MOST BOWHUNTERS USE A RELEASE; HERE’S HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF ONE.
At least 75 percent of all bowhunters now shoot using mechanical release aids, but very few of them use the devices to their maximum benefit. A skilled archer is much like a top offhand rifleman–the shot is squeezed off slowly as the sight traces small movements around the middle of the intended target. There is no flinching or a conscious lunge for the trigger. Learning to shoot a release really well takes practice, but first it takes a knowledge of the fundamentals of triggering the shot. Here’s how to split a hair with the two most popular release aid styles.
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A bowhunting buddy of mine shoots only three-finger releases because he loves being able to clip the release on the string below his arrow and just let it hang there until a nice buck walks past. He is able to keep his hands free while at the same time avoiding the need to load the release onto the string during the moment of truth. For him, it’s just grab ‘n go.
You may find that it’s harder to shoot heavy hunting weight bows with the three-finger releases than with wrist-strap models because the entire draw weight must be held by the fingers. If you choose a three-finger release, make sure you keep an extra one handy. Take it from me, they are easy to lose and can be dropped from a tree stand as you fumble to get it out of your pocket. In fact, I keep a spare model of whatever release I’m shooting in my fanny pack just in case.
Technique: Competitive shooters trigger three-finger releases by placing their thumb on the release body, inverting their hand at full draw and squeezing through the shot with their back muscles. The top of the hand is naturally pulled over, or rotated, and the release’s trigger is forced into the stationary thumb causing it to fire without warning.