The Catatonk Hunter is an ergonomically engineered atatl designed around the particular needs of the atlatl hunter, even though its use certainly is not limited to atlatl hunters. After years of experience using atlatls for hunting we set about the task of designing an atlatl that is both very functional and at the same time very beautiful. We have paid close attention to dart placement relative to the handgrip so that the atlatlist would have maximum power without losing control. We have chosen the hammer grip design over the paddle grip basically because the human hand transfers power more effectively with the hammer grip. We have the dart up and away from the atlatl shaft to keep the fletching from conflicting with the shaft. This allows the dart to be placed on the atlatl in exactly the right rotation, which is important for consistent shots. The Catatonk Hunter will handle the large diameter 8-ounce darts that are best for large game.