As an avid archery hunter, I’m always looking for any advantage while in the field. I feel that a lighted nock on the end of my arrow gives me an edge. The number one thing that a lighted nock can give me is the assurance of where my arrow hit the animal. Knowing where that arrow stuck the animal can be an important indicator of whether or not I put my tag on the trophy.
Nockturnal Lighted Nocks
Exclusive patented linear switch design works every time, no wires of connections, simple bowstring activated push on switch, easily switches off when done, extended burn time of 20+ hours, waterproof, use in any conditions.
I chose Nockturnal Lighted Nocks to be the caboose of my arrows. Feradyne, one of the largest hunting related conglomerates produce the popular Nockturnal brand. They also manufacture the popular Rage Broadheads. Nockturnal was readily available at my local pro shop when I was deciding what brand to choose. I don’t want to have to search all over the place to find a product the next time I need to purchase. The purpose of a lighted nock is to help the shooter identify where the arrow hit the target. This can drastically help the shooter find his arrow and subsequently, the animal.
Accessory for Serious Archers
A lighted nock may not be on a novice archers radar. My first few years of archery hunting I didn’t use Nockturnal Nocks. Mainly because I just wasn’t exposed to them. It wasn’t until I had gotten more serious about archery hunting and had shot at a few deer that I realized the benefits that this product could provide. A lighted nock really shines (pun intended) when shooting in low light conditions. Personally, I think every archer should use a lighted nock.
Nockturnal Nock Options
Nockturnal Nocks come in various sizes to accommodate different arrows. The back of each package contains info on what letter (size) corresponds with your arrow. If you are unsure, consult with your local pro shop. You can purchase these in Red, Blue, Green, Pink, and the new addition, orange. They also come in 3 packs and singles. They have practice nocks that are the same weight as the lighted versions but do not light up.
Nocturnal Nocks Features
You may hear that lighted nocks can alter your arrow flight. As they weigh in at a mere 20 grains, they do weigh more than your standard nocks due to the battery and internal components. From what I’ve seen there was no difference in the way my arrow flew. The battery lasts over 20hrs which is plenty long enough. These retail at $24.99 for a three pack and single packs at $9.99.
Practicing with Nockturnal Nocks
I have used Nockturnal lighted nocks for several years now. The functionality is straightforward. When you release the string, the force depresses a switch, allowing for a laser-like flight to the target. Even in daylight, you can see right where your arrow landed. They are simple to turn off. I use a field point from another arrow to lift up the plastic internal mechanism. I’ve never had one wear out, but have seen noticeable scarring on the plastic due to the sharp field point. You can also purchase a tool from Nockturnal to turn off the light if you wish.
Hunting with Nockturnal Nocks
While deer hunting they have worked exceptionally well. Nockturnals have allowed me to see exactly where I struck the animal. When you get a pass through it makes finding that arrow a breeze. One thing I like to do is use the lit arrow to mark the last located blood if I’m giving the animal some time.
Nockturnal Nock Review Summary
I will continue to use Nockturnal Nocks; however, I am not opposed to trying something different. Mainly because I like trying different brands and I did have a poor experience with a handful of the nocks. If I can provide one piece of advice, it would be to use them when you practice. I keep all my nocks that don’t light up and use them for practice, so my arrow setup is always consistent. I think the price point is reasonable and in line with other lighted nocks. I highly recommend these to all archers. I may have been unlucky with getting a few dud nocks, but I have several friends using these and I haven’t heard anyone else claim to have any issues.
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Matt Poissant was born and raised hunting the Green Mountain State of Vermont, now residing in Virginia. Although he has hunted for whitetail since he was ten, he has only archery hunted for 10 years. He has traveled to 8 different states and one Canadian province to chase whitetails because he really enjoys the challenge of DIY hunting in new places.