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  1. In February you'd get your snowblower ready.
  2. Maine registration increase coming

    I was curious about the status of Maine H.P. 196/LD280 (the snowmobile registration fee increase) so I took a look. The bill was sent to the IF&W Committee where sixteen people provided testimony on the bill.( http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/display_ps.asp?snum=130&paper=HP0196PID=1456# ) These 16 people represented the MSA, the clubs, state government, and businesses. Their written testimony reflects many of the same things I've heard from NH people involved in our trails. The bill was reported out of the IF&W committee as Ought to Pass, and as of 3/30/2021 this bill was carried over to a subsequent session.
  3. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Bill Title: Relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile. https://legiscan.com/NH/text/HB334/id/2232774
  4. This is the suspension adjuster cable assembly for a 2006 Yamaha Vector GT RS90GTL. The part number is 8FU-W474A-20-00. It's free.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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."
  10. 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.
  11. 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: http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0196&item=1&snum=130 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.
  12. Putting Covid in the rear view mirror

    Here's a pretty good story about how the vaccines happened. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2021/01/26/moderna-covid-vaccine-science-fast/6555783002/
  13. Condition updates

    From the NH BoT Great North Woods Region Clubs have put away their groomers for the season. Predicted warm temps for the rest of this week and the weekend will eat away at what snow is left quickly. Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg: As of March 17th club reports that groomers are planning on going out through this Saturday IF temps allow and then will be back home due to warm weather and will not go out again unless temps allow (not looking good in next week’s forecast). There is a tree down on Corridor 20 south of the village, 146 from top of the Town Farm @ Corridor 20 to Moose Pond Road/Malvina is losing snow, areas to the north, east and west still have good snow coverage. Colebrook Ski-Bees, Colebrook/Stewartstown: Club groomed last on March 16th, spring conditions, lower elevation and town trails are dirt. Swift Diamond Riders, Stewartstown (Coleman State Park/Diamond Pond): Moderate spring conditions. Umbagog Snowmobile Association, Errol/Cambridge/Millsfield: Club groomed last on March 17th, spring conditions, lower elevation and town trails are dirt. Stratford Nighthawks, Stratford/Columbia: As of March 17th club reports that lower elevation/valley/town trails have bare areas/exposed rocks, spring conditions. Logging still going on at Meridan Hill, Corridor 7. Groveton Trailblazers, Northumberland/Groveton/Stark: Club groomed last on March 17th, spring conditions, lower elevation trails have dirt, in town trails CLOSED. Milan All Weather Riders, Milan: CLOSED Lancaster Snowdrifters, Lancaster: CLOSED White Mountain Ridge Runners, Berlin/Success: CLOSED Jericho Mountain State Park: Trails are CLOSED for snowmobiles and OHRVs due to mud season. At this time, the hope is to have them open on May 23, 2021, but that will depend on the weather and the trail conditions. Dalton Ridge Runners: CLOSED
  14. The Union Leader/Sunday News ran a story today about NH snowmobiling. In that story, they gave a registration count as of February 24, 2021. 45,800 sleds were registered, compared with 40,079 a year ago. 29,078 were by residents and 16,722 were non-residents. So, an increase of 5,721 over last year. The non-residents made up about 37% of registrations. The story discussed the high number of accidents involving inexperienced operators and that there was a requirement for a training program for all operators in a transportation bill being considered. Senate Bill 131-FN Part IV http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2021&id=830&txtFormat=html
  15. About 4" of new snow this morning, and a late February early sun.
  16. Snowmobile insurance

    I agree that sleds are expensive to repair. OEM parts are expensive, and most people demand OEM parts when the insurance company is paying the tab. Some auto insurance companies now require you to accept aftermarket parts of comparable quality, or pay the difference for OEM. For many body parts there are no aftermarket parts. I really can't blame the insurance companies for not chasing the snowmobile, or ATV, market. I think some of them offer OHRV insurance as a loss-leader to attract customers, and as a tool to retain customers who have auto and home owner coverage with them, It makes sense for them to keep another insurance company out of the picture if they can. If you want to break an insurance agent's heart, just call them and say you want a full package of insurance products, and that you have 3-4 sleds. Many insurance companies just aren't competitive in snowmobile rates. As I read the local newspaper I can usually see one of the reasons for high loss rates.
  17. Snowmobile insurance

    Is anybody seeing an increase in snowmobile insurance