Guest Authors: Luke Washington & Dave Hoshour
With the QuietKat E-Bike you still have to pedal but they use a small battery to help power you up hills and ease extreme mileage. With the range of 20-50 miles on one battery, the Apex will be able to take you to and from on any backcountry adventure, no doubt. Be sure to check your state laws before hitting the trails on the use of E_Bikes. I really feel like this is one of the biggest new innovations for hunters. You can lay down tens of mountain miles with ease. These to me are better than four-wheelers and motorbikes because you can use them in more places, such as trails and closed roads.
These things pedal like a dream and before you know it you are deep into country and separated from hunting pressure. Now, I know you hardcore bike guys will be upset with these things being used on your same trails and classified the same but those are the rules. I am one of you guys that loves bikes and using them in hunting but if you can’t beat them, join them. I have been trying out the QuietKat and it just amazes me how many miles I can put on with this thing, they are a huge advantage!
E-bikes are allowed on federal lands but not on every National Forest trail. On National Forest lands they have the same access as motorcycles.
Unfortunately, many trails are not marked for whether e-bikes and motorcycles are allowed and a trail can even vary by section.
Hunters should get a free vehicle use map from the National Forest they are hunting to see what trails or trail sections are open to e-bikes.. The maps can be downloaded from the Forest’s website under Maps and paper copies are normally on hand at any National Forest office. If it is open to motorized vehicles or is restricted to motorcycles only, it can be traveled by e-bike.
E-bikes should not be used off trails or roads in National Forests and of course cannot be used in designated roadless or wilderness areas.
The U.S. Forest Service also has a national statement on e-bikes
that says they are allowed on 40% of trails in the National Forests and National Grasslands..
Be aware that local jurisdictions may have their own laws regarding e-bikes. Check the rules before you go and keep the motor vehicle use map on your phone or in your backpack in case someone challenges you. If you have any interest in adding this piece of equipment to your hunting arsenal this fall, boy does Eastmans’ TagHub have an offer for you. Rather than spending an estimated value of $4,904 on one, subscribe to Eastmans’ TagHub for $9.99
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