P&Y Club Changes Mind On Lighted Nocks

One topic that has always confused me and many of my friends was the Pope and Young Club's policy against recognizing animals killed with lighted nock arrows. To me, a lighted nock didn't give you an unfair advantage over an animal; it simply aided in the recovery of that animal.

Well, I have good news for users of lighted nocks. According to a recent P&Y Club decision, standard lighted nocks—as well as bow-mounted cameras—will be exempted from the "no electronics attached to the bow or arrow" rule. This is the result of changes to the Club's Bylaws that had passed a vote of the Board of Directors and passed ratification by the voting membership.

The exemption reads as follows:

RULES OF FAIR CHASE #7: [Not] by the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating or pursuing game, or guiding the hunter to such game or by the use of a bow or arrow to which any electronic device is attached, with the exception of lighted nocks and recording devices that cast no light towards the target and do not aid in rangefinding, sighting or shooting the bow.

DEFINITION OF A HUNTING BOW, EXCLUSIONS #2: Electronic or battery-powered devices shall not be attached to a hunting bow, with the exception of recording devices that cast no light towards the target and do not aid in rangefinding, sighting or shooting the bow.

DEFINITION OF A HUNTING ARROW, EXCLUSIONS #1: No electronic or battery-powered devices shall be attached to the arrow, with the exception of lighted nocks.

This change will officially go into effect on August 1, 2014, as new Fair Chase Affidavits are created and distributed to P&Y volunteer official measurers.

And here is even more good news: The change IS RETROACTIVE—meaning that animals previously taken, as well as those taken from this point forward, will now be eligible!

Well done, P&Y. Well done.


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