With so many choices on the market today, how do you know what release is the right release for you?
There are many different kinds and several manufacturers to choose from. Like most other archery components, it all comes down to preference and the one YOU feel comfortable using.
If you use a string loop, like most of us do, you have plenty of choices. You will need to try a few and decide if you like a Velcro strap or a buckle. Many hunters prefer a buckle because a buckle doesn’t make noise if you have to adjust it in the stand.
Another consideration is do you want a release that has a single hook that slides on your loop or a caliper type that has a set of jaws that locks around the loop. Its your choice, and both are used to take deer every year.
The most popular type release is caliper full capture category. Many hunters are big believers in Murphy’s law, which says that if something can go wrong, it will. The caliper releases provide a little more peace of mind. There’s just something more comforting about having metal all the way around the loop, even though your chances of a hook release slipping off during the draw or hold are slim to none.
Another thing to think about is whether you prefer a rigid release or one that is on a string or rope. Both are easy to adjust and both feel solid at full draw. Try a few before you decide, and make sure the one you buy is the right choice for you.
Once you decide and if your wallet can handle it, it’s a good idea to buy a backup release. Ideally, you should get the exact model as your primary release. Keep the extra one in your pack. If you lose your primary release, drop it from the stand or it malfunctions, you will always have a backup ready to go.
Always remember that archery is a mental game more than anything. If you’re comfortable with your equipment and don’t have to think about it, you’ll shoot better and more consistently. A quality release (along with a backup in your pack), allows you to relax and shoot — even if your heart is pounding out of your chest as you draw back on a monster buck.