I had just driven the 250 miles back from college, making it just in time to head down to our Ranch with my Dad for the weekend. The winds were out of the South East, so we headed across the river to a stand we hadn’t hunted yet this season. This was a cool little setup that was overlooking a kill plot back off the main food plot, nestled in the trees about a hundred yards away. We had trail camera pictures of several nice deer throughout the summer on this food plot, but the only problem is that we hadn’t seen them in a month. Needless to say, my hopes were not real high. The only thing that was in our favor was that the neighbors had just combined all of the corn where we thought the deer had moved to. After about an hour in the stand, I figured that my chances of seeing a good deer, let alone any deer, were slipping away.
Just as that thought had entered my mind, a little doe appeared in the food plot. I sat and watched her nibbling on the turnip leaves for several minutes before she lifted her head and looked behind her. As I sat with anticipation and thought of what may or may not come in…a buck appeared! It was “Charlie, the big 8 pointer that we had watched grow over the last two years. It took everything I had in me to keep it together as “Charlie” walked by me at 25 yards. I settled my pin behind his shoulder and released my arrow.
I watched my arrow find its mark. With the help of the Nock Out® lighted nocks, I found my arrow and it was a short tracking job to this massive 8 pointer! Big thanks to my Dad for always being my best friend and hunting partner!
Shelby’s Bow Hunting Equipment:
· Hoyt® Carbon Defiant
· Beman® ICS Hunters
· Apex™ Gear sights, rest, and stabilizer
· NAP® Kill zone broadheads
· Nikon® Optics
· Hawk® Tree stands
· Nock Out® lighted nocks
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By:Nick Kravitz of Flatline Whitetails Photos by: Darton Harwick, Tyler Kravitz, & Nick Kravitz “Finally I can say that I’ve wrapped my hands around the antlers of a Mature Pennsylvania Whitetail Buck!”
Tyler and I had photos of this deer as a 2.5-year-old buck 3 years ago on a trail camera. After the bear destroyed two of our cameras this year, we didn’t have many photos of deer on this property. However, we knew the potential that the property had just from summer scouting, so I was actually after a different “Shooter Buck”.
A cold front was pushing through on October 16th and I knew it was going to be a good night for deer activity in the tree stand. It was a beautiful October evening.. I remember thinking to myself, “This is the perfect day for hunting”, and sure enough, at around 4:30 I already had eyes on a young buck up on his feet and again, at 5:30, two more young bucks walked by at 20 yards.
As the sun began to set, I was admiring the view with my camera and snapping photos. As I set my camera back in my Sitka Gear tool bucket, I peered over my left shoulder and caught a slight glimpse of antlers through the corn stalks, swaying in the wind. All that I could see were Big G2’s and Big G3’s so I immediately knew this was a shooter buck. Slowly I started reaching for my bow.. My first thought was that he was going to walk away and I was going to have to shoot him where I first saw him. I drew back my Mathews Archery, Inc. Halon 32 and watched him walk right out of my shooting lane but towards another. I held my bow back for what seemed like an eternity, which in reality was about 3 minutes. I thought about letting down twice but I knew that I needed to be ready when the opportunity presented itself.
As I began to see his rack appear through the corn stalks and branches, I knew this was the moment of truth. He stopped walking and turned toward me slightly. This was it, now or never. It was not a shot that I particularly like taking but I knew this was my only opportunity to try. So with a slight squeeze of the TRU Ball Archery and Axcel Sights Glory Release, the last thing that I witnessed was my Nock Out Lighted Nocks disappear directly behind his front shoulder.
Luckily I had my safety harness on or I surely would have fallen out of the tree! With plenty of daylight left, I ran all the way to the truck and called Tyler and Darton to tell them the news! We met up and reviewed the footage and decided it was best to just let him lay for a few hours given the cool temperatures would keep him through the evening. After we got done tracking and finding Brooke Williams and Tyler Kravitz bucks, it was about midnight. We decided to go in and look at the blood and see if we could locate my buck.
