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
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...