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Another first saddle buck

sureshot

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Another new saddle hunter here. Thanks for all the info. I've been hunting the same public land for 19 years now. It's got some steep hills and I'm over a mile back. I switched from a hand climber to a saddle this year. Started watching THP this spring and finally saw a saddle in action. I'd read a little about them before, but didn't know what it was all about. I bought a Tethrd, so they got at least one customer from THP... Then I found this site, and my mind was blown with how much innovation you guys have been doing. I got my Hawk sticks, cut them down, made my knaider/swaider and started practicing. I also ordered rope and parts for an SRT set up. One hunt with the sticks, and I realized they were a pain to haul and set up. Then I put together the 2 tether set up. One hunt with that, and I realized all my trees are bendy, shaggy bark, and the 2 tether set up is also a lot of sweaty work for my trees. I've gone full SRT now and made a few presets after a morning hunt. I found that in the real woods, it's not as hard as the little creek bottom area behind my house because you have room to stand back away from the tree a little. I'm also rocking my sewn loop strap for holding all my gear, kydex bow and quiver hanger, and countless other ideas I got from here. I don't know how I ever bowhunted without them in the past.

Anyway, I had this guy on Halloween corralling a doe and running other bucks off by me for 4 hours, but never got closer than 45 yards. I had to sneak out to get home for trick or treating. I saw him again on Nov 7. I gave a few doe bleats, which I don't think he heard, so I gave him a grunt. He eventually worked his way to me, tearing up scrapes and thrashing trees along the way. I shot him at 30 yards and watched him fall over at about 100 yards. I carted 2 bucks out of this spot last year, and decided I had to do something different. I used my saddle gear and hoisted him up a tree, skinned him, quartered him, and packed him out. It still sucked, but not as bad. I did my version of the gutless method - the elevated gutless method. Next time, I just need to pick a little higher branches so his head is all the way off the ground.

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CooterBrown

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Congratulations, nice buck, great success story now my envy is heating up LOL
 

boyne bowhunter

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Very nice buck, Congrats! Good write up, thanks for sharing the story too. I like the use of the climbing gear to hang for quartering.

FWIW I carry a small climbing redirect pulley with me. I hunt alone a lot and if I shoot one way back in later in the evening I figure I can combine that with a carabiner and my rappel rope to hoist him off the ground for the night so I can come back in the morning and transport him out in the daylight without worrying about the yotes decimating him.
 

sureshot

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One more tip if it's not apparent to some - I attached a carabiner to the top of each rope mount. Originally I was just lifting the rope up to hoist the deer with the ropeman, but it got too hard to get him higher up. I added the carabiners up top and ran the rope through them which allowed me to pull down on the rope to hoist him up easier.

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