Everything You Should Know When Tracking And Finding Prey While Saddle Hunting

Saddle hunting is an exciting way to take your hunting to the next level. However, due to being restricted atop the tree, it’ll get a bit harder when you’re tracking and finding prey while saddle hunting.

If you want to be successful in saddle hunting, you need to understand animal behavior, be able to detect signs of activity and use the right tools. This article will provide the necessary information to track and find your prey effectively.

We’ll review the essential techniques and tools you’ll need to track and find prey while saddle hunting. Get ready to take your hunting to the heights and land your hunt!

Understanding Saddle Hunting

Like any hunting, saddle hunting requires unique skills and knowledge. That includes understanding animal behavior, recognizing animal activity signs, utilizing scouting techniques, and using technology to track and find prey.

Knowing how to interpret tracks, droppings, and feeding signs is essential for locating and hunting prey efficiently. Additionally, understanding the daily and seasonal patterns of the prey can provide valuable insights into their whereabouts.

Technology (trail cameras, etc.) can provide hunters with helpful information about the animal’s size, type, and activity patterns. 

With the right knowledge and skills, saddle hunting can be an exhilarating experience with plenty of opportunities for success.

Preparations Before the Hunt

Before you embark on a saddle hunting trip, learning about the local wildlife and their habits is important. Knowing the type of animal you’re hunting and its typical behavior can help you plan your hunt accordingly.

Additionally, selecting the right tree to set up your saddle can make all the difference in your success. Choose a tree that provides adequate cover and a good vantage point to ensure you have the best chance of catching your prey.

Learn Local Wildlife and Their Habit

To be successful while saddle hunting, it’s essential to know the local wildlife and their habits. This includes studying their feeding and movement patterns, understanding the seasonal and daily routines in which they are active, and recognizing signs of their presence.

Here are some key points to consider when learning about the local wildlife and their habits:

  • Observe and track the local wildlife, take notes of their behavior, and familiarize yourself with their habitat.
  • Identify and understand the signs of animal presence, such as tracks, droppings, and feeding signs.
  • Learn to interpret animal behavior to predict their movements better.
  • Note the daily and seasonal activity patterns, such as crepuscular behavior, to time your hunt for maximum effectiveness.

Importance of Tree Selection

Choosing the right tree for saddle hunting is essential to ensure your hunt’s success – it’s like navigating a maze of possibilities! Factors like size, shape, foliage, and position with known animal trails can make all the difference in visibility, shooting lanes, and overall success.

Also, scouting the area is key to understanding the terrain and making an informed decision. 

With all these considerations in mind, you can decide on the best tree to use for your hunting adventure.

Understanding Animal Behavior

In order to be a successful saddle hunter, it’s important to understand your prey’s behavior.

To do this, you must recognize signs of animal activity and understand their daily and seasonal patterns.

Doing so lets you interpret these signs and use them to predict where your prey may be, giving you the best chance of success.

Signs of Animal Activity

When out saddle hunting, you should observe the animal’s movements and look for signs of its activity.

Keeping an eye out for tracks, droppings, rubs, and scrapes can provide valuable clues about an animal’s type, size, and behavior.

Tracks can indicate the direction the animal is traveling and the type of terrain it prefers, while droppings can provide clues about its diet. Rubs and scrapes on trees and shrubs can also indicate the animal’s presence and provide insight into its behavior.

Daily and Seasonal Patterns of Prey

By learning the daily and seasonal patterns of your prey, you can better understand when and where to hunt for the best chances of success. Understanding the animal’s habits allows you to anticipate its movements and position yourself accordingly. 

Here are five key elements to consider when tracking and finding prey:

  • Become familiar with the prey’s natural habitat: what environment does the animal prefer? What types of food sources are available?
  • Observe the prey’s daily patterns: what time of day is the animal most active? How far does the animal typically roam?
  • Pay attention to the animal’s seasonal patterns: when does the animal mate? When does it hibernate or migrate?
  • Utilize technology: trail cameras, GPS tracking, and other tools can provide valuable insight into the animal’s habits.
  • Understand the prey’s behavior: learn the animal’s vocalizations, body language, and other signs of activity.

Techniques for Tracking Prey

Another way to have a successful saddle-hunting venture is by utilizing these tracking techniques before your hunt. 

Knowing how to recognize common animal tracks, droppings, and feeding signs can give you valuable insight into the animal’s patterns, whereabouts, and where you should set up your hunting gear. 

Common Animal Tracks

Knowing how to identify common animal tracks can give you invaluable insight into the type of animal, its behavior, and its possible whereabouts.

Common tracks that you should look for include: 

  • Hoof prints, which can indicate the size, sex, and age of the animal. 
  • Claw marks, which can suggest the presence of predators or prey. 
  • Scat, which can provide clues about the animal’s diet and habitat.

By paying attention to the details of the tracks, you can gain valuable information about the animal you’re tracking and its behavior. With practice, you’ll learn to interpret the subtle nuances of these tracks and use them to your advantage.

Droppings and Feeding Signs

Now that you know about common animal tracks, let’s discuss droppings and feeding signs. These can be incredibly helpful in understanding what type of animal is in the area and the size of the animal.

Look for droppings that are either in piles or scattered along the trails. If you’re lucky, you’ll find some fresh and still steaming!

Additionally, look for signs of feeding, like uprooted plants, stripped vegetation, and gnawed wood. All of these signs can give you a better understanding of the animal’s habits and help you find them!

Using Trail Cameras for Scouting

Utilizing trail cameras can be a great way to gain valuable insights into your prey’s behavior, allowing you to understand their daily and seasonal patterns better. Here are four ways you can use them to scout more effectively:

  1. Set up cameras at strategic points – Place your trail cameras at points along the animal’s path where they’re likely to pass through. This allows you to identify the animal’s movement pattern, enabling you to know where it’s likely to be at a given time.
  2. Check for fresh tracks and droppings – Check the area around your camera for fresh tracks and droppings. This can help you identify the type of animal, its size, and its direction of travel.
  3. Set multiple cameras – Set up multiple cameras around the area to better understand the animal’s movements. This can help you determine the best time to hunt and the location to set up your tree saddle.
  4. Analyze the data – Once you’ve collected the data from your cameras, analyze it to determine the animal’s activity patterns. This will help you identify the best times and locations to hunt.

Positioning in Saddle Hunting

Now that you know your desired hunt’s usual activity and roaming pattern, your next task is to position yourself. This includes having the best hunting tree, setup, and position for optimal shooting lanes. 

It’s also important to consider the terrain and how it affects your line of sight and the surrounding foliage to ensure you have a clear shot when the time comes.

When selecting the right tree, consider the size, shape, height, and direction you plan to face while hunting.

Once everything is in place, strategically positioning yourself for the best shooting lanes is important. You want to ensure you have a clear line of sight and are comfortable in the saddle.

With the right positioning, you’ll be ready to aim when the time comes.

Taking the Shot from a Saddle

Taking the perfect shot from a hunting saddle requires skill, precision, and a keen eye; however, with the right positioning and understanding of the terrain, a hunter can confidently unleash their aim.

To prepare for the shot, saddle hunters must consider the following points:


  • Establish a stable platform.
  • Find the right angle and trajectory of the shot.


  • Look for occasions when the prey will be at a stationary position.
  • Consider the wind and other environmental factors that could affect the trajectory.


In conclusion, knowing the proper tracking and finding prey while saddle hunting is essential for an exciting and successful hunting experience. With practice and patience, you’ll be a proficient saddle hunter in no time. 

Now, take your newfound knowledge and put it to the test. Check out our hunt-by-state guide to help you decide your next hunting destination.

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