Here’s the problem i just bought a DLD black, a quality archery hd drop away rest, black gold 5 pin 0.20 sight and right know a scott little goose release. I spend every weekend shooting 3-d shoots but this is the same bow i will hunt with. Everyone I know uses a different release i here the thumb and back pressure are really hard to use. Is a back pressure release a good thing to train with, can you hunt with them. Same question for the thumb release
Joined: 9/4/2007i use a carter just-b-cuz (thumb) release right now. it can be shot thumb or as ‘back tension’.
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i also have a scott longhorn II 2 finger back tension that i like as well.
ive heard some stories of some folks hunting with a BT……………
oh yeah, congrats on the purchase of goodies……………….and welcome to the forum.
Location: OhioI use a Carter Chocolate Addiction (thumb) for 3D and for huntingAll We Do Is SELFILMED
Joined: 11/24/2005I use a Tru-Ball Copperhead for hunting, and a Tru-Ball Ultra target 4 back tension for 3-D/spot shooting.
Joined: 4/7/2008Switched from trigger release to a Truball SweetspotII 3 finger few months ago.
Has drasticly improved my 3D shooting. Week end before last I shot my first “up” round ever 302. And I think, my first round ever without a 5.
Haven’t hunted with it yet, but I am seriously considering it.
I kinda think, “train like ya fight”
Joined: 7/9/2005Wrist strap for hunting and Thumb for 3D!
Joined: 5/25/2007A Spothogg Cascade 10
A Spothogg Cascade 8 (really liking the single sear, no clicking on engauge!)
A Carter Insatiable 3+
And next purchase will be a Carter Ember 2 when I can find one used..
All my wrist strap releases sit lonely in the drawer, the amount my patterns shrunk was amazing…Pure Shooting Excitment
Joined: 3/29/2007I practice back tension with a hinge style back tension release from Zenith. I shoot 3D with a TRU Ball short n sweet using back tension style shooting.
I use the same TRU Ball release with a heart pounding trying not to shake out of the tree style for hunting
KILL EM ALL
Joined: 1/18/2006wrist for everything
Joined: 7/16/2005st360(thumb) for 3d, scott wildcat(strap) for hunting
Joined: 1/10/2006Um……can’t vote since I use a wrist strap, a thumb release, learning a backtension, and also use one that the trigger is under my middle finger
I’ve been mostly using the thumb trigger release (Tru-Fire 3D hunter) but I usually use the wrist strap when hunting moose, but we’ll see. I’ve been trying the thumb release for targets too, but used all the others too, but now still learning the BT, but using all for one league or another
Joined: 6/28/2004It depends upon how serious you are about shooting 3D. If this is kind of like a bowling league, where you enjoy the sport and the camaraderie; and manage to keep your archery skills sharp – then I would shoot my hunting setup exactly like I hunt.
If you are more serious about your chances of winning a few tournaments, then you need a different setup. You will be much more accurate with a ‘surprise’ release. This is generally more easily attained with a hinge-style, or a thumb-style release.
Back-tension (BT) is not how you trigger the release. BT is a way to hold your bow more steadily and more consistently. And with the hinge-style releases allow you to ‘let the shot happen’. That’s not always the best way to hunt. Thumb-trigger releases can be shot in a similar fashion and can also be “squeezed” to release the arrow. Squeezing off the shot eliminates the surprise, but gives you added margin when hunting.
The pure back-tension releases are training aids in learning how to shoot using BT. (they don’t teach you BT all by themselves) I don’t recommend hunting with one.
So before jumping into a bunch of new equipment, figure out what your goals are. Learning to shoot properly with back-tension isn’t something that is typically learned in a month. Most will have to work at it for an extended period of time with some coaching to do it properly.
And if staying sharp and enjoying yourself is your goal, you can learn to shoot competently and enjoy the tournaments with your hunting equipment. Maybe even an occasional surprise win.There is nothing wrong with a Scott Little Goose release that some other release is going to suddenly make for higher scores, IMHO
I hunt and shoot 3D with a thumb trigger release using back tension. I never squeeze the trigger. It is not hard to learn to use a thumb release if it is held properly and the trigger is set heavy. Since this picture, I’ve gone to three fingers instead of four for better pull through in line with the shot.
Any release can be shot using Back Tension Method. I’d recommend fiddling with your Scott Little Goose so that its adjusted properly with trigger between first and second joint of the finger, marking the wrist strap so you put it on in the same way everytime, and practice the back tension method. Note: to sucessfully use BT, you will have to have the draw length correct, which in itself can make immediate improvements in your scores.
Then when you have the feel for shooting BT, shop and try some other releases keeping the Little Goose for a hunting and backup release.
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