Foldable pole saws

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  1. Root

    Root Active Member

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    I'm looking for a compact folding or telescoping pole saw that I can throw in my pack. Normally my hang on stands are all prepped in early summer. But now with the saddle I'd like to be able to change locations on the fly. What do you guys recommend?
     
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    I like the hooyman, but wicked makes one that is more robust

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    After owning a wicked, I don't think I can go back to the cheaper pole saws. I still use cheaper pruning pole saws in the off season, but in the field during the season the wicked always gets the nod

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  4. EricS

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    I use a small gerber saw on stuff I can reach. You can get a roll of masons twine cheap and move decent size limbs a foot or two without cutting anything.
     
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    I have the 5 ft Hooyman and really like it. It is really compact when collapsed down. It has seen more use trimming my trees at home than in the woods LOL. I trim as little as possible in the timber.
     
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  6. Root

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    Any of you guys carry them with you on hunts?
     
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    I do not. Scouting only for me
     
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    Nope, just scouting and setting up new stands

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  9. Root

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    I'm planning on packing one once I have it. I gained permission on a new property for this year. I have sites prepped but until I see how the other hunters affect the movement I won't know where and how to tweek it. I want to be able to switch on the fly if need be until I get it unraveled.
     
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    The hooyman is good to take with you. I have the 10' but don't think it will fit in the pack though. It's light enough to strap to the pack and put the saw itself in the pack. I see they make a 16' now, I can't tell you how many times I wish I had longer, but I'm not gonna carry a 4' stick with me that I might not even use. Trade offs I guess. If I just wanted one for prepping i like the looks of the wicked but don't think I'd wanna carry it hunting.
     
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    In this case I think I would look hard at the 5 ft Hooyman. It gets very compact. I would also add a rope and grapple hook to your pack. This will extend your reach by helping pull in branches just out of reach.
     
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    I'll get one on its way. What are you using for a grappling hook?
     
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    I use a 12-0 treble hook like you would for gators. I cut the points off and glued paracord sheathing over the hook. Light and quiet.
     
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    Similar to @EricS. I didn't do the paracord cover....but I like that idea and will be modifying soon!
     
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    I got the 5' hooyman it works great and packs small.
     
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    The 12ft folding Wicked is great, my extra long Florian is even better, but I don't carry either while hunting. For on the fly hunts I have found one of the best advantages to saddle style hunting is being able to move enough to shoot around, over, or under things. Unlike sitting in a hang on.
     
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    This is a great point. It helps to have shooting lanes cut, but you can definitely manipulate your position in order to clear something that you couldn't in a regular stand.
     
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    redsquirrel's right. For "pre sets" cut shooting lanes are great. Maybe the smaller 6' folding wicked saw may be the ticket for your need?, but for on the fly "usually one and done" hunts I find myself going up anywhere from 10 feet to 25+ and plan for my shots as I am climbing based on where I believe my shot will be. Especially since I don't want to bugger up the area with ground scent clearing anything.
     
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    I use a 5’ Fiskers pruning stick during season. Makes a good walking stick, shooting stick and of course prunes like a champ


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    The 5' hooyman came in last week so I've been packing it with me.

    I hunt several different properties and I've always used hangons for my locations. This past weekend it rained every morning and I love hunting in the rain. So I used the opportunity to hit a few of my better spots that had hangons and I used the saddle to sit above and behind them which some needed a trim to be able to do. It worked great. When I was done at each I pulled the stand. I wish I would've known how hunting from a saddle was last spring.
     

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