Tree saddle hunting...

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by mikerock85, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. S.McArthur

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    I listened to the Wired to hunt podcast with the Tehtrd guys and Eberhart, adjusted my tehter height to neck area and holy crap what difference. I was putting my tehter at forehead height and it gave me a feeling like I was actually hanging off a rope. At neck level, I felt like I was supported rather than hanging if that makes sense.
    I think I damn near have this saddle setup dialed in and even did some weak side setups. Creeped around the tree using it as cover to get a strong side shot, very cool, but I need to get another step to put on my platform strap to move around the tree.
    The more time and funky positions I test, the more comfortable this thing is. I may be changing my tune about hauling a climber into the woods, I think this may completely replace my climber. Pre-set ladder stands....maybe/maybe not. I did not set any stands this year, hopefully it doesn't bite me in the butt.
    @Swamp Stalker I think you would benefit from a saddle setup for your public land hunts. Also, I may have a badass lease in So. Illinois on the cheap (like cheap cheap) if you are interested for next year. I almost did it this year but I had too much going on.

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    The more I use my saddle, the more I am convinced that it is safer than any treestand set up, when properly worn and used. @S.McArthur check out the squirrel steps from DoubleSteps.com. I do not have any, but I tried some that a buddy has, I will be getting some in the future. They are a little pricey, but I would only need two to add to the strap of my platform.

    https://doublesteps.com/product/squirrelstep-3-4/
     
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    I've looked into those but I will probably go with the cheaper Bullman steps: http://www.bullmanoutdoors.com/product/product-2/
     
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    I started the saddle hunting last yr. I own 4 Lone wolf stands. 2 climbers and 2 loc ons. None of the lone wolves made it out of the garage even once last yr. I own the Areohunter Kestral AND the Tethrd Mantis. It is my new way to hunt and Film! Oh yeah I'm leaning on the Predator platform with both saddles.
     
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    Anyone want to update their thoughts/experiences after this season?
     
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    My season is not over until the end of February, so I have a lot of time left. However, after 4 sits in it so far this season, the longest being seven hours, I am still convinced that it is the safest and most comfortable way to hunt from a tree. I started bow hunting from a Summit Climber 11 years ago, tried a lock on stand last year after my climber was stolen. I sold the lock on and switched to the saddle for this season to save weight. If I stopped saddle hunting, I would go back to the climber. A lock on is too heavy and bulky for the public land mobile hunting that I mainly do bowhunting. But, I don't see that happening.

    The last two weekends I have been gun hunting with my sons from blinds on a friend's farm. Should be back in the saddle this weekend or next depending on whether or not we can go back to that farm this coming weekend.
     
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    I like my diy set up. Probably buy a real saddle for next year.
     
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