Been getting tons of questions lately about new mobile tree stands, climbing sticks, and tree saddles. I’ll discuss the saddles we’ve used on today’s blog. We’ll talk climbing sticks and tree stands soon as well.
Tethrd Mantis Saddle
We started using a tree saddle last fall. This was our first year using a saddle and going into it we had tons of reservations. Could we shoot out of one? Was it comfortable? Is it safe? All questions we’d asked ourselves prior to trying one. I decided to try several different brands to see which one fit best and began to experiment throughout the fall. We tested each one and weighed the pros and cons. Click here if you’d like to see Zach’s hunt from Alabama using the saddle.
Our favorite was the Tethrd Mantis. It’s the lightest way to hunt from a tree that I’m aware of AND it’s comfortable. Coupled with the platform, it’s the ticket for mobile hunting. The saddle itself weighs around 1 pound. Add the platform, straps, and a few accessories and your at roughly 5 pounds for the setup (not including your climbing system).
Shooting out of one was not a big deal but I’d recommend practicing in the yard before heading to the woods. One common concern we’ve been getting from viewers is “What do you do with all the ropes? Do they get in the way?” We did have issues with ropes on some of the older saddles but not this one. You can add small pouches to the sides for any type of accessories (including your lineman’s rope). It helps keep everything out of the way until you need it. There is also a ton of adjustment built into the saddle so you can tweak to fit.
The saddle is awesome but the platform is the real game changer in my opinion. It folds up into a small profile that’s easy to fit into a backpack and is very easy to install on the tree compared to a stand. Since the saddle is supporting most of your weight, you can push off on either side of the platform to shoot around the tree. No safety concerns either. We’ve installed them on trees of all sizes and they are rock solid.
Don’t get me wrong, I love hunting from tree stands but after using one of these last fall, don’t be surprised if you see us in saddles more this year. They are great for trees with thick branches. Also much easier to pack in long distances and hang quickly vs. a tree stand.
Keep in mind I was extremely skeptical out of the gate but after giving them a try it’s easy to see why more folks are using saddles. – Aaron
This blog is from our friend Scott Prucha. He’s got some BIG plans this fall!
From Scott –
Back in December of 2013 I went on a moose hunt in Alaska I was worried may never happen.This trip was a lifelong dream of my best friend Kurt Schroeder and mine.We always knew someday we would do the trip when the time was right.What could go wrong?Well in 2010 Kurt was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Cancer!Obviously a life changing event and the dreams of a moose hunt the least of our concerns.
After a year and a half battle Kurt had one of his final check-ups.The hope was this appointment would confirm he was cancer free.I remember the day clearly, he had a mid-morning appointment and said he would call me as soon as he was done, likely around 11 am.Minutes seemed like hours as I waited for his call.Noon came without a call, 1pm still no call.At this point I am sure the news can’t be good.Finally around 2 pm his number appears on my phone.I pick up the call and the first thing he says is, “Scott were going moose hunting”.The trip was a success, Kurt shot a great moose, and we were able to live out a lifelong dream.
Well 5 years later we are going to do it all over again!This September we are headed back to Alaska, where we will be dropped off in a location we have never been before.We will be on our own, me, Kurt and my brother Mike (running camera and more importantly helping pack meat) for ten days.No guides!The ultimate adventure, you need to figure everything out on your own.All on public land, the beautiful and unforgiving Alaska wilderness.We hope to bring some entertaining video home along with some moose meat.If we succeed with video part we will share it here on The Hunting Public.Stay tuned and wish us luck, we will need it.
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