By Dustin Jones
When I purchased my first compound bow, I purchased the ready-to-shoot option which included a release aid. I thought to myself that I would probably need to upgrade at some point thinking that the release that came with the bow must not be a very reliable one if they were just giving it away in an archery package. I am still using that same T.R.U. Ball Cyclone release that I got 5 years ago to this day. I have always told myself that when this one starts acting up or fails on me then I’ll upgrade, but it has yet to do so.
There are many different styles of release aids to choose from and my biggest suggestion is if you can, try some different ones out and pick the one that best fits your needs. There is the wrist/caliper release, handheld or finger release, back tension release, and an automatic or hydraulic release. I personally use the wrist/caliper index finger release with the double jaw or caliper which is probably one of the most common releases used among bowhunters. Here are some of the reasons why I still shoot this style of release and probably will for quite some time.
1. The release uses a trigger that is similar to a trigger on a firearm. Even if you have never fired a firearm, there is something familiar to us all that by pulling a trigger results in an action. This is why I have felt the most comfortable with this style of release. I initially started hunting with a firearm before I started archery hunting and have been very comfortable shooting something with a trigger using my index finger.
2. The draw weight of the bow is supported by the wrist. This is a huge reason why I enjoy using this style of release. I am able to draw my bow and hold it as it is drawn much easier and longer because it is supported by my wrist. This allows me to keep my hand and fingers relaxed which helps reduce any extra tension or torque on the bow while I am drawing or shooting.
3. It’s quick and easy to attach to my bowstring. The calipers, or jaws, quickly and easily attach to the d-loop allowing for a quick draw and release when needed. When that moment comes and I am not completely ready I know that my release can easily be attached and I can quickly draw my bow.
Will I upgrade? Yes I more than likely will upgrade to a new release at some point but I will definitely be using the same style of release. I know that there are many hunters out there who use some of the other styles and it works for them. When you are searching for that piece of archery equipment that is one of the biggest factors when looking around, find what works for you. Get out there and try out some of the different release aids and find out which one you are the most comfortable shooting with. For me I will definitely stick with a wrist/caliper release.
>Dustin was born and raised in Eastern Idaho where he currently resides with his wife and two sons.
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