They were used effectively by the American Indians to hunt rabbit, coyote, and occasionally even deer.
In the continent of Australia they were refined to the pinnacle of advanced hand thrown flight technology by the Aborigines, who used throwsticks to hunt emu and kangaroo at ranges out to 80 meters / 87 yards and even well beyond.
If the ability to throw is what separates man from the animals, the throwstick separates man from "super-man." The following video is best viewed in high definition and full screen....
With many models to choose from, each one manufactured from the same material as is used to make bullet proof glass (polycarbonate), each of our throwsticks are tough and reliable.
Throwsticks were used to hunt waterfowl in ancient Egypt where they were later discovered by archaeologists in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Introduction Types Characteristics Dating History/Chronology Ubirr Rock Art (Northern Australia) Burrup Peninsula Rock Art (Western Australia) Bradshaw Rock Paintings (Western Australia) Sydney Rock Engravings (NSW) Collections Hand Stencil Painting. Handprints and cupules are believed to constitute the oldest forms of aboriginal parietal art in Australia, dating perhaps to 40,000 BCE.
However, this remains unconfirmed by carbon-dating results.
In any event, human occupation in Australia has been carbon-dated to at least 53,000 BCE, and the oldest Australian human fossil has been dated to around 38,000 BCE - the difference probably being due to the drowning of the earliest coastal occupation sites by rising sea-levels: a phenomenon known to Europe through the Cosquer Cave paintings, near Marseilles.
All this means that aboriginal migrants were settled in Australia some 10,000 years before their northern counterparts arrived in Europe.