1. Experiment with atlatl.
2. Establish a local range.
3. Study expansion of the sport.
Information and Diagnoses
This activity is planned as sport only, emphasizing history and successes of ancient people, but including exercise, hiking and active recreation, and its various uses in going after unique GPSence targets.
Like archery, this sport can be dangerous. Placement of targets and position of nearby people is critical. Warm-ups for throwing are recommended. There are laws prohibiting use of such weapons in hunting and spear-fishing. Only ethical hunting is tolerated and game taken by spear-throwing is done solely for consumption as food. Contact local authorities about regulations, laws, and limits.
Rural System promotes the sport, sets up courses, cooperates with existing related enterprises, and sponsors contests for distance and accuracy. It recommends low-technology by restricting competition to primitive (non-metalic, non-plastic) instruments. (High technology is the straight bow, then later guns. Reverting high-energy costs options to a primitive weapon is seen as silly. ) Demonstrations of other atlatls and their properties are encouraged as part of shows and events.
Relate to products of the Bamboo Group.
See links below.
Excellent general introduction.
See Everet Kelly's The Atlatl, Trade Paperback Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing Date Published: 04/2004 ISBN: 1589395603
See the World Atlatl Association
The World Atlatl Magazine
Possible contact: Pennsylvania Atlatl Association, Chuck Butorjac, PO Box 533. Ligonier, PA 15658, Phone: (412) 238-6878
Perhaps you will share ideas with Rural System staff about some of the topics above.
Revisions: Sept 5, 2004, October, 2005, December 23, 2009