I recently went on a hunting trip and ended up leaving my release somewhere after shedding some layers... pretty awesome feeling to get to a buck you want to stalk and realize you left your release somewhere about 2 miles back. We weren't able to find the release so I had to buy a cheap one from the only place in town with a release. So, now I'm in the market for another good release. I was shooting a tru-fire edge buckle foldback and really liked it, but I am looking to make a change from that one as well.
I was looking at a few hand held releases, but wasn't sure how these would function in a spot-stalk hunting situation. The two I was looking at were the tru-fire hardcore 4 finger and the scott longhorn hunter. I'm not counting out the trigger style releases as well, and I like the tru-fire hardcore max fold back as well.
What style release does everyone shoot? Any advantages/disadvantages to the hand style releases? What about back tension vs. thumb trigger? I'm still not sure I want to switch to a hand release for hunting, but want to use the same release for hunting and off-season shooting.