- Oct 1, 2016
We likely have different experiences in this regard. But I do not see it as cut and dry as you do. In my opinion using horses is an "assisted" form of entry, with a much higher bar to entry than an e-bike. In many areas on the east coast, e-bikes open up areas to "walk-in" public land hunters that were so unfathomably far from any trailheads (30+ miles), that the previous only way to access them was water entry using airboats and other forms of powered vessels, big $$$. In other areas where they are used heavily, yes, hunting has changed. But I cannot say for better or worse. It actually will spread hunters out, ironically reducing pressure close to the walk-in. I do not think e-bikes are taking away experiences from people. And people who are already willing to put in the effort to get further from other hunters will just push in farther and have new experiences if given an e-bike. These things are going to become much cheaper in the coming years. Some may think the e-bike scourge is coming... I readily accept it. It will change things, but I do not think for the worse. I'm not saying allow them everywhere, but don't come into it with the mind that every person using one is some lazy SOB who couldn't make it up the mountain if not given some assistance. I regularly hunt 20+ miles from trailheads, and I sure am hell not getting there riding a throttle all the way. But many of the hunts I do now with an e-bike were previously not even possible without one. your experiences may be the same if you had one.Its really pretty simple. We have areas that are open to motorized access and areas that arent. They have a motor, thus should be allowed in areas that allow for motorized access and not in areas that dont.
As for getting old. I plan to enjoy life while I am young and accept that I will not be able to do things I once was when I am older. The last thing I will ever wish is to take the opportunities I had as a young person from the generations after me because I am selfish.