Bowhunting Gear: 6 Best Bow Releases for $50 or Less

Tru Fire Hurricane Extreme
Tru-Fire Hurricane Extreme
The wrist strap on the Hybrid version is comfortable and encourages a proper draw using the back muscles instead of grabbing and pulling the release. It adjusts easily and is whisper-quiet when triggered. A supple half-inch-wide nylon strap connects the trigger to the wrist strap.
Redhead XPS Deluxe Caliper
Redhead XPS Deluxe Caliper
This dual-caliper release offers a wide range of adjustments for a customized fit and feel. The fold-back head lets you tuck the release away when it's not needed. A thin trigger is great for bare fingers but may be too dainty to manage well with gloved hands.
Jim Fletcher Archery .44 Caliper
The oversize trigger on this dual-caliper release is great for gloved hands, and a roller-sear design makes it the most-sensitive trigger in the field. The leather strap is high quality, if a bit narrow. Gap-free, interlocking jaws and a lifetime warranty round out the offering.
T.R.U. Ball Super Stinger
T.R.U. Ball Super Stinger
A pull-to-open jaw design allows for silent operation; however, it leads to some trigger creep. An offset trigger reduces punched trips. The trigger tension and overall length are adjustable, though customizing the length is cumbersome and imprecise. The fleece wrist strap is plush and quiet.
Scott Archery Quick Shot
Scott Archery Quick Shot
The Quick Shot has the smoothest trigger in the groups, but its tension, unfortunately, can't be adjusted. The buckle strap makes it simple to get the release on in the dark; however, the material is relatively stiff. A trigger-head rope connection promotes torque-free shooting.
Cobra Pro Caliper
Cobra Pro Caliper
The padded, heavy-duty leather wrist strap with a Velcro enclosure is fuss-proof and easily donned using one hand. The downside: Neither the trigger tension (which is preset at the factory) nor the release length is adjustable. In its defense, the trigger is quite smooth.

A bow release is just as important as a trigger on a rifle. Bowhunting Editor Todd Kuhn picks out the six best releases that won't break the bank.