Whether you hunt in a treestand or on the ground, it seems that nocks always find a way to catch on something and break. Fortunately, no tools are required to change most modern nocks, so it makes sense to always carry four or five extras in your pack. If you install a new nock and it feels loose, check the arrow shaft for a possible crack. Do this by pushing the nock side to side and listening. If there is a crack, you’ll typically see or hear it as the pressure is applied, letting you know the arrow is done for and should be thrown out.
Contributor Nick Trehearne is prepared for any bow emergency.