Best Hunting Slingshots for Small Game Hunters
Don't be fooled by that classic string and twig that you carried around as a youngster. Slingshot technology has come a long way since Dennis the Menace. And if you're wondering about the efficacy of hunting with a slingshot, just ask Goliath if a slung stone can be lethal. These weapons were created to kill and people have been using them for centuries to hunt and fight. And while they don't have the range or (necessarily) the accuracy of a bullet, today's slingshots are highly precise weapons. And just like everything else, composite metals and technology have turned what was a powerful weapon back in the day into an accurate, and we should say a totally cool looking device that's relatively cheap and will allow you to hunt without firearms in a surprisingly efficient manner.
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Magnetized leather arm strap keeps ammo close by
Ergonomic grip handle
- Bonlex Stainless Steel
- MoreFarther Superpower
- Daisy 988116-442
- Beeman Laserhawk
- Sino Art High Velocity
- The Scout Hunting Slingshot
- Wisdoman Stainless Steel
- Trumark Slingshots Folding
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Hunting Slingshote
1. Bonlex Stainless Steel
Magnetized leather arm strap keeps ammo close by
Ergonomic grip handle
Doesn’t pack a lot of power
Not the sturdiest construction
We’ll start things off with a mean looking hunting slingshot that definitely means business. This one is made for serious hunters, packing more power, better accuracy, and very user-friendly design in order to make every one of your shots count for so much more. It comes with enough steel shot to get you started, making this slingshot a solid hunting companion.Read more
For such a low priced slingshot, this one can greatly improve your accuracy after getting to know it just a bit. Every slingshot takes practice to get familiar with, but this one rewards you more for the effort.
Always at the ready
The strap that goes across the arm has been magnetized, allowing it to hold several rounds of ammo, so you can stop worrying about it and concentrate on bagging your target.
Cost and Value
This is an excellent choice for those starting to take their hunting seriously, and as such, it is very well priced. You get a lot with this slingshot, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal.
Simple high-quality slingshot
The Yusylvia is a powerful hunting slingshot designed for the hunt. It has a great design that is based on the recurve framework. It features professional rubber bands made of high-quality rubber. This will take the abuse you expect them to.Read more
A simple way to greatly expand the steadiness and support of a slingshot is with a wrist lock. It allows a greater pull with less shaking.
Easy to Carry
This model is foldable, and easy to carry, so it will go with you wherever you go.
The more the better we say. Simply put this will keep you shooting long and more accurately.
3. MoreFarther Superpower
Laser sight for better targeting
Can fire arrows
200 pieces of ammo included
Very easy to use
A bit clunky because of all the features
Rubber bands that are included wear out quickly
This is a strange looking slingshot. There is clearly a lot going on here, all of it designed to provide you with a smooth, accurate shot every time you pull the rubber back. It includes a laser sight for targeting and will let you fire arrows, making it incredibly versatile and also upping your game quite a bit at the same time.Read more
We are going to be seeing a few slingshots on here with the ability to house an optional laser sight, but this one comes with it equipped so you don’t have to mess around with not having one.
For a product that just has so much going on, you’d expect there to be a steep learning curve. However, that just isn’t true in this case, and you can be shooting just minutes after taking it out of the package.
Cost and Value
The MoreFarther Superpower Stainless Hunting Slingshot is a bit pricey, but you just get so much with it, that it’s a great value just based on content alone. It helps that the slingshot is also very well made an extremely versatile too.
Professional grade materials
Flashlight and laser
Flashlight Holder is Poorly Designed
The MoreFarther Pro Adjustable is a serious hunting weapon. The weapon is touted as for professional hunting too. Its got a beautiful design that carries well. You can tell this is a pro design that comes from a well thought out schematic.Read more
Metal Body for Greater Accuracy
The metal body and wrist support frame will increase accuracy. These two features also allow you to launch with greater intensity. This will radically affect your distance and ability to kill at this long range.
This slingshot has some great ideas outside of body, wrist and tubular rubber. The magnet design allows you to have quick access to ammunition. This is unique to this model and I haven’t found anything similar elsewhere. It’s a great idea!
