It will be requested/required that each and every bow hunter use some sort of
lighted nocking system while hunting at Backwoods Whitetails. We personally
feel that the use of lighted nocking systems are a very much needed device to
help both the guide and the hunter for assistance in the ethical recovery of all
animals being pursued. We are aware that this will be a change for some
hunters. Just know that from being a guide for several years I have pretty
much seen and experienced it all. Therefore, several times I have already heard
the excuse of "I do not need to use lighted nocks because I always watch my
deer go down". Well, lol I am sorry to burst your bubble. But hunt long enough
and I promise you that you will have the same mishaps as every other bow
hunter has. I have guided close to 1000 hunters in my days and I have heard
that comment several times in the past and it has always proven to me to be a
"heads up" when i hear someone say that. Because usually each & every time a
hunter has made that statement. Those hunters were always the ones for
which we have to go looking for their animal and/or could not find the animal.
So we simply ask that all hunters please participate in this simple request while
you are hunting with us here at Backwoods Whitetails. We are here to HELP
your hunting experience....not hurt it. Your success in the field is of the utmost
importance to us all here at BWO. For those that a simple request just doesn't
explain enough as to why we request lighted nocks. I will share with you a
couple past scenarios where a lighted nocking system may have changed the
1.) One evening a hunter calls the guide to say "I shot a real nice buck tonight. I
know I made a perfect shot cuz I seen the arrow go in. I looked to see if I had a
pass through but could not find the arrow, So it is still in the deer."
The guide instructs the client to not leave the stand and wait for his arrival. The
guide shows up to inspect the situation. Even with good flash lights, the guide
does not find the arrow as well. He then asks the hunter the direction of the
animals exit so as to look in that direction for signs of blood and/or for the
arrow. Both hunter and guide spent two plus hours stomping around the
woods looking for signs of a wounded animal. However, No signs of blood from
a wounded animal, nor was the arrow found. Obviously at that time the search
was abandoned where both hunter & guide returned to the lodge for the
evening. At that time, the hunter was permitted to return to the stand the
following morning to hunt. But the guide was scheduled to meet with the hunter
EARLY in the morning to make another effort to dissect the previous nights
situation. Well GUESS WHAT, lol? As the sun came up, the hunter noticed his
arrow sticking out of the grass just a few yards from his stand. So the hunter
gets down to find the arrow to be clean and free of any matter indicating a
clean miss. In that situation a lighted noking system would not only have
allowed the hunter to see his arrow in the grass, but it would have also allowed
us all to instantly realize that it was a clean miss. As well, it would have
prevented both hunter and guide from wasting valuable time in the field looking
for a wounded animal that did not exist. As well it would have prevented the
area being trampled with 2 plus hours of human activity to allow the hunt area
to be scent free for the following days hunt.
2.) A hunter "With a lighted noking system" called me saying he has just shot
an animal. The nock lit up and it appeared to be a broadside shot. But the
hunter wasn't sure if was a pass thru and the deer disappeared in a thick CRP
field. So myself and the hunter discussed all possible situations, scenarios and
options in reference as to where he felt the arrow had made an impact. We did
decided that the hunter should at least look to see if there was any blood where
the deer appeared to be standing when the arrow made impact and where the
deer was last seen entering the CRP. The hunter looks to find no blood at the
point of impact. But he does finds a spec of blood at the entrance to the trail
going into the CRP. So as we normally do here.... it was "Dont know DONT GO"
situation where it was decided to just back out for the evening. Just as he was
getting ready to walk away from the trail leading into the CRP. He notices his
nock lit up in the tall grass just a few yards away. So he recovered the arrow
and without wiping off any of the evidence of blood or other matter. He still
backed out and returned to camp. The hunter was 98% sure that he hit the deer
broadside but the animal was also turning as well. Upon returning to camp we
to a good look at the evidence on the arrow. It was instantly obvious that there
was some sort of contact with the gut area. An obvious reason to wait until the
next morning to attempt any recovery of the animal. But patience paid off and
we did recover his buck. Yes it was a little eaten on by coyotes, but the
majority of the meat was still fresh. Thus, indicating that the animal had not
been expired for very long. Upon examining the animal it was clear that the
hunters broadside shot had actually entered through the front part of the rear
hind quarter, penetrated the gut area and then had fallen back out as there was
no exit/pass thru wound found. So In "THIS" situation the lighted nocking
system presented the opportunity for the hunter to locate the arrow which gave
us the necessary information needed to make the right decision to back out for
a later recovery.
