Tree saddle hunting...

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

  1. cantexian

    cantexian Grizzled Veteran

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    Just got shipping notification on my Kestrel. Three days ahead of schedule and less than two weeks after ordering. :rock:
     
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    Do all tree saddle purchases come with a "PUBLIC LAND OWNER" t-shirt and a bottle of Mtn Ops?
     
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    slickbilly-d Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Well...a “public land owner” bro tank.
     
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    I own neither. Although, I do hunt mostly public land. However, my birthday is in a couple of weeks and I did ask for this shirt. As for supplements, I have been working in the fitness and wellness industry for most of my career. Most supplements are nothing more than an expensive way to take a crap. Marketing supplements to hunters doesn't change that.

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    I could here the sounds of duck hunt when I saw this pic
     
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    It arrived yesterday. The day before it was supposed to ship. Haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. Hopefully tomorrow.

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    Got in a little practice for the first time in the Kestrel yesterday. It was great, I already enjoy shooting out a saddle more than a treestand.

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    Just when I was thinking about throwing in the towel for saddle hunting and just hunting out of a hang on and sticks for the first time this year, Cantexian goes and posts these cool pics. It looks like even an old fatty like me could make saddle hunting work.
     
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    I tried a hang on and sticks last year. Carrying 40-50lbs for an afternoon hunt got very old very quick. Even if I use the sticks from the hang on stand, my load will only be about 18 pounds.

    Also, it is way safer. I put my feet on the tree and ran in place, did a few squats. You could hang upside in properly worn saddle and not fall out. In fact, I did. I told my wife that next time I practice, we have to do the Spiderman kiss.

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    A little practice yesterday about 8 feet off the ground using an DIY aider, DIY platform, and 1 hawk ranger step.

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    A little practice today, shooting directly behind me, something you cannot do in a treestand.

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    [​IMG] Just gotta get a few bugs worked out but didn’t have any problems shooting for the first time out of my sit drag set up. I could see it may be tricky shooting directly to my right, but I think getting my tether up higher will give me a little more movement
     
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    I have found it is easier to spin a 180 until I am shooting with my strong side around than to try to cross shoot over the bridge.


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    I still need to find a platform, I really can't see paying $180 for the Predator and I've been out of the loop for a while and not sure what else other than the ring of steps is available. I need to get my butt in gear and prepares for the season.
     
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    Ladder stand?
     
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    I’m running a ring of steps. It seems to be okay. Especially since I can wad them up and throw them in the bottom of my back pack
     
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    How easy is the entire set up to put up in the dark?

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    No different than climbing sticks and a lock on only when you get to the top, instead of trying to attach a 14lb lock on in the dark, I just have to put a rope a little higher than head high and and click my carabiners in, then undo my lineman’s rope. I put my ring of steps about 6” above my top step and it’s just a ratchet strap.
     
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    The nearly done pics. One of inside and one with the top cover/ lining drapped over to show color. I added 600D water proof material to sit drag to make it wider top to bottom. I added a tactical belt with 25kn buckle line!an loops that is a single piece sewn one side to the other. Then ?e loops the same way wih the leg strap buckle being military grade G no slip buckles. Everything was double hand sewn and then double machine sewn. Not the prettiest ,but pretty well made . No pinch and warm. I need warm in these hills and with my old hip joints.

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    Dang, can I sent my sit drag to you for some mods? I can’t figure out how to thread the sewing machine.
     

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