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Lumenok frustrations

Ok...so this may be more of a rant than a question..but - I bought several Lumenoks a few months back and have just gotten around to practicing for the upcoming hunting season. I shoot carbon express 250 Maximas. I followed the instructions to a tee and also sanded off the paint off the back ring cap so the prongs touch metal. They test out fine turning on and off. I shot probably 60 times in the last 2 days with only 3 of them turning on. I counted 5 turning on inflight and then off prior to hitting the target..?? Im thinking these are possibly the biggest piece of garbage i have ever purchased. I think that the idea is sweet, and when it works it works well. The videos on them are pretty cool but did they really work every single time?

Anyone ever use these and have the same issue? Is there anything else out there better or are they just as big a waste of money as the Lumenoks? Any ideas or troubleshooting tips? thanks jonathan

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Try this site

Try this site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMqLT-4ezzk&feature=related It is a do-it-yourself deal but they work great. I made a few and have no problem with them. Just don't hurry in making them

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I've heard alot of mixed

I've heard alot of mixed reviews on illuminated nocks in general. The YouTube video above is pretty interesting. I had a link to a website that did comparisons on illuminated nocks but can't seem to find it now I'll post it if I can hunt it down for ya!

 

http://www.examiner.com/hunting-and-fishing-in-chicago/lighted-nock-review

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It's a non-issue for me,

It's a non-issue for me, since they are not legal here, but, I do like the looks of them.....

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I'm with you!

I wasn't thrilled with these either!  I couldn't get them to come on when they were supposed to (consistently) or, even worse, couldn't get them to turn off when they were supposed to be off.  It's probably been 6 or 8 years since I tried them though.

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It's a non-issue for me, since they are not legal here, but, I do like the looks of them.....

Is "here" Vermont or California?  I can't find anything in our (Cali) regs that says these illuminated nocks are illegal.  If so, I'm glad that I didn't like them several years ago when I tried them out.

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I will look around Jim, but I

I will look around Jim, but I believe we discussed this before on one of the other boards.  Something about attaching any electronic devices to your equipment.  I'll get back to you.

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Well, I guess you're right

Well, I guess you're right Jim.  I just looked all through the regs and can't find anything about it.  I could have sworn that we had discussed that and it was illegal...... Guess I was mistaken.

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There a non-issue for me too

There a non-issue for me too in oregon as they are currently illegal, the odfw commision is considering making them legal for next year, When i bought my wifes arrows they came with 3 of them and i installed them just to see if they worked and they did, she used them for practice but once hunting season came around i put regular nocks in. but they worked for my wife.

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How do they right the

How do they right the legislation that outlaws them in your states? I guess what I am trying to say is how is the wording in the regulations? Seems like kind of a strange thing to outlaw. They are in no way making it easier for you to shoot an animal but rather on allowing you to do a better job of recovering your game once you have already shot. Outfitting your arrows with these seems like a responsible act instead of a selfish one. I haven't ever used them but I am putting thought to giving them a try. They seem very bright though. Have any of you ever had problems with animals spotting them?

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In the oregon regs it says " no electronic devices attached to your bow or arrow" but like i said in an earlier post OR is changing that for next year. its about time they get with the times, maybe soon we can use mechanical broadheads.

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Looks like I will not be

Looks like I will not be outfitting my new arrows with them. They are illegal here in Colorado too. Pretty much the same wording in the regulations.