December 14, 2022
By Brian K. Strickland
It seems like every season we see advances in virtually everything we haul into the woods. Whether it’s the latest compound bows engineers have tweaked to make them more efficient and accurate, to the accessories we attach making them more effective hunting machines. Regardless of what it is, today’s list of innovations in the bowhunting space is growing longer every season, and one that hunters are starting to really take notice in are the latest developments in all-electric off-road vehicles.
Take the industry-leading Grunt from Texas-based Volcon ePowersports for example. One look and you can clearly see that this is far more than just a beefed-up e-bike, and with one turn of the throttle, you’ll feel it has the guts to tackle virtually any mobility challenge a bowhunter might face. Built like a tank but with a ride of a limo, the Grunt is an all-terrain e-machine that is designed to take the physical demands of a hunt while also going the extra distance bowhunters often require. Best of all, when stacked up against what high-end e-bikes offer for the price, the Grunt certainly raises the bar in the all-electric off-road space and are worthy of our attention.
According to noted bowhunter and "Nock On TV" host John Dudley, “Volcon is bringing an entirely new advantage to hunters with this new line of E-powered vehicles. The new Grunt has completely upped the level of performance in this category and had an immediate effect on more success for me in the field.”
Comparatively speaking, the Volcon Grunt is in a class of its own and is a mobility game changer for the bowhunter seeking more efficient access to the back 40, or an extended backcountry hunt. But when you look at the big picture, they provide the bowhunter much more than just that.
Element of Surprise
Topping the list would be the element of surprise. If you’ve spent any time hunting out west, you will hear the roar of opening morning from miles away as ATV’s rumble into place. It’s a sight to see and even more troubling to hear, especially if that rumble is heading into your basin. Obviously, this noisy intrusion alters game movement and makes the hunt progressively more difficult.
Needless to say, anything we can use that lets us quietly and efficiently access a location certainly has advantages, and with the Grunt you’ll go virtually unnoticed when slipping in. The Grunt’s 60-watt electric powerhouse provides a level of whisper-quiet mobility that’s hard to beat. With no noisy gears to shift or clutch to engage, it’s practically silent as you slip through the woods, and with speeds reaching 45-plus mph, weary game will barely give you a passing glance as you zip past.
Noted Texas bowhunter and professional outdoor photographer Russell Graves couldn’t agree more but insisted they offer more than just quiet mobility for the bowhunter. “It can get pretty warm here in the early half of the season,” says Russell, “so not only does it allow me to quietly slip in, but even more important, it also keeps me from sweating and leaving ground scent walking would leave behind.” When you can eliminate the noise from walking, as well as the scent you’re ultimately leaving behind, it’s obvious how going green with an all-electric vehicle can impact the success of your hunt.
Go the Distance
Another benefit that E-power offers today’s bowhunter is its ability to take you deeper than ever before. I’ll admit, when I used one of the earlier generations of e-bikes on a turkey hunt several springs ago, I wasn’t very impressed. It frankly lacked the power to finish the job and I ended up having issues and had to push it back to camp. But with the recent advancements in lithium-ion battery technology, those experiences are a thing of the past. Many of today’s E-power options easily get 30-plus miles on a charge, and with many bowhunters desiring to create more space between the competition, these quiet green machines can help create that distance.
As its name implies, the Grunt is a workhorse designed to go the distance. It’s equipped with a 2.0KWh battery that can take riders up to 35-plus miles in the Explorer mode. But with the Grunt’s ability to carry an additional battery in the frame, that distance is doubled. It goes without saying, being able to go that far can make a huge difference on a multi-day hunt where charging capabilities may be limited and hunts take you deep into nature.
Distance is certainly an obvious advantage for the bowhunter, but where the unique fat tire all-electric Grunt really shines is its ability to gobble up rough terrain with ease. The extra battery power it offers, coupled with its capability to produce up to 75 foot-pounds of torque, ensures rough terrain and distance won’t be the reason you choose closer locations to hunt.
Plus, when you consider what this means for scouting, the benefits of quietly traveling farther and at speeds that an ATV offers, these benefits are undeniable. Whether you're just out checking trail cameras or hitting the high country to glass massive chunks of the backcountry, being able to go the distance quickly and quietly while also minimizing your footprint is a huge advantage.
And for the aging bowhunter, these nimble green energy machines will make you feel young again. Not only will the Grunt allow you to access places you felt were out of reach, but with its oversized tires, smooth suspension system and multiple speed settings designed for both experience and novice riders, it offers a stable platform that is the perfect solution for the aging bowhunter who still desires to strike deep and hunt effectively.
Rounding out the list of benefits that this green machine offers is its ability to haul heavier loads. When I broke the half-century mark a couple of years back, hauling 70-plus pound packs somehow lost the joy it once had in my 20s and 30s, especially when it was loaded with some hard-earned protein. But with the power advancements that E-technology has seen in recent years, the benefits are worth their weight in gold when it’s time to get the meaty goods home.
The Grunt features a load capacity of 400 pounds, which easily bests the E-bikes many bowhunters are using today. However, when equipped with additional load accessories Volcon offers, the Grunt turns into a meat and gear-hauling machine with a towing capacity of over 700 pounds. Needless to say, having the ability to bring it home with ease makes the competition green with envy.
Green energy is no doubt here to stay and there are many advantages it offers today’s bowhunter. And although you’re not likely to take your Tesla into the backcountry on an elk hunt anytime soon, with the innovative advantages that the all-electric Grunt has to offer, it’s certainly the next best thing bowhunters should consider.