After 75 yards we started seeing blood. Tyler looked up and said “there he is!” As we ran up to him, we couldn’t believe it. The emotion and feeling that I felt right then was something I will never be able to put into words. It was an absolutely amazing moment in my life that I will carry with me forever! Thanks for all the help and knowledge you have passed on to me Tyler Kravitz and Darton Harwick and thank you for being there to share the moment with me.
One of the reasons that the Nock Out Lighted Nocks really helped me out with this hunt was after I made the shot on film, I was able to go home and review the footage to see exactly where I hit. With the ability to see my entry, we were able to make the decision to give this buck 5 hours since it was cold that night. Turns out he only went 75 yards, but the theory I have is it’s better to be safe than sorry because once you bump a wounded buck it’s NEVER good!
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Early Season Bow Hunting Success | Michael Lee of Backwoods Life
Who: Michael Lee of Backwoods Life
What: Early Season Bow Hunting (whitetail)
When: September 2017
Where: South Georgia
This is a buck I had patterned on the Covert trail cameras all summer and when opening day came around I slipped in on him. Sure enough, he showed up right on cue and I made a complete pass through at 25 yards. We trailed the buck almost 200 yards and lost blood. The shot looked good on the entrance side from the video and arrow was covered with blood. We decided to back out and give him some time.
The next morning, we eased back into the last blood and began looking again for three more hours with no luck. After calling it quits, I decided to put a trail camera on the closest water tank to where we last tracked blood. Amazingly, one hour later the buck walked up to the tank to drink then laid down close by! Using the Covert app on my phone, I saw him there and waited a few more hours. We eased back in and he was laying less than 100 yards from the water tank. By far the craziest ordeal I have been through with ups and downs over a 24-hour period.
Truly thankful for this buck and that I could recover him and put the meat in my freezer.
Bow: Elite Option 7
Release: Scott Shark
Rest: QAD Ultra Rest HDX
Sight: CBE SL4
Nocks: Nock Out Lighted Nocks
Scent Control: Lethal Products and Ozonics
Broadhead: Raptor Trick
Camo: Walls Pro Series in Realtree
Safety Harness: Hunter Safety System
Optics: Hawke Binoculars and Range Finder
Trail Camera: Covert
Hunting Map: Knockdown Outdoors App
Want to learn how to tag out in the early season? Try a few of these early season bow hunting tips below!
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Early bow season tips and tactics are on the minds of bow hunters across the nation. If you are among them, you might be frantically searching for a tactic that could swing you an opportunity at your hit-list buck. There are many things you need to consider in the early season to help fill that tag, but fixating on the tactic that is tailored to your situation should be your focus. With limited deer movement, humid weather increases the need for scent control, and shifting weather patterns, the early season is the perfect recipe for difficult hunting situations. However, just remember that the early season has many positive attributes, too. These include longer days and milder weather, and also some key weaknesses deer might exhibit for you to capitalize on. Bow season is here whether you are ready or not, take a breath, stop being overwhelmed and focus on these bow hunting tips!
Reevaluate Your Archery Gear
Like anything built to last, a good foundation is a good way to start out your bow season. Sure you might have spent the summer fine-tuning your bow setup, but taking another look is not a bad idea. While bow sights, bow rests, quivers, broadheads, stabilizers, and other equipment are relatively simple, one overlooked key component in your bow hunting setup is the arrow. Careful planning towards your arrow configuration and components are critical. Arrow flight can be affected by many factors including arrow spine weight and straightness, fletching, arrow inserts, arrow nocks, and broadheads. While it might be too late to completely change your entire arrow setup, taking another look might reveal a slight tweak that could increase accuracy.
As an example, one very critical component of the arrow is its fletching. Vanes on the back of an arrow steer the arrow during flight, keeping the front and back end in correct alignment. Mass-produced and fletched arrows are not always tuned properly and are subsequently the reason for inconsistent shooting. Accurately tuned and fletched arrows can greatly improve your shooting performance. Some problems that you might be encountering with ill-tuned arrows are:
Vanes grazing the arrow rest
Stray arrows from solid groups
Irregular arrow flight and point of impact
While you might be doubting the importance of fletching, don’t dismiss this easy fix for better archery shooting. Believe it or not, you don’t have to take your arrows to a pro-shop to achieve this!
