How to Make a Simple Hunting Bow

Updated April 17, 2017

Hunting is one of the most popular activities for people of all races, ages, and backgrounds to participate in. If you are interested in learning how to hunt, you will need a few tools for the trade. One of the most popular tools used to hunt game is the bow. You may have seen a lot of bows and other hunting equipment at the sporting goods store and thought it might be a bit too expensive for you to afford. The good news is you can actually build your very own hunting bow for only a few bucks and a little spare time.

Design the overall height you want your bow to be. The longer the pipe is the less weight, pressure and force the bow will have when it is drawn back. For example if your bow is 4 feet long you will have about 15 Kilogram of draw weight.

Take your PVC pipe and cut it down to the desired length of the bow. Take a roll of strapping tape and begin wrapping the bow at a diagonal angle with the tape. Do this until you have wrapped the PVC pipe bow in at least three layers of strapping tape.

Use a power drill to make a hole through the pipe at both ends. You will want to drill your holes about an inch from the very end of the pipe on both ends. The best size drill bit to use for these particular holes is a 1/4-inch bit.

Grab some nylon cord and cut a piece that is at least 10 inches to a foot shorter than the length of the actual PVC bow. Insert one end of the cord through the holes you drilled in the pipe bow and tie a very secure knot to hold the cord in place.

Thread the cord through the hole at the top end of the pipe and tie it in a sturdy knot. As you begin to thread the cord through the hole at the bottom of the pipe, slightly bend the pipe and then tie the cord in a tight knot to help keep the bend in the bow.

Take a black marker and mark the arrow rest on the pipe bow and on the nylon cord. You will want to make both marks right in the centre of both the nylon cord and the bow. You may need to use a straight edge to make sure that both marks are dead even with each other.

Create the arrow rest. Cut off a small piece of pipe insulation and glue it just underneath the arrow rest mark you made on the pipe. Hold the insulation in place around the pipe until the glue has bonded.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe
  • Duct tape
  • Cord (nylon)
  • Strapping tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Pipe insulation
  • Saw
  • Power Drill
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