Homemade Lighted Arrow Nocks

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Homemade Lighted Arrow Nocks
A lighted arrow nock allows you to follow the arrow's flight more easily. (Men bow shooting. Amateur competition in the sanatorium image by Igor Zhorov from Fotolia.com)

Lighted arrow nocks allow you to follow your arrow's flight path. Lighted nocks are used in lowlight conditions. They are also used when filming a hunt, because they make it easier to follow the shot. To make your own lighted arrow nock, use the light from a night fishing bobber. Make certain to buy the push-on, pull-off type of fishing light. Insert this fishing light into a translucent arrow nock. With a properly installed light, the light will come on when you nock your arrow. The light will go off when you pull on the nock.

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Things you need

  • Fishing bobber night light replacement battery, push-on/pull-off type
  • Translucent arrow nocks
  • Super glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Vice
  • Hacksaw

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  1. 1

    Place one of your translucent arrow nocks in a vice grip, nock-side down. Using your hacksaw, cut off the shaft of the nock. Put the shaft aside for use later.

  2. 2

    Practice fitting the fishing light into the translucent nock. If it is too tight, drill slightly to enlarge the opening.

  3. 3

    Squeeze a drop of super glue onto a disposable surface, such as a piece of cardboard. Roll the sides of the plastic end of the fishing light in the glue. Be very careful to use only a tiny amount of glue. Make certain that you have glue on the plastic end of the light only.

  4. 4

    Push the fishing light into the translucent arrow nock. Allow the glue to dry for 2 to 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

  5. 5

    Roll the last 3/8-inch of the fishing light battery in super glue, using a very small amount of glue.

  6. 6

    Press the nock shaft onto the end of the battery. Twist around a time or two to evenly spread the glue. Allow to dry for two to five minutes before proceeding.

  7. 7

    Test the nock. Holding each end of the nock between your fingers, push down on the nock. Pull up to turn the lighted nock off. Repeat several times.

  8. 8

    To use the lighted arrow nock, line up the nock with the arrow fletching and press the nock into the arrow shaft. When you nock your arrow, the light will come on from the pressure of the bow string.

Tips and warnings

  • For a brighter light, drill a small hole all the way through the translucent arrow nock before assembling the nock with the light.
  • While rolling the fishing light in super glue, make certain to get the glue on the sides of the plastic end only. Getting glue further down on the battery-light assembly will cause the light to permanently stay on or off, depending upon its position when you apply the glue.

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