The Paratrooper’s rugged, folding design (opens and closes in 20 seconds with simple clicks) was developed for airborne soldiers that drop out of planes and helicopters and into combat. The bike has 24 speeds; front and rear mechanical disc brakes; and knobby tires for serious trail riding. The 29-pound bike ($899 MSRP) has developed a strong following with weekend warriors.
In that vein, you younger, hard-core guys who live and hunt whitetails in big public or private woods with logging roads and trails should consider a bike like this. Easier and faster than walking and so much quieter than an ATV, this bike will get you deep where nobody else hunts. While other guys hunt a half-mile or so from their trucks, you peddle a mile, or 2 or 4 to access remote cedar swamps, ridges, clear-cuts etc. Deer back there have never seen a hunter. That right there doubles your odds of killing a shooter. How you get your big buck out is another matter, but that will be a good problem to have.
You’ll have to devise a system to carry in a small, lightweight tree stand (maybe a Lone Wolf) on your recon/set-up missions. Then when you bike back in to hunt, a short new bow, or a light, compact rifle (6.5-lb. Remington Model 700 Mountain Rifle in 7mm-08 or .270 with 22" barrel would be perfect) in a soft case slung over your back. This bike has top load-bearing balance and qualities, and was designed to get soldiers and their gear into remote areas, so that won't be a problem with some planning.
I think back to a 2,000-acre block of VA woods with a maze of old roads and trails that I used to hunt 20 years ago. If I’d have had a Paratrooper back then, scary the bucks I could have pulled out of remote spots where nobody else ever hunted. comment