Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 57
Straight from the Bowstring
By P.J. Reilly
The mechanical release is one of the most personal pieces of equipment bowhunters have. Here’s what you need to know about . . .
Getting a Grip on Mechanical Releases
HERE WAS A TIME when every archer who drew back a bow did so by holding the string with his or her fingers. And every one of those archers learned along the way that the key to shooting consistently was releasing the string the same way on every shot. That’s a formidable task when you’re using your fingers. A twitch of one finger or a tightening of another can change things dramatically from shot to shot. To remove some of the human-error factor from the string release, archers have turned to release aids. Often considered a modern development, releases actually have been around for thousands of years. A Mongolian archer in 1000 B.C. would place a lipped metal ring over his thumb, and draw back his bows with the string resting inside the lip of the ring. When he relaxed his thumb, the string would slide across the ring and release the arrow, thereby eliminating any problems created by finger roll. In modern times releases have gained in popularity over the past 40 years, with the introduction of the compound bow, which now dominates the industry. Recurve and longbow shooters are still going to use their fingers, but finding a compound shooter today who doesn’t use a mechanical release is like finding a needle in a haystack. Simply put, a mechanical release is like a trigger for your bow. You pull the trigger to “fire” an arrow. The device that actually grips the string, whether it’s a rope, a metal hook or a pair of jaws,
A MECHANICAL RELEASE should help in delivering the perfect shot in the woods.