New approved regulations

trkytrack2

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Sep 13, 2011
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I've yet to understand how a lighted nock aids in recovery unless, of course, you stick it in their shoulder and the arrow nock sticks out to where you can see the lighted nock. If it's a pass through, how does a lighted nock aid in recovery? It might aid in finding your arrow, if it isn't buried under the ground. I'm not against the use of them; I just don't buy into the aid in recovery deal.
 

coloradoshedhead

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Jul 9, 2014
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I've yet to understand how a lighted nock aids in recovery unless, of course, you stick it in their shoulder and the arrow nock sticks out to where you can see the lighted nock. If it's a pass through, how does a lighted nock aid in recovery? It might aid in finding your arrow, if it isn't buried under the ground. I'm not against the use of them; I just don't buy into the aid in recovery deal.
I've lost a couple arrows after sticking a critter. Never used lighted nocks(til now I went and got some for this September). While searching for said arrows I was wishing I had lighted nocks to aid in finding the arrow so I could know how hard I hit the animal. Any advantage to finding an ainimal quicker or more efficiently after the shot doesn't seem like its taking away from the primitive aspect of archery hunting at all. To me its seems more ethical.
 

coloradoshedhead

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Jul 9, 2014
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Yeah, I know lighted nocks and recording devices aren't any advantage to the archery hunter. I was saying that tongue in cheek. With more and more technology used during archery season it kind of takes away from the "primitive weapons" theory which is why archers get such a long season during the best time of the year to hunt elk! I personally think it's just as hard to get into flintlock muzzleloader range of an elk as it is compound bow range. Your max range might be 50 yards with your bow (it's mine too) but that sure isn't the trend as archery evolves. Lighted nocks and recording devices aiding in "a more ethical recovery"... there's two sides to every argument. Go over to Archery Talk and see what their saying about it over there. Lots of guy's think lighted nocks make guy's botch shots by "peeking". I don't have an opinion myself. It's debatable to say the least. I'm an archery hunter too, just love the muzzleloader and would like to be able to hunt the whole month of September for elk too. I'll promise to keep shots under 60 yards :eek:
I see the frustration ML guys might have with only having a 9 days to hunt with a primitive weapon as opposed to 30 days for bowhunters. But ML does have some of the best 9 days right in the middle of archery season. Debateable for sure. The peeking aspect is all relative to each shooter that some guys fall into and some don't and ya bad bowhunting habits are sometimes tough to overcome. If ML's were able to hunt all of September there would probably be a lot more animals killed and a lot less animals running around? I shot at an antelope at 57 yards once, he ducked and jumped at the sound of my string and I missed him by 10 feet, needless to say, unless perfect circumstances present themselves I won't ever do that again. Especially for a speedgoat. I think those 80 yard shots guys are taking are way more unethical than a shiny pen-tip sized shooting/recovery aid. Imagine the uproar if the CPW would restrict ML guys to keep there shots under 60 yards? Pretty much unenforceable I know just a thought.
 

HuskyMusky

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Nov 29, 2011
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If they allow it, then we should be allowed to wear full camo instead of being dressed like pumpkins!
Isn't blaze orange only for the rifle/muzzleloader seasons?

Do they allow blaze camo? at least allow this I think...

have to say not sure I'd want to be rifle hunting public land with lots of guys walking around in full camo...

maybe just a vest or hat....and allow blaze camo vs. full blaze.
 

Colorado Cowboy

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Jun 8, 2011
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Isn't blaze orange only for the rifle/muzzleloader seasons?

Do they allow blaze camo? at least allow this I think...

have to say not sure I'd want to be rifle hunting public land with lots of guys walking around in full camo...

maybe just a vest or hat....and allow blaze camo vs. full blaze.
The blaze orange reqm't is for rifle & M/L seasons. Blaze camo does not substitute for full orange. My original point was why do we muzzle loaders have to wear BL during our season when archery can wear full camo while hunting right with us. Makes no sense!
 

Engideer

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Jul 16, 2013
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I freely admit that I am biased to archery equipment, but the same mindset that affects the 80 yard archery guys also affects those who shoot muzzleloaders. I would bet that there are just as many 200 yard muzzleloader attempts as there are 80 yard archery shots. Neither of them are a good idea. The muzzleloader may be capable, but not with CO rules, and while an 80 yard bow shot is nothing special at a target, it is a bad idea at an animal that can take a step at any time. On the blaze orange issue I will have to agree that it doesn't make sense to have a group of hunters with guns wearing orange and another group with bows who are camo. I also admit that I truly hate to wear orange. I feel like I have a neon sign around my neck.