As hunting season opens, adventurers around the country are gearing up - literally and figuratively - with everything from apparel to water purifiers and everything in between to make it their most successful year ever. Purists may need nothing more than their trusty bow or firearm, ammunition, and a warm jacket to set themselves up for success.
But most amateur and professional hunters customize their gear to bring more convenience, adventure, range, and style to what will hopefully be a successful season.
One staple growing in popularity is electric bikes built specifically for hunting. Don’t let the word “bicycle” fool you, though—electric hunting bikes are built to cruise over any terrain, have a much thinner profile than a truck or bulky ATV, and can help get you and your gear deep into the woods in a fraction of the time it takes to walk.
Plus they’re nearly silent and leave no scent trail like gasoline-powered vehicles.
Electric bikes come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges, but a wide range of manufacturers have tailored to the modern hunter. Below are some of our favorites for this hunting season.
At only $1,500, the Nomad is the lowest priced 750W hunting e-bike on this list, but it packs in a lot of features for a sub $2,000 electric bicycle.
The rugged 4-inch fat tires take it up to 45 miles through all levels of nature. And with 80NM torque in its Bafang Geared Hub Motor, this 18” bike packs a massive punch in its lightweight aluminum frame.View the Nomad
The 2019 Rambo adds more than camo to the mix. It also upgrades the front suspension from the standard R750 while using the same high-torque Bafang 750W mid-drive engine.
Hydraulic brakes give this fat-tire bike exceptional stopping power in extreme situations, even if you have a full bag on your back. All this with a price drop from $4,000 to $3,700 gives you money left over to add a Fat Bike Hauler, too.View the Fat Tire
The 2019 QuietKat Bandit is the smallest and most portable 750W e-bike for hunters. Both the steering column and frame fold, making it easy to throw in the trunk of any car.
This 16” still has QuietKat’s namesake silent motor, making you the most dangerous hunter in the woods. And with the $300 savings at its current $2,700 price, you can afford to customize the front and rear fenders in Camo or Realtree, add a matching Pannier Rack, and still stay under the typical retail price.View the Bandit
QuietKat - the industry leader in hunting bikes - isn’t kidding when it calls Quantum “the most capable electric bike” on the planet.
Available in 17” and 19” frames, this 9-speed bike has 4-piston hydraulic brakes, a 48v Panasonic battery, and the option of 750 or 1000W Ultra Mid Drive Engine.View the Quantum
If you’re looking for a way to bag and tag those trophy kills, these rugged bikes are the way to go. They’re lightweight, portable, and easy to pack in with the rest of your gear. The R1000XPS is rugged enough to handle the roughest trails to help you get deeper in the woods than you can with your truck alone.
Weighing in under 70 lbs, the $4,500 Rambo R1000XPS Carbon has all-terrain wheels and a 19-inch aluminum alloy frame holding a 1000W High Torque mid-drive motor from Bafang.
It has 4-piston hydraulic brakes on the front and back, heightened motor for increased ground clearance, and can haul 300 pounds over 20 miles without pedaling. Rambo accessories like a gun/bow holder, saddlebag, and single-wheel trailer make it easy to get your catch back to base camp.View the R1000XPS
If you’re looking for a way to bag and tag those trophy kills, these rugged bikes are the way to go. They’re lightweight, portable, and easy to pack in with the rest of your gear. They’re still rugged enough to handle the roughest trails to help you get deeper in the woods than you can with your truck alone. Good luck out there.