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  2. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Corporate owners are seeing a lot more problems with social issues than private. Private landowners are responsive to direct confrontations, while corporate suffer from heavy indirect exposure.
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  4. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    The concealed carry handgun permits still exist, but are optional. People who travel through other states might want a permit for reasons of reciprocity between states. Trails in the southern part of the state often are routed close to residences, I have a trail that crosses my driveway, so these landowners might be more sensitive to the issue than a corporate landowner that controls large tracts of mostly uninhabited acres of woodlands. I suspect most small landowners aren't aware of this change. Let's hope there are no "issues" involving an armed sled or ATV rider or those landowners might become very aware. Hunters in my area have faced the closure of many hunting areas, I hope we don't follow them. Just hope for the best...
  5. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    When it came up before the decision on the rifles was controversial. Anti-OHRV voices were arguing that OHRV scared away wildlife. They kept trying to argue it after studies had proven otherwise; and it was determined that they had other motives based on the groups they belonged to. But the studies did show that wildlife was less afraid of OHRV because predation was not something that had become associated with the sound/smell of OHRV. Hunting from the OHRV over time would change that... so the Association support the ban on the loaded rifles, while still supporting the unloaded rifles that hunters would carry into remote spots on an ATV/SxS. The fact that a recreational rider could open carry an unloaded handgun, or with a permit to carry a loaded open/concealed handgun caused the stir among a few landowners that pay attention to the changes. All those landowners were not in the southern part of the State. The change just signifies that a permit no longer exists, so the requirement can no longer exist for a permit to carry open/concealed. It will most likely stir the same landowners, if they still currently allow for trail access on their property... something I could not state for certain. But not because the situation has changed, but only that it is being brought into the light once again. For the most part, landowners are more concerned with the outright behavior of the community toward respect for their land... respect in general.
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  7. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Possible, but I believe a bigger concern is that the idea that sled riders might be armed with loaded handguns might push on-the-fence landowners in the southern half of the state to close trails. I understand that gun owners have rights, but sleds and OHRVs are mostly operated on private property, and the owner's property rights trump the gun owners rights. We really don't need any more trail closures in southern NH. I wasn't able to find comments on the bill by F&G or NHSA.
  8. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Given the number of trail rage incidents this might lead to bold confrontations.
  9. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    If I remember correctly, prior to the change on the concealed carry permit, operators with a permit could have a loaded handgun. It caused a stir among some landowners.
  10. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Ahh - I misunderstood. I thought they were considering preventing people from carrying, not allowing it. I can see the point about shooting game while riding, especially on wheelers during hunting season.
  11. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    The law being amended prohibits any loaded firearm on an OHRV or sled, or in a trailer behind the sled or OHRV. The change would allow a loaded handgun. The purpo0se of the original law was to discourage people from shooting game animals while operating a sled or OHRV. It appears that a loaded rifle or shotgun would still be prohibited.
  12. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    I am not a gun owner (have no problem with those who are), just never felt the need for myself. If I was, I don't think I would carry while on my sled. I would be concerned about somehow losing it (maybe not an issue, again, I have no experience), or falling off the sled and onto the thing, and hurting myself. I guess I don't see the need really, not sure I see what threat there would be. Again - just my opinion, as someone who doesn't own a firearm. Why would they bother with a law like this? Is there some reason that they think carrying is more dangerous on a OHRV than in other situations?
  13. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Bill Title: Relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile.
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  15. It certainly could be adopted by NHSA, or by any clubs. Could join the stay on the trail campaign.
  16. Probably Could Use Some of these at Traiheads

    Did you notice the logo in the bottom-right of the image? Looks like NIC HES with a tree symbol in the middle. NICHES is a land conservation group in Indiana. Duke is a power company in the southeast US. My guess is that Duke is sponsoring the anti-littering campaign in the conservation lands. Not much connection to NH with either party.
  17. Probably Could Use Some of these at Traiheads

    I have no clue. I saw the sign on a different site, thought it was an interesting idea. The Duke energy and logo in the bottom corner makes it look like it comes from somewhere in North Carolina.
  18. Probably Could Use Some of these at Traiheads

    I think that's a great idea! I am a trail adopter for part of the Cohos Trail and although we don't see a lot of litter, any is too much. How could I get a couple? pathfinder
  19. Maybe with the name of the club below?
  20. Maine registration increase coming

