Tree Saddle Demo Climb With Aider Use
By: Mike Carney
Interest in tree saddle hunting has been booming in recent years, driven by a lot of very logical and compelling reasons
Interest in tree saddle hunting has been booming in recent years, driven by a lot of very logical and compelling reasons. DIY adventures and public-land hunting have enjoyed enormous growth in popularity as magazines, TV shows, websites and YouTube feature more of this type of bowhunting challenge. And by design, today’s ultra-compact, lightweight tree saddles and tree ascension options are a perfect complement to this style of hunting.
But saddles aren't just a public ground phenomenon. Regardless of your access to private, leased or owned land – saddle hunting is an elevated method that offers many tactical advantages, even if you have ladders, box blinds and hang-on stands littering your ground. From a pure economics standpoint, you can have dozens of trees trimmed with shooting lanes cut, ready to climb, and even preset them with climbing sticks or steps if desired, and you can hunt them all with just one saddle. Irrespective of what type of ground you hunt, tree saddles are an incredibly versatile tool that every serious bowhunter should have in their toolbox of strategies – whether you're a die-hard Eastern whitetail junkie or a Western-based hunter who has always lamented the lack of suitable trees for traditional stand-hunting options.
While tree saddles have been around for over two decades, modern saddle designs and gear are adaptable to a wider range of trees and unconventional setups (read: all over North America, my Western bowhunting friends), and they’re also exceptionally safe, effective and comfortable. Yes, even for all-day sits. To make this elevated method even more appealing, the associated saddle accessories, climbing tools and best practices overall have enjoyed a similar explosion in development, as users openly (dare I say warmly?) share information, ideas, equipment hacks and DIY upgrades via informational sites like saddlehunter.com and social media outlets.
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