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Allow lighted nocks for bow hunters

2013-01-23T00:00:00Z Allow lighted nocks for bow huntersJim Walker Clancy Helena Independent Record
January 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I read with dismay the opposition to allowing bow hunters the use of a lighted nock on an arrow. Two things that jump out is that the so called Montana Bow Hunter’s Association continues to fool the gen-eral public that they represent most bow hunters. They do not. From the rigid positions they’ve taken in the past they’ve outted themselves as a group of self-righteous zealots pushing their narrow view that it’s only hunting if you use the most primitive tools possible. Bet these same “cavemen” that gloat about chipping their own grossly inaccurate arrowheads also wear camo clothing. But they did pick an effec-tive name for themselves.

Secondly that with all the challenges we’re facing, from an overbearing government hell-bent on stealing more freedom everyday to economic policies that do nothing but expand poverty, that people actually take the time to testify to oppose a measure that does absolutely nothing to alter the act of hunting nor give the hunter any greater advantage in making a humane shot. Montana has mounds of some of the dumbest restrictions in all of America’s outdoors. Is there really harm in eliminating just one meaningless rule?

Jim Walker


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  1. steeline
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    steeline - January 28, 2013 10:28 am
    Over night kills in most cases mean lost meat. The antlers do not rot but the animal starts the second it dies. In archery season the temps are way too high for hunting. "Primative hunting" is old school. We need to have the equipment that will be the most efficient in dispatching an animal in the fastest possible way. No need to make an animal suffer because you think you are a "primitive hunter".
  2. Mtboy
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    Mtboy - January 23, 2013 2:10 pm
    agree totally. these same guys who appose this also probably do summer scouting with game cameras and use electronic range finders.

    Mad Dog Mike, your statements make absolutely no sense to this argument. a lighted nock is not going to help you take a shot after legal shooting light. the nock doesn't light up till after it releases from your bow string. what it will do is help you recover your arrow after a pass thru shot so you can determine your shot placement. this will help in poorly placed shots and not pushing a animal too soon. I have personally left animals till morning to recover. on two occasions i would have seen a lighted nock and recovered them that night. I can see this helping recover some animals in a more timely manner and could be a very helpfull tool for color blind hunters.
  3. Mad Dog MIke
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    Mad Dog MIke - January 23, 2013 8:28 am
    Sir all you have to do is watch some of the "eluded to" professionals on all these different cable/dish bowhunting shows..most of the time the shot taken using a lighted nock is way past what I have been taught and always taught in my Bowhunter Education Classes for ethical shooting light...imagine what it would be if it was another camo clad bowhunter slowly walking back to his truck, and an over-zealous shooter taking that sound shot?? They do not belong here

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