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
In the spring of 2007 I was the unfortunate recipient of an injury cause by a damaged carbon arrow that shattered on release of the arrow. I was in the yard going to take a few practice shots before dinner and the second arrow is the one that did the damage. That day will forever be burned in my mind. After I release what happened I made mistake #2 I pulled the tail shaft of the arrow out of my hand causing more damage.
Thank goodness that my wife was home and was able to...