“Bad weekend. Long story
,” was the reply I got from a friend of mine on Monday morning. I’d asked him about his weekend spot-and-stalk mule deer hunt and the look on his face said it all; bad news. Turns out he’d snuck the same deer three different times, shot three arrows at that same deer, and missed all three shots. Although an accomplished bowhunter, he must have invited Mr. Murphy along that weekend, because if it could go wrong it did go wrong for my friend. We’ve all been there.
One bright spot on his weekend foray was the follow up story about retrieving his arrows. He had recently equipped his hunting setup with lighted nocks and returned in the evening to find his arrows. With the darkness of night blanketing the landscape he was able to quickly find his three errant arrows within minutes. Not only had this saved him time, but his arrows as well. With the rising cost of archery equipment, can you afford not to use lighted nocks?
Some critics argue lighted nocks are too expensive, and pass on buying them. Here is an example of a typical hunter showing how spending the extra money can actually save you money in the long run. Carbon arrows and bolts run around $10 apiece these days, with broadheads averaging around $10 apiece as well. That being said, the average archer zips $20 downrange each time the string drops. If you’ve ever lost an arrow in deep brush you realize how easily it can happen. By adding a lighted nock, such as the Carbon Express Launch Pad precision nock
($14.99 for a 2 pack), you can add some finders insurance to each arrow. In my friends case lighted nocks wound up saving him over $60 in archery equipment as well as time spent wandering around looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. So next time a stiff breeze kicks up right as you squeeze off the perfect shot, you’ll save money and time with a lighted nock showing the way.
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