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    Default Saddle Hunters?

    Anyone using a tree saddle for bowhunting? Thinking about getting into that world for the flexibility and fun of it.
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    Yep, started last year. It’s the most comfortable I have ever been in a tree. Now, with 3 companies making saddles and 4-5 different platform options, it has decreased the barrier of entry. It used to be a DIY only sort of thing. If you are in the upstate and want to try mine out, let me know

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    I tried a guido's web but ultimatley didn't come up with a climbing system that made it worthwhile. Going to give it another go this fall with the Mantis by Tethrd. Found some composite steps that look like they might make it a go.
    "hunting should be a challenge and a passion not a way of making a living or a road to fame"

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    Had to look those up. I would have killed to have had one of those during the climbing spike phase...

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    Greg and the guys at Tethrd have really made a lot of advances within the Saddle Hunting community.

    Also John Eberhart is an expert and wealth of knowledge when it comes to saddle hunting.

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    I use it on private land. I preset trees with stick ladders and just pick where I want to go. I wear the saddle in and carry a platform. Tethrd and aerohunter are the saddles to look at. I run an aerohunter kestrel. It is not the lightest but I feel safe in it (6’5” 230lbs)

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    You're all going to die.

    Somebody buy my LW Alpha before we have another prayers up thread.

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    Yes, and will never no back to hangons for sure. I hunt out of an original mesh treesaddle and just carry in ladder sections if i am hunting public land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudminnow View Post
    I use it on private land. I preset trees with stick ladders and just pick where I want to go. I wear the saddle in and carry a platform. Tethrd and aerohunter are the saddles to look at. I run an aerohunter kestrel. It is not the lightest but I feel safe in it (6’5” 230lbs)
    What advantage do you feel the saddle gives you over a lock on in this situation? I can maybe see an advantage if you were walking in a long ways on public land but I don’t understand it for private land where you could leave a permanent stand.
    Last edited by Marv870; 03-04-2019 at 10:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marv870 View Post
    What advantage do you feel the saddle gives you over a lock on in this situation? I can maybe see an advantage if you were walking in a long ways on public land but I don’t understand it for private land where you could leave a permanent stand.
    I can put up a bunch of ladders but only need one saddle for every tree. Comfort wise, I’d rather be in a saddle than an any other tree stand/ blind. Much more comfortable once you figure out how to be comfortable. Safety is another advantage. I don’t think there is a safer way to hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    You're all going to die.

    Somebody buy my LW Alpha before we have another prayers up thread.
    I always feel like I am sitting on the hot seat at the dunking booth in a lock on. I don’t see how hunting out of a loc on is safer than a saddle.

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    Way safer.

    Buy my Alpha set.

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    Mudminnow,
    I did some research on the saddles a while back and entertained the idea of trying one but never got around to it. I have hunted portable lock-ons a good many years though. I understand there is a mobility advantage with the saddle but does it allow the same range of shooting as a lock on? I was under the impression from others that have used them that you were a little more limited, had to set up a little more for the shot.
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    Had to sell mine, couldn't stop singing in the woods

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    Yep. Cumbersome. Limited to 35-40 degrees of shooting. And a good chance you'll hang yourself in the process.

    Buy my alpha set.

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    I got a Tethrd Mantis this year. Will be the only way I hunt from now on. I just use it with Lone Wolf sticks. Damn a climber or lock on from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spur hunter View Post
    Mudminnow,
    I did some research on the saddles a while back and entertained the idea of trying one but never got around to it. I have hunted portable lock-ons a good many years though. I understand there is a mobility advantage with the saddle but does it allow the same range of shooting as a lock on? I was under the impression from others that have used them that you were a little more limited, had to set up a little more for the shot.
    I would say that you have equal to more range. What is different is that you do need to practice beforehand from the saddle. It does take a little practice. Now with the new platforms it is very easy to shoot 360 around a tree

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    Thanks. Have hung in a body belt with work many years. Wouldn't think it would be far removed from that. One more question if I may. What would you say the total weight of your set would be, harness, platform, sticks? I'm probably toting 25lbs in stand and sticks currently.
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    This is my whole setup now.
    10lb with 4 sticks or 7.5 with 3.
    1lb for the saddle.
    5lbs ish for rope and stuff and pack.

    Sometimes I wear the saddle in sometimes I put it in the pack.

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    10lbs in Sticks (muddy pro). 3 lbs platform. Less than 5 lbs for saddle,lineman’s rope, tether, hardware.

    Rodney, are you using the predator platform? I’m itching to get another platform. Out ona limbs podium looks nice but so does the predator

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