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
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...