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Nockturnal Lighted Nock [PRODUCT REVIEW]



PROS: Super simple to use, plug and play, red, green or yellow LEDs available, easy to use on/off switch.

CONS: Not as bright as other lighted nocks on the market.

MSRP: $24.99 Lighted nocks are a relatively new concept in the archery industry and as they have continued to gain popularity the number of manufacturers producing these nocks has increased. For the consumer that means two things: 1) lower prices from increased competition and 2) better technology due to competition.

There are several ways that lighted nocks work. Some require you to pull the nock slightly out of the arrow shaft so when the arrow is fired the nock gets pushed flush against the arrow shaft and lights up. The problem with this is you can have inconstant nock travel and cause your arrow to miss its mark.

Other lighted nock systems use magnets to illuminate the nock as it passes over the shelf of the bow. The problem with this method is that the magnet will pull your arrow off the rest as it attracts the broadhead or field point at the end of your arrow shaft.

Another company uses an accelerometer switch to illuminate the nock when it hits a certain g-force. The idea is good, but the nock itself is very complicated and requires assembly has specific guidelines making it complicated for many to understand. After trying several nocks, I decided to purchase a package of Nocturnal Nocks and see what they had to offer. This was the simplest lighted nock I’ve ever seen and after using it for a few months now I don’t see myself using any other type of lighted nock. Nothing works better than the lighted nock from Nocturnal.

The nock comes fully assembled and slides easily into your arrow shaft. When fired the bowstring hits a tiny switch in the nock throat and activates the lighted nock. To turn the nock off there is a small opening on one side with a red ring inside. Using a field point or knife tip to push the red ring up to reset the switch and turn the nock off. It’s that simple. What I really like about this nock is the durability of it. It’s one solid piece. It doesn’t vibrate inside the arrow shaft or cause any other noise during flight. The nock can be used during target practice or while hunting or both!

I recently took a doe with a nocturnal nock and had a complete pass through. My arrow shaft was buried in the ground covered in blood and the nock was shining bright. When I got home I cleaned the nock and it still lights up every time I fire it. This lighted nock gets even better. Looking at the specs on this nock the nock will stay illuminated for 20 hours which should give you plenty of time to recover your game if you need to let the animal sit overnight. As far as accuracy is concerned this is probably the lightest lighted nock on the market weighing in at 20 grains. My standard nock weighs 9 grains so adding 11 grains to the end of my arrow shaft isn’t going to make a difference. If it did, I can’t tell because my broadhead hits the bullseye at 56 yards.

My favorite part about the nock is the price! With a retail price of just $24.99 per 3-pack, it can’t be beaten. I’ve seen 3-packs of other lighted nocks range from $29.99 all the way to $54.99. Another plus in favor of Nockturnal.

I started using lighted nocks specifically for filming so the arrow could be seen in the video better. However, after taking several animals with a lighted nock I’ve noticed one other advantage. It really allows you to see where the arrow hits the animal and know what kind of shot you made.

Next time you’re at your local archery shop check out the lighted nock by Nocturnal. It’s one of the easiest to use nocks on the market and you’ll really enjoy watching that arrow fly. Nocturnal Nocks are currently available in the following sizes:

Nockturnal-S – fits most “standard size” carbon hunting arrows such as Beman ICS, Easton, Carbon Express, PSE, Carbon Tech, Victory, Carbon Impact & most other arrows including aluminum arrows with a super-UNI bushing

Nockturnal-H – fits ST Epic, ST Excel

Nockturnal-X – fits all slim arrows with half outs or hidden inserts such as Easton Axis and Full Metal Jacket, Beman MFX, Trophy Ridge, Carbon Impact HOT and Easton ACC with X-UNI bushing

Nockturnal-GT – fits Gold Tip hunting shafts

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]



PROS: touch screen smartphones (tested on iPhone) function with high degree of accuracy, comfortable lightweight material, long cuffs, 10 finger touch screen capability

CONS: fit was slightly off, fingers were a bit short on my pair, not durable enough for use as an active hunting glove, grip material on glove palm creates torque on the bow hand

MSRP: $24.99

Last season I was contacted by Glider Gloves to field test a pair of their Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves. I had previously reviewed a pair of similar gloves by a company called A glove so I welcomed the chance to review these.

