Tree Saddles

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  1. kymuskie

    kymuskie Fawn

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    Anyone here hunt using tree saddles? They look intriguing, so I’d love to hear your feedback. Thoughts on Aero Hunter vs. Tethrd?
    Comparison to stands?
    Safety?
     
  2. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    Have seen them and nope. No desire to try either.
     
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  3. Monster01

    Monster01 8 pointer

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    I think they would be fine if u were real honest with yourself about the quality of your ropes. U couldnt just use the one for years they would need to be replaced. Im kinda big but seriously thinking about trying one.
     
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  4. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    have never tried a tree seat..
    I change out cables on my Climber every 4 or 5 years though.
     
  5. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

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    Never tried them and never will. I’ll stick to ladderstands and climbers. I just don’t see how hunting using that would be enjoyable.
     
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  6. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I'm with littlebear, nothing about that is appealing to me. If I can't stand upright then I'm not interested.
     
  7. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    That would be very uncomfortable after a very short time.
     
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  8. howbouthemdawgs

    howbouthemdawgs Fawn

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    I have one. Going way back to the original. Thought it would make me lean and mean hunting public land. It sucked...
    Now I know people have been using them with success like mark kenyon with wired to hunt but it wasn’t user friendly at all for me.
    Don’t take my word though cause I may be missing the key to making it a useful tool.
     
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  9. kymuskie

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    I appreciate the feedback. I primarily hunt public land, so anything that is lightweight and quiet gets my attention. Trying to compare a saddle and Summit Viper climber right now.

     
  10. howbouthemdawgs

    howbouthemdawgs Fawn

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    The summit would be like carrying a couch on your back compared to the saddle. But...you have to carry stacking sticks or screw in steps (if legal) with you as well. And then even worse than carrying them is setting them up. Me personally, I’m 100x faster in my climber than setting sticks.
    For public lands I bought a lone wolf climber. Light and folds very compact. You can change out the shoulder harness to one the has a chest buckle for long distance hiking (can do that with the summit as well).
    Not trying to discourage you from the saddle. You can google John Eberhardt to see him successfully use the saddle.
     
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  11. kymuskie

    kymuskie Fawn

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    Good info; much appreciated.

     
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  12. xilk123

    xilk123 8 pointer

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    you arent gonna catch my 330lb rump hanging off the side of a tree in one of those. I messed my back up few years ago so I cant even use a climber anymore I stick to ladder stands and ground hunting.
     
  13. gicts

    gicts 6 pointer

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    Since climbers aren't allowed on public land, I use a modified SitnDrag along with a single climbing stick and rock climbing harness.
    It's very lightweight and you get a larger shooting view. This video is what I went off of.
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  14. kymuskie

    kymuskie Fawn

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    That's a pretty cool rig and interesting video. Thanks for sharing.

     
  15. 5831

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    My hunting partner & I both got Aero Hunter Kestrels this year. We hunt exclusively public ground. I can say that there is a learning curve to learning to use one, I would say buy one in the spring and practice before taking to the woods with it. Also, get a platform. The tethered predator is an amazing piece of equipment. I’ve hunted out of nearly every tree stand made over the last 20+ years and these things are comfortable as any cheap loc on stand. Best part is I can shoot 360 degrees, hide behind my tree, and can hunt literally any tree in the woods. With 3 sticks and an aider I can get 20 ft up. 1st season in the saddle and I WILL NOT be carrying my lone wolf climber on public land any more. It’s not for everybody, but I’d say it’s been a game changer for us. I love mine.
     
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