By: Team Trophyline ®
Nick Williams reviews hunting products on his YouTube Channel and posts squirrel hunting content on his Facebook page for his personal brand called “Nutter Buster’s.” He began saddle hunting with the original model of the Trophyline ® Ambush in 2015 and is now a brand ambassador for Trophyline ®. The simplicity and functionality of the Tree Saddles ® are part of what makes these products stand out from the rest. “It’s a simple and safe design that’s stayed relevant for a long time,” Williams said.
Using a Trophyline Tree ® Saddle might not come easily right off the bat. “Accept the fact that there will be a learning curve,” Williams said. “My first hang was a bit of a production. It was WAY different from my tried-and-true hand climber. There weren’t any videos or other resources available like there are now. I would strongly recommend watching YouTube videos and using the search function on the saddlehunter.com web forum.”
Best Tactics in the Trees
Trophyline Tree Saddles ® allow you to place the tree in between you and wildlife at any given moment. You are not stuck in plain view and can adjust to the moment. “I shot a doe just this season that I was able to take primarily because I had a tree trunk in front of me to conceal me as I got into position,” Williams said.
Williams notes that he’s seen a generally favorable response to his posts and videos about Trophyline ® products. “I’ve also seen a lot of folks ‘crawling out of the woodworks’ who kept on using saddles between the original launch and the recent ‘renaissance’ saddle hunting has seen.”
Hunting with Trophyline ® Tree Saddles ® has made it remarkably easier for Williams. “Our season here runs from mid-October to February, so fatigue definitely sets in if you’re hunting mobile for the whole season,” Williams said. “Busting brush and navigating backwaters by canoe is much easier with saddle gear than with a conventional stand.”
How are they Different?
Williams attests that Trophyline ® Tree Saddles ® are roomier than other brands. “The 2” webbing for the bridge/waistbelt and leg loops is a little stronger than the 1” tubular that’s typically used,” Williams said. “The fixed leg loops draw some criticism from guys who are used to seeing buckles, but the lack of buckles makes for a lighter and quieter saddle. It also makes it less expensive to produce, and that cost savings gets passed to the consumer.”
He has also noticed that the new generation of Trophyline ® Tree Saddles ® are lighter, sleeker, and not as bulky as than the original model. “They compare very favorably to the new competitors in that area,” Williams said.
Advice for Potential Saddle Hunters
To anyone looking to get started in saddle hunting, Williams stresses the importance of putting safety first. “Don’t skimp on components that keep you in the tree and don’t try and reinvent the wheel,” Williams said. “I love to tinker with my gear, but the first season I hunted from a tree saddle I kept everything stock until I had really had some time to wrap my head around the gear and the best practices for safe climbing with a saddle. Practice with everything at ground level during the daytime before you climb 20 feet up in the dark with a loaded weapon. Iron all the kinks out and build confidence in a controlled environment. Ask a lot of questions, do your own homework, and take accountability for your own safety.”
The simple, yet strategically designed Trohpyline ® Tree Saddles ® have stood the test of time. Williams, and other Trophyline ® Tree Saddle ® enthusiasts, would agree that Trophyline ® has come back with a product that’s better than ever.