Try A Sight Light
by Zane Graham
Ground blinds are used by many hunters due to their effectiveness and their ease to set up. One of the main reasons they are effective is the fact that they are dark on the inside to keep game from seeing you. This is great but if you are bow hunting it could hinder your ability to see your sights. With it being dark in the blind the fiber optic sights are not able to gather as much light as they normally would outside of the blind. I experienced this problem one late afternoon last October.
I was sitting in a ground blind and the sun was close to setting. A deer that I wanted to shoot made its way into bow range. I lifted my bow and drew back only to realize that I could barely see my sight pins. I couldn’t see them well enough to feel comfortable taking the shot, but thankfully I had a light on my sight. I was able to let the bow down, turn the light on, and then draw back again. This time my sight pins were lit up like a Christmas tree and I could see them easily. I was then able to take the shot with confidence. The light on my sight made all the difference. If I wouldn’t have had it then I wouldn’t have been able to take a shot. I believe having a light on your sight is important, especially if you hunt out of ground blinds. It could be the difference between a successful hunt or an unsuccessful hunt.
Many sights come equipped with a light. The sights that do not already have a light usually have the ability to have one put on. Installation of the light is very easy, all you have to do is screw the light into the slot. I believe having a light on your sight is a must even if you think you will never use it. In my opinion it would be better to have the light and not need it than to not have the light and end up needing it. You never know, it could be the difference between going home with a trophy or going home empty handed.
Note: Be sure to check your state’s regulation regarding lighted sights.
Zane Graham is a dedicated hunter who loves chasing Texas whitetails. West Texas is his home and he has a hunting lease nearby where he spends most of his free time. He took his first deer at the age of 9 and has taken multiple bucks scoring over 130, with both his rifle and bow since then. He recently started filming his own hunts and loves both the challenge and the satisfaction of reliving the hunt. Zane is working on a criminology degree at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and hopes to one day become a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.