“As I shot my second deer, I heard Mike approaching on the quad from a few kilometres back, and the cattle and sheep instantly pricked their ears up, and they all took off well before Mike even came over the ridge to where I was. That’s when I thought, all the times we’ve been here before, they’ve heard us coming before we’ve even seen them.”
What was the world like before M.O.L.L.E.? This tank vest is made out of Cordura Nylon and features Mil-Spec M.O.L.L.E. attachment points, which electric hunting bike discounts the tank into a place to store a handgun, GPS, calls, flashlights, or any number of other items. Available in a variety of tacti-cool colors.
An alternative to toe-clips is the clipless pedal, which provides even more pedaling efficiency, as the sole of your shoe is actually connected to the pedal. It takes some practice stepping into and twisting out of this pedal, but to maximize your pedal power this is the way to go. There is a drawback to that efficiency. Hunting boots aren’t adaptable to these pedals. In other words, you’re packing your boots with you, plus you can’t just ditch that bike to chase down an elk without changing shoes first. It would be best to try out both types of pedals and see which one best suits your hunting needs.
Kelly Pouwhare lives on a lifestyle block in Poraiti outside of Napier in New Zealand. A keen outdoorsman, Kelly hunts for venison and was searching for a side-by-side for his lifestyle block when he first discovered the Ubco bike.
The rokon is probably the best bet for slow going busting through the woods if you need to pack a load IMO.If you know how to ride a bike well you can go more places on a bike than a 4-wheeler.Although not a bike pertaining to the use of hunting,i can get to places on my CRF450R that I wouldnt try even on my Foreman 450ES with 27″ ITP 589’s,2″ lift and DGL locker.How many times have you had the “pucker factor” set in when haveing to perform extreme sidehilling on a wheeler.On a bike,no problem…I went over 50 miles back in out of Eureka last weekend and camped for 3 nites up the Big Oshetna(on the Foreman) and the thought of being on my CRF crossed my mind a time or two.If I was gonna go with a bike for my hunting trips a Rokon it would be.
All told, I carried out three elk on a fat bike this year. Those were the most challenging—and meaningful—miles I pedaled in 2015, made all the better with the innovative gear. Here’s a list of what I used.
Mountain Bikes are an incredible (but underutilized) tool for hunters, and when you add some electricity to them they are even better (way, way better). Aside from Western hunting, they can pull double-duty getting deer hunters into treestands scent and sound free. Turkey hunters can forget “run-and-gun techniques” covering way more miles “pedaling and gunning.”
But my rationale for going cheap was that I knew from the onset of this project that my bike would be used for one purpose only: hunting. General abuse — crossing creeks and being tossed over barbed-wire fences, hidden in brushpiles and left outside for months at a time — was going to be the rule for this bike; it wouldn’t hang by hooks in the garage for very long.
“When I reached the first lookout, I looked across the valley and saw four Red Deer, so I jumped off the bike and stalked them to another ridge when they disappeared, but then I looked to my right and saw 7 reds who were even closer. Probably half the distance. I couldn’t believe it.”
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During an afternoon hunt, I’d followed my customary practice and stashed my bike in some brush. With just a few minutes of daylight left, I saw a coyote approaching over my right shoulder, just trotting along at first. Suddenly it crossed the path that my bike’s doe-urine-anointed tires had rolled down as I rode in. Immediately picking up the olfactory cue, it crouched low to ground and began belly-crawling towards my bike, stopping to sniff each spot of deer scent left by the rubber. It stalked right up to the brushpile, and I believe that it fully expected to see a young doe bedded there.
A little over five years ago, a guy named Jim Felt, founder of Felt Bicycles, had an idea. An avid fly fisherman and bowhunter, he and his son had been hauling all their gear out into the wilderness on their trips, always carrying what they needed on their backs. Jim had been building custom bikes professionally since an athlete won the 1991 Ironman on one of his bikes. Throughout the years, Jim never considered building a bike for hunting and fishing. Then one day, according to Jim, “a lightbulb went off.”
While my first reaction to the surge in fat tire bikes made for hunting was one of curiosity, that has turned to excitement for trying out this new mode of transportation. Will this be another of those trends that ends up as a bit of hunting history, or will they find a niche that offers long-lasting usefulness? Speaking as a DIY bowhunter, let’s hope it’s the latter.
The first order of business: Lose all the shine. After removing all the decals, I lightly sanded the finish and wiped the bike down thoroughly with acetone; then, every surface from which light could reflect was covered with olive-drab spray paint. My ride looked cooler already.
