The scabbard is built as a transport for guns and bows and not for quick removal and hunting while under way. The actual rubber mounts for the guns are geared toward sleek weapons and not a short stubby shotgun and I have had to improvise the upper attachment.
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Getting to remote stands usually requires entering into the woods well before daylight; getting out requires long walks in the dark. Neither scenario makes for a silent passage. Striking a compromise between a quiet approach and a quick advance can be difficult — which is exactly what a mountain bike can offer.
The bicycle itself has always been a tool for me, a way to access hard to reach places. I have been hunting by bike for as long as I can remember being able to hunt and the Ruffed Grouse is my favorite quarry. There is no better tasting thing in the world in my opinion. You might as well lump Grouse, Lobster and Walleye together the best things you can pluck from nature, pour butter on and consume.
Since some of my camp partners and I started hunting from mountain bikes in 2000, we have killed our fair share of elk. Our motivation for using bikes came from Weyerhaeuser Company’s decision in 2000 to lock the gates on some of their logging roads in southwest Washington during hunting season, restricting those roads to non-motorized travel only.
Flat Tires: While infrequent, there is the risk of getting a flat. I always carry a spare tube while out hunting so I’m not stranded and left walking my bike back if I get flat. This is really only a risk depending on your terrain. We had some run-ins with cactus in South Dakota that ended with a flat but even so on a trip with four people all on bikes, we only had one flat.
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The first step in building the ultimate hunting machine is picking out the bike. Personally, I didn’t want to invest a lot of money. A more passionate cyclist might criticize me on that point, arguing that you get what you pay for, and in retrospect, I might be inclined to agree with that view, as the model that I chose has required several repairs and upgrades over the past few years.
The CB4 frame has attachment points for 1, 2, or 3 standard water bottle cage mounts, depending on the space available on each frame size (larger frames have more bottle mounts, smaller ones have less). The fork has 2 mid-blade mounts and 2 sets of triple-boss attachment points, one on each leg, for oversize cages on the fork to expand carrying capacity for water, stove fuel, sleeping pads and other gear.
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It wasn’t long before I was using my bike for other hunting chores, like hanging tree stands. Of course, you’re not going to carry a ladder stand through the woods on a bike, but lock-on type stands and even some climbers are easy to strap to the rack. By using the front basket to carry a bag of screw-in tree steps, a safety harness and a haul line, and tasking the rear rack to carry the stand, hauling my entire set-up to even remote parts of my hunting property was a simple affair.
• Aluminum Hand Cart – Attaches easily and offers smooth movement over rough terrain. Easily hauls gear, camping equipment, treestands or your trophy out of the backwoods. Made of extremely durable 6061 aluminum alloy. When not hunting, it’s also an excellent tool for moving firewood or bulky items thanks to a handle grab that allows you to use it with or without a Rambo bike. Requires XL Luggage Rack for installation and proper use. Wt. capacity: 300 lbs. Wt: 25 lbs.
THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING MACHINE. IT EXCEEDS ALL MY EXPECTATIONS. THE PEOPLE AT QUIET KAT REALLY STAND BEHIND THERE PRODUCT WHEN I HAD A BATTERY ISSUE WHEN I ADDED A electric hunting bike discounts BATTERY. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT TO ANYONE INTERESTED. DENNIS WILSON LINCOLN, CALIFORNIA
I bought an electric bike mainly for hunting purposes earlier this year. Due to the motor size of 750 watts, it is not considered a motorized vehicle like a motorcycle where I live in the Rocky Mountains. No idea what the regs are in other states. It is considered a bicycle and can therefore be used just about anywhere on public land. Great way to go when you are covering tens of thousands of acres. Going from a week to a day to cover one of the ranches I hunt.
But it didn’t happen without some trial and error. My first design flaw became apparent when I tried to carry a lock-on tree stand and a bow on the rear rack at the same time: not enough room. Raising the height of the bow holder with longer bolts and metal spacers solved that problem. By getting the bow above the cargo, I was able to make use of the entire length of the rack.