Cost and Value
The MoreFarther also comes with some ammo and replacement parts which will allow you to enjoy this weapon long after purchase without looking to warranty or other places for repairs. This is a great hunting slingshot that should be enjoyed by anyone looking to take small game.
5. Daisy 988116-442
It’s a cheap model that is not a long term solution
The Daisy powerline comes from the premier name in bb and pellet shooting. There is no name more synonymous with the bb gun than Daisy. This is a very simple plastic slingshot made of a wide fork design with plastic handle and surgical tubing.Read more
The Daisy lends itself to larger ammo and actually works well with paintballs as well as bbs. The slingshot reviewed well by others and though there were little issues that came up overall. This is a great deal and worth taking advantage of.
Great For Beginners
A cheap, easy to use slingshot that is a great way to get acquainted with these weapons. The price point makes it easy to experiment.
Cost and Value
The best sticking point with this Daisy model is the price. There is no better slingshot on the market for the price. I would challenge you to find a child's toy for the price of this slingshot. It comes in at under $10 dollars. It’s a great value and maybe the best starter slingshot on the market.
6. Beeman Laserhawk
The desire to have a bracing slingshot for extended velocity is important in the realm of hunting. It’s important that you have a killing velocity. With some models pulling the projectile back far enough to get the velocity needed can be taxing without the arm brace. The Beeman Laswerhak is a great value for those looking to try a slingshot that is more than just a handle to hold onto. Its slick, folding model with a powerful wrist brace.Read more
Tempered Steel Construction
The yoke and arm support are made with tempered steel and also features a built-in ammo pouch. A finger grooved plastic grip with tapered bands provides an easier way to shoot with a greater velocity.
Comes with Ammo
This model comes with 200 pcs of 30 caliber steel shot. The slingshot can also shot 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch steel shot as well. The ammo pouch is magnetic which is such a cool little feature on these newer model slingshots. I really love this small detail that creates such great convenience.
Cost And Value
There were very few reviews on this model by Beeman, barring one scathing review that claimed nothing on the slingshot worked, the model seems to live up to its great value. At under $20 dollars this is decent slingshot with a folding brace.
7. Sino Art High Velocity
Money Back Guarantee
The Sino is a solid looking slingshot with its flat black design and adjustable arm brace. Its black matte finish and powerful bands give this weapon the look of something more than just a run of the mill slingshot.Read more
The selling point of this model is not the shot or the design of the handle or frame. The innovation is the new powerband made of high-quality rubber bands that make this one of the most powerful slingshots available.
It’s been tested under adverse conditions to assure Sino can guarantee maximum durability. This is a piece of the puzzle that you should not bat your eyes at. When you are in the field it’s important that you have a weapon that will not fail you. If it does your hunting trip is over!
Cost And Value
This slingshot sold well and though it didn't have any reviews it comes with a 100% money back guarantee. I didn't see a lot of that in the many slingshots I reviewed. That tells me that Sino has incredible confidence in this weapon. This model will run you just over $20 and with the guarantee you really have nothing to lose.
8. The Scout Hunting Slingshot
Complete owner’s manual included for instant reference
Can shoot any type of rubber band
Very strong resin handle
Accommodates all holding styles
Edges are a bit sharp
Flip clips break too easily
Here we have a more classic looking model without all the high tech features of some of the others. What it lacks in add-ons, however, it more than makes up for it in obviously sturdy construction and reliable performance. It was designed to be accurate and efficient, all while having a clean design. A good no-nonsense slingshot for the purists out there.Read more
Suits your style
The Scout Hunting Slingshot is made to work the way you like to shoot. It will handle hammer, pinch, and thumb assisted holding styles comfortably and with ease.
All the information you need
This may seem a bit unnecessary, but for a hobby that is as nuanced as this one, having a handy reference guide is invaluable. It helps you easily get the most out of your slingshot.
Cost and Value
In the case of this slingshot, you’re not going to pay for fancy gadgets, because there aren’t any. What you are paying for is reliability and performance, which this one has an abundance of.
