The skill required to take game with “primitive” weapons is WAY beyond most of us. The natives can do it because of a lifetime of practise.. and make it look easy. Any fool can hit a target with a rifle and scope.. ask me how I know…. I highly recommend a .22 with a scope.. to get you thru the years before you HAVE to hunt the old ways. Traps ( steel ones) are good too.
ANY rifle is a huge step up over virtually any primitive weapon. Even in the hands of someone not expert. And most of us are not expert.. and most of our enemies will not be either.