Having not hunted Colorado for a couple years, I was going through the regs. today for this upcoming September. Noticed that lighted nocks are allowed now. Since I use them during whitetail season, I'll be using them on elk this season too! Anybody else run lighted nocks?
I started last year for deer using Glory Nocks in my Goldtips ... wasnt satisfied with them ... I bought one pack red, one green, , the green quit working shooting into bag targets and the little on-off switch fell out of two of 'em, the other just went dead, the Reds were just "ok", had one break off even with the back of the arrow as it went thru the buck I shot .. I dont think I ever had that happen with any regular GT nock with the multiple dozens of deer I have killed with the regular nocks on the Gold Tips, and the Doe I killed the red worked as intended ...... I just ordered 1 Nocturnal for the GT's in red, I want to check the fit and shoot it and see how it holds up.....if the fit seems loose, I'll try the "fit" style which is what the Glory Nocks were
I used blue Glory Nocks last year and had very similar results as JTV. Liked the ease of how they turned off but the durability and reliability was terrible. Used Nocturnals prior. Quality was ok, fit was random....some fit lose (X nocks). Looking for something better now.
I've never used lighted nocks before this year but bought a pack of Nock Out Contender lighted nocks from Camofire one day on a whim to try out. They've been really solid, great function, easy on and off, and they fit tight in my FMJ's. Very happy with them.
Justin, whats the weight on 'em ?? ... the Glory "Fit" is 21 grs, which is what I used ... supposedly the Nocturnal GT sized nocks are 20 grs, their "Fit" is 21 grs .... I dont want anymore weight on the back end than I have now ...
I use Nocturnal. I shoot traditional. Love them for night hunting pigs and try to hit opposite shoulder to keep arrow in them. I also put a piece of tap over the hole to keep blood from getting in on pass through.
LOL...word of caution that I have no experience with lighted nocks to compare them to so they might be junk compared to something else. I just know that they seem pretty bombproof so far and I have had no trouble with them turning on or off. I even managed to kill a turkey with them which was the only thing I've shot at other than my target. I have heard the green is brighter than the red and if you have something other than FMJ's the bushings can be an issue so take that with a grain of salt.
I'm using the new Victory Nocks you get 4 for the price of three and you can turn them off with out using a tool or knife I like the strobing ones I have a bunch of the nocturnals I have had them go of when I nock and arrow on my string pain in the ass and when there in my quiver digging out the tool to shut them off is a pain in the ass
I'll try the Nocturnal when it comes in... the weight on those Nockouts is past what I want for my Goldtips right now (25grs), I'm not adding anymore to the back, as I may be going to a 4 fletch Heat vane set up this season for fixed heads, and with lighted nocks at 20/21 grs and 4 vanes, I'm at the lower limit I want to be at with my FOC .... if I stay with my regular 3 vanes Blazers, then I'd be fine with the Nockouts .. still experimenting ...
I’ve used Nocturnals on two dozen or so animals. Used green in Africa. They did not seem very bright in mid day sun. I use red now and like them better. For practice, I glued lead shot in the base of regular nocks to get them to weigh the same as nocturnals, but inside 40 yards the weight difference between nocturnals and plain nocks caused insignificant change in arrow impact on target.
^^ that is what I did with my regular GoldTip nocks, except I cut a nail down to size and then used a grinder to make exactly 10 grs that fit perfectly in the nock, and a dab of glue to hold the weight in place ... works great and they fly great and weight the same as the lighted nocks (20- 21 grs)
I’ve used 4 or 5 different ones in the last few years and just started using the new ones by Victory Archery! Worked great in my practice and on my Alberta bear hunt.
I’ve had different problems with each of the previous ones I used. It’s harder than it seems to get good ones. For example one brand worked every time with easy on off string activation but twice when the nock went threw the deer it went off! Grrrr! The Nocturnals either don’t go on or I can’t get them to turn off Consistently. Another brand changed the arrow flight from my other arrows. I only Quiver one or two at a time.
Just a few years ago I started using them. I was on a spot and stalk on a buck afriend gave me the yds. I heard him wrong. I shot and watched a beautiful green light arc spot on down range only to hit low. I’ll remember that for ever. They’re great for finding lost arrows.
Nockturnals are bright but when I switched to them form regular GT nocks they changed my tune. I had a hell of a time getting a good tear. I switched to the Lumenock and perfect, they are not as bright but still very good. Shawn
Nockturnals here as well. Tried another brand I can't recall that had a longer "neck" and some sort of different switching mechanism that looked interesting. Shot one of the in practice and BH flight was way off, so I tossed it stayed with my Nockturnals.
Most of mine have fit my Beman Hunter shafts well. Had a few that had the loose fit, but the plastic grocery bag trick fixed the problem and made absolutely no impact difference.
I found that the tip of my favorite Thunderheads is just right to slip in the hold and turn off the light, after getting used to the procedure, as there is a slight learning curve involved in doing so without puncturing my opposite hand. With just a little practice it gets to be easy and reliable.
Mine have been very reliable and have worked without fail so far in practice for a couple years. Unfortunately, haven't put any through an animal during that period, but hoping to change that this year.
Sometimes I wonder if a jumpy whitetail will see the light shooting at them and jump string. Anyone else? I know we watched a real nice buck jump string on Justin's buck and he was using lighted nocks. Anyone else?
well, I did get in the single Nocturnal in red in the GT size .... it weighs 25 grs, compared to the 22 grs of the Glory Nock... the fit was nice and tight in one of my XT Hunters, and I only had a chance to shoot it indoors at 11 yds, and it was dead on with my other arrows and regular self weighted GT nocks, no flickering like the Glory nocks did when impacting the bag target and turned off easy with the tip of a knife ....I'll try 'em at a longer distance when I get a chance... this Sunday is suppose to be a wash out... just what we dont need, more friggin' rain ....
Here’s a pic to Adam is referring to. This is the second buck in the same year that I had drop a string on me. In both instances it seemed very unlikely they would drop the string. You can see from this picture that arrow is almost to the buck before he drops. You could make an argument for sound, but I've never had this issue before with the same exact arrows. Made me start wondering if they were seeing the streak of the nock as it got to them and they dropped. (Although come to think of it both were out of a ground blind... hmmmmm........ the plot thickens)
I’ve had pretty good luck, overall, with Nockturnals. The grocery bag trick definitely fixes the occasional loose fit. A small finish nail works good to shut them off when practicing. I put a tiny bit of bowstring wax in the hole to keep blood from getting inside of the working components.
I shot the one red Nocturnal at distances this evening once the winds died down, at 20, 30, 40 yds with helical Blazers/408gr GT Hunter XT's .... it was right with the home brew weighted GT nock arrows ... I tried the 4 fletch's I brewed up using Bohning Heats(419grs), they dropped another 3+ inches with the Nocturnal at 40 yds ... still testing to do, esp with BH's , still plenty of time to finalize...... I'm 'prolly still gonna use the Blazers fletched with the AZ Mini Max for the season ..