E Bikes For Hunting (How To Pack Out A Deer By Yourself)

If you’re considering getting an electric hunting bike, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to take a look at why ebikes are one of the best forms of transport for hunting. We’ll also see what the features are that you need to look for, and the questions you need to consider, when you’re choosing an electric bike for hunting. Along the way, I’ll pass on my recommendations for the best e bikes for hunting.

There’s an at-a-glance summary of my favorite hunting e bikes below. Scroll further down and you’ll see more detail on each of these, plus some other top ebikes that will get you stealthily to your hunting area. I’ve also got some tips on useful accessories to complete your mountain bike hunting setup, including a bike cart for hauling gear and deer (or anything else, in fact).

If you’ve never tried an electric bike for hunting before, prepare for your mind to be blown by how perfect they are. If you HAVE tried one before, then you’ll know how incredible these machines are for hauling, climbing, and moving quietly into the best hunting spots without disturbing wildlife in the way that a fume-belching, noisy truck would.

Hunting season is right around the corner, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s dive right in.


SMART CHOICE

ALTERNATIVE

USEFUL ACCESSORY

  • Dual 1000w hub motors

  • On-demand All-wheel drive

  • Camo colorway keeps you hidden

  • Too much power for you to handle?

  • 3 powerful motors to choose from

  • Useful rear cargo rack

  • Midnight Green colorway

  • Single mid-drive motor

  • 300 lbs cargo capacity

  • Hand cart AND bike trailer

  • Folds for easy storage

  • Requires hitch attachment & rack


Why are ebikes so good for hunting?

It doesn’t matter whether you want to use your electric bike for deer hunting, elk hunting or turkeys, there are plenty of great reasons why they’re a smart choice for your transport. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits that they offer over gas-guzzling automobiles.

1) Stealth mode

One of the main benefits of hunting on an electric all terrain bike is that you can get to your stand with disturbing game. Sure, you could hike in and out, which would be even more stealthy but, as we’ll come onto in a moment that’s hard work when you’re hauling gear and deer.

Comparing an ebike to a truck it’s obvious that there are plenty of reasons why an ebike is best for stealth. First up, electric bikes are almost totally noise-free when you’re cycling them. No gas or diesel engine chugging away to scare the animals off. Instead you have a virtually silent electric motor and battery. The loudest part of the bike will likely be the chain and this is only as loud as you’d find on a standard push bike. In fact, some electric bikes have a belt drive system instead of a chain and this is even quieter in operation.

As well as being noisy, gas automobile engines are also smelly. If you’re driving around the hunting area for a while looking for the best spot to set up…you’ll likely have driven away all the game by the time you find it. Because ebikes run on battery power instead there’ll be no scent to give your presence away.

Many ebikes that are created for hunters are finished in a colorway that camouflages them in the environment where they will be used. You’ll find many bikes decked out in a choice of camo paint and some will also have an option of black, dark green, or sandstone. Pick the one that matches your favorite hunting area best and you’ll be able to blend into the scenery.

Finally, tires make tracks and these can be a red flag that scares off game. Compare the tracks left by a big heavy truck with four big heavy tires to the (virtually undetectable) tracks left by the pair of 4” or 5” tires on an ebike and you’ll easily see what I mean.

2) They make light work of difficult terrain

As we know, the best hunting spots never have pavement running right up to them. At best they’ll have a dirt track, at worst it’ll be bush or scrubland. Many of the best spots are virtually impossible to get to by truck because the trails are too narrow and so hiking or cycling are the only options. Hiking is fine but if you’ve got lots of gear to haul in and out (and hopefully game out) then the weight can make it a back-breaking exercise. Cycling on a standard push bike makes this a little easier as you can stash gear and game on the frame racks, but you still have to propel it and you along with leg power alone.

E mountain bikes make it easy though. You can store gear on the frame racks, possibly using a bike trailer as well for gear and game. Then let the electric motor take the strain and get you to and from without raising a sweat. And that makes ebikes an especially good option for senior hunters or hunters who have knee or other leg problems. Retire from hunting when you’re ready to do so (if that day ever comes!) not when your legs no longer have the strength to get you to your next hunt.

3) Carrying cargo is easy and hauling game is no problem

If you’re used to hiking to your hunting spot then you’ll be familiar with the decision making that goes on prior to a hunt as to what gear to take with you. It’s always a difficult choice: take too much and you’ll struggle to carry it and may not even be able to haul game home with you. Take too little though and you’ll find that you’re missing some important piece of kit, which could mean your hunt is over before it’s even begun.

Hunting e bikes make this so much easier. They have multiple points to stash gear on the bike – racks front and rear, gun/bow holders on the frame or handlebars. Many also have the option to fit a bike trailer to the rear – adding to your cargo-carrying capacity and enabling you to bring home your catch with ease.

And, because you’ve got the electric motor and battery to back you up, you’ve got the power to transport everything easily. So, if you’re struggling to decide whether you should take that extra hunting widget, don’t worry! Just pack it in your ebike panniers and head off.


How to choose a great ebike for hunting

As with any critical piece of hunting equipment, choosing your new ebike is an important decision to get right. So, what are the main features that you should look out for? We’ll go through each of these now and, if you’re new to hunting by bike, I’ll also mention a few of the optional accessories that you can get which will take your electric hunting bike up to the next level.

Sufficient power

The market for ebikes is literally exploding in popularity right now and there are some fantastic bikes available. Look closely though and you’ll see that only a small proportion are right for hunting. Why? Well, many ebikes are designed for short city commutes or park rides. They’re great for that but unfortunately don’t have sufficient power to deal with a hunt. Look out for ebikes that are have 500W of power minimum and keep an eye out for the top-of-the-range hunting ebikes, some of which have not one but TWO 1000W motors! That’s one 1000W motor powering each wheel for the most awesome, unstoppable power.

