Surprise release

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This topic contains 21 replies, has 18 contributors, and was last updated by chrud Chrud 9 years ago.

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  • January 18, 2007 at 2:07 am #508360 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 11/18/2005
    NO!!!! But I have tried several times and have never got it right!!!!!
    January 18, 2007 at 6:30 am #508361 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 7/4/2004
    The only suprise release I get is when I hit the trigger by accident half way through the draw, or my d-loop breaks. Then I have to clean my pants. I dont have target panic so I don’t shoot back tension. I can calmly pull the trigger 60/61 times which works for me.
    January 18, 2007 at 6:45 am #508362 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 1/14/2006
    A surprise is an accident, waiting to happen.

    I need to know, forsure.


    January 18, 2007 at 7:06 am #508363 Back to Top REPORT


    Age: 38
    Joined: 7/2/2004
    Location: PA
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    For target shooting, yes.
    Or as much as possible seeing as how a well executed/repeatable shot routine brings about some “knowing” unless you change releases/settings once things get a little too familiar.

    For hunting, no.
    Years ago I tried to shoot with a surprise release while hunting and found two problems after a season of experimenting.
    1) It felt like I nearly had a heart attack when the bow went off because I was already so amped about the deer or turkey being there that I didn’t need to throw more suspense into the mix.
    2) IMO, whether people like to admit it or not they need to be able to “punch” certain shots in hunting situations. You just need to have too much control over the release at times to be surprised.


    January 18, 2007 at 7:31 am #508364 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 5/24/2004
    yes, x me it is the only way for shooting, I started with surprise release and back tension (the 2 things must to be learned together) at a stage in Rom with Dee Wilde in 1997, great teacher, greatest shooter and honest guy
    January 18, 2007 at 10:51 am #508365 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 9/22/2006
    Yes when I shot my bear in sept. I pulled the trigger a second time after the arrow was in the air. Perfect double lunger. Other then that hardly ever and if it is a surprise I usually lose an arrow
    January 18, 2007 at 12:26 pm #508366 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 7/12/2004
    I don’t really know if you can use a surprise release for hunting. Sometimes you need to shoot now and a surprise release doesn’t necessarily do that.
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