Electric bikes are rapidly changing the world of hunting. More and more deer hunters are turning to eBikes as a fast and fuel-efficient way to hunt. An electric bike can be a real game-changer for deer hunting because of the many advantages it offers, even on long hunts. Using the right electric hunting bike techniques and hunting accessories, you can cover more ground, go over terrain that would be difficult to by foot, and bag more trophies. Read on to learn why many hunters are ditching their ATVs and switching to electric bikes for deer hunting.
When is deer hunting season?
In most US states, the firearms deer hunting season starts in October and runs through the end of the month. However, many states have an early deer hunting season, and you can often hunt earlier if you’re using a bow or other non-high-powered weapons.
Do any states have an early deer hunting season?
The states with early deer hunting seasons are Florida, Missouri, Maine, Virginia, and Michigan. Despite strict seasons and regulations on deer hunting in the United States, you can usually travel to places where hunting is legal at different times of the year.
Are there any regulations for hunting deer with an electric bike?
Hunting with an eBike is a great way to get to hard-to-reach spots. In many cases, an eBike gives hunters greater access than they could get on an ATV or quad. However, eBikes are still subject to some regulations that hunters should be aware of before heading out into the wilderness.
USA eBike regulations vary by state, and state and local laws will apply to hunting eBikes. Pennsylvania, for example, limits eBikes to class 1, which are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. Check the electric bike regulations by state to see what rules apply in your hunting locations.
If you’re hauling a heavy load and using an eBike with a 1000 watt motor or have an eBike that can reach assisted speeds of 28mph or greater, you may face some additional restrictions.
Why should I use an electric bike for deer hunting?
E-Bikes have many benefits when it comes to deer hunting. Electric bikes are agile, move at fast speeds, handle rough terrain, and are still powerful enough to carry hunting equipment without making noise that tips off your potential game. Here are some of the advantages that come with switching to an eBike.
With an eBike, you can get deep into the woods in a short time without breaking a sweat. In addition, eBikes allow deer hunters to go further, faster, and with much less effort.
Stealthier than quads and dirt bikes
Electric hunting bikes are super stealthy. An eBike is much quieter than other vehicles and even quieter than walking. The low noise of an eBike, even when riding over brush, is steadier and less likely to startle a buck and other wildlife than other modes of transport. Moving into your deer stand without making a lot of noise is critical.
No scent trail
You won’t be getting as hot and sweaty on an eBike, so you won’t leave a scent trail like you would on a mountain bike or foot. Your bike will also be scent-free. Staying as scent-free as possible is essential for deer hunting, as deer are sensitive to fuel scents that may emanate from an ATV or other off-road vehicle.
If you store your eBike in a garage with other vehicles, you may want to air it for a few days before heading off on a hunt, so the bike has little odor.
Carry more gear
At first glance, an eBike doesn’t look like it could pack out a deer. But, with the addition of a cargo trailer, an electric bike can easily pack in all your hunting gear and pack out your trophies. A trailer can easily haul your bulky hunting gear, while pannier bags, clamp grips, coolers, and other hunting accessories help you transport weapons, hunting gear, and lunch!
Access more stands
Our electric hunting bikes can handle rough and uneven terrain so you can get deep in the backcountry. An eBike is more nimble than an ATV, so it can more easily get down a single narrow track. You can get deeper into the wilderness much quicker than you could on foot. That speed allows you to access more stands in a single day and get more out of a day hunting. With an eBike, you can cover more ground and increase your odds of bagging that trophy!
Electric bikes make hunting more accessible for people with physical limitations. They’re great for older hunters or families who want to hunt with teens but can’t maintain the same stamina on foot.
Even hunters with high physical abilities and levels of fitness can benefit from using an eBike. For example, trying to carry a heavy deer carcass out on foot or even to a nearby ATV can be a difficult task that could injure your back. An eBike is agile enough to get right to your hunting location and haul your kill out with ease so you can process it at home.
Hunt in almost every weather condition
With a high-quality electric bike, you can hunt in all types of weather. QuietKat bikes are sturdy enough to handle sand, mud, and dust, and the addition of front and rear fenders will keep you and your bike protected from flying debris. You can even use QuietKat bikes in the snow, thanks to fat tires. The addition of studded tires helps make your eBike even more capable in snow or inclement weather and will significantly improve your grip on the trail.
Low maintenance costs
Electric hunting bikes are easy to maintain at home and cheaper to run than ATVs or other off-road vehicles. In addition, there are no ongoing fuel costs and low maintenance costs associated with electric bikes. You can even charge your eBike using a solar panel charger while you’re out in the backcountry.
Deer hunting on electric bike accessories
When you’re hunting in a remote area, you need all of your gear and enough supplies to keep you safe and sustain you. Our hunting accessories like grips, single and two-wheel trailers, lights, coolers, pannier bags will allow you to bring everything you need on your bike - and extend your time out hunting.
Whether it’s deer, turkey, or other game, no matter what type of hunting you like, an eBike with hunting accessories can enhance your experience. By providing greater access to remote areas, eBikes improve your chances of finding a game.
To learn more about hunting on a QuietKat, check out our electric hunting bike guide. Or, if you’re ready to get started, explore our full range of electric bikes for hunting deer and start collecting the trophies of your dreams.