What is Saddle Hunting?

By Brodie SwisherSeptember 1st, 2021

One of the hottest deer hunting methods to boom in recent years is saddle hunting. No, saddle hunting is not new. In fact, it’s been around for the last 30 years, or so. But it’s just been in recent years that it’s grown in popularity to a near cult-like level among mobile deer hunters across the country. Never heard of it? Have you found yourself asking, “What is saddle hunting?” Read on for a look at the basics of what saddle hunting is all about.    

What Is Saddle Hunting?
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What is Saddle Hunting?

Saddle hunting is a technique of deer hunting from an elevated position using a hunting saddle. The saddle is essentially a sling/swing/seat that anchors to the tree via a tether rope. Basic tools include the saddle, lineman’s belt, tether rope, climbing method (sticks, steps, or ladder) and a platform to stand on once you’ve climbed to your desired hunting height.

What Is Saddle Hunting?
Looking to lighten the load this season? Try saddle hunting for the ultimate in mobile hunting.

Benefits of Hunting From a Saddle

Why has saddle hunting become so popular? There are a number of benefits of hunting from a saddle. For one, they are a much lighter option when compared to hunting from a treestand. Some of the lighter treestands on the market today weigh in at 13 pounds, compared to a saddle/platform weight of about 5 pounds.

They are also a much quieter option to install and use in the tree compared to the average treestand. You’ll find less moving parts, making for a near silent setup on the tree once reaching your desired stand height.

Another big advantage of hunting from the saddle is safety. When used properly, you are always anchored to the tree, from the time your feet leave the ground, until you return again. You essentially eliminate any opportunities for a fall when hunting from a saddle. 

And finally, mobility is one of the biggest advantages you’ll find when hunting with a saddle. It’s the ultimate run-n-gun setup for staying with the action when hunting white-tailed deer. With the saddle, you can quickly and easily move stand locations, making hang-n-hunt maneuvers throughout the season easier than ever. 

What about you? Will you give saddle hunting a try this season? 

Comment below, and let us know your thoughts on saddle hunting.

Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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