapons hunter. i also dont consider most off these inline, scoped things they sell as primitive.
Bow and arrow...........much more skill needed to be successful. Equipement
used in the "early" days........very crude. More stealth required to accomplish
mission. long gun would have been easy pickens compared to the B/A. IMO.
" The best part of the hunt is not the harvest but in the experience."
I have killed deer with traditional archery tackle, but I prefer to hunt them with a flintlock rifle...With a well tuned lock, the flintlock is actually faster than a percussion cap, because the flash hole goes straight into the barrel.
While in-line muzzleloaders have introduced black powder hunting to a bunch of new people, which a good thing, I think that an in-line is kinda cheatin'. I personaly shoot a .50 cal flintlock using 405 gr. patched balls, and while I can't shoot at anything much past 75 yards or so, that's the way I like it. There is something about the smell of burnt black powder on a crisp, cold autumn morining. I'm getting chills just thinking about it.
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