The sling bow can be described as a modified slingshot, one that shoots arrows instead of other projectiles, but until this year it was illegal in Virginia.
Enter Del. James Edmunds II, who worked with the inventor of the Chief’s “Elite Sling Bow,” A.J. Huffer, and hunting enthusiast Tony Reaves to make hunting deer and small game with a sling bow legal in Virginia.
The sling bow already is legal in several states, including California, Alaska, Wyoming and Montana, which has a primitive weapons season for things such as a spear, according to Huffer.
Huffer, a resident of Illinois and noted marksman with rifles, shotguns and bows, has been using slingshots since he was a child.
“When I was 5-years-old, they sent me to work with my adopted grandfather, who is plenty German and plenty strict, so I thought I’d done something wrong when they sent me,” Huffer recalled.
“We were trimming apple trees, and he saw two forks which he cut out, and he told me we’d make sling shots, which we shot all day long.
“The most natural thing you can do is pull back a slingshot.”
Huffer describes his version of the sling bow as a “souped up” slingshot, four inches wide and seven inches high when unfolded.
It’s made of aircraft aluminum with steel forks embedded in the handle for stability.
There are several different manufacturers on the market, according to Reaves, who has tried them all out but likes the Elite Sling Bow most of all.
He talked with Edmunds, himself an avid outdoorsman, who submitted a bill in this year’s Virginia General Assembly (HB 1938) to make the sling bow legal in Virginia.
It passed both the House and Senate before being approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and it takes effect July 1.
The bill authorizes the use of a sling bow to hunt deer and small game when a hunter is licensed to hunt with a bow and arrow, except when hunting bear or elk.
Reaves is selling the Chief’s Elite and related accessories by appointment at his business located at 4 South Main Street in South Boston, and he can be reached at 434-572-7609.
From The Gazette-Virginian