When hunting conditions are not perfect and the conditions are growing dim, early in the morning or coming on to dusk, it is crucial that you will be able to clearly make out the pins of your sight.
A good quality hunting bow sight must be able to capture and expand any light it can find to help the pins to stand out brightly. Some sights do this by supplying more sight fiber, others use an included light to artificially brighten the window.
Listed below on this page is a selection of some hunting bow sights that have been recommended by hunters as among the brightest and best sights for use in low light conditions.
Comparison List of Bow Sights Recommended for Low Light Conditions
Make / Model
Single pin sight
PWR-DOT LED dot
Vertical drive design
Detailed Description of Bright Bow Sights
The comparison list above provides some of the basic features about each of the spotlighted bow sights as well as the retail price suggested by the manufacturers.
We will now take a more in-depth look at each bow sight, listing all of their quoted features as well as what you can expect if you were to purchase one.
We have also provided links back to the manufacturer's website to help get a better feel for all of the products each company produces.
Black Gold Revenge Bow Sight
- Skycoil light gathering
- 5, 7 pins
- Pin fiber size: .019”
- Level Head sight ring
- High-performance PhotoChromatic shell
- Lockable third axis
- 2nd and 3rd axis adjustability
- Floating pin bushings
- Inch Wheel micro-adjustable pins
- Interchangeable fluorescent guard ring
- Choice of X-Frame base or 6″ Dovetail base
- Choice of Housing size: 1-3/4” or 2”
The Black Gold Revenge is part of the 2020 Black Gold line-up and focuses heavily on the brightness of the pins and the ability to have them clearly displayed no matter what the external light conditions may be.
The Revenge is either a 5-pin or 7-pin fixed pin sight that offers 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment and smooth fine tuning of the pins through the use of its Inch Wheel for micro-adjustment.
The sight features the Skycoil which is the key to capturing every bit of light available and transferring it to the pins for outstanding brightness.
It has a fluorescent guard ring which is interchangeable and a PhotoChromatic Technology shell to darken in bright light so that there is no halo effect from the pins.
The Revenge can be bought with a sight housing of either 1-3/4” or 2” diameter and you also have the option of choosing the X-Frame base or 6” Dovetail base.
Find out more about the sights that are available from the company by visiting the Black Gold website.
Trijicon AccuPin Bow Sight
- AccuPin fiber optic pin
- Single pin sight
- AccuDial mounting system
- Constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum
- Titium-phosphor lamp and fiber optics
- Fully housed sight level
- Field-replaceable pin
- Base options: Dovetail or Rail Grabber
The AccuPin bow sight uses the dual-illumination / battery-free system using a combination of fiber optics and tritium-phospor lamp to present some of the brightest pins on the market.
This is a sight that has been packed with ground-breaking features including the AccuDial Bow Mount which enables precise range adjustment that can be done very quickly due to the laser etched dial.
The AccuDial mounting system makes it possible to make exact range adjustments and synchronization for any bow speed combination.
The pin is unique in that it has a triangular aiming point that helps with providing a very clear and precise aiming point.
This is a solidly built single-pin sight that is constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum. The pin may be replaced in the field with a finger-tightening design ensuring the process can be performed extremely quickly and without the need for tools.
Find out more about the company and the products available by visiting the Trijicon website.
HHA Sports Optimizer Ultra Bow Sight
- Single pin
- Mechanical rheostat for fiber optic brightness control
- Leveling bubble
- Machined aluminum pin carrier
- Tool free windage and elevation adjustments
- Smooth operating machined brass gears
- 20-80 yard accuracy with a quick turn of the wheel
- Water resistant yardage tapes
- 100% lifetime warranty
- Fully protected fiber
- Scope sizes: 1-5/8” or 1-3/4”
- Pin size options: .010”, .019” or .029”
- Weight: 10.8oz
The HHA Optimizer Ultra is one of the leading variable sights on the market and consistently wins people’s choice awards.
The sight is a solid piece of equipment that is made from machined aluminum with movable parts that are made from machined brass. The distance can be dialled in accurately with the smooth turn of a wheel.
The pin brightness can be controlled with the use of the included rheostat light so it will appear bright and easily visible no matter what the ambient light conditions are like.
