Comparison of Arrows and Bullets
From the experience derived from these and many other hunting episodes, I am convinced that an arrow that enters either the abdominal or chest cavity of a large animal does as much damage as a bullet, and even seems to cause more hemorrhage than most rifle bullets. The tearing and destruction of tissue is greater in the case of the gunshot wound; but the clean bleeding wound of the arrow is quite as effective as a mortal traumatism. Where an arrow strikes muscular tissue, such as a ham or shoulder, it makes a clean, readily healing wound, and does little harm. So on the whole we feel that the bow is a more humane and more sportsmanlike implement for hunting.