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Saddle Hunters Question
Going to be trying saddle hunting for the first time this year and as I think about most of the trees in the area that I hunt, there are actually a couple questions I have for you experienced users. First is that most of the trees are not very straight. Any issues with hanging from a tree with a little angle on them? Second question is also related to the trees in the area. Most have large lower branches and my thinking is that it would be good to set up with these branches at the right height to use as a platform. Any issues there? Thanks for any input
You can use the tree angle to your advantage sometimes and at others its too uncomfortable....you'll see. Of course, If you can place your feet on existing limbs...big or small.... it is helpful and "easier" than putting a step in
And any photos of set ups and what not would be great.
I actually prefer a tree that has a slight angle as it allows me a little more clearance when i draw. Limbs can be an issue if you have to navigate around them when ascending. I rapelle down so just have to choose a clear lane.
As stated above, every tree is different, unique. Lean can be advantage or disadvantage. But still far better than "trad" stands where any lean at all can be an issue. Have used trees where my saddle is basically just a safety harness, others you're swinging out in space almost. (which I don't care for but I'll do most anything to kill a deer it seems...)
Set up to where your shot is (likely, maybe) going to be is a learning curve, or sometimes an unlearning curve. Use it and learn what works best for you. It's a simple device, but more complex than basically sitting in a chair..... Don't forget to factor in shots coming from other directions as well. Another advantage to the saddle.
Non straight trees: advantage saddle. Infinite adjustability there. You can even have your tether off to the side a bit so it "pulls" you that way. Branches can definitely be used as a platform type situation. I personally don't like to use a branch in place of a platform but will readily use a height where a good branch is and put it BESIDE my platform so that it is as if my platform is now much bigger or wraps around the tree. Like the branch is a platform extension if that makes sense.
I'm only about 3-4 months into saddledom, so this is not based on tons of experience... but thus far, it's FAR easier to set up in a leaning or skinny tree than any stand I've used.
It is easier to use a leaning tree than with a tree stand. You will gravitate to the "open" or "downhill" side. If your most likely shot coincides with that its a good thing.
How much the tree leans increases the downhill effect. There is such a thing as too much lean.