In order to find game when bow hunting in after dark, it helps to have a light source to see your target more clearly. To help in this regard, you can install a flashlight on the stabilizer mount. This is commonly called a bow light, stabilizer light or a bow-mounted flashlight. This type of light is used legally in some locales for night hunting of game like wild pigs and crocodiles. The process of mounting a flashlight on a bow is not very difficult and it is significantly less expensive than buying a commercial, ready-made product.
Things You'll Need
- 1 bolt, size depends on the size, length and thread count of the hole of the stabilizer mount
- 1 nut
- Nut driver
- Wrench or pliers
- Rubber washer (optional)
- Brass metal washer (optional)
- 2-C battery flashlight with aluminum housing
- Hand-held drill and bit
- Bench vise
- Door bell switch (optional)
- Soldering iron (optional)
- Solder (optional)
- Safety glasses
- 2 small pieces of cardboard
Unscrew the base of the flashlight. Remove the spring from the base. Place the base in the bench vise, with pieces of cardboard on each side to prevent damage, and then tighten it down. Be sure that you don't warp it by tightening the vise too much.
Put on your safety glasses. Attach the proper size bit on the drill and then drill the hole in the center of the flashlight base. Remove the base from the vise and blow out any pieces of metal around the hole.
Insert the bolt into the inside part of the base so the threads are exposed towards the base. Apply a sealant compound to the nut (super glue works) and tighten it firmly to the outside base. Replace the spring and reassemble the flashlight. You can then mount the flashlight into the stabilizer screw hole.
Tips & Warnings
- You can change the lens of the flashlight to red or green because animals don't see these colors very well.
- Adding a thread sealant compound to the nut, like super glue, prevents the flashlight mount from loosening during use.
- If your bolt is too long, you can either cut it to the proper length with a hacksaw or you can add extra nuts to the flashlight base.
- Instead of turning the flashlight on and off with the flashlight switch, you can alternatively solder on wire to the bass washer, use the rubber washer inside and attach a doorbell switch. This switch can be more easily turned on by the hand that is holding the bow.
- Wearing safety glasses when you are drilling the hole in the base of the flashlight will prevent metal shards from damaging your eyes.
- Night hunting, and night hunting with lights, may not be legal in all locales. Please read your local hunting regulations.
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