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    The Blow gun was used by many Native American tribes, and very popular within the Creek and Cherokee people. It was used to hunt small game such as rabbit, bird and squirrelThey are made from river cane about 6 to 8 ft long and use darts made from thorn tree or fasshioned straighted limbs. The fleching is made from the Russian Thistle fiber on top of the flower. Because river cane is a jointed plant a coal is dropped in to burn through to the next joint. It is a very interesting tool. Mine I made I built a quiver onto mine as a hand grip hold a dozen or so darts. I use bamboo skewers for my dart shafts. blow gun jeff.jpgblow gun jeff 2.jpg
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    My wife and I went to the living museum in Cherokee several years back.
    I was amazed at the accuracy of these blowguns.
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    Yes they are.
    Awanita from the wild patato clan of the Tsalagi/Cherokee. "When the time comes, know how to only be seen when wanted to be seen".

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    Blow guns were native to North America?.....I did not know that.
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    oh yes hunter very popular in the Cherokee and Creek Nations used for killing smaller game. They are made from river cane about 6 to 8 ft long and use darts made from thorn tree or fasshioned straighted limbs. The fleching is made from the Russian Thistle fiber on top of the flower. Because river cane is a jointed plant a coal is dropped in to burn through to the next joint. It is a very interesting tool. Mine I made I built a quiver onto mine as a hand grip hold a dozen or so darts. I use bamboo skewers for my dart shafts.
    Awanita from the wild patato clan of the Tsalagi/Cherokee. "When the time comes, know how to only be seen when wanted to be seen".

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    I cheat I use a Cold Steel 50 bore, seconds as a walking staff, nice to take with during hikes, never know when oppotunity knocks.
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    will these blow dart guns take a squirrel or rabbit? and what are the dart shafts made of?

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    I'm sure they all will my Cold Steel will for sure, darts I use are minature broad head or bamboo. Nice to take in the woods when deer hunting seems like squirrels are always coming in close and pestering me. You can practice without spooking deer and perhaps bring home a nice snack even if you don;t get a deer.
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    I have been cheating and using barbecue skewers for the shafts, but the fletching I use real thistle down. I have pictures and plan on doing an build-along including a video by Bo Brown of Bois de Arc, where I learned it.

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    As a teenager I used a 5' piece of 1/2" PVC pipe and 8d nails with duct tape fletching.
    Not "native" but I did bag a few squirrels and rabbits with it!
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    The "orang asli" or Malaysian Aborigines from the Sakai, Jakun, Senoi and many other tribes are pros with the blow pippes. Theirs are between 7 to 9 feet...the darts are usually bamboo and they put the Ipoh Tree poison on the dart tips which would break off when it hits the prey...Very very accurate darters these guys are. I know a few of them and they would teach me tracking some time...
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    Graf that is a great idea. Wado.
    Awanita from the wild patato clan of the Tsalagi/Cherokee. "When the time comes, know how to only be seen when wanted to be seen".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graf View Post
    I'm sure they all will my Cold Steel will for sure, darts I use are minature broad head or bamboo. Nice to take in the woods when deer hunting seems like squirrels are always coming in close and pestering me. You can practice without spooking deer and perhaps bring home a nice snack even if you don;t get a deer.
    That is why I bow hunt....
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