9. Wisdoman Stainless Steel
Elegant wood grain look
Cheap rubber bands
Triple bands are a bit overkill
This offering looks quite a bit like another product on this list and handles about the same, which isn't to say that it's a bad choice. Rather than being just a cheap imitation, this one ups the game by offering the same features and reliability, while keeping the price very competitive. Similar to the other slingshot, this slingshot is the perfect choice for beginners.Read more
This is a strong, sturdy slingshot that is going to hold up well for years to come. The stainless steel is durable, of course, which makes it equally great for target shooting or hunting.
Great for what you get
You`re not going to pay much for this at all, so right away it's ahead of the game. On top of that, you get everything you need to get started, which makes it a no-brainer for first-timers.
Cost and Value
Much like other slingshots of a similar design, the manufacturers manage to keep the cost low and the features and functionality high, appealing to hunters and target shooters everywhere.
10. Trumark Slingshots Folding
Grip holds lots of ammo
Lightweight aluminum frame
Compact and easy to carry
Armrest pops out of place
Rubber bands break
Now we’re looking at the style of slingshot that started it all. It has a wrist guard, a grip, and a rubber band, and that’s about it. This is the quintessential flip style slingshot that can be used by experts for beginners alike, and it’s so easy to get into that kids can get their first taste of target shooting with it.Read more
The aluminum frame and folding design will keep this slingshot tucked away nicely until the time comes to shoot it. Add in that it also carries your ammo, and you’ve got an all-in-one piece of equipment that gets the job done.
Bring your ammo
The bottom of the grip has a flip open hatch, so you can bring a good amount of ammo along with you without having to bring an additional carrying case.
Cost and Value
Fewer parts equal less cost, and this one is about as simple as you’re going to get. However, despite its primitive look, it gives plenty of bang for your buck, ranking right up there with the highest end hunting slingshots.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Despite the fact that there are only really two different purposes for having a slingshot, they nevertheless need to be taken into account in order to pick the right one. There are a few major differences between a hunting slingshot and a competition model, and the wrong choice can seriously affect your overall experience.
The biggest difference between the two styles of the slingshot is construction. Even though competition models still need to be able to hold up to all the rigors of continuous shooting, they won’t be exposed to the elements and environment nearly as much as a hunting slingshot is going to be. The hunting slingshot is going to be constructed from much stronger materials, such as aircraft grade aluminum alloy for the frame, and sturdy yet soft to the touch resins for the grip.
A hunting slingshot is generally going to feature fewer bells and whistles than a more casual weapon. While stabilizers and other additions would likely improve shooting, all the extra parts, and space they take up, make these features impractical. As far as add-ons go, most hunters are more than content with little more than a mounted laser sight, and maybe a magnetized arm strap for stability and extra ammo capacity.
Finally, and as sort of a side effect of the limited additions, a hunting slingshot is usually going to be a good bit lighter than other options. This is important because a hunter is going to be moving a lot while on a hunt, so the slingshot needs to be as portable as possible. Hunting slingshots can be several ounces lighter than competition version, and while this doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference, after packing it around for hours on end, you’ll most likely notice it.
To be honest, velocity and accuracy are always going to be factors in choosing a slingshot, no matter what you need it for. As obvious it is, the reason I’ve listed it as criteria is because every manufacturer goes about it on their own way.
As you’ve noticed while going through the buying guide, there are some very unique, or even strange, slingshot designs on the market. Even the models that seem as simple and primitive as can be have been made that way intentionally in order to maximize the shot.
A few have stabilizers built into them to steady your shot. The thought process behind this is that the more process your form is, the more energy can be translated into the velocity of the shoot. On top of that, a steady arm almost certainly means a straighter, more accurate shot.
Most hunting slingshots opted to simply let you mount a laser sight on the bottom of your slingshot. While this doesn’t guarantee that your shot will strike true every time. It does provide a guideline, and gives you a good idea of the path your shot will follow.
As for the stripped down models, think about it. With nothing to get in the way, the only thing you and your slingshot will need to focus on is getting the shot to where it needs to go as accurately as possible. A slingshot of this type does require a skilled shooter, but many find that the absence of any add-ons will improve their shot because it forces them to utilize all their experience and concentration.
Of course, the price is going to be a factor, it always is. In this case, any type of precision-based sport, such as target shooting or hunting, is going to require a higher level of commitment and dedication than most other sports. That means that in the end, it just isn’t going to be for everyone. For those that are considering it but are on the fence about whether to take the plunge, that’s where cost is going come into play.
