How to Use a Bow Trigger Release


Bow release triggers, or "release aids," come in several different models and styles. These releases, although they may look different, all have the common use of aiding in releasing the bow string for a more accurate shot. The bow release trigger was introduced to the United states archery scene around 1970, along with the compound bow.

  • Attach the wrist strap of the release trigger around the appropriate wrist.

  • Hold the bow in the opposite hand that your release trigger is attached to. Make sure the bow already has an arrow knocked and resting on the arrow rest.

  • Connect the head of the release to the bow string directly under the arrow knock by pushing the trigger on the release forward with your index finger to clamp the "jaws" of the release around the bow string.

  • Pull the bow string back with the bow release trigger resting under the arrow knock at the corner of your mouth, directly under your dominant eye. Be careful not to discharge the bow by squeezing the trigger on the pull back.

  • Squeeze the release trigger firmly once you have the target in your sight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the draw weight is accurate on your bow; doing so will make the pull back with your release easier.
  • Do not pull the bow string back with your finger on the bow release trigger. This may cause accidental discharge and possible injury.

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