By Susan and Rob Hagan
I just wanted to pass on a very useful tip for illuminated arrow nocks that my husband and I recently discovered while tracking a doe in the pitch-black darkness.
After my husband arrowed the doe, she ran down into a large gully. The doe gained a lot of momentum as it ran downhill and went about 75 yards or so from where the shot occurred.
Now, 75 yards doesn't seem very far in broad daylight, but it seems like a VERY long distance when traipsing through the woods over fallen trees, across ditches and through thick brambles in the dark. It wouldn't take long for even the most experienced hunter to become disoriented in the dark and get lost, especially on a moonless night.
Since I use illuminated nocks on my arrows, I lit them up and placed them in a manner in which we could not only keep track of the blood trail, but also to allow my husband and I to keep our bearings in order to find our main trail on the way back out.
It made the entire tracking ordeal much easier and safer, and we had fresh backstraps to show for it. Sorry coyotes, no fresh meat for you!