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I am interested in Bluetooth nocks but I wonder how many times the arrow stays in the deer. So lighted or Bluetooth nocks won't help a bit if they are sticking in the ground. I have only harvested a few crossbow deer but so far the bolt has either passed through or gets pulled out. What is the consensus here?
 

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I'll preface my post by saying I've never used lighted nocks. That being said, there have been plenty of times when I've shot at or near dusk and wish I'd have had them, for the following reasons:

1. It would help you confirm your shot location.

2. It would help you find your bolt so you could examine it to see the type of blood you got so your could better assess your hit and plan your tracking accordingly.

Neither of those are dependent on the bolt staying in the deer. If it stays in the deer, all the better. So, you might ask why don't I use lighted nocks? Much of my hunting is in a deer management program and we're not allowed to use them. I guess a guy in the program was using a lighted nock and made an off hit, and the deer was running around with the lighted nock sticking out. Not what you want when you're trying to be inconspicuous.
 

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I just spent a few weeks playing with the new Breadcrumb Bluetooth Trackable Nocks. They are designed to not aid recovery of the deer, but of the arrow. Finding the arrow is critical to help decide how much time the deer needs left before taking up the trail. Often times, I have struggled to find my lighted nocks after passing through a deer. The either bury under the leaf litter or skip away to parts unknown. The other advantage is the cost these days of arrow set ups. Some of the set ups I am shooting are around $40-50 an arrow. I don't like the thought of leaving one in the woods.

The Breadcrumb nock can be controlled by the user through their phone. You can home in on it, make it flash, or even make an audible beeping sequence to help find it.

With all of that said, they are illegal in Pa.
 
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