Saddle Hunting

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  1. Andy Newell

    Andy Newell Member

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    Have been thinking long and hard about trying out a saddle set up this season, I am pretty much a public land hunter or only have permission to hunt where others hunt. Wondering if anyone on here hunts in a saddle and what the thoughts are of it for a beginner. I will be getting everything ready in the next few weeks to get out and shoot prior to the season. Any tips or brand recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


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  3. Muskrat24

    Muskrat24 Active Member

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    John Eberhart has couple decent books that discusses his use of saddles.
     
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    Bill-M New Member

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    Saddlehunter.com would probably have the answer to every question you might have and some you don't. Thinking about making one myself to use on a couple specific trees to be able to hide behind them for cover.
     
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    I don't have any specifics on the new brands, I'm using one called The Tree Suit that was made 20-25 years ago. My brother and I are both using them and we love it. All day sits in them are awesome. There is some learning to them on what works best but it's not too difficult, just like anything else practice makes a huge difference. Best parts about them are we can now hunt in a lot of spots we weren't able to in the past, trees a stand didn't work in these will. Also deer seem oblivious to us in the trees. They'll look up from time to time but never spook. They're also super convenient for quick sets, just a handful of screw in steps and you're good to go, could us LW or Muddy sticks on public land and a few strap on steps at the top of the set to stand on.
     
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    Saddle hunting isn't for everyone. Some find it more comfortable while others prefer the platform of a traditional stand. I have both and think they both have their place. I don't think you will be able to beat the comfort of a JX3 hybrid saddle. I have an older Guidos Web and think it's the most comfortable stand I own period. If you're looking for lightweight I'd go with either Tethrd Mantis or Aerohunter. Lots of options available to saddle hunters currently and I agree Saddlehunter.com has a lot of info for people interested in giving it a try. The good news if you don't like hunting from a saddle you could probably resell it and not lose much on giving it a try.
     
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    I have a Aero Hunter Flex on order that should arrive by Aug 9th. I recently purchased a Predator Platform and a Ridge Runner Platform to try out. I have never used or even seen a saddle in person but will be giving it a try this season. It won't be my main method as some folks are doing. I see it as just another tool to add to the arsenal. I have some spots that are deep in the timber where i think i can put it to use, time will tell.
     

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