While I hunt with a wrist strap, index finger trigger style release (Carter Quickie), I'm seriously looking into a thumb style, handheld release for my target set up. I'm normally a rifle hunter so the index finger trigger release is a natural for me .... although I shoot a bow left handed and a rifle right handed I'm of the opinion that the accuracy needed to hunt is not as strict a requirement as that for target shooting. The hand held release gives me (I'd like to thank Rowdy again for his generous gesture ) a more consistent anchor. The wrist strap, no matter how tight I make it, seems to give a little. I will say that the Carter triggers are probably the best that I have used. My 2 cents.
Matt I feel the hand held gives a solid anchor with very little movement side ways like a wrist release.That's why the Carter wrist ones are so good because of the containment of motion with the crip trigger. The movement with a thumb style gets pushed upward and out so the release stays inline better with your anchor. It was my pleasure to get you thinking hand held style releases. The crisp trigger of a good thumb release can be used for hunting - no problem - cause you can force the shot just like a wrist index finger style. Plus it can be held to go off in a back tension sort of release by adding pressure to the trigger by your squeezing of your back muscles pulling against the thumb. Jeremiah has a Carter thumb style and I have one too, the Carter Chocolate lite 3 finger. I also have the Spot Hogg Saturday night Special and it's a 3 finger. I wear a large glove and the 3 finger type fits in my hand very firmly.
Heck I wish you lived just a bit closer
then it would be easy to try some of the releases I have been using so you could get an idea of what you be comfortable with in hunting and target.
The Proshops would do themselves some justice if they had releases available to test on lease or rental so an archer could see what works best for them.