- Jan 8, 2013
- Woburn, MA
I'll vote for legal and in either case I will always use them. They are actually required on a MA (not state run hunt though) hunt I am part of. They have aided me many times in the dark finding and recovering an arrow and identifying the exact shot location. Sometimes blood trails take a little time (distance) to develop even on a perfect hit and a good starting point is important. The deer I killed opening day (right at last light) had almost no blood at the hit site or for the next 35-40 yards, just a few drips. After 40 yards it just opened up and basketball sized pools every 10 feet. Deer was dead 60-70 yards from the hit location but it really didn't bleed much to start with. Without a lighted nock I may never have found that arrow, it deflected to the right after the pass through which I would not have seen without the nock.