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Wash. panel OKs lighted nocks for bowhunting

Jim Sutton of Spokane displays arrows with lighted nocks, which he believes should be allowed for hunting in Washington. (Rich Landers)
Jim Sutton of Spokane displays arrows with lighted nocks, which he believes should be allowed for hunting in Washington. (Rich Landers)

HUNTING — By a 6-2 vote, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved used of lighted nocks on arrows for bowhunting.

Spokane hunter Jim Sutton has been promoting the proposal for several years, as pointed out in a Spokesman-Review story published in 2011.

Sutton argued that lighted nocks are allowed for hunting in many states because they help archers recover wounded game as well as retrieve lost arrows from the field.

The proposal had been opposed by some groups, notably the state's traditional bowhunters.

Even though the Pope and Young Club has been dragging its feet on the issue, the trend is changing.




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