The use of lighted nocks in your setup provides a greater level of confidence on that early season hunt. Having the ability to focus on the arrow through flight to the target is critically important to the bow hunter. This is especially true in the early season as deer move and present opportunities in extremely low light conditions. Without a lighted nock, you simply have to judge your shot based on sound, the deer’s behavior, and the resulting blood trail. Lighted nocks are a terrific tool in a bow hunter’s toolbox and provide immediate shot feedback both in practice sessions and during the hunt.
Practice sessions, both before and during hunting season, are paramount in developing confidence and accuracy with archery equipment. Lighted nocks are one of the best ways to make practice sessions as effective as possible. The use of lighted nocks in your practice sessions is a game changer when identifying arrow flight paths, patterns, and characteristics. Being able to quickly identify issues with arrow flight, archery form or other equipment such as arrow rests or releases is much easier to determine with the use of lighted nocks.
This also brings up one critical early season bow hunting tip…practice makes perfect. While that might seem redundant in most archery blogs you read, the point being made here is that you should practice how you hunt. Yes, that means shooting extreme archery angles like you might on an elk hunt or shooting from a tree stand, but also practicing with the same gear you will be using. You should be practicing with your broadheads and your lighted nock on your arrow, tuning your bow to that setup rather than a normal arrow nock and field point. While the broadhead and lighted nock might not significantly affect the shot, every bit of tuning helps!
Early season bow hunting tactics are often different than the rut-crazed later season hunting we all thirst for, but it is a great opportunity to fill your tag. Early season tactics often center on food and the tail end of summer patterns. With fall and winter months just around the corner, deer are consuming critical calories before breeding seasons and winter months. The food sources that you should focus on for hunting opportunities are generally:
Early season weather patterns and changing foliage are key items you should consider on your pre-rut hunts. Wind patterns change from dominantly south to north often during this time of year, and cover and color of fall foliage change from green to orange and brown. Consider multiple hunting scenarios and setups depending on the environmental conditions when you key in on an early season food sources.
Picture: Flatline Whitetails
Deer movement usually centers on early dawn/first light, and late afternoon and evening hours. The only way to catch earlier daylight movement would be to move closer to bedding areas. However, doing this could also put hunting pressure where it may not necessarily be needed this early in the season. Rely on observational hunts and trail cameras to reveal key intel before making a move this early in the season.
As late October approaches, more aggressive tactics can and will work. Centering closer to core areas, especially during cold fronts, could expose opportunities at mature bucks. Overall, the early season can be a difficult and overwhelming period. Keep your wits, only make smart moves, double and triple check your equipment, and always keep your eyes open for opportunities. The best thing about bow hunting in the early season is that plenty of opportunities exist, and you have the rest of deer season to capitalize on them!
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The Importance of Knowing the Anatomy of Your Hunting Arrows
Knowing your equipment is the first step in trusting that you can get the job done, no matter what that particular “job” is. Nowhere is this statement more correct than when it comes to hunting equipment designed to take an animals life. However, the common misconception is that the bow is the object doing the killing. It’s not…it’s the arrow, the object that delivers the final blow. So an ethical question is this…”do you know the anatomy and important features of your hunting arrows?”
There are five basic parts that make up your hunting arrows: the point, the insert, the shaft, the nock, and the fletching. Hunting arrows have these five things in common, but that is the only similar features among arrows. Every arrow is going to have a specific weight, spine tolerance, and length that is important to the optimal use of an arrow with a particular bow’s specification as well as the game the hunter is pursuing. Ethical bow hunting is knowing what you are slinging towards another living thing, and being confident that this object is set up for the most effective, quick, and painless death it can deliver.
There are a variety of points that can tip an arrow: field points, broadheads, judo-points, or blunt-tips. Field points are available with longer tips or more blunt tips. Broadheads can be fixed or expandable blade. There are broadheads customized for specific game animals such as small game or turkey with a variety of tips and cutting diameter. These points are available in a variation of styles made of a variety of materials. The point, regardless of style, is weighed in grains and commonly available in 75, 100, 125, and 150 grain. You should always practice and sight your bow in the same grain weight of the broadhead that will be used for hunting.