Price: Even used UTVs and ATVs can cost over $5,000, bikes are much less expensive. You can rig up most any mountain bike in some fashion or you take the shortcut and get one from Cogburn Outdoors. They’re only the company making a bike specifically for hunting and they start at $1,799. It’s not cheap but still way cheaper than the alternative.
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thanks for the article and the tip on the panniers. I started thinking about riding my mtn bike to hunt with when I once rode my bike into a herd of mule deer that had NO idea I was coming until I was in the middle. Luckily, none ran me over in the chaos that ensued. A buddy and I took a couple elk hunting a few years ago and though we didn’t get our elk (we got our shot, just not an elk), we could clearly see where the ATV tracks stopped and we were solo in the forest.
The bike has been tested through 3 hunting seasons now. It has also attracted some attention at bicycle shows and will definitely be at the upcoming Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show and possibly the next North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
While the Outfitter was intended for hunters, we think it will suit anyone who wants to bring lots of gear into the woods under their own power—with some help from that Bosch eDrive. Several photographers remarked that the set-up is ideal for lugging professional camera equipment in for a shoot, says Felt Sales Manger IanMcCabe. And you can always carry beer. One hundred pounds of beer.
I continued the camouflaging process with adhesive vinyl in a popular camo pattern that a local sign company was able to order for me. The same material sometimes used to cover golf carts and panels on vehicles so I knew it would be sturdy. Applying it was more time-consuming than I’d anticipated, but in a few hours, the entire frame and several other parts were completely covered. (One tip: Putting the tape on in small pieces works much better than does trying to cover the whole thing at once. The small pieces blend together so well that everyone who’s seen the bike assumes that it was film-dipped.) The vinyl applied, I finished by breaking the remaining olive drab areas up with flat gray, tan, brown and black spray paint.
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.
But with a price tag of $2,199, the Cogburn will be a stiff sell for many hunters. Its wide tires will roll over logs and float through mud and sand. Dragging a deer or elk out after the hunt … that’s another scenario altogether.
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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.
2006 Specialized Hardrock Comp hardtail. I don’t like rear suspension because I feel it robs energy that I want transferred to the ground when I pedal. I use conventional toe-clips to accommodate my hunting footwear. The tires are 2.20″ for extra load distribution. I also have TopPeak front fender to keep mud and water out of my face.
For years, ATVs and UTVs have been marketed to and used by hunters as ways to access the woods and traverse large spaces in search of their prey. What they offer in convenience is often outdone by their size, sound and smell, and all of these things are critical to a successful hunt. Also, most public land doesn’t offer much in the way of allowing motorized vehicles of any sort.
What I learned wringing the bike out: first thing was, the controls needed to be reversed (I’m right handed) so I could control the bike with my left hand while keeping the rifle from falling off my shoulder. Also, I push the bike from the left side and I wanted the rear brake on the left for control on downhill stretches. You wouldn’t want your load to drag you downslope to an uncertain fate ….
Then it stopped abruptly to peer intently at something through the woods, head bobbing up and down as it strained to make sense of the object of curiosity — and I saw that my bike was actually much closer than I had realized, less than 10 yards from the matriarch. The animal finally seemed satisfied that the inanimate object was no threat and resumed feeding on white oak acorns.
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!
Before I started bowhunting, I had no idea of the joy that hunting unpressured deer brings. Only one other archer was in my hunting club, and those first few weeks before gun season started were truly wonderful.
Keep in mind that where I hunt in Minnesota it is legal to have your gun uncased and loaded while riding a bike. I have certainly toyed with the idea of having an ATV style rack on the handlebars, but that means I can not travel tight twisty trails and I do like the fact that the upright scabbard allows for quick handling.
Hunter Mountain Bike Association will be holding it’s AGM at Awaba mountain bike park on Sunday March 25th. The AGM will be held on a combined DH and XC club day, we will advise the time for the AGM closer to the event. The AGM is important for us all so that we ensure there is an active and effective committee representing the wishes of the Club Members. [ 334 more words ]