I can rattle off a number of valid, high-value reasons that bowhunters should use nothing but lighted nocks in the field. Knowing exactly where your arrow hit is at the top of that list.
Conversely, I can think of only a single reason why someone wouldn’t use a lighted nock: Cost. A single lighted nock from top manufacturers will set you back anywhere from $8 to $12. Sure, there are plenty of knock-off versions littered across eBay and Amazon that cost significantly less. But, as with all things, you often get what you pay for and the user-submitted reviews indicate hit-or-miss reliability on many of them.
What if you could have a solid, reliable lighted nock for about $3 each? You can. And because you assemble the nock yourself, you know what components were used and have some level of quality control over the final product. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to do just that.