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Tree saddles? #7632349 10/14/19 05:31 PM
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Anybody use these in the hill country? My lease is pretty sparse on the tall, straight trees, mostly oaks and cedars. We switched to tripods set back in oak groves and some ground blinds.

I am not sure if I could get high enough up one of my trees to make a saddle work, or to know if they would work on crooked oaks. Anyone have experience with them?

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Originally Posted by foodieguy
Anybody use these in the hill country? My lease is pretty sparse on the tall, straight trees, mostly oaks and cedars. We switched to tripods set back in oak groves and some ground blinds.

I am not sure if I could get high enough up one of my trees to make a saddle work, or to know if they would work on crooked oaks. Anyone have experience with them?

thx-


Tripods and ground blinds will work just fine for you. I grew up in the Hill Country (Austin area) hunting the Cedar Breaks. Just break up your outline with a good background, you'll do fine. No need to get way up a tree.


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They are pretty awkward if the tree is not relatively straight. I agree with the above.


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Re: Tree saddles? [Re: foodieguy] #7632461 10/14/19 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by foodieguy
Anybody use these in the hill country? My lease is pretty sparse on the tall, straight trees, mostly oaks and cedars. We switched to tripods set back in oak groves and some ground blinds.

I am not sure if I could get high enough up one of my trees to make a saddle work, or to know if they would work on crooked oaks. Anyone have experience with them?

thx-



It would be like using a climber, you will be highly Limiting your already highly limited tree options


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Re: Tree saddles? [Re: foodieguy] #7632471 10/14/19 08:06 PM
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Agree with Flintknapper, when I was hunting the hill country the only time I used a tree stand was on a lease right on a river, some trees were big enough there

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I've managed to find a way to get a couple of double ladder stands up in our crooked live oaks. The branches are far from vertical or straight but work well with ladder stands if your creative.

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Originally Posted by ChrisB
I've managed to find a way to get a couple of double ladder stands up in our crooked live oaks. The branches are far from vertical or straight but work well with ladder stands if your creative.


Speaking of creative, we've had more luck taking the top section of a ladder stand and building a support structure out of treated lumber. We get the ladder parts for real cheap on CL and spend maybe $50 on the wood. So it's kind of a poor man's tripod.


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I'm interested to know too. I do hunt out of a climber in Oklahoma, however, we do have a bunch of nice straight trees that work well for a climber. For those who have used a saddle, how does it compare to a climber? Ease of use, comfortable, etc...


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Re: Tree saddles? [Re: unclebubba] #7633260 10/15/19 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by unclebubba
I'm interested to know too. I do hunt out of a climber in Oklahoma, however, we do have a bunch of nice straight trees that work well for a climber. For those who have used a saddle, how does it compare to a climber? Ease of use, comfortable, etc...


I found these overviews that were good but still not sure about using them at my lease:

https://youtu.be/gVvWoOwX-bc

https://youtu.be/PIgJQo6W8vs


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I used a cheap swiveling plastic boat seat and some treated lumber to make my own permanent tree stands in those Hill Country oak trees. I used sections of old extension ladders or tree steps and oak branches to get into the blind. I would put it in a forked limb or a spot that had a hole in the limbs to shoot out of. It really worked well. One was 8 to bottom of seat and other one was 11-12 that really worked well. Deer never picked me out.



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