When I first started bow hunting, maybe 20 years ago, I did. Only did it for a few years, then I moved to a release. My Dad held out for alot longer though. He seemed to like the feel of it versus using a release.
I held out for a long time thinking that bow hunting required the use of fingers. Then I bought a bowtech bow with a short ATA and decided to bite the bullet and get a release. I am glad it did because my accuracy and consistency has improved greatly. Sure, I have to remember to bring the release, but for the confidence, distance and just improved accuracy it is worth it. Plus it gives me another toy to buy
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...