In the last decade, archery equipment has progressively improved, with bows that are lighter, faster and more efficient to use in the field. The engineering departments of the major archery equipment producers are constantly developing ideas that will give their company the edge in sales in the outdoor market.
One of the leading producers of arrows — Carbon Express — has developed the laser eye nock, which replaces the standard model and greatly improves the hunter’s efficiency when in the field. The tiny laser light is enacted upon impact with the bow string when the release is triggered, which enables the hunter to follow the flight of the arrow. Determining the accuracy of the shot can help in the recovery of the animal, or even in locating a misguided arrow.
On a recent elk hunt, I had my treestand in a very secluded and dark timber area which had very little southern exposure of the late fall sun. As most hunters are aware, wildlife is most active in the reduced light of early morning or late afternoons. So by 5 p.m., this spot was comparable to shooting in the dusk time period at sunset.
I decided to use the laser eye nocks on my Carbon Express arrows because the conditions dictated that I would know where the arrow flew if a shot was made. As a hunter, one wants that one opportunity, which might happen after days in a stand, to be perfect.
An archery season can become extremely arduous as the days accumulate of long walks in the dark, and hours of waiting for that one moment that may or may not happen. By the tenth day, I could identify the squirrels and birds by their unique markings who would visit me daily during this endeavor. It is interesting to note how the woods will come alive if a person is motionless and quiet for an extended period of time.
When the unusual noise of a rock rolling on that late afternoon startled me into alertness, I was ready with my release on the string. All of a sudden, the elk appeared and the 30-yard shot was possible for this very average archer. When the arrow flew, the red laser light was triggered and I could follow the flight as the light disappeared at the animal.
The trajectory of the arrow appeared to be true, as my eyes followed the tiny red light, yet there is always that certain element of doubt that goes along with every archery hunt. I waited for the customary 30 minutes in my stand with the excitement mounting and total darkness approaching. Making a mental note of the path where the animal left the area, I began to scan the nighttime horizon. Much to my amazement, I could see a faint red glow of the lumi-nock approximately a hundred yards away in the heavy timber.
The technology of the laser light nock allowed me to go directly to the spot and retrieve the game. This minor improvement to a Carbon Express arrow saved me hours with a flashlight in the field trying to find my elk. The test of a new product is in the field when hunting, and this product certainly passed with flying colors!
The night was definitely shortened and I was home before midnight after participating and enjoying a successful elk hunt.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend, appreciating God’s creation.
PS: In last week’s article, the Mearns quail season starting date was incorrect. The season begins today — Nov. 27.