I'd been wanting an Electric bike for a few years now. My wife told me, she would have thought I was the last person on earth to buy an Electric bike. I am am not a fan of Electric cars or Electric chainsaws etc. But common sense says its a quite way to get to your stand. Expecially in East Texas, deer spook easy.
Broke a bone in a my foot in Aug. which gave me a good excuse so I bought one. Its worked out pretty good. I ride it about a mile from Camp to my stand. Right up to it and park in the brush. Its really helped with my foot which is still giving me problems, gout set in due to the injury and may have damaged my toe joint. Will know more in a few more weeks when I go back to the dr.
I could ride my 4 wheeler or side by side close to my stand, but East Texas hunting is nothing like South Texas or Hill Country. Its hard hunting and deer are much harder to hunt. But my lease is close to my House in Rayburn County which is close to my bass fishing so it works out.
The biggest surprise was this how fast it is. On flat gound that sucker will boogie. I think I get to my stand just as far or faster than I can on my 4 wheeler. I know its faster than my hunting truck, our roads are rough in many places. With that said, once they get really rough its a different story and I have to be careful and not go to fast. I've have stands in an area with really bad section of road, have not make that run get. One thing about the bike, it can go around, get to the edge where there are no ruts.
I've also got a little much needed exercise by pedaling. Its really easy to ride even without the electric assist. Its also easy to get to the lease, no trailer to hook up in dark or unload a 4wheeler or SxS to tie down which requires a 4 point tie down by law. I have one of those hitch carriers for Harbor Freight, they are rated for 500 pounds. I welded 2 inch receiver hitch adapter on the end of us and mounted my bike carrier I'm gone. I leave my rifle in a soft case and throw over my shoulder. I have saddle bags for my coat and whatever else I take with me. I mounted to flashlights for headlights. Worked out so far. I may look into something brigher.
Someone asked me how are you going to pack a deer or hog on that bike, I said I'm not, going to come back to camp and get my hunting truck and load it on my truck.
Electric bikes are not cheap, but dang site less than a 4wheeler. In my case I have a 97 Tahoe rigged up for hunting and don't have to worry about stratching it. A guy with a nice truck that he hunts our of, 4wheeler my make more sense. In my case getting to my stand, I'll take the electric bike over my 4 wheeler any day. Filling feeders, I'm going to use my truck, SxS or 4 wheeler, although the other day I through a 40 pound sack of corn on the back and rode about a 1/2 mile to my tripod and corned the road and it did just find for one bag.
My hunting and fishing is a big part of my life, always have been so adding an electric bike seemed to make sense. At first I was a little shaky ever though I ride dirt bikes some. But at 64, things are not as steady with bike riding being one of them, but I am getting better at it everytime I climb on it.