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Slingshot Hunting and How to Shoot a Slingshot

Slingshot Hunting and How to Shoot a Slingshot 

woman with slingshot

For some of people, slingshot hunting has been a lifelong process. But for many, knowing how to shoot a slingshot is not quite as easy as it looks.!

When you own several slingshots, you find yourself making little changes to suit your personal needs – refinements to compensate for your personal physical strengths and refinements for your style of hunting with a slingshot.

You will experiment with different types of ammo and change the power bands to see what works best for you.

To be honest, that’s the only and best way to get the most out of your slingshot, especially

if you want to progress and get more accurate and proficient at slingshot hunting.

So, this short article is aimed more at the beginner and intermediate user, rather than the experienced hunter.

Basics First:

Slingshot hunting has to be divided into two categories –

  • PRACTICE – known as “Plinking”
  • HUNTING – actually stalking and killing game

Practice – In order to be ‘good’ at anything, you must practice, and slingshot hunting is no exception.

This can be as simple and easy as a few cans in the back yard, with stones as ammo.

Or you can invest $15 and get yourself a purpose made target that resets itself like the one on the left here.

But before you do anything:


Treat your slingshot like any other firearm or weapon – a slingshot can easily injure, maim and even kill a human – they are not toys – they are designed to hurl a projectile at some very impressive velocity.

You do not want to be on the receiving end of a 1/2″ steel ball bearing.!

So always apply the same sensible rules as with any weapon:

  • If you use a slingshot against another person, in many jurisdictions, it will be regarded as a weapon and even a concealed weapon.
  • Never point a loaded slingshot at anyone
  • Do not let unsupervised play with a any slingshot

So what are the advantages of hunting with a slingshot

A slingshot offers you a low cost, low tech way to go out in the wild and learn to stalk your prey without carrying loads of cumbersome weapons and ammo – it’s very lightweight, very compact, very easy to use, accurate and fun.

rabbit in rifle crosshairs

But remember to be ethical about your hunting.

We all want a clean kill – that’s why it is so important  to do some practice and get proficient with your weapon before going out into the wild looking for game to hunt.

Your average hunting slingshot will easily take down many animals like rabbits, pigeons, squirrels, pheasants and other small game – AT CLOSE RANGE.

That’s where the skill comes in, you have to learn how to silently stalk your prey and get nice and close to make your shot.  

Fortunately, some animals and birds, namely rabbits and pheasants will hold still long enough for you to get a good aim and some even allow a second shot if needed..

Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of practice.

You must be able to reproduce the firing action you use when plinking at a target – you need to build up ‘muscle memory’ and use exactly the same action when your heart’s beating and your all crouched up aiming  at your prey for real.


Make sure you practice with different sized ammo – use anything from 1/4″ steel ball bearings right up to the larger, heavier 1/2″ Steel-Ball slingshot ammo – also practice with different sized stones you pick up from the ground, these will really help you to get a feel for your slingshots ability.

Be consistent:

Use the same power bands whenever possible, always carry a spare set of replacement power bands whenever you’re out hunting.

Have fun:

And finally, go out and have fun – knowing How to shoot a slingshot is not difficult, just a bit of practice and you’re good to go. So add one to your wilderness survival pack and go out slingshot hunting – you’ll love it..