Allied to the power of the motor is the capacity of the battery. Look for bikes that have at least 14ah (amp hours). Rambo bikes are an excellent choice here as they have bikes which have two batteries fitted, taking the capacity up to a staggering 34ah.

Rugged good looks

Again, many ebikes that are designed for the mean city streets just aren’t tough enough to handle backcountry trips. It’s important to get a bike that is going to cope with the job it’s intended for. So, a rugged frame is essential and preferably one that has a front suspension fork fitted as this will help soak up the bumps in the trail and give you a smoother, more comfortable ride. Another factor that helps with toughness (and comfort) is to have high volume, wide tires fitted. The best hunting ebikes have tires that are at least 4” wide.

Cargo-carrying capacity

You’ll find that a good hunting ebike will have plenty of fixing points to add front and rear racks. These can often be purchased from the retailer at the same time as you buy your new bike. And they can generally be teamed up with bow/gun holders, which can be fitted to the handlebars or frame of your bike. A bike trailer is an especially useful purchase for hunting. Fitted on to the rear rack of your bike it will be towed along behind you and can carry gear and game. The beauty of using a trailer is that it keeps the weight low and so won’t affect your balance on the bike. Unlike carrying heavy gear in a backpack, which would likely tip you over on rough terrain.

Look for a weight capacity of at least 250 lbs on your new bike.

Budget

As with many purchases in life, the more you can spend, the better quality of product you get. Hunting electric bikes are no different. Less then $1500 and you’re unlikely to get an ebike with sufficient power and ruggedness to handle the terrain or the gear-carrying you need. More than $1500 and you start getting some nice bikes to choose from.

If you can afford it, then I’d recommend spending $5k-$10k on your new ebike. With this budget you unlock a set of bikes that will have the all the power, all the cargo capacity, and all the toughness that you need for any hunting trip.

Accessories

Manufacturers of good quality hunting electric bikes recognize that hunters have needs. The need to carry a ton of gear, the need to carry weapons safely and within easy reach, the need to haul heavy game. Because of this, they produce a wide range of different accessories to help make all this possible.

In this regard, bike trailers are game-changers. They can virtually double your cargo capacity and they keep the weight down low to the ground, which helps with balance. You’ll also need a rear cargo rack and large-capacity pannier bags. Whoever designed the gun/bow bike mount deserves a medal. And, remember, don’t just sling your new ebike in the back of your truck to go home. Use a proper fat tire-specific hitch mounted rack for your car.


4 of the best electric hunting bikes

We’ve seen why electric bikes are so good for hunting, and we’ve taken a look at what the key features are to look out for (and the questions to consider) when you’re picking your new bike. Let’s turn our attention to the bikes that are out there and see which are the best ones for the job.

Rambo Megatron
What’s better than one, massive 1000W motor powering your ebike up the hills? How about two of those massive 1000W motors, one for each wheel. That’s right, the Megatron from Rambo Bikes has all-wheel drive courtesy of those two huge hub motors. That gives you a ton of power at your control and means that you won’t lose traction if one of your tires hits on a slippery patch. You can also ease back on the power (and conserve battery) by switching between all-wheel drive, and front or rear wheel only. Is this the best ebike for hunting? Possibly, yes.

Megatron has two batteries as well, so you can get double the range (up to 80 miles in total) and get you there with speeds of up to 30mph. Smoothing out the journey are the front suspension forks, the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and the incredible Maxxis Minion tires. At 26” diameter and 4.8” wide these tires will take you, your bike and your gear over any terrain Read more+

QuietKat Apex
The Apex is the flagship hunting bike from respected ebike manufacturer QuietKat and it’s not hard to see why. It comes with a choice of three heavy-duty motors (750/1000/1500W), two batteries (14.5ah/48V or 17.5ah/52V), huge Kenda Juggernaut 26×4.5” tires, and an integrated rear rack giving a cargo capacity of a take-the-entire-contents-of-your-home-with-you 325 lbs. Accessorize with the optional trailer you won’t need to leave anything behind. A bike that’s a favorite with the electric hunting bike forums Read more+

RadRover 5 Electric Fat Bike
If you’ve got a more modest budget, then the RadRover is a smart choice. And it’s a smart choice because Rad Power Bikes seem to have pulled some kind of magic trick by creating an ebike that is perfect for hunting (amongst a lot more) and yet is at a very keen price point.

The RadRover is rugged yet surprisingly comfortable with the front suspension fork and 4” tires to smooth your path.

The integrated fenders, lights and kickstand are nice touches and with a 750W rear hub motor, 14ah/48V battery the RadRover will take you up to 45 miles before it needs a re-charge Read more+

UBCO 2X2 WRK Bike 3.1kW
Now for something completely different. Something that’s less electric push bike and more electric motorbike. The 2X2 is not for the faint-hearted.

This is a machine that was created in New Zealand by a team whose original intention was that it would be used by farmers.

It’s rugged, it’s loves the toughest of terrain, it will go at speeds of up to 30mph with no pedaling at all (it’s throttle-only), and the battery will take you up to 78 miles on a single charge. Cargo racks front and rear, suspension front and rear, and shod with the gnarliest of tires. This is a workhorse that wants to go hunting Read more+


SMART CHOICE

ALTERNATIVE

USEFUL ACCESSORY

  • Dual 1000w hub motors

  • On-demand All-wheel drive

  • Camo colorway keeps you hidden

  • Too much power for you to handle?

  • 3 powerful motors to choose from

  • Useful rear cargo rack

  • Midnight Green colorway

  • Single mid-drive motor

  • 300 lbs cargo capacity

  • Hand cart AND bike trailer

  • Folds for easy storage

  • Requires hitch attachment & rack