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Saddle Hunting: What is It All About?

Here's all you need to know about saddle hunting. Find out if it's right for you. 

Taylor Chamberlin hunts in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia where the deer are plentiful but access is tricky.

However, Taylor has figured out one big thing over the time that he's resided there. Saddle hunting allows him to jump from spot to spot easily without needing to spend hundreds of dollars on deer stands on the multiple properties he hunts.

Residents call him at a moment's notice letting him know deer are in their yards. Thus, his system is lightweight and easy to carry around.

Here's more on the nature of saddle hunting.

Saddle hunting is simply what it suggests, hunting from a woven saddle. Hunters hang from a tether that wraps around the tree connected by carabiner just like a rock climber.

In order to climb a tree one utilizes a lineman's rope ,similar to when hanging lock-on stands.

One of the advantages of a saddle is the flexibility and versatility. It allows hunters to sit back in a seated position or rest in a standing position. Avid saddle hunters utilize different bases to stand on, from steps to ropes to lightweight platforms.

Similarly, saddle hunting allows hunters to shoot from many different positions that they might not be able to otherwise. If you're hunting in a ladder or climber stand, there are going to be places you can't reach.

Many people, including myself, are hesitant to change from what we've known our whole hunting lives, but the upside is worth the consideration.

The important thing when it comes to hunting from a saddle is practice. Practice before you go hunt, so you're not stuck trying to figure it out in the woods.

Like what you see here? Read more hunting articles by Nathan Unger at Nathan is also the host of the Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast.