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Old 01-11-2017, 03:21 PM   #51
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:26 PM   #52
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have you taken any deer from that with a bow?
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:23 PM   #53
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have you taken any deer from that with a bow?


No, I only got to hunt 5 or 6 days this year. I passed up a few does but haven't had any AR legal bucks in range yet. With the addition of this lighter weight saddle, the bolt climbing system, and kayak access... I think it's only a matter of time. I have done quite a bit of shooting in the setup though. It takes some practice to maintain proper form, but practicing from the tree gets you there quickly.

I plan to do quite a bit of pig hunting this offseason to break it in, though.


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Old 01-12-2017, 09:30 PM   #54
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I dipped the bolts today. @scoutman mentioned flexseal as a possible coating instead of plastidip, as well as wire wrapped around the threads for hangers. So, I figured I'd give it a try.
Just some curing time, and they'll be done.





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Old 01-18-2018, 07:40 PM   #55
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Following this ikeman. Hopefully ordering my Aero Hunter Kestrel soon and give it a try before the heat comes in. lol
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:55 AM   #56
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I realize that I never updated this thread. I have had a few modifications to my set up over the life of this thread in the last year. I now use an Amsteel bridge instead of the adjustable bridge mentioned in the last post. (1/4” Amsteel has an approximate 8,000lb breaking strength)
I have already figured out my preferred bridge length, and amsteel is MUCH lighter than a rope bridge.
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Since the last post on this thread, a new saddle has come on the market that has, in all honesty, negated the need for DIY in the “intro diy” market. If you aren’t already hunting from a saddle and want to get into it...... buy a New Tribe Kestrel. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. It is a phenomenal saddle.

Here are a couple videos to give you an idea...
https://youtu.be/rsdtyAXImJU

https://youtu.be/-uCo8GxzyOg



Climbing methods are all over the map for saddle hunters. There are climbing sticks (both market and custom), individual steps, drilled bolts (my favorite), linesman spurs, no-damage climbers like the EONPOW climbers.... (I’ll buy a set if you find them... seriously... just message me and they are sold).
Many of us stand on bolts, or strap on steps (like ameristeps, or bullman outdoors steps), or screw in steps, or the tops of our climbing sticks, or small platforms....

If you are interested in saddle hunting.... and you should be, it is the most comfortable and versatile hunting method there is on the market.... please check out www.saddlehunter.com for an absolute IMMENSE amount of information. We have over 2,300 members.

There is almost no tree you can’t use a saddle in. If you have ever wished you had a tree large enough for a stand, please check out saddle hunting!


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