When should you carry arrows in the nocked position?

Hunting is always fun. And if you have a good catch, all the more it becomes exciting, even extra fun! But, having a good catch may not be easy, especially for the novice hunters. If you are a seasoned hunter, you surely know the secrets to hunting.

However, this is not the case of those who still don’t know the drills of hunting. They may find it hard to hit their target, even just to carry their bow. So, whether you are an occasional hunter or purely a newbie, knowing the necessary skills in hunting; from handling your bow and arrow to hitting your goal is a must.

Now, let’s get started in knowing the drills in a hunt, especially that of when should you carry arrows in the nocked position. But, first, let’s talk about how hunting begun.

History of the Bow and Arrow

The advent of bow and arrow has started in 3,000 B.C. The early bows were shorter than a normal man’s height, and the arrows were two feet long or even more as per the Egyptian history. Also, the early bows shaped C.

The first bow hunters were native Americans. They got these skills from European settlers. Europeans even had a huge contribution to the development of bows and arrows in America.

In the year 1950s to 1960s, bow hunting had started to become popular. Hunters have mastered the skills in this sport, and even how to use the newer developed bows at that time.

Know Your Bow and Arrow

A bow is a hunting tool with a short range. It can be dangerous if not handled responsibly. Nowadays, bows can shoot arrows more than 200 yards at more than 135 miles per 60 minutes. However, normal bows can shoot 40 yards only or even less.

What is a Bow Stabilizer?

A bow stabilizer absorbs vibrations in the bow, reducing the shock your hand felt while gripping the bow; hence, making the bow quieter. The stabilizer also keeps the bow balanced as it adds weight below your grip.

Types of Bow

Compound Bow

This type of bow is good for both target shooting and hunting. There are cables and wheels attached to its limbs that allow it to hold at full draw, and be able to completely pull back and proper the arrow faster.

Recurve Bow

Many choose to use this bow as it is quiet and smooth. It is much like the long bow. But, its limbs curve back away from the bow’s belly, giving more power to the shorter bow than the long one.

Longbow or Stick Bow

This is considered as the “traditional bow” as it has straight limbs. When they are strung, their limbs form an arc. Also, the longbow is mostly used in traditional shootings.

Parts of an Arrow

Arrow flying to target with radial motion blur


This is the feathers or plastic vanes found on an arrow. It consists of three or more feathers or vanes. One feather is called “index” which has a different color from the rest of the feathers called “hen”. This makes an arrow spin like a rifle bullet, giving stability and accuracy as it travels.


This is the long spine of the arrow. Most of the modern arrows shafts are made of fiberglass, aluminum, wood, or carbon. Whichever it is made of, it must be stiff enough to match the bow. If the stiffness is inaccurate, the arrow may fly inaccurately, too.


This is the slotted plastic top on the rear end of an arrow. It holds the arrow in position while snapping into the string.


This is the point of an arrow which comes in many kinds.

Types of Arrowheads

Bullet Point – it has a steel point designed for small game hunting and target shooting

Field Point – like the bullet point, it is also used for small game hunting and shooting, and has a steel point

Blunt Point – it is made of hard rubber, steel or plastic, and is used for small game hunting and target shooting

Judo Point – it has spring arms attached, designed to catch in leaves and grass to prevent the loss of the arrow; mostly used for small game hunting and stump shooting

Fish Point – it has a long, spring-loaded arrowhead that is used to catch fish.

Broadhead – it has steel blades, and is commonly used for big game hunting.

How to nock an arrow?

To nock an arrow, you have to position it about a quarter inch above the rest of an arrow near the bow handle. You have to grasp the arrow between your index finger and thumb. Then, you have to hold the bow with your other hand, and make sure it is parallel to the ground which is almost waist high. Then, string it toward the body.

After that, you have to lay the arrow shaft on the arrow rest of the bow. Make sure the string aligns the slot in the nock. Also, see to it that the feather points an upward position. Then, pull back the arrow, and wait until the string snaps into the slot.

Carrying arrows in the nocked position

When hunting, do not shoot straight in an upward position. Remember, a falling arrow has enough force that can hit and penetrate our skull. You may carry arrows in the nocked position only when you slowly approach a game. But, never nock an arrow if someone is in front of you, not even draw a bow.


The fun in hunting is not only about catching something or hitting your goal. What makes hunting more exciting is knowing how to use the bow and arrow properly, and at the same time, mastering how to carry arrows in the nocked position.

So, success in hunting is not from how much targets you have hit and how good is your catch. Such success is not focused too much on the outcome but the process of doing such activity.

Knowing the basics of hunting is not enough. You have to really acquire the skills and knowledge on how to become a responsible hunter. So, get your hunting slingshot now, and be ready for your next hunting spree.

Brandon Cox is the founder of StayHunting, who is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.

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