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Title: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: Counselor on April 23, 2019, 03:30:34 AM
I have been doing some research on fat-tire eBikes for hunting (plus fun) and thought Iíd check to see if anyone out there has had experience with them. I am eyeing the Backcountry Ebikes Mule 1000 and the QuietKat Apex. They are not cheap but under some circumstances I think they could be helpful for scouting, archery elk hunting and turkey hunting.

Please let me know your thoughts!


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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: woodardd on April 23, 2019, 05:19:56 AM
I have no personal experiences with them, but I sure would like to know as well.  Iíve been eyeing the same bike for a while now. 


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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: colorado russ on April 23, 2019, 06:20:26 AM
Check out bowsite.com and click on Features at the top.  Pat did a great review on one of the QuietKat models and he's pretty good about getting back to you if have questions.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: lang on April 25, 2019, 08:23:38 PM
I just tried one out.  My wife doing some advertising for a friend just opening a store.  I have mountain biked quite a bit during hunts, and on the right trail they can be a huge benefit mostly in covering ground quickly and into places you aren't willing to get to on foot.  Adding a motor that is still quiet and doesn't smell like gas will do nothing but help.  Again it will only be helpful on certain trails or logging road etc...but the only negative will be the cost!
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cmuske25 on April 26, 2019, 06:07:49 AM
I've been looking into these also.  I see so many advantages to having one.  Only problem is you need to make sure and check game laws for the state your hunting.  Since it is motorized, even though its electric, in most states you can only take it on normal roads or trails that allow for motorized vehicles.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: Elk Noob on April 26, 2019, 12:20:19 PM
I've been looking into these also.  I see so many advantages to having one.  Only problem is you need to make sure and check game laws for the state your hunting.  Since it is motorized, even though its electric, in most states you can only take it on normal roads or trails that allow for motorized vehicles.


I think this is the biggest issue, since it is motorized you won't be able to take it everywhere you'd like. There are benefits in certain areas, but overall to me where I hunt it doesn't seem to practical.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cmuske25 on April 29, 2019, 06:19:45 AM
This is the same issue I'm running into.  I love the concept, but for the price point and the lack of practicality for all the areas I want to explore, I think its going to have to wait. 
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cnelk on April 29, 2019, 08:12:46 AM
I've been looking into these also.  I see so many advantages to having one.  Only problem is you need to make sure and check game laws for the state your hunting.  Since it is motorized, even though its electric, in most states you can only take it on normal roads or trails that allow for motorized vehicles.




If you use a 750w [or less] e-bike , its not considered motorized
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: Mjprohoroff on April 29, 2019, 12:17:58 PM
I've been looking into these also.  I see so many advantages to having one.  Only problem is you need to make sure and check game laws for the state your hunting.  Since it is motorized, even though its electric, in most states you can only take it on normal roads or trails that allow for motorized vehicles.




If you use a 750w [or less] e-bike , its not considered motorized
This is incorrect for OR.  I have no idea about other states. 


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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cnelk on April 29, 2019, 12:35:25 PM
My buddy has done extensive research on e-bikes [he uses one on closed roads all the time]




"As far as riding them on USFS closed roads and other places open to regular bicycles, the USFS has a policy declaring them as "motorized vehicles", which is in direct conflict with Federal Law H.R. 727 which specifically states that they are NOT "motorized vehicles".

CO passed a state law declaring e-bikes are NOT considered motorized vehicles, as well. HB17-1151.

I wouldnt worry about it. But I know many would.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: Counselor on April 29, 2019, 05:40:36 PM
Thanks for all the responses!

I have noticed a trending theme in eBike discussions on legal trail use/access and that is for good reason.

This isnít meant to be in depth but I will add my two cents.

State land: each State can regulate trail use on their land. I have spoke with a few individuals close to the issue and heard that some states are starting to permit eBikes with motors less than or equal to 750W, to be used on trails where ordinary mountain bikes are used. This is NOT universal.

USFS: the forest service can regulate trail use on USFS land. Local/regional forest service authorities can adopt regulations that differ from other USFS districts.

BLM: the BLM can regulate trail use on BLM land. Local/regional BLM authorities can adopt regulations that differ from other BLM districts.

The good news is that I have spoke with 5 different eBike manufacturers and each one has told me that their industry as a whole is lobbying to have the regulations updated at the state and federal level in a manner that will permit eBikes on more trails.

Naturally, the states are responding faster; but changes are expected at the federal level.

When that actually occurs or what the changes will look like is not something I am prepared to comment on. But what might be impractical today could be practical some time in the future!












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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cmuske25 on April 30, 2019, 06:11:41 AM
I called CO head of trails and talked to a game warden.  Both informed me that motorized to any degree is not allowed.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cmuske25 on April 30, 2019, 06:16:15 AM
Thanks for all the responses!

