Well yeah, The image of someone bugging out, Bow in hand, with a quiver bristling with Arrows does bring to mind some sort of "Deviant-Ranger" or Chucklehead.....
Nonetheless, bringing a Bow along may be a good idea for a fairly good Archer. Good for silent taking of small game (or even large). Good for taking out Clients who need it, silently.
Be all that as it may.
If you have to fly to some godawful place where Guns are very hard to come by--and if you're Paranoid enough--you could take along a very good takedown Bow and Arrows.
Keep in mind, you only have to Survive one
encounter with a better armed Client, to inherit a better weapon.....
If I was armed solely with a Bow, especially in an urban setting, I plan to move under cover of darkness as often as possible--any confrontations are likely to be at close to mid Handgun Range.
Questions:What Bow Weights?
My own choice is for a 30 pound pull. The 30 pound Bow that I had as a Boy, would shoot clean through the garage, if I missed the Straw Backstop. A light Bow is much easier to manage for quick follow-up shots, in some sort of real life "El Presidente'" Drill.
Most Indian Bows that I've seen, look like they were in the 30 to 4o pound class; and seem to have no more than a ten to twelve inch draw.....
And they sure ruined a bunch of Clients--not to mention Deer, Elk, Bison, etc. .....
Arrows shot at small game, ought to be easier to find than very hard driven Arrows.
How many Arrows?
(I'd want at least a Dozen Broadheads, and three or four Field Points--Might go as far as 18 Broadheads.....)How Carried?
(I favor Shoulder Quiver. Some might want a supplemental Bow Quiver. I prefer the feel and balance of a clean Bow.)
Back-up Bowstring; two or three Nocks; maybe two or three extra Broadheads....
So, what would y'all choose?
Has anyone else thought of any other obscure factors about carrying a Bow as a Bug-Out Weapon that I haven't thought of?