    It's fair to say that Maine uses a different system than NH for funding trails. Maine makes much use of club and municipal grants to fund trails. Much of the registration fees are earmarked for snowmobile trails. Note that higher non-resident fees don't go to municipalities, the revenue goes to trails and law enforcement. Here's a fee breakdown from a few years ago. Here's a description of club and county/municipal grants from a fews years back. "The state has two types of snowmobile grants — club and municipal. The snowmobile clubs apply for the club grants and are paid $125 per mile for up to 30 miles. Any miles after 30 are the responsibility of the clubs. For municipal grants, the state pays the counties and towns to divide among clubs."
  21. Maine registration increase coming

    I believe you are right about that. Seems to me I remember reading that some of the money eventually goes to the towns. Some towns pass it on to the local club but not all (I think). If this increase is set up so that all of it goes into the system, it seems like a good way to go.
  22. Maine registration increase coming

    In the past the registrations/ trailpass funds went to The State of Maines general fund, then the clubs MSA had to lobby for funding.
  23. Maine registration increase coming

    Clubs are non-profit, so they can't support a specific field of candidates or a specific candidate. This was the mistake made several years ago when the IRS had to investigate certain non-profits. Generally, all registration increases come directly from the representative groups... The only time that it has come from the outside and passed is for agent fee increases... which we generally don't protest.
  24. Maine registration increase coming

    In the current proposal, it appears that all of the fee increase goes to the clubs and the trail system. Looks like Maine residents pay about half of the non-resident rate. They took a $10 hit and non-residents took a $20 hit. The bill's sponsor, Roland Danny Martin, is a Democrat. The Maine snowmobile association and several clubs spoke in favor of the bill. I don't know if the MSA or the clubs are Democratic.
  25. Maine registration increase coming

    It is relatively cheaper than ours... but I think any increase brings out the complaints regardless of how long from the last increase.
  26. Maine registration increase coming

    If you Google "Maine snowmobile registration fee increase" it appears that fee increase stories are a constant. Here's the 2021 version: 130th Maine Legislature An Act To Increase Funding for Snowmobile Trails and Capital Equipment Grants L.D. 280 An Act To Increase Funding for Snowmobile Trails and Capital Equipment Grants Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows: Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §13104, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2015, c. 237, §2, is further amended to read: 4. Fee. Except as provided in subsection 5, the annual snowmobile registration fee is as follows: A. For residents, $45 $55. The registration for a snowmobile owned by a resident is valid for one year, commencing on July 1st of each year; and B. For nonresidents: (1) Forty-nine Sixty-nine dollars for a 3-consecutive-day registration. A person may purchase more than one 3-day registration in any season; (2) Ninety-nine One hundred and nineteen dollars for a seasonal registration; and (3) Seventy-five Ninety-five dollars for a 10-consecutive-day registration. A person may purchase more than one 10-day registration in any season. The registration for a snowmobile owned by a nonresident must specify the dates for which the registration is valid. Five Ten dollars from each registration fee collected pursuant to this subsection must be transferred to a special fund administered by the Off-Road Vehicle Division of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The funds must be used to assist any entity that has a snowmobile trail grooming contract with the Bureau of Parks and Lands in the purchase of trail-grooming equipment. The funds also may be used for the repair or overhaul of trail-grooming equipment. Twelve Seventeen dollars from each resident snowmobile registration fee must be transferred to the Snowmobile Trail Fund of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands. Six Twenty-one dollars from each nonresident 3-day snowmobile registration fee, $6 $21 from each nonresident 10-day snowmobile registration fee and $11 $26 from each nonresident seasonal snowmobile registration fee must be transferred to the Snowmobile Trail Fund of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands. SUMMARY This bill changes the resident and nonresident registration fees for snowmobiles and uses the increased fees to help fund the Snowmobile Trail Fund and the fund responsible for capital equipment grants. The fee for resident snowmobile registrations is increased by $10. The fees for nonresident snowmobile registrations are increased by $20.
  27. Maine registration increase coming

    There is always an argument, especially for the residents in Maine that they should have a special low rate for fisherman. They think the full rate is too high for someone who just uses their sled for getting out on a lake. At first, it sounds reasonable, but managing it seems like it would be hard, and it would just be a backdoor way to get a lower price for trail riding. My guess is the ice fishing crowd will fight an increase for residents.
  28. Maine registration increase coming

    Same thing in NH. Next increase is May 1st, 2023. But the resident will increase $20 and non-resident will increase $11 under current statute. Non-resident will be $153. With a $30 club membership incentive discount, it will be $123. But no one is exactly sure how residents will respond to having a higher increase than non-residents... if at all. In Maine, it may have been the residents wanted to push back and make the non-residents carry the increase.
  29. Maine registration increase coming

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