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Old 01-10-2020, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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January 10, 2020


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Captain Michael Eastman: (603) 271-3129
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
January 10, 2020


CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division is reminding snowmobilers to stay on established and marked trails during the 2020 season. The issues associated with off-trail riding have become an increasing problem, and there are now a growing number of complaints originating from landowners, especially in Coos County, directly related to snowmobilers riding off trail.


Most of New Hampshire’s almost 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails traverse private property that owners have willingly allowed access to for snowmobiling. The public’s use of private land remains a privilege, and it has been a long-standing tradition in the Granite State for landowners to allow others to use their property for recreational pursuits. Snowmobilers are responsible for caring for the lands that they enjoy in order to protect this privilege.


Taking a sled off the posted trail has a number of consequences. As snowmobiles delve into deeper powder, they damage the tops of small trees and kill others through excessive bark damage. This type of damage directly decreases future timber values for property owners.


Snowmobiling off trail in the wintering habitat of moose and deer causes increased stress for animals during the time of the year when they are most vulnerable. This increase in anxiety, and subsequent energy consumption, can have fatal consequences.


The marked increase in off-trail riding has led to costly and time-consuming rescues for New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers responding to snowmobile emergencies in remote locations far from legal trails. “We would like to eliminate this conduct before landowners close off all of their lands including legal trails, as well as to protect the wildlife resources and the riders themselves,” said NH Fish and Game Captain Michael Eastman, who oversees snowmobile and off-highway recreational vehicle enforcement and education. “It is essential that riders show consideration for private property and landowner wishes; no respect equals no trails.”


Snowmobilers may only ride on trails that are designated and signed as a snowmobile trail. Although many new snowmobiles are marketed toward, and capable of, operating in deep powder and off-trail, if it is not a signed trail, operators in New Hampshire must have written landowner permission to ride there.

As always, Fish and Game Conservation Officers will be patrolling and enforcing this law as well as speed limits. “We want to preserve the resource and ensure everyone’s safety while they are riding this season,” said Eastman.


To learn more about New Hampshire’s snowmobile regulations and to become familiar with this season’s new laws and fines visit https://wildlife.state.nh.us/ohrv/index.html.


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I am wondering if we are going to get to the point of making sleds over 137 non-legal for use in NH to abate this problem. In Quebec, they've were able to close the Mont-Tremblant National Park to general snowmobile use. It is now accessible ONLY by 4-stroke machines that have paid the daily fee and the speed limit is 35 MPH and you MUST stay on the marked trail. Yellowstone Park, out west is under similar restrictions (I think).

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If anything over 137 would be illegal so should certain sleds that go over the state speed limit of 45mph....600 ACE for everyone....you go tell dealers that they can only sell certain sleds.
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I see the same thing going on through private trail sections here, Quickest way for some ass hats that can't follow or stay on trail that gets the club in hot water. Adding insult to injury, these ass hats have to post videos of their antics for all to see, or its ok to do so.
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If you go by track length, Skandic, Titan,Bearcat utility sleds will also be illegal. Maybe lug size
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I don’t think they need to worry about off trail this year not even snow to ride on trail
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Only snowmobile off trail riding I see this year.
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If anything over 137 would be illegal so should certain sleds that go over the state speed limit of 45mph....600 ACE for everyone....you go tell dealers that they can only sell certain sleds.
We don't have a speed problem leading to closing access and trails ..... we do with off trail riders in areas that they don't have permission to ride.
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We don't have a speed problem leading to closing access and trails ..... we do with off trail riders in areas that they don't have permission to ride.
So a 137 or 129 with a big paddle track cant off trail ride?
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