– big catapult or hand-held sling shot
– throwline (see above), and fishing line + cheap stronger line
– throw weight (see above), and fishing lead (exact weight depends on the tree height)
– ground sheet or throwline bag
The catapult/slingshot substitutes the manual throwing and has more power. Big catapults like the BigShot are the big sisters of normal hand-held slingshots. The basic procedure is the same as described above. The main advantage is that the flight curve is much steeper than achieved by throwing. Thus, vegetation in between does not interfere that strongly with the flight of the throw weight. And, since one shoots the weight directly upwards, one does not need to look for a place with no ground vegetation. Due to the power of a catapult one can shoot throw weights up to 40 m, depending on the weight. 250 g go higher than 350 g. An important point for some might be the high price. The big catapults consist of three main parts (2x poles and the head) and can be disassembled to transport purposes. There are two disadvantages. 1) they require relatively great body strength to pull the rubber band down, and 2) they cannot be used for shooting from one tree to another in order to make a traverse. Note: there is an optional trigger for the BigShot which stores the energy similar to a crossbow. However, in some countries, like e.g. Germany, it is prohibited. Here, throwing (if the neighbor tree is close) or the use of a bow or a hand-held slingshot are good options. Some types of crossbows can be used as well. See image in the post “Equipment”.