Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by mikerock85, Jun 25, 2014.
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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.
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.
I've looked into those but I will probably go with the cheaper Bullman steps: http://www.bullmanoutdoors.com/product/product-2/
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.
Anyone want to update their thoughts/experiences after this season?
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.
I like my diy set up. Probably buy a real saddle for next year.
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