I have noticed a trending theme in eBike discussions on legal trail use/access and that is for good reason.

This isnít meant to be in depth but I will add my two cents.

State land: each State can regulate trail use on their land. I have spoke with a few individuals close to the issue and heard that some states are starting to permit eBikes with motors less than or equal to 750W, to be used on trails where ordinary mountain bikes are used. This is NOT universal.

USFS: the forest service can regulate trail use on USFS land. Local/regional forest service authorities can adopt regulations that differ from other USFS districts.

BLM: the BLM can regulate trail use on BLM land. Local/regional BLM authorities can adopt regulations that differ from other BLM districts.

The good news is that I have spoke with 5 different eBike manufacturers and each one has told me that their industry as a whole is lobbying to have the regulations updated at the state and federal level in a manner that will permit eBikes on more trails.

Naturally, the states are responding faster; but changes are expected at the federal level.

When that actually occurs or what the changes will look like is not something I am prepared to comment on. But what might be impractical today could be practical some time in the future!


The guy I talked to in CO stated that they are reviewing a level system for off road vehicles to categories them by size and type of propulsion. This will hopefully be applied in the future, who knows how long that may take, but basically it designed to do as you stated and allow more of these new smaller electric vehicles to have access to more trails that are currently off limits.


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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: 87TT on April 30, 2019, 07:27:21 AM
They should be considered motorized. They have a "motor". Stick your boots in the oven don't make them biscuits. My $.02. Now  if you leave the battery at camp...ÖÖÖÖÖ...OK
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: 82ndreddevil on May 07, 2019, 06:44:41 PM
Iíve been researching this subject for about a year now. Just about to make a purchase in the next month or so. Check out the RadRover model made by Radpower. Itís a company out of Seattle that has been around for 8 years now. They sell directly out of the factory so they donít pay distribution which saves a lot on mark up. Iíve seen a few of them here in Albuquerque and people like them. The Rad Rover has a payload capacity of 275 pounds and costs $1,499. Definitely worth checking out. Iím buying one this summer
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: bowhntr73 on June 23, 2019, 07:35:39 PM
I purchased the Quietkat Ranger 750 last year after the Oregon archery elk season. My plan is to use it this season on gated roads and other ATV/UTV trails in my hunting areas. I took it in a few times to my blacktail areas and it was nice to have. Yeah, a little on the spendy side but buy once cry once if it's useful and beneficial.

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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: montanaelk31 on June 23, 2019, 08:57:49 PM
I purchased a Radrover 2 years ago.  It is my go to rig for night bugling.  Ebikes are considered motor vehicles on national forest trails so you can only take them where motorized are allowed. But definite game changer for locating elk in the dark.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: HiZ on February 29, 2020, 02:36:48 PM
Anyone use a bike when you go out west to hunt?
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: bowhntr73 on March 01, 2020, 06:07:35 PM
Anyone use a bike when you go out west to hunt?
I live out west and sometimes use my electric bike when I hunt. It is all dependent on where I'm hunting.

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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: Montmac on March 06, 2020, 11:40:02 AM
My buddy has done extensive research on e-bikes [he uses one on closed roads all the time]

"As far as riding them on USFS closed roads and other places open to regular bicycles, the USFS has a policy declaring them as "motorized vehicles", which is in direct conflict with Federal Law H.R. 727 which specifically states that they are NOT "motorized vehicles".

CO passed a state law declaring e-bikes are NOT considered motorized vehicles, as well. HB17-1151.

I wouldnt worry about it. But I know many would.


This is the kind of stupidity that permeates too many topics on the Internet.


1.  H.R. 727 is NOT a Federal Law.  H.R. indicates a resolution put forward by the House of Representatives, it is NOT law.  H.R. 727 was a proposed change to the Federal Register (THE LAW), in 2002 that would update the Consumer Product Safety Act.  When the language of H.R. 727 was passed and added to THE LAW, it had nothing to with the use of Ebikes, it simply allowed the Federal Government to control the safety features of Ebikes.  It applies to consumer safety and has nothing what so ever to do with the rules and regulations of USING an Ebike on public or private lands.


2.  Telling people that you wouldn't worry about it is irresponsible and promotes violating laws that can cause financial liability that most would find pretty damaging.  Personally, I'd laugh if I found out that you were being sued for damages after taking your advice.
Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: bowhntr73 on March 06, 2020, 02:05:58 PM
I should go back and state that a lot of what determines me using my bike or not is if others with me have a bike. When I'm with others that have bikes, we use them. I hunt public land 95% of the time.

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Title: Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
Post by: cnelk on March 08, 2020, 08:44:36 AM
You know what else I dont worry about? Driving 5mph over the posted speed limit.


Go ahead sue me.


@Montmac - your wonderful attitude just might get you kicked off this site too