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I have hunted in a saddle and used climbing spurs. The mobility is phenomenal. However, it is challenging to get into a steady shooting position in a saddle. Also, I stopped using mine because I learned it was illegal to use climbing spurs for hunting. The laws may have changed. On the plus side, you can climb quite a bit higher 30-35ft in a good tree to manage your odor envelope and take one hell of a nap if so inclined. Good luck!

 

 

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My saddle hunting was on horseback. I loved it. Is that legal here ?

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I have hunted in a saddle and used climbing spurs. The mobility is phenomenal. However, it is challenging to get into a steady shooting position in a saddle. Also, I stopped using mine because I learned it was illegal to use climbing spurs for hunting. The laws may have changed. On the plus side, you can climb quite a bit higher 30-35ft in a good tree to manage your odor envelope and take one hell of a nap if so inclined. Good luck!
 
 
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Thank you! From what I read, spurs are illegal on stateland but I haven't read anything saying so on private land. I'll look into it. Do you have a set up you want to sell, or recommend?


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I've looked into it after reading your post. I ordered the kestrel flexfit saddle. 10 week backorder so I guess I will have to wait until late bow season. Now I'm checking out ways to climb the tree. Looks like SRT single rope tree, or using a single strap on step may work for me. I hunt public lands so this may be best way for me to get way back in as I do, but without lugging a heavy tree stand.


Thank you! From what I read, spurs are illegal on stateland but I haven't read anything saying so on private land. I'll look into it. Do you have a set up you want to sell, or recommend?


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Thank you! From what I read, spurs are illegal on stateland but I haven't read anything saying so on private land. I'll look into it. Do you have a set up you want to sell, or recommend?

 

 

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I dont recall the make of my saddle.... i bought it around 2006 and all the branding has worn off. Its polypropylene and re enforced with heavy webbing. I used lineman pole climbing spikes. Took a little practice. I would recommend practicing climbing with the spikes prior to hunting. Also, when you get good you can climb with just ur hands but a strap is a lot easier. Particularly when hauling equipment up the tree. Good luck! Im getting itchy to pull my saddle out now. Lost 100# this year. Might just be able to get my fat butt up the tree.

 

 

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There is nothing like finding the perfect spot..... you just know its right..... and set up the widow maker.

 

 

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Be safe and enjoy!  The pole climbing spurs are shorter than the tree spurs I've tried, but that was almost 3 decades ago.  I'll take a sealed up warm Maverick 6 with a comfy chair!

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I too am considering going with a saddle for the simple point of being mobile quickly! Even if it's 10 yards. Definitely will not be this season but will be researching like crazy to decide.

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