Primitive Pursuits Camp in Ithaca, NY

Thunderbird Atlatl’s Bob Berg spent a day with the Primitive Pursuits camp in Ithaca, NY this past week. The pictures tell the story. It was a great day of learning, sharing and having a great time with atlatls and other primitive pasttimes.

Primitive Pursuits campers enjoyed a day of using atlatls, making atlatls and darts and learning how to make stone tools with hafting resin.

Primitive Pursuits campers enjoyed a day of using atlatls, making atlatls and darts and learning how to make stone tools with hafting resin.

Fletching a Dart

Fluegel Eared Water Marmot

glue pots

Making stone tools with hafting resin

Primitive Pursuits Camp 2014

Straightening Darts

Making Atlatls & Darts

Using glue or hafting resin

Dart Points for Hunting and Practice

Thunderbird Atlatl wood darts all come with steel field points that are easy to purchase in the archery market. All our darts are tapered to fit 23/64 diameter field points. We mostly use 125 or 160 grain points. The points are glued on.

Our hunting darts arrive with field points. This makes it possible to practice with the same set of darts that will be used for hunting. Our Thunderbird Atlatl dart tips are tapered to fit almost any traditional broadhead on the market so you are not forced to use a proprietary type of point you can only get from one source. We offer and sell Ace Broadheads but other options can be used. If they break when you hit hard objects like rocks or trees, they usually break off just behind the dart point so you lose only 1/2 inch in re-tipping your darts.

Take Part in World Atlatl Day – Saturday- June 7

World Atlatl Day is Saturday, June 7. There are a variety of events planned. Try to get to an event listed below or if you aren’t close enough to any of these events, you can set up your own event!

All you need to set up a World Atlatl Day event are a couple of friends with atlatl sets and enough space to cast atlatl darts.

World Atlatl Day (WAD) was created by Linda Brundage of the New York Atlatl Association in 2011. In 2012, members attending the World Atlatl Association’s annual meeting voted to officially recognize the first Saturday in June of each year as World Atlatl Day. A special score sheet and contest rules are available on the World Atlatl Association’s website.

Below are the scheduled events:

June 6-8
WORLD ATLATL Day & Weekend Events

Atlatl-in-Action

389 Simkin Rd. Elmira, New York
ISAC, Mastodon Open and NYAA events (Team, Individual, Hunter, Distance and European). A New York Atlatl Association, Inc. sponsored and insured event.
Contact: Jack (570) 888-8258 rjrowe93@gmail.com or Tom Goble; (607) 215-9405

World Atlatl Weekend
Fri ISAC 5:30. Sat. ISAC, full European,and State completion. 9:30 to 5:00 (bring a lunch and we will enjoy the day) Sunday ISAC at 10:00.
Granneman Field.4 miles west of Ottumwa, Iowa
Primitive camping on site.
Contact Roger at (641) 799-1219 or mrgranneman@pcsia.net
Kevin Dogg (641) 777-5053 or kevin doggverhulst@gmail.con

June 7
World Atlatl Day Events

World Atlatl Day
Sugarloaf Open Space, Walnut Creek, CA
Practice starts at 10 a.m. Contests follow. All equipment is provided, or use your own. Contact Ranger Bruce Weidman at (925) 943-5899 x2665. weidman@walnut-creek.org

World Atlatl Day
Athens Public Library, Home Street, Athens, Ohio 45710
The Ohio Atlatl Association (OAA) will host atlatl accuracy contests – Ohio locals, ISAC, IASAC, World Atlatl Day team contests. 10:00 am – 5:00pm.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) (740) 331-4351

World Atlatl Day Competition and ISAC
Glen Oechsner’s Residence. Campbellsport, Wisconsin
Contact Glen: (920) 533-5039

The Pennsylvania Miller Family ISAC and World Atlatl Day
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location 3168 Horizon Drive, Brockway, Pennsylvania 15824
Equipment and instruction for beginners will be provided
Contact Mike Segalla sega2010@gmail.com (814) 590-2329
George Miller gmmiller@brockwaytv.com (814) 590-6462

World Atlatl Day competition and ISAC
Gary Nolf Residence Westbrook Connecticut 10:00-4:00
Contact Gary gnolf@comcast.net (860) 575-4263

World Atlatl Day Event at Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona
9 a.m. – Noon
World Atlatl Day contest will happen as people show up.
Contact Albert Abril aabril1@cox.net

World Atlatl Day and Fat Blanket Atlatl Throw & ISAC
Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Open to all, equipment and instruction cheerfully provided. Sponsored by the Wyoming Atlatl and Social Club.
Contact: Russell Richard coyoteclown@aol.com (307) 772-0550 for location and time.

World Atlatl Day (WAD) was initiated by Linda Brundage of the New York Atlatl Association in 2011. In 2012, members attending the World Atlatl Association’s annual meeting voted to officially recognize the first Saturday in June of each year as World Atlatl Day. A special score sheet and contest rules are available on the World Atlatl Association’s website.

If you cannot make it to any of the listed events, set up an event of your own and participate in
World Atlatl Day! Check here for the instructions for World Atlatl Day and the score sheet.

 Students from Stevens Point University and teachers from various schools in Wisconsin were involved in an outdoor education workshop taught by Atlalist Lenny Riemersma.  The students used Thunderbird Atlatl atlatl kits and darts for the workshop. Notice the Thunderbird Atlatl catalog being held up in the background! Maybe some of the participants will be taking part in World Atlatl Day.

Students from Stevens Point University and teachers from various schools in Wisconsin were involved in an outdoor education workshop taught by Atlalist Lenny Riemersma. The students used Thunderbird Atlatl atlatl kits and darts for the workshop. Notice the Thunderbird Atlatl catalog being held up in the background! Maybe some of the participants will be taking part in World Atlatl Day.

What is an Atlatl? $2,000 “AT First” clue on Jeopardy’s Battle of the Decades

If you missed it here’s the atlatl clue that played on the May 16 final of the Battle of the Decades on Jeopardy on May 16.

The clue was worth $2000 for the correct answer which the eventual one million dollar winner got right away! This was Jeopardy’s Battle of the Decades finals competition highlighting the top contestants from the past three decades.

Screenshot of the Atlatl Clue. The presenter is holding our Catatonk Atlatl and a Dart. In the video clue, Bob is casting a dart with our Wyalusing Atlatl

Screenshot of the atlatl clue. The presenter is holding our Catatonk Atlatl and a Dart. In the video clue, Bob is casting a dart with our Wyalusing Atlatl

The show’s presenter demonstated how the atlatl was used with our Catatonk atlatl and one of our darts. In the background video clue, Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl is shown casting a dart with our Waylusing atlatl. The entire show can be seen here on You Tube The atlatl clue starts at about 13:58.