Find out more about this product and the other items available from the company by visiting the HHA Sports website.
Apex Gear Covert Pro Bow Sight
- PWR-DOT LED tehchnology
- Adjustable yardage pointer
- Adjustable for left and right-handed users
- Approximately 700-hour battery life
- Automatically turns off after 4 hours without adjustment
- Ultra-smooth, easy one-hand adjustments
- GRAVITY-LINE rotational adjustment aligns pin movement with gravity.
- Push-button brightness control
- Adjustable 2nd and 3rd axis
- Available either as single or double dot
- Weighs 9.1oz
The Covert Pro bow sight is a little different in that it uses an LED PWR-DOT instead of the more usual fiber optic pin.
In effect, this is a single pin sliding bow sight with a standard LED green dot whose brightness can be controlled very easily with the push of a button. If the conditions become overly dark, the quick push of the button will ensure the dot is clear and bright.
Because the sight uses an LED dot it is battery powered with over 700 hours of battery life available. To preserve the battery it will automatically turn itself off after 4 hours without being adjusted.
It has 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment and uses Gravity-Line, a rotational adjustment process that aligns the pin movement with gravity.
This is a very nice bow sight that has proven very popular with hunters who are looking for a technically advanced alternative to the fiber optic pins.
Find out more about the company and the other products available by visiting the Apex Gear website.
Pure Driven 75 Bow Sight
- Level Head sight ring
- Vertical drive design
- Single-pin head
- New Bright Idea sight ring, protected indicator needle
- Splined vertical drive gear
- MVD all-metal vertical drive mechanism
- PhotoChromatic Technology
- SkyCoil light gathering
- Gang micro-adjustment
The Pure Driven 75 bow sight is a vertical drive bow sight that comes from the makers of the Black Gold bow sights.
It uses the same technology that goes into the Black Gold sights that enable the pins to be lit so brighter to make them more easily seen.
PhotoChromatic technology is the process where the sight glass is darkened in bright sunshine conditions so that the pins are slightly dulled to prevent the haloing effect. It also uses the SkyCoil technology that is so effective at gathering light and it is this that makes it one of the brightest sights available.
It has a zero-stop feature that makes it possible to adjust the sight to a pre-set distance without looking and the splined vertical drive gear makes adjustment a smooth and silent process.
This is a high quality bow sight made by the company that is responsible for the brightest sight pins on the market.
Find out more about the sights made under the Pure name by visiting the Pure Bow Sights website.
Black Gold Ascent Whitetail Bow Sight
- Single pin or 3 pin
- Pin diameter is .019”
- PhotoChromatic Technology
- “Dial-of-Death” adjustment system with SureGrip knob
- Level Head sight ring
- Pre-installed level
- Machined aluminum guard
- 1st and 2nd axis adjustability
- 54 sight tapes included
- Weight: 7.5 oz
- Housing size: 1-3/4”
The Whitetail is the more compact version of the Ascent Verdict sight and it is available either in single pin or 3-pin configurations.
As well as providing the bright fiber optic pins that have become commonplace with the Black Gold sights it also comes complete with a number of other features designed to make setting up and adjusting very simple.
It has the “Dial of Death” range-adjustment wheel as well as the PhotoChromatic technology that darkens the pins if there is too much light hitting the optic. It also features a fluorescent sight ring to help with quick target acquisition.
Another nice features of the sight is the zero-out features which will get you back to pre-determined yardage very quickly.
Find out more about this and other sights in the company’s range by visiting the Black Gold website.
The use of a bow sight that shines brightly in low light conditions is extremely important, particularly if you’re deer hunting.
Deer are at their most active at dawn and dusk. These are the times where you’re most likely to encounter your prey.
The sights that are mentioned above will provide you with highly visible pins that can be placed firmly on the target in dark conditions.
Increasing your chances of improving the brightness of your sight can also be achieved by using a sight with larger diameter pins. Instead of .019” pins move up a size to .029”.
It takes some practice to become an effective hunter in difficult conditions. Apart from the low light you will also be contending with cold temperatures and, more than likely, wind and rain.
As with all other aspects of bow hunting, it will pay big dividends to get in as much practice as possible in dark and difficult conditions.