Bows have successfully harvested practically every animal on the globe over the years, and even current bowhunters, regardless of the style equipment they employ (modern compound, long bow, crossbow, or recurve), therefore a person is absurdly easy to kill with a bow. "YES!" is the short response. A human being is an extremely large target, and even a skilled archer can bring down prey that are faster than they are. However many other factors come into play when trying to determine just how dangerous a bow is to humans, such as weight, strength, experience, and technology; but ultimately, the answer is yes, a human can be killed by a bow.
In fact, there are all kinds of animals that are naturally designed for speed and stealth, which makes them harder to hit yet easier to kill. Many predators use this exact strategy to avoid detection by their prey. There are also creatures that have evolved ways to protect themselves from harm while still allowing them to run fast, such as cheetahs and gazelles. Humans don't need to be protected from harm, but it does help if you're not a heavy user of stringing materials or paintball guns.
Even though a human can be killed by a bow, this doesn't mean that it should be banned. Hunting with a bow can be fun and rewarding, and also useful in controlling populations of certain species.
Bows and arrows can kill people just as easily as they can kill deer, bears, and even the giant moose. If a bow and arrow can kill a moose, it can surely kill a human, but it all depends on where the arrow lands. Arrows, when released with the proper draw weight, may do catastrophic damage that no one should ever underestimate.
Arrows are actually sharpened sticks with a pointed tip. They are made of wood or steel and are usually around 12 inches (30 cm) long. An arrow's fletching (the feathers at the end) helps control its flight path as it is released from the bow. Without these feathers, the arrow would be easy to shoot past your target.
People often think that arrows only hurt humans if they hit a vital part of the body, such as the head or heart. This is not true at all! Even if you shoot an arrow into some hay and it hits someone's back, they could still die from shock and blood loss. It's best not to try and figure out how much force an arrow needs to have in order to kill someone; instead, you should just keep in mind that any amount of force can do it.
Tissues can be readily harmed even with a low-powered bow. If the draw strength is 50 lb, it doesn't take much to seriously harm someone. It can easily screw if it's 80 lb, but it's dangerous if it's 150 lb. The answer is yes, with a sharp broadhead and a good draw weight! A crossbow may be used to kill a human.
The power of a bow comes from its design and construction. A powerful bow can lift as much as 100 pounds or more, depending on the make and model. These are easy enough to find online or in catalogs for around $100-$500. A weaker bow can lift up to half that amount. However, it takes less force to pull back such a bow, so more shots can be taken before refilling!
Crossbows are also designed and constructed for power. Some can lift 1,000 lbs or more! They're expensive though, usually costing more than $10,000. But, they last forever because there's no string or gear to wear out. Just bolt them down when not in use!
People are killed by crossbows all the time. In fact, they are the number one cause of death by weapon in America! That means they are more deadly than guns. This is because people don't register them or treat them like guns do, so they often aren't stored safely. Also, they can kill at longer ranges than guns can!