So as you can see the mandatory use of the lighted nocking systems can & will
always have its place in the world of archery hunting. Please dont
misunderstand as we will always hope that the use of lighted nocks are never
needed for recovery. But it is bow hunting and we feel there is always a need to
be prepared for the worst of situations. Especially when time, money and the
biggest buck you have ever seen in is on the line. Hunters sometimes may have
only a second to make a decision to shoot or not shoot. As a hunters
adrenaline levels are being pushed to the extreme on large animals where one
would have never experienced before. Please remember ALL HUNTERS MAKE
UNINTENTIONAL MISTAKES AND BAD THINGS CAN/WILL HAPPEN TO
EVERYONE IN BOW HUNTING. So as a bow hunter myself and as your guide.
We all know that owe it to each other, as well as every animal pursued, to make
every ethical attempt to have the needed equipment for an ethical recovery.
WHAT BRAND DO I RECOMMEND?
I personally use the original Lumenok and will recommend the color Pink! For
those that have never used lighted nocks before. You can go to
lumenok.com and purchase factory direct. Know that these guys are the
Original Creator of the Lighted Nocking System. Therefore they have more
experience with research & development and are always one step ahead of the
copycat competition. Heck, you can even call direct to the factory at
309-358-1602. If you want special attention and can ask for Eric Price (owner)
and tell him that I referred you to him. I promise you "He will take great care of
you". Either Eric Price or Kurt Price will take the time to not only sell you the
proper nocking system for your preferred shafts. But they will also be sure to
educate you on the use of their nocks and how to properly install & use them.
Why not trust "OTHER" Brands?
The choice to give other brands a try are always the personal choice of each
hunter. I would rather see you show up with a different brand than show up
with no lighted nocking system at all. However please be aware that I do see
quite a few hunters that use "The Nocturnal" lighted nocking systems. Those
hunters do feel that they have had good luck with them. But Please NOTE: The
only problem I have personally seen with the nocturnal system is that this style
of nock requires the hunter to use an object to stick into the side of the nock to
turn it off. Therefore I have seen guys using anything & everything they can to
shut the nock off (Mainly a pocket knife). So the problem I first see is that the
integrity of the nock is first compromised from the whole drilled into the side of
nock. But secondly and what makes it worse is that from the foreign object
required & being used to repeatedly shut the nock off during practice. It will
and has caused additional damage to the integrity of the nock. Therefore I have
personally had/seen situations where a hunter has had a buck standing in front
of them...they pull the trigger....and the nock blows up causing the arrow to
either hit the guts, the shoulder and some were lucky and completely missed
the deer. Why did the nock actually blow up? My guess is from the constant
whittling away at the nock from repeatedly using objects to shut the nock off.
So just food for thought....we don't need that happening while you are in the
stand here or at home. Both you and I know we don't want nor need any
missed shots, wounded animals, or even worse yet an injured hunter. So IF you
are a Nocturnal User? "PLEASE USE NEW UNUSED NOKS ON YOUR
HUNTING SHAFTS" And Lastly, Please always educate yourself on your
equipment so that it can & will always be used both safely & properly. It is our
responsibility as hunters to make the absolute best efforts to respectfully and
ethically hunt the animals being pursued.
Thanks B.W. O.
ATTENTION BOW HUNTERS!!
It's REQUESTED/REQUIRED that all
archery hunters use some sort of
lighted nocking system while hunting
at Backwoods Whitetails Outfitters.
Obviously "Hunters using Traditional Archery Equipment"
will not be able to utilize a lighted nocking system.