Tree saddles are a big craze right now in the hunting industry. Especially for those mobile public land hunters. The greatest benefit Brody and I see is the reduced weight. We are often walking long distances to access areas that most other hunters are not going on public land. The less weight we have to carry the better and most tree saddles weigh less then most tree stands, so that is a definite benefit.
They are also pretty quick and easy to put up. That’s a benefit because you can get set up faster when doing hang and hunts and reduce your risk of spooking deer.
We have some friends in the industry who have recently started using them and have told us that once we use them we won’t go back to tree stands. We are considering using them, but at this point probably just for the camera man. This would reduce the weight we are carrying some and make set up a little quicker. At this time we feel like our shooting would suffer if we were to shoot from a tree saddle. We want to make sure we are taking ethical shots and at this point we are comfortable shooting from a solid platform. If we were championship archers or once we feel more comfortable shooting from a tree saddle we may make the switch. That is why we may just use them for the camera man. It is a pretty easy adjustment from running a camera from a stand and running one from a tree saddle.
One other factor is cost. At this time there are only a few companies making tree saddles for the hunting industry and prices are high. We can buy a super nice, lightweight tree stand for less then a full tree saddle rig would cost. And for those of us on a tight budget price is important.
We definitely have our eye on tree saddles and will no doubt probably use them at some point in the near future, but just how soon is still in question.