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any trigger, really, but it’s just harder to do that with a thumb trigger than traditional ones,” Foulk said. You’ll also find hand-held releases called tension releases, which require you to slowly rotate your pinky in toward your wrist to activate. There’s no standard trigger. Rather, the whole release serves as the trigger. As you increase tension on the back of the release, eventually, the bowstring is disengaged. Tension releases are designed more for target archers shooting in controlled environments. You wouldn’t want to mess with one of these under hunting conditions, which might have you leaning out over the edge of your treestand on a cold, windy day. There are too many opportunities in a hunting scenario for you to accidentally set off a tension release. One of the benefits bowhunters cite when talking about hand-held releases, Foulk said, is the fact you can clip the release to your bowstring, where it will be waiting for you when it’s time to draw. “You can hang up your bow in the tree with your release all ready to go, and you don’t have to think about it,” he said. Then again, the fact that a hand-held release is not attached to your body increases the likelihood of it falling out of your pocket or being left behind somewhere if you set it down. “We get a lot of guys coming in to the shop to buy new ones because they said they lost their other ones in the woods,” Foulk said. Wrist Releases Wrist releases attach to your wrist by straps enclosed either by Velcro or buckles. Foulk prefers buckles. “With the buckle, you know the release is going to settle on your wrist in the same place every time you put it on, assuming you connect the buckle using the same hole in the strap,” he said. “With Velcro, it’s nearly impossible to get the exact same connection every time. You can be off by just a fraction of an inch, which will affect your anchor point. If your anchor point is off, it could affect your shot.”
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With a wrist release you don’t need to use your hand to draw. You clip the release mechanism to the string and then use your whole arm to draw, as the release is connected to your wrist. A lot of shooters grab the release behind the trigger when they draw, though, which puts the drawing hand to some use. The natural position for this type of release is for the release mechanism to settle between your forefinger and thumb at full draw. Therefore, pretty much all wrist releases employ forefinger triggers. The triggers can be straight or swept. Foulk recommends bowhunters try a couple to figure out what they like. Personally, I prefer a wrist release for several reasons. Primarily, it allows me, when I’m at full draw, to slide my thumb behind my neck to anchor in. For me, that’s a rock-solid anchor point. Also, my hunting compound bow is set at 70 pounds. Using my whole arm to draw sure makes it easier getting the string back to my anchor point. Foulk said some archers say wrist releases can be uncomfortable, however. In cold weather, a wrist release gets in the way of jackets and gloves. In hot weather, it can slide around a sweaty wrist. “It all depends on what you’re willing to put up with,” he said. Release Mechanisms Once you’ve decided between a handheld and wrist release, it’s time to figure out what kind of release mechanism you prefer. The basic choices are single caliper, double caliper and hook and rope. We’ll start with the rope release because they are all but obsolete today. A rope release employs a piece of string that contacts the bowstring. Releases with metal contact points can wear away the bowstring, causing it to fray, which is no good. The rope release is less abrasive to the bowstring. But nowadays, most bows are set up with D-loops at the nocking point. Instead of clipping your release directly to the bowstring, you simply connect it to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
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