The instructors of Nature Reliance School had the pleasure of teaching a primitive skills class for one of our military camps this past weekend. I asked a friend of mine, Doug Meyer, to join us, as he is a fantastic primitive skills tecnologist. Doug taught one session on rabbit sticks while he was there.
We have been making rabbit sticks in a crude way for years now and Doug took our efforts to a new level. Not only did he share the history of the implement, but he also shared a whole bucket full of rabbit sticks from various countries all over the world. Some of them were actual weapons used by cultures who continue to use such things, others were recreations of historically correct tools used by abo and native cultures. Doug was entirely humble about it all and credited Steve Watts and others for much of the information he was sharing.
I say that to give you some context for our video today. I took the opportunity of a warm, sunny Kentucky day in January to go out and make a really simple rabbit stick for you. In this video I detail how to make an incredibly simple one, as well as ways I have used them in the past to take small game.