Inserts are aluminum, brass, or plastic sleeves which is slightly smaller than the diameter of the shaft and has a slightly larger rim to keep it from going completely into the arrow shaft. The insert is placed into point end of the arrow shaft and glued in. The insert provides a threaded end to insert and screw on points.
Some brass inserts, having a little more weight than plastic or aluminum, can assist in adding front of center weight for weight forward accuracy and penetration.
Lock-n-Load® Inserts make the job of installing inserts quick and easy! Now within seconds, you can install, index and lock your inserts in place without glue.
Precision, self-centering design improves concentricity by aligning to the center of the shaft resulting in better overall flight accuracy and arrow to arrow consistency. Easily index your blades to your vanes before locking the insert into place.
The shaft is literally the backbone of the arrow and consists of two important components; weight and spine deflection or tolerance. The most commonly used arrows for hunting these days is carbon or a carbon-aluminum blend shaft. Some aluminum arrows are still being shot but are few and far between. Wood arrows are used by primitive-style archers but will not be covered in this writing.
Aluminum shafts are durable and more affordable than carbon. Carbon shafts are a little more expensive but are favored for the lightweight design that comes in a variety of diameters. However, carbon shafts can be damaged easier than aluminum shafts. Aluminum-Carbon blend shafts incorporate an aluminum tube and a carbon outer layer or just the opposite, a carbon tube with an aluminum outer layer. For all practical purposes, the carbon and carbon blend arrow will be within this article.
Arrow weight is more critical than most archers realize when it comes to optimal shooting performance. Ultra-lightweight arrows, such as those used by competition archers, will typically travel in a straighter line and group more tightly. There are lightweight hunting arrows designed for hunting that have similar characteristics. Heavier arrows will deliver more kinetic energy for better hide and flesh penetration on game animals while still retaining a good grouping.
The arrow weight for hunting is recommended of a total weight of 6 to 8 grain per pound of draw weight. It is important to never use an arrow with less than 5 grain per pound of draw weight with any bow; doing so could cause damage to the bow and injury to the archer similar to that of dry-firing a bow
Every arrow is going to have a certain stiffness referred to as the spine deflection or spine tolerance of the shaft. Arrow weight and arrow spine deflection are often confused as being the same thing; they are not. The spine deflection is technically the most important trait of an arrow but probably the most misunderstood characteristic of an arrow. This misunderstanding is often a result of different manufacturers using different spine numbers for each shaft tolerance; there is no standard as to labeling. There is, however, a standard to measuring the spine tolerance.
Ultimately, it is important to make certain that you purchase arrows that have a spine tolerance for the draw weight of the bow being used. Often the arrow manufacturer will advertise that an arrow is “suitable for bows up to a 70-pound draw weight” or “suitable for bows up to a 50-pound draw weight.”
Arrow length is also critical to optimal shooting. Typically, a bow hunter will want the arrow shaft to extend out at least two inches from the rest contact at full draw. This measurement can be affected by the type of rest that is on the bow. It is important that the broadhead has proper clearance from the bow and the archer’s hand/fingers.
The three vanes on arrows are known as fletching and can be made up of feathers or pliable plastic material of varying length and height. To allow optimal arrow flight, the fletching can be tuned to the arrow shaft by weight. The three vanes have a cock feather, or index feather, of different color which is used to indicate how the arrow is loaded onto the bow string to allow arrow rest clearance.
Feather fletching is still popular with many archers, but they are not as durable as plastic vanes especially during wet weather or storing. Plastic vanes adhere easier to the arrow shafts, offer more durability, and a more consistent flight. Target archers typically use smaller vanes for less drag, but a small vane will not offer stability with a broadhead. Longer vanes, or shorter, high profile vanes will offer better control for broadheads. Remember, the taller the vane, the more drag the arrow will have in flight.
