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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Tioga and Potter Counties
Re: 4 finger style release - why?
When you say "4 finger", you are pretty much lumping two distinctly different releases into one group. There are basically 3 types of releases:1) trigger releases, like those with a wrist strap and an index finger trigger, whether or not it's curved or straight doesn't matter; 2)Thumb trigger releases where the release may be held with 3 or 4 fingers, and the thumb is used to "trigger" a post or barrel causing the release to work; and 3) Hinge releases, where again, the release may be held by 2-3 or 4 fingers, and the release works through applying "back tension" with a slight rotation of the release and hence firing it.
Both the thumb trigger and the hinge release are held with the back of the hand against the face, usually the space between the index knuckle and the second finger knuckle are held against the corner of the jaw below the ear.
I think what you are seeing is the carry over from 3D and target archery techniques into hunting, and along with that, more 3D archers are being featured in hunting shows (Levi Morgan, for example). I use a 3 finger thumb trigger from January to September, through 12 weeks of indoor target shooting and 36 weeks of outdoor 3D. I figured, why use something different for 6 weeks of archery hunting. I use more of a conscious "triggering" of the release in hunting, and not waiting for back tension to get it to go off. I want the arrow released when I want it to, and sometimes that window is small.
Hope this cleared some things up.
Wishing I was at camp!