An “unthinkable” tragedy: Two people die in tree well accidents at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor ski area. Officials called the powder ‘fluffy’ and ‘easy to ski.’ It brought thousands to the ski resort over the weekend. But those conditions also belied a very real danger: tree wells
When hunters think of all-terrain, off-road hunting vehicles, ATVs and UTVs are often the only options considered, but for many, two wheels may be better than four. Consider this: Dual sport motorcycles are easier to trailer to the hunting area than an ATV, and, if going short distances, they may not need to be trailered at all, as they are street legal. Most dual sport bikes can also pull double-duty as a commuter vehicle during the week—getting over 50 mpg! They are extremely maneuverable on tight trails and can access places ATVs or UTVs cannot. They also cost about half of a UTV.
As these fat tire bikes have showed up at hunting shows over the last year, I have viewed them more with curiosity than anything, but I as I considered how they might fit into my bowhunting, I am about to take the plunge. I bowhunt whitetails on public land in several states each year, and that often involves getting way back into a property to get away from the crowds. For example, I have found a location where I have killed a couple of mature bucks on public land in Kansas, but it’s a walk of more than 1.5 miles. That’s a long haul before daylight and after dark. Once I shoot a big buck back in there, the distance seems to become even longer.
But when trucks, four-wheelers and marching hunters break the eight-month silence and begin spreading foreign smells through the woods, it takes almost no time at all before the deer completely change their ways, transforming, seemingly overnight, into nervous, mostly nocturnal animals that proceed with caution, scenting the wind before emerging from thick cover. They pattern human movement — not difficult to do when humans are associated with running motors and exhaust fumes.
There is no better base layer than lightweight merino, and Icebreaker’s version is one of the softest, most durable around. Unlike synthetics, the wool repelled body odors even after a week in the backcountry. And while I considered using a comparable Icebreaker top in black, the camouflage was welcome when the days heated up and I was forced to hunt in just this top.
An unpressured deer is a different animal: It moves around throughout the day, relaxed and casual in its movements. It strolls into open areas during daylight without even considering that it might need to look up into trees to check for humans.
Since Cogburn is marketing to hunters, who may be less inclined than pure cyclists to drop a lot of money on a bike, the company has kept the CB4’s price down with economical parts and manufacturing. The CB4 comes in just two sizes, so fit may be tough if you’re especially big or small. And the inexpensive parts, including alloy post, bars, and that cheap saddle, brought the weight to a hefty 33 pounds. Similarly, the Surly Nate tires on Rolling Daryl rims worked fine, but a wheelset that more easily converts to tubeless would have been a better choice. (After unsuccessfully wrestling with tubes and tape on the stock wheels, I switched to Bontrager Jackalopes.)
As I thought about this location and several others I have hunted, I began to realize that most of the properties I hunt have a network of access roads that are used by the DNR, and sometimes by farmers who have agreements to plant crops on the property. On that 1.5-mile trek, more than a mile of it could easily be ridden on a bike.
You could put your gun, your bow or even your fly rod in the scabbard and head out to your favorite spot without waking up the entire forest. It took a good amount of work and you needed to be in pretty good shape already if you were to have the stamina to ride through the mud and grass in your hunting outfit.
Although it is less (slightly) than a new ATV, it will be interesting to see if this idea catches on. I’m about 50/50 right now. The true test for me will be whether the electric assist motor will be enough to do the job and not leave me exhausted before I get to my spot. I’m going to see where I might get a chance to demo one. Stay tuned!
You dont need to trade your bike in if you have one you like already. I bought just the battery,motor,and controls from them for my wifes bike. Took about 10min to mount everything. It makes going for a bike ride with the wife alot more fun because we can go 10x farther and see new areas on our bike trails that my few extra pounds and bad knee limited me from.
Having been around the business of bowhunting for more than 40 years, I have seen some products, ideas and concepts come and go. A lot of them. Some of these things become important parts of bowhunting success for many archers, some find a small niche and move along with the growth of the industry, and, of course, some are relegated to the ash-heap of history. The ones that survive seem to be products that fill a need.
I can see they would be useful in some of the places I hunt. However, most WMAs in Arkansas do not allow motorized access and the electric assist would likely not be permissible. Is Arkansas one of the states that do permit their use on public areas?
At the other end of the spectrum, a bike can be used purposely to lay down a scent trail. Try pouring your favorite estrous-doe urine into a small pump-spray bottle and spraying it onto a small spot on a tire. Every time that tire goes around it leaves an olfactory footprint just like a hot doe’s.