As a practicing civil litigation attorney in Nevada and California for nearly 15 years, Sitka Ambassador Jason Peak is adept in written law. An ethical hunter, Jason relies on his professional background to shed light on nuanced game laws. Not every hunter has Jason's legal background, and he often advises his friends and members of the hunting community on how to research and collect information. He and his wife, Jen, look to pass on a high ethical standard and passion for the outdoors to their daughters Emma (10) and Ava (6 months). This is the start of a series of Jason's articles that organize and make useful publicly availalbe information for the Sitka Tribe. If there's a topic you'd like him to cover, post it in the comments below. If he can answer, he will, and if not, he'll help with referrals to specific agencies or services that may be in a better position to help.
Jason is also a Field Editor for Eastman's Hunting Journal, Staff Shooter for Martin Archery and an avid photographer.
The following is a short summary of an article originally posted in Issue 78 of Eastman's Hunting Journal:
As archery hunters, we are always looking to find better ways to increase our odds at filling our tags. Many of us turn to technology to make squeezing off that critical shot easier and more efficient. And anything that arguably aids in the recovery of that prized trophy is always welcome. For those that look to gain every advantage, lighted pins and nocks are at least a consideration when trying to find tools to extend shooting times and help track and find a released arrow.
Every state has its own set of regulations governing whether you can use lighted nocks or pin housings. For different reasons, some states allow the use of one but not the other. Some allow both, while others allow neither. And in the states that restrict the use of one or both, many require that it not even be in the hunter’s possession or on the bow—disabling the device may not be enough. For hunters who hunt in different states, it can be tough keeping up with all the regulations governing nocks and pins.
Check out the table below for a quick list of western states and their legalities around lighted pin housing and nocks. For a full breakdown and understanding of the issue check out the the Eastman’s Backcountry Issue (Issue 78).