How to Properly Wear a Bow Release?

Release aids are not necessary, however, they do greatly increase the accuracy of a hunter’s shots, and are preferred by most compound shooters. There are many types of bow releases, each with a different set of features that makes it perfect for a certain hunter.


When wearing a bow release, make sure that the straps are adjusted the exact same every time because if not, there will be problems in accuracy and control of the bow release. You also should be able to curl your half index finger over the release and not just the tip.

There are different types of releases and some hunters do you use back-tension releases but the majority of bowhunters use a wrist strap release. As is the case with just about any piece of hunting equipment, price and quality vary greatly. Lower-end models start at around $30. Top-quality releases can cost $200 or more. What is the difference? Think about a release like you would an aftermarket trigger on a high-performance rifle.

Expensive releases usually have more efficient triggering systems and higher quality components. There are differences in how the release attaches to the wrist strap. Some allow the release to fold out of the way while climbing in and out of your stand. That might not sound like a big deal but understand that wearing your release while walking in and out of the woods essentially extends your hunting time. If you wait to put your release on until after you’re in the stand, you can’t effectively hunt while walking in.

Whether you are looking for a child’s wrist release, or a stylish and lightweight professional hand release, there is a good choice for you! 

The jaw of the release is also one of the most important components. Slimmer is better in my opinion but what is most important is that the trigger breaks with the right amount of pressure. As is the case with a hard to pull rifle trigger, a release that requires too much pressure will tend to cause the shooter to punch at the trigger. This can have a big effect on accuracy and consistency. Some higher end releases allow you to adjust the trigger to your desired pull weight.

An often overlooked feature is the wrist strap. Velcro is usually used in lower end models while more expensive releases utilize a buckle. There doesn’t seem to be a big difference at first glance but Velcro does have some disadvantages. First of all, it is noisy. If you’re picky about making noise in the woods, this is a problem. The main issue is consistency. If you use a buckle, you know to always use the same hole every time you put the release on. This helps keep your anchor point in the same spot no matter where you’re shooting. With Velcro, the strap may be tight one day and a little looser the next. You may not notice it at first, but it can have a big difference in finding your anchor point.