Victoria man develops hunting lights for bows
July 30, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated July 31, 2017 at 6 a.m.
When Robert Pecht moved from California to Victoria a decade ago to help his mother take care of his father, who had Alzheimer's, he had no idea he would open his own hunting business.
About a year after his move, he launched Sniper Hog Lights when he couldn't find efficient hunting lights on the market to hunt hogs at night.
"The problem was all the hogs were coming in at night," said Pecht, 49, of Victoria. "There was nothing on the market for a bow hunter to shoot hogs with."
Now there are many hunting lights on the market, but none are as bright or have a reach as far as Pecht's.
"All lights sold, for their size, shine the farthest on the market," he said.
Hunting has been part of Pecht's life since he was a young boy, and his favorite is hog hunting. He hunts hogs with a bow and arrow, primarily at night.
"If I had to choose between whitetail and hogs, I'd choose hogs every time," he said. "You can hunt hogs year-round, 24 hours a day - here in Texas - by any means."
At first, he made every light by hand, which took about 10 hours per unit, and he couldn't keep up with the orders. In 2009, he started having them made by a manufacturer.
"When I put mine on the market, I was the only bow light for sale I could find anywhere," he said. "That's what helped me start the business."
He began developing his product by researching LED lights.
All of Pecht's lights have interchangeable mounts to attach them to bows or guns. The mounts have power switches that allow the hunter to turn them on and off in their shooting position. All lights are focusable and can go from wide flood to a spot beam in seconds. He also offers a dimmer tail cap.
Pecht's lights have interchangeable LED modules to change the beam color to red, green, white or infrared.
His 66LRX model is a powerful gun-mounted light with a spot beam that shines more than 1,000 yards. The model's red LED module shines more than 700 yards.
"That's the farthest-shining red light on the market," he said.
Since Pecht started his business, he's seen it grow from about $20,000 in sales in 2009 to about $400,000 in 2016. He sells packages that range from about $65 to more than $400.
None of Pecht's products are patented, but he's working on patents for two new products he plans to release by the end of the year. One product is a bow light that will be different from any others on the market.
The other is a feeder that lights up and has a system that will keep animals from getting to its spinning plate that spreads out the food.
Pecht's company has about 80 dealers across the U.S. including Victoria All-Sports Center.
Shortly after Pecht started his business, his father died.
"It was rough," he said. "I started the business when my dad had Alzheimer's. He had no idea. I would love to have my dad see what I was doing today."