On opening day of the Missouri firearm deer season, Luke Boenker decided to hunt with the most primitive of weapons, an atlatl. Boenker is now receiving recognition in Missouri as the first deer hunter to harvest a buck with an atlatl, which is an ancient weapon, a dart throwing device. Missouri legalized atlatls for hunting this past year and Boenker was the first to harvest a deer, Scott Rorebeck used the technique as well this year.
Boenker has been hunting since he was a boy, but didn't even load his guns this year. He stuck with the atlatl that he made himself, along with the dart. He has been working with the atlatl for the last three months, with help from his friend and president of the Missouri Atlatl Associate (MAA), Ron Mertz.
Boenker shot his four point buck on November 12th. He was in a tree stand about 30 feet high when the buck came into view. He grunted and the buck paused. Boenker took that pause to throw the dart. The atlatl can get the dart going as fast as 100 miles per hour. From Missouri Department of Conservation .