Tree saddle hunting...

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

  1. Shocker99

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    I got mine from Eastern Woods Outdoors. They are a single step cable type. I went with 20” option. They customize them for your brand of stick. They really do take a little getting used to. Planting toe of boot on tree and stabilizing the wobbling is the key. Its a little learned technique. Ive only practiced on a tree a couple times but the weight savings is what its all about and they do achieve that. Those beast sticks are super light. Need to ditch the straps though and go with some rope mods.
     
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    I have single-step aiders on my Trophyline sticks. I much prefer those to amsteel aiders, those gave too much for my liking once my weight was on those. Not to the point of being worried about the aider breaking, but to the point where I did not feel stable climbing on them. I had single-step milspec strap steps on my old Hawk Sticks. Those were better than the amsteel, but, still not as solid as the cable aiders.
     
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    I have been using the same aiders, I agree about the practice part. Once comfortable, I found them to be the most stable and climbable of the aider options.
     
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    pastorjim08 Legendary Woodsman

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    I got the wire aiders from EWO. I don't care for them because my boot cleats get hung up in them. I took them off and haven't used them anymore. I may try to put some rubber tubing where you step but if I still don't like them, I'm going to say bye bye.

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  5. Shocker99

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    What size? I may buy them if you dont want them
     
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    pastorjim08 Legendary Woodsman

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    They are either 17 or 18" I'll have to measure to be sure.

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    There seems to be so much pageantry going on to just simply get safe, that’s a lot of gear for sure, but hey if I was younger I would totally try it out. I mean let’s face facts we all drag a bunch of crap into the woods that others would deem useless. That being said, hunt it up saddle hunters!
     
  8. Shocker99

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    When you have to set up and teardown your stand on public land in the same day it can be a bit much. This actually takes the load OFF :tu:
     
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    After 3 hunts with the eberlestock i am super satisfied. I wish the zippers on the wastbelt pockets opened from front to back instead of back to front but thats my only complaint other than the frozen grocery bag that @Justin mentioned. Luckily it was pretty windy each time ive had to get into it. Overall id give the pack a 4.5/5
     
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    I am really contemplating giving saddle hunting a try for water holes, trails, etc out West. With proper scouting, I feel like it could be lethal. One question I have though is how long does the average setup/take down take?
     
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    I will speak from getting to tree. From there i clear any excess brush/limbs that are in my way around base of tree, set pack on ground and remove sticks , platform (which i clip to my saddle via nite gear s-biner), and bow rope. Unpack my sticks and hang 2 of them on my saddle bridge loops, get my lineman rope clipped on and ready around back of my neck. I can set one and sometimes 2 sticks before i use lineman rope but ill suggest using it after stepping up on first step. From there, depending on how many limbs and how twisted or gnarly the trunk is, it can take anywhere from 3-20 minutes. Sometimes close to 30 if there was a ton of branches to work around. Ideally you wont pick one of those trees. I will guess on average my setups are 10-12 minutes from pack hitting ground to bow hanging on hook with arrow nocked.
     
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    Decided to go with the UP its little larger than the monarch I had on. Can’t wait to try it out. Even if it is the middle of winter Lol [​IMG]


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    muzzyman88 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    This is the stick setup I believe i'm going with out of the gate. I am pretty much sold to go straight to one sticking. I figure if I'm learning a whole new way of elevated hunting, may as well go all in and learn one sticking. that stick setup seems to be the best one stick setup going.
     
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    Ever consider a one stick climb with a rope descent? Easier and way faster. Lots of videos on it.
     
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    muzzyman88 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Thats exactly what i'm planning on trying.
     
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    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

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    Commited to using the saddle for some hunts next year. Ordered my first set of sticks. Hawk Helium 30 inchers.
     
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    You will love it with your style of hunting
     
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    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

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    Im excited to try it out
     
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    You get a saddle yet?

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    Havent got one yet. I need to do some research.
     

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