The Take Down Survival Bow & Arrow: 6 Reasons You Should Consider Owning One

This is an article that is posted with the permission of Creek Stevens from Willow Haven Outdoors


January 22, 2011 By 

Survival Bow: A Versatile ToolSurvival Bow: A Versatile Tool

I am a big fan of the Bow & Arrow for many reasons. I personally think that anyone who has an interest in primitive survival skills or modern urban survival should seriously consider purchasing a good Bow & Arrow and become proficient in using it. There are 100s of bows to choose from. My Bow of choice is an October Mountain Blue Ridge Hunter Take Down Recurve Bow. Below are 6 Reasons why I think you should consider owning a Survival Take Down Bow.

“Take Down” means that the bow comes apart in 3 pieces: the middle grip section & the 2 limbs. It is super simple to ‘take down’ – just the twist of a couple lug screws and voila. The fact that it comes apart makes it very portable. You can stash the bow in your pack or Bug Out Bag. It’s perfect for a Bug Out Vehicle or BOL (Bug Out Location) cache. And, it weighs very little. My bow weighs only a couple of pounds – if that.

Creek's Survival Take Down Recurve BowCreek’s Survival Take Down Recurve Bow
Takedown Recurve Bow & Arrows in the WillowHavenOutdoor Utforska Bushcraft PackTakedown Recurve Bow & Arrows in the WillowHavenOutdoor Utforska Bushcraft Pack

A good Take Down Bow should only cost you a couple 100 bucks and if you take care of it, you can expect it to last your lifetime. Not only is the bow itself affordable, but the ammunition (arrows) are cost effective too. Once you hone your shooting skills, you should be able to retrieve your arrows after shooting….and reuse them over and over again. With a little practice, you can easily make your own arrows using wooden dowels or even natural found wood and plant shafts.

Modern arrows have come a long way. Most new carbon fiber arrows (ultra light weight) have a tip that accepts different screw in arrow tips. I have an extensive selection of tips to choose from: small game stunner tips, broad head razor large game tips, standard practice tips, hook tip and line for bow fishing, etc… I’ve killed both squirrel and deer using my Take Down Bow with different arrow tips. A good selection of arrow tips can be easily kept in a pack or vehicle. I practice flint knapping regularly so that if I was ever in a situation when I need to make my own arrow points I would know how.

Some modern arrow points as compared to flint arrow-headsSome modern arrow points as compared to flint arrow-heads
Variety of Arrow Tips: Offers hunting versatilityVariety of Arrow Tips: Offers hunting versatility

Legal limitations and laws are much more lax on the Bow & Arrow than they are with guns and bullets. You don’t have to mess with paperwork and permits even though in the right hands the Bow & Arrow is equally as deadly. The less you have to deal with this stuff the better – especially if things get messy.

Take Down Recurve Bow: A Great Survival BowTake Down Recurve Bow: A Great Survival Bow

The bow and arrow is very quiet weapon. You never know when you might need the convenience of a weapon that is silent & deadly.

Some pieces of a Take Down Recurve Bow Kit can be Multi-Use items – this is always a plus. I like for everything I pack to have at least 2-3 other uses. The first and most obvious is the Bow String. Bow strings range in length from 4 feet to 6 feet and are incredible strong. You could use a bow string in a variety of ways. Below is just a brief list:

– Bow Drill for Fire
– Snares/Traps
– Cordage for Shelter Building
– Trot Line Fishing

If you are packing a bow then you are probably packing a few arrows as well. Arrows can be used as spears and gigs for small game & fish. They can also be lashed to a longer shaft and used as a larger spear for big game such as wild pig. This larger spear can be used in self defense as well. Imagine a spear with 3 Arrows lashed to the end and each of the arrows had a razor broadhead on the tip – you can’t even buy a spear that effective. I’m sure there are some more multi-use features but these are the few I could easily think of. I would love to hear any ideas you have on the subject of Multi-Use with a Bow and Arrow Kit.