For the most accurate and consistent flight among arrows, weight tuning is recommended. The easiest way to weight tune a shaft without a professional tuning device is to place a single shaft in a tub filled about a one-quarter full of water that has some soap suds. Place the shaft in the tub and let it spin until it comes to a halt. Roll it once more, making sure the ends are not touching the sides of the tub. Make a mark on the arrow shaft close to the nock on the side facing up. This is the lightest side of the shaft. The cock feather needs to be affixed to the opposite side of that mark; on the heavy side of the shaft. Doing this for all of the arrows will help in the consistency of the arrow groupings.
Fletching is normally affixed to arrows with a two or three-degree helical offset in the vane. Helical offsets have been proven to offer a more stable, tighter pattern with both field points and broadheads. If a bow hunter wants to make certain that the arrow and broadhead are tuned, they can take a fletch tuned arrow, place the insert in the end of the shaft with epoxy cement, screw on a broadhead and match the blades to the vanes.
If a bow hunter walks into a big box store and grabs a handful of pre-fletched arrows, they will find the arrows will shoot down range and hit the mark on the target. More often than not, one or two arrows will shoot consistent every shot. Often, those few are the arrows that are the closest to being tuned. There is nothing wrong with this method of purchasing arrows preseason. For optimal shooting, imagine the advantage a bow hunter would have when they have taken the time to make sure that the arrows are properly tuned, not only for the draw length and draw weight of the bow, but also that the vanes are tuned to shaft weight. Not only would this allow for consistently accurate shooting, but it also goes a long way in building the confidence of the bow hunter.
The nock of the arrow is available in several designs and can easily be removed and replaced. It is important to use the correct nock for the diameter arrow and the right tension on the bow string to prevent it from falling from the bow string when being drawn. A nock that is too tight or too loose can affect the accuracy of an arrow.
The proper fit of the nock will result in a click of the bow string but still allow the nock to turn freely on the serving; not allowing the arrow to torque the bow string when the string is pulled back to full draw. If the nock is too tight, it can result in a late release of the nock from the string, causing the string to pull forward resulting in an erratic arrow flight. Or, if the nock is too loose, it can cause inconsistent arrow flight or can result in the arrow falling off prematurely.
The press-fit nock is the most common nock used on arrows. The design allows the nock to be easily turned so that it can be positioned in alignment with the fletching to clear cables and rests. Nocks are available in diameters to fit snugly in the shaft. These diameters range in increments from .166-inch to .246-inch in diameter and are marketed in common sizes of G, F, X, A, H, S and GT. A bushing can be added to ensure that the nock will not damage the arrow shaft.
Another popular nock among bow hunters is the lighted nock. This nock incorporates a lighted end when it is shot from a bow, allowing the hunter to have a visual representation of the shot and assists hunters in being able to retrieve the arrow for inspection on a pass through, or for finding downed game in the dark. Using a lighted nock during practice can also assist the archer in seeing the arrow’s flight to the target.
A lighted nock will affect arrow accuracy, just like adding a new broadhead would. The fact that a press-fit nock weighs 11-16 grains depending on brand; whereas a lighted nock such as Nock-Out Lighted Nocks weighs 21-24 grains, means there is a significant difference.This also does not mention the fact that you may be adding more length to your arrow, shifting FOC. When adding a lighted nock to your setup be sure to install and tune the lighted nocks correctly.
Nock Out Lighted nocks feature a practice mode. This mode allows a hunter to shoot the nocks without having to waste the battery life. This allows the bow hunter to ensure his/her hunting arrows are hitting their mark with the lighted nocks attached.
Knowing the anatomy of your hunting arrows will provide you a foundation to build from. This will inevitably lead to a more accurate arrow build, tighter groups, and an effective arrow that can punch through the game it is designed for.
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Lighted Nocks | Practice with Them for Better Bow Hunting
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Practice makes perfect, right? Isn’t that how the saying goes? Unfortunately, it’s only true to a certain extent. If you practice your archery hunting skills with sloppy form and different hunting gear than you’ll use in the field, you’re really just setting yourself up for failure. But you’ve no doubt heard the adapted version of this phrase too: perfect practice makes perfect. The better and more realistic you are in practice, the better you should be at the real thing. This is why you should be using lighted nocks on your arrows as you practice this spring and summer. But let’s back up a little bit first.