Compared to the Agloves, these gloves were higher quality and had a much longer cuff which is something I always look for in a hunting glove. As social media becomes a larger part of hunting and a growing part of I welcomed the chance to be able to easily send updated to my Facebook fans from the tree stand. The Glider Gloves made it easy to text and check email while keeping my hands warm and concealed from the eyes of any nearby whitetail deer.

One thing bowhunters should note is the gloves have a grip on the palm. Some bowhunters, including myself, prefer not to have any grip on their gloves as it helps create torque which lead to less accurate shooting.

These gloves are great at what they were designed to do – be a comfortable touchscreen glove. However, for hunting purposes, you have to remember what these gloves were designed to do. If you plan on wearing these in the field and climbing up to your tree stand day in and day out you’ll rip through these knit gloves in about a month. If you want these gloves to last as a hunting glove you’re better off waiting until you’re settled in the stand before putting them on so there’s less wear and tear on the gloves.

Overall, I’d recommend these gloves if you’re looking for a true touch screen glove. They’re way nicer to use than similar hunting gloves with a silver pad on the pointer finger and thumb. Just remember, they’re not made for hunting, so don’t expect them to last you for several seasons if you’re rough with them.

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Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case [PRODUCT REVIEW]



Last spring I was contacted by Paul at Fuse to try out a new case they had for the iPhone called the Mossy Oak Rugged Orange iPhone 4/4S Shell Case. It combined my two favorite colors – hunter orange and camo – so I gave the case a try.

The case is made up of an inner soft rubber case that acts as a shock absorber and a rigid polycarbonate frame on the out side for added protection.

What I really liked about this case was the fact that it wasn’t covered in a sticky rubber like some of my other iPhone cases so it didn’t pull my pocket out of my pants every time I reached for my phone. Another nice feature is the size of the case, it’s not oversized so you still feel like you have a slim smartphone.

My only complaint about the case was that it didn’t come with a screen protector. It wasn’t hard to find a stick on screen protector online, but it would have been nice if the case included one for 360 degree protection.

This iPhone case travelled with me on scouting missions, spring turkey hunts and fall deer hunts. I really liked the phone case and never had any issues with it coming apart on me, in fact I was really impressed on how well it stayed together. One of my previous cases from another manufacturer used to come apart all the time, but the Fuse case just stayed together.

So how did the case hold up? My phone survived a few drops off of the counter top in my kitchen, it slipped out of my hand and dropped on the floor outside several times and I dropped it in the woods more times than I care to remember, but the case took the brunt of all of the hits and the phone didn’t get a scratch. Had I dropped the phone out of the tree stand it would have been a different story, I think only a fully enclosed phone case would really protect in the event of a 20 foot fall (which I’ve done with a previous case and my phone survived).

Overall this is a quality case for the iPhone. Add a clear antiglare screen protector and you’re set. If you’re looking for a stylish phone case give the Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case a try.

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Bowtech Releases its First Carbon Riser Bow the Carbon Knight



Bowtech Archery has released it’s first carbon riser bow – the Carbon Knight. Following the lead of Hoyt with the Carbon Matrix back in 2010, the new Carbon Knight from Bowtech weighs in at just 3.2 pounds (compared to 3.6 pounds for Hoyt’s Carbon Element G3).

Most manufacturers launch their new bows in the early fall (Bowtech usually launches their new bows at the ATA Show), but this one was “just too good to hold any longer,” says Samuel Coalson, Director of Marketing for Bowtech.

The Carbon Knight is said to have a smooth draw and plenty of speed at 330 feet per second. The Carbon Knight features Bowtech’s binary cam design, the Knight Riser constructed from durable carbon, a 7-inch brace height for forgiveness and a 32-inch axle-to-axle length. Draw lengths range from 26.5″ to 30.5″ and draw weights from 50 to 70 pounds in ten pound increments.

The bow is available in Black Ops and retails for $849 (Hoyt’s carbon bows are in the $1,200 range).

The new Carbon Knight definitely looks like an interesting bow and it’s a bow I’d like to try out and compare to some of the other carbon bows currently on the market. If you get a chance to shoot one leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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