Washington’s turkey numbers are doing very well and we are fortunate to have three of the sub-species here. If you visit the WDFW website, there are published turkey maps that show the distribution and harvest reports. Armed with these data, you can begin honing in on a hunt that fits with your available time off and/or desired species. I will tell you from many years of experience that hunting public land Easterns here in Western Washington are quite challenging unless you have private ground and/or a leg up on a hot spot. These birds thrive in the thick stuff and their numbers aren’t anywhere near that of Rio Grande and Merriams levels. Still, it can be done and many hunters are successful each spring west of I-5. Hope this helps!
I use a Pack Rack bow rack mounted to my handlebars. I carry a couple sets of snubbers in case one breaks. I also invested in a VistaLite halogen lights with three nightstick Ni-MH 2200mAH batteries. I have a 5W and 10W on the bars and one more 5W light for my helmet or hat It attaches with Velcro and works really well. A bit pricey but well worth it. I also have a set of bar ends to change up my posture and leverage while riding long distances.
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There’s nothing quite like the excitement of riding a bike hunting. It’s faster than walking, faster than a horse on flat or downhill grades, and you don’t have to feed it or take care of it between hunting seasons. You get there quietly. You can take more with you. You can use it as a game carrier. And you get some really good exercise. And it’s good fun.
If you’re looking for a low-impact way to hunt, using a mountain bike will serve that purpose very well. It’s quiet, quick, versatile and just plain fun. If you’ve never tried it before, you owe it to yourself to pull that bike off those hooks in the garage, trick it out and hit the woods with it.
An alternative to toe-clips is the clipless pedal, which provides even more pedaling efficiency, as the sole of your shoe is actually connected to the pedal. It takes some practice stepping into and twisting out of this pedal, but to maximize your pedal power this is the way to go. There is a drawback to that efficiency. Hunting boots aren’t adaptable to these pedals. In other words, you’re packing your boots with you, plus you can’t just ditch that bike to chase down an elk without changing shoes first. It would be best to try out both types of pedals and see which one best suits your hunting needs.
The meld of biking and hunting is interesting to us and perhaps timely. Ostensibly, the Cogburn bike is an alternative to an ATV. There’s a movement of a younger demographic of hunters that may find a non-motorized option appealing.
The frame’s lowered top tube maximizes stand over clearance and rider comfort, making it easy to mount and dismount. The frame is engineered to ensure an efficient, responsive ride and stable handling, even at low speed.
Hunting on a bicycle is a little different than I imagined. I have jumped elk while riding, but they ran for it before I could get off a shot. Others may be able to pull this off, or I might catch up to a really dumb elk. Deer, of course, are another matter: they are an order of magnitude less wary than elk. Anyway, the main benefit of the bicycle on the hunt is you can cover so much more ground. And you can travel those roads the forest service has closed off. If I had to guess I would say the bicycle quadruples the area you can hunt.
Scent Free: Since they use no fuel, bikes are pretty much scent free. I even use scent-free chain lube made by a company called Rand Innovations that also makes scent-free gun cleaner. This is important; not necessarily because you’ll be hunting right off of the bike, but wherever you stash it while hunting might at some point clue deer in to your entrance.
I have own this bike for 4 years now, and its a great bike for hitting the trails and going off road. I was surprised multiple times as i have wiped out on this bike about five times and yet the bike has received nearly no damage. The bike is still in great shape and can handle hills, jumps, and rough trails very well. The only problem i have http://huntneqip.com is the gears. The need to be twiked other wise they will skip on you. Other wise i do recommend this bike for mountain biking and hitting trails.
My elk hunting bike would have to carry the meat for me. I thought about the Vietnam War, and the way the NVA would bring down supplies on bicycles. They loaded the bikes up and pushed them down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. History was gonna repeat itself courtesy of Thursday! I designed the bike so it could carry a set of giant saddlebags. All you had to do was get the meat to the bike, load it up, and push it out.
The basic geometry of the bike puts the user in an upright position, which is also good. It’s comfortable, lets you ride at low speeds in heavy clothes and still manage all the roots, ruts and rocks in the trail. The bike comes with really, really wide handle bars that add to easy steering.
I started thinking it out. The bike would have to get me around on abandoned roads and pack trails. It didn’t have to be fast but it had to be able to roll over rocks and logs. ALSO it had to be usable as a push-type cargo bike. Let me explain. Hunting is a great activity – it’s not a sport, exactly, it’s serious business – but it involves a lot of hard work. Especially after you kill an animal. An elk, even if you shoot it through the heart, can make one last dash, 25, 50, even 100 yards. It will usually head down hill or into brush. You have to crawl in after it and butcher it on the spot, then you have to get it out of the woods. Not much of a problem with deer, but an elk is the size of a horse. A lot of hunters end up carrying the elk out in pieces, on their backs, a quarter or a half mile. Maybe more.
Great purchase!! Researched bikes for months and finally dropped the hammer. The All Terrain R750 is the perfect stealthy hunting machine. Eric is easy to talk too and will set you up with the correct bike you need !
The rewards can be great—in our camp that means a fair share of public-lands elk nearly every year. Don’t let the locked gates or trails stop you if you have the will to get in shape, equip a plain-old mountain bike, and get pedaling—your next elk may be just around the corner.
AUGUST MID-WEEK SHORT XC SERIES AT AWABA. We are running the mid-week short series again in August. You will need lights. A short track will be set – we are targeting a 15 minute lap with 4 laps to be completed. If you get lapped by the leader before you start your last lap, then you only get to do 3 laps. There will not be any grades – everyone will be racing together and there will be a mass start. DATES: 2nd, 9th and 16th August 2017. LOCATION: Awaba TIME: Registration will start at 6:15pm and racing will start at 7:00pm. COST: Entry will be $10 per rider per race, or $20 per rider for the full 3 race series but only if you pay for all 3 races on the first night. LIGHTS: You will need a good front light, but preferably two (one on the bars and one on your helmet). If you don’t have two lights, you should carry a torch with you in case something happens to your front light. You will also need a tail light – but for the sake of the people following you, please make it a non-flashing light. You will need to sign onto a sign-on sheet and flash your licence. If you don’t have an MTBA licence you will need a day licence ($25) or sign up for a free trial membership if you haven’t had one before. Get there early if you need a day licence. Bring your race number plate with you! Feel free to email [email protected] for more information if required.
One tactic involves using the bike to ride primary doe trails, taking note of cross-trails — which are easy to see after the season is over — along the way. I don’t mind if I bump a buck at this time of year, either, since my bike and I will be long forgotten by the following fall.