(Adapted from the U.S. Army Survival Manual)
The throwing stick, commonly known as the rabbit stick, is
very effective against small game (squirrels, chipmunks, and
rabbits). The rabbit stick itself is a blunt stick, naturally
curved at about a 45-degree angle. Select a stick with the desired
angle from heavy hardwood such as oak. Shave off two opposite
sides so that the stick is flat like a boomerang (Figure 12-5).
You must practice the throwing technique for accuracy and
speed. First, align the target by extending the non-throwing
arm in line with the mid to lower section of the target. Slowly
and repeatedly raise the throwing arm up and back until the throwing
stick crosses the back at about a 45-degree angle or is in line
with the non-throwing hip. Bring the throwing arm forward until
it is just slightly above and parallel to the non-throwing arm.
This will be the throwing sticks release point. Practice
slowly and repeatedly to attain accuracy.
Steve's Notes: If you don't have a knife to carve
one, any short pieces of wood with enough weight can be used
as a crude throwing sticks without much modification.
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