Not everyone is going to go all in with their hobbies, so they probably aren’t willing to spend any more than absolutely necessary to get started. Luckily, there is a wide range of price points for slingshots, ensuring anybody can get into it, whether it be for hunting or target shooting.
What determines the price is going to be the add-ons and extras. The stripped down slingshots that are pretty much just a frame, grip, forks, and bands are going to be very affordable, and if that’s all you feel you need to shoot, then you’re good to go. Once they get into the flow however, many shooters do opt for a few features that can vastly improve their experience. This usually means adding a laser sight and can be mounted for relatively cheap.
This has two meanings when it comes to slingshots. First, it refers to the way a shooter holds their slingshot. The three main grips are hammer grip, pinch grip, and thumb supported grip. Each different style of grip is going to affect how you shoot and is determined by the type of shooter you are.
The second meaning for grip is the part of the frame of the slingshot that is held by the shooter. This is usually made of a strong, yet somewhat comfortable material, such as vulcanized rubber or a type of resin. Often, the grips is designed to be ergonomic, with finger grooves to prevent cramping and discomfort.
Fold up slingshot:
This is a style of slingshot that has a built-in arm strap that improves stability. By itself, this style can be pretty cumbersome, so in most modern versions the arm can fold up parallel with the body, making it much more compact and portable.
Power is everything when it comes to a slingshot. And like a bow, advances in technology have advanced way beyond a strong rubber band and simple muscle power. We're looking for ways that manufacturers have found to ensure your projectile arrives quickly, and on target and with enough power to provide a safe humane kill (if you're hunting) or a bullseye (if you're target shooting).
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Not that we're into that but let's just take a moment and say that if things go totally South, you may run out of bullets or arrows but you're never going to run out of rocks. And with a well-built slingshot that means dinner is literally only a stone's throw away (that's a slingshot joke). They're not expensive, they're easily transportable and with a bit of work, you can become proficient at using one of these quiet, deadly weapons to keep yourself in pheasant, even turkey for as long as the game runs hold out.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the past, slingshots were usually relegated to hunting small game such as rabbits, or fowl like pheasant or grouse. Thanks to advances that now allow some slingshots to fire arrows, turning them into a sort of crossbow, they can one be used to hunt larger game, even including deer in some cases.
Any projectile based weapon can be very dangerous for humans if used incorrectly. This can be more so for slingshots as they don’t tend to come with a lot of safety features meant to reduce harm.
In time, the rubber will degrade to the point that it will start to break. If rubber bands aren’t taken care of or replaced in a timely fashion, they can snap while in use, potentially causing harm to the shooter or others around them. We always go with plan on replacing your bands regularly. But regularly means different things to different people. If you're using your shot at long distances and stretching your band out to its limit, then that means you'll have to replace your bands sooner. But for general use we see a rule of thumb that says you should start thinking about replacing your bands after about 1000 shots.
No. Long before they were ever thought of for simple target practice, slingshots were primarily used as weapons for hunting. It is likely because of their ease of use that they were later given to children as a means to properly practice target shooting before moving onto more powerful weapons.
On their own, slingshots can be incredibly accurate and are really only limited by the abilities of the user. However, there are many peripherals that can be added on to make them even more accurate. From laser sights to stabilizers, with these additions slingshots can produce pinpoint accuracy at increasingly greater distances.
This is one of those questions that's both easy and hard to answer. If you want to know why it's so complicated go check out all the folks who can knock a coke can off a fence post at 300 - 400 feet with a slingshot. Our answer is good for you... but truth be told that's not the optimal distance, and if you want to shoot things that far away, get a gun. For a regular Joe or Jane, the operative distance of a slingshot is going to be about 25 - 50 feet. That will do two things. First, I'll give you a reasonable chance of making a headshot which is what you want if you're looking to eat your catch. Second, your shot will have the speed necessary for a quick kill. So, here's where we stand on this if you want to learn to use your slingshot at 400 feet, be our guest, we're proud. But if you're actually looking to hunt and get dinner, stick to shorter distances.
Absolutely not. Check it. Even if you take the bands off of it, there's no way it's getting on a plane with you.