The most accomplished bow hunters often say that choosing the best release is the key to success. The right type of bow release creates the potential for a perfect shot by decreasing bow release torque. It also maintains the string’s steady forward momentum toward the target during the release. Several types of mechanical bow releases are available that prevent roll-off where the string loses center at release because of moving forward. Some hunters; however, do prefer a non-mechanical release. Be sure to try both styles of bow releases to see which is best for you.
Once you decide on your style of release, you’ll have to consider which brand provides the:
- Best fit
- Ability for adjustments
Mechanical Bow Releases
There are two primary types of mechanical bow releases: handheld and caliper. The biggest difference between the two is that the caliper connects to the wrist securely while the handheld variety doesn’t.
The handheld mechanical bow release, commonly referred to as a “finger release,” usually has a “T” shape and is quite responsive. This type of release is held directly in your hand instead of being secured to your wrist like the caliper version. The release clamps directly onto the string so you can enjoy hands-free movement.
The caliper release, often called a wrist release, involves a wrist strap, a “trigger” and a rod/rope. There are all sorts of variations of this style of release, including:
- Ability to adjust the trigger tension to different strap styles
- Rotating heads
- Strap/trigger length adjustments
There are also automatic style caliper releases that can be easily programmed for an accurate, timed release.
Mechanical bow release aids are on the market, but they are not as common as they used to be. They work using a looped string combined with backpressure. Some prefer this type of bow release because it is more traditional and often provides greater consistency.
Comfort is a Key Consideration
One of the most important things to consider when choosing the best release for your bow is its comfort. The purpose of the wrist strap is to allow the hunter to draw significant poundage without much effort. Its index finger trigger allows for an easy release of the bowstring.
There are significant differences between manufacturers’ materials and straps. Some are made of nylon while others are made of neoprene and leather. Most find that higher-quality materials provide more comfort. Be sure to choose a release that fits properly because it will be connected to you throughout your hunt.
When it comes to choosing the best release, its adjustment options are very important. Some wrist straps use Velcro to lock into place while others use a buckle. Experienced bow hunters say that Velcro is more adjustable than a buckle. Yet many hunters will opt for buckles because they offer a snug belt-like fit. They also make less noise than Velcro does. Check out a variety of releases to find the one that can be easily adjusted between your wrist and your finger. A properly adjusted release can do wonders for your shooting form.