A Tree Saddle Can Create True Ambush Hunts.
When it comes to hunting whitetails, most hunters have their favorite method from ground blinds to treestands, to spot and stalk. Treestands have come a long way and are a lot safer and more comfortable than ever leading many hunters to have their favorite type and brand depending on the type of trees available in their area.
I like to hunt in thick cover where there aren’t very many trees big enough or straight enough for most treestands. Trying to haul a climber through the thick brush is almost impossible. I’ve used fixed position hang-on stands but found I needed multiple stands for different wind directions and to prevent overhunting one spot. Then after the season I still had to take them all down and store them. Not to mention the cost involved in needing multiple stands.
One day while at a hunting expo I saw someone in what looked like a tree sling of some sort about 15 feet off the expo floor, a tree saddle. I was very skeptical wondered how comfortable could that really be? But after trying out the tree saddle, I was amazed how much more comfortable it felt than it looked. I knew exactly which trees from which I was going to be able to hunt. Many of these were too small or crooked to get a stand hung, but for a tree saddle it would be no problem.
Now, for me, the tree saddle is a must for hunting whitetails, especially mature whitetails on out of state hunts. My whole family uses the tree saddle, that includes my 3 daughters and their husbands.
With a tree saddle you can hunt out of any tree that can support your weight. That means real small diameter trees, crooked trees and those with many branches that are not an option for fixed hang-on stands, climbers, or even ladder stands, can all be hunted with a tree saddle.
Have you ever gone into a thick area with lots of deer sign only to find that there aren’t any trees that will work for your setup? Imagine having a tree saddle, you will be able to have several trees on every side of a thick “hot spot” to accommodate any wind direction, and having those trees prepped with steps and shooting lanes well before the season, preferably in the spring. Then when its time to hunt that spot in the fall, you can easily enter the area wearing your tree saddle (which only weighs 2 pounds), and create a true ambush situation.
Try doing that with a climber or ladder stand. Even if you have a light weight hang-on stand you have 2 options, take it in with you and hang it when you arrive to hunt, or hang it well before the season and risk the threat of someone stealing it even if its locked to the tree (this is how I lost a few of my stands). Or allow other hunters to see your hot spot and ruin it, or use the stand for them self. In either case, the element of an ambush is greatly reduced with tree saddle. Also, if you choose to leave your stand in your favorite tree because maybe you have your own large piece of property, are you only going to hunt that tree and risk burning out that spot? If not, that means you need another stand or two or three. How much are you willing to invest in stands? And after the season are you going to leave all those stands up?
A tree saddle can save you time, money and allow you to create an ambush situation.
With a wide tree saddle, you can prep an unlimited number of trees in multiple states and hunt all of them with just one tree saddle, slipping into your spot quietly, not giving away your position, not risking theft, and being able to shoot 360 degrees from your tree. That’s right, with a tree saddle you are able to step all the way around the tree with only 4 tree step as a platform. This allows you to shoot a deer coming from an unexpected area or hide behind the tree as you prepare to shoot the deer out in front of you. This factor alone, about the tree saddle, sold me to buy one.
You may think that all these advantages of a tree saddle comes with the price of not being a comfortable way to hunt. If you look at the pictures that the manufacturer uses in their advertising, I can see where you may assume that. However, what they don’t show is the ability to be comfortable in a sitting or standing position with a tree saddle. Trust me, I was skeptical. I’m 6′5″ and weigh 230# and was not only worried about comfort, but the safety of the tree saddle. But when I put one on and got into a tree to test it, I was amazed. The straps are thick and do not slide around on the tree, also it is impossible to fall out of the tree saddle because it acts as a safety harness, unlike many tree stands which give hunters the option of using a safety harness. My family and I hunt whitetails from our tree saddles all day 3-5 times every year spread out throughout the rut.
Many guys refuse to even consider using a tree saddle because they think its not comfortable or the strap gets in the way or whatever. At least find someone who has one and give the tree saddle a try before you dismiss it.
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