My Final Thoughts:

– Very Portable for such an effective long range weapon
– Silent
– Affordable
– Multi-Use
– Can reuse arrows
– Can make arrows in the bush
– Lax laws

– Requires practive and skill to be effective
– Arrows can be a little cumbersome to pack

A few good movies that feature a Bow & Arrow in a Survival Situation are:
– Book of Eli
– Red Dawn
– Rambo – pretty much all of them

What I enjoy most about a Bow & Arrow is that it requires skill to use. It is a weapon that carries a certain amount of respect. 99% of being able to effectively use the Bow & Arrow is the skill itself – not the equipment. The skill will always be with you. Even if your bow is damaged or broken in a survival situation or stolen in a bug out situation, you can make a bow as long as you have a nice strong piece of cordage. In the photo below I made this bow from a hickory sapling using only my knife. I also made the arrow. Making a bow and arrow in the bush is definitely an option. However, it will do you know good if you don’t know how to shoot it. Preparation is the key. Practice now for the situation later.

Creek with Home Made Hickory BowCreek with Home Made Hickory Bow

Hopefully this was useful content if you are thinking about getting a Survival Take Down Bow. If you have any questions on the matter – just let me know. Would love to hear your thoughts…


19 thoughts on “The Take Down Survival Bow & Arrow: 6 Reasons You Should Consider Owning One”

  1. have been thinking of getting a bow . first timer. still doing research. but I wonder on the subject of arrow storage and transport could they be threaded in the middle to come apart for storage?

  2. What do you think about crossbows? I have been contemplating trying out one. I have little strength in my wrists and hands due to my job at a slaughterhouse. I cannot pull back a bow and hold it. Thanks for the info.

    1. I have lost strength in my arms and left wrist, but I can still pull my new 30lb longbow (sold my 55), it just takes regular practice… Im back to hunting tree-rats 😉

    2. Lori, they make trigger pulls for bow strings. It is an attachment that wraps around your wrist and clamps to the bow string. You end up drawing the bow without your fingers on the string. Once the string is drawn, there is pressure on a “trigger” mechanism which is quite like the trigger of most any firearm. Many believe the way the trigger looses the arrow is a more accurate way to shot arrows.

    3. bow = 40 to 70 pounds to pull for anything worth useing, my recurve is 50 and my compound is 60. a crossbow requires 150 pounds minimum. If your hands are weask stick with a compound with a 80% or more let off that way you just need the enitial strengh then have the let off to aim. Although with a traditional bow you can add a clicker which will help you learn to aim while your drawing so there is no real strain.

  3. Another advantage not listed on your page is that children will generally be unable to injure themselves/others with this weapon due to the strength needed to pull back the arrow.

    I’m treating myself to a good bow for the first time this fall.

  4. Do you have any advice about how to go about learning to shoot w a bow? I’d love to have one, but can’t see investing in a tool when I’m not sure how I’d learn to use it properly.

    1. You may want to consider going down to your local archery store and find out if there are any clubs in your area that can help you. Also they may offer lessons.

    2. Not sure where you are but many gun clubs have archery ranges and we do public sessions several times a year, the local archery shop or hunting goods store can either directly assist or direct you in the right direction and many public schools offer archery to their students as well and those coaches may help. One of the beauties of it is that it doesnt take a “special” range. I have targets set up in the yard.
      Dont forget to look at used bows too. I have several that we use for bow fishing from the pawn shops that were $50 or less

  5. Thank you so much, finally a bow we can afford! Now, where to find book, website, lessens on flinting. I come from a long line of teepee circles on our farm and know basics of what rocks work well, size, shape etc. just not specifics on how to practice getting the right angle of whacking. Thank again!

  6. i just purchased a 50 pound, samick sage takedown recurve. and i just have to let you all know it is an awesome bow!! It shoots and feels like a 500 dollar plus bow, but its easy to afford at 130 buck!! GREAT BOW, PLEASE CHECK IT OUT! THANKS GUYS!!! JAKE

    1. I have been into archery for almost 10 years and have to agree the samick sage is a great buy. The only down fall this bow has is somtimes it doesnt fit as tight as it should. You wont notice it when its strung but you will befor you put the string on but this can be fixed by getting some moleskin from your local pro shop and cutting it to fit inbetween the riser and the limbs. this couple of dollar mod will tighten it right up and noticably increase accuracy, and decrease vibration.

  7. I turn 79 last year. Started following Back Yard Bowyer, as to date I’ve made seven bows, from 30# to 60#. I shoot every day someday soon ill buy a long bow. I love this l have a 6 piece takedown, two 2 piece takedown, and the rest are recurves. THANKS FOR YOUR ARTICLE.

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