Using the right hunting gear helps ensure that you’re ready for the real field conditions you’ll face. One, it simulates bow hunting on a very real level so you can get in the right mindset from the get-go. The more you get used to this simulation and the conditions, the more comfortable you’ll be in the field. Two, it helps develop muscle memory so that you will be freed up to think about the situation itself, and not worry about the shot mechanics. To that point, you’ll gain confidence in your hunting gear that you could only get from repeated usage of it. Different arrow nocks produce slightly different shots, so it makes sense that using a consistent nock will produce a more consistent and accurate flight path. If you use them from day one of practice, you shouldn’t have to adjust anything later. And finally, using lighted nocks for arrows in the preseason months helps you identify any form or gear issues before it can become a problem. If you start now, you literally have several months to tweak your gear or perfect your form. That’s much better than realizing it the week before opening day, isn’t it?
Why Should You Use Lighted Nocks?
If you don’t already use lighted nocks, you won’t believe what a game changer they are for hunting scenarios. Think about it – some of the best deer hunting action we face takes place in low light conditions (e.g., dawn, dusk, shaded woodlands, foggy/cloudy/rainy days, etc.). But knowing exactly where your arrow hits a deer in these low light hunting conditions is difficult to impossible. Will your knowledge of where it hit the deer in any way change the shot once you’ve released the arrow? Of course not. But it will really help you to know how to proceed from that point. For example, taking up the blood trail within 10 minutes in the case of a true heart or lung shot is fine, but it would be foolish in the case of a known gut shot. Illuminated nocks really help you weigh your options better to ensure you recover your deer.
The Nock Out® lighted nocks come in a few different options and are excellent additions to your archery supplies. The 3 pack is a great deal, as you’ll definitely want more than just one. Everyone has their own best lighted nock color that they prefer, but these ones come in green, yellow, or red colors. They all stand out extremely well when being fired on the back of an arrow through these low light conditions. If you’re not familiar with how they work, the sudden force of the bow string against the lighted nock when it is fired basically switches the powerful LED light on. To turn the light back off, simply pull the nock straight back until it clicks and the light goes off. They are built with bushings to fit the five most common carbon arrow shafts.
How Do Lighted Nocks Help in Practice?
Of course, practicing with these nocks in the preseason does help your archery form in a few ways too.
Taking time now to practice with lighted nocks on your arrows will help you get more confident in your archery equipment. As we said, practicing with the same gear you would use on a hunt helps you to be consistent over time. You can use these lighted nocks on your arrows during practice sessions by simply switching it to practice mode. This specific mode deactivates the LED light to save on battery life, and is turned on by rotating the activation collar. During most of the preseason and for daytime practice sessions, you have no real need to use the nock light. Therefore, you can easily switch to using this practice mode at these times. Though you’d be amazed how much they look like a rocket flying through the air even in daylight!
But once in a while, it helps to turn the practice mode off. Turn the light back on and take a few shots in low light conditions to get the real feel for it. You’ll be amazed at how well the arrow stands out after it’s released from your bow. It practically paints a line of light through the air on its way to the target. On spring and summer evenings, try setting a 3D deer archery target up at various distances in your yard, and dress up in your hunting clothing (yes, even if it’s 80 degrees out). The idea is to make your practice session feel as realistic and true to a hunt as possible. Raise, draw, and fire your bow as quietly, slowly, and stealthily as you can, just like you were in a tree stand or sitting in a ground blind. Then observe your arrow’s flight path, made easy by the bright LED light. Make any adjustments to your bow that you need to based on the first few practice sessions. Once it’s dialed in, continue with at least a weekly habit of dressing in your full hunting gear to repeat these realistic low-light shots. Come next fall, you’ll be amazed at how natural it feels to make them in a pinch.
If you’re not already using light up nocks, you really should be for the reasons listed above. Give them a try and see how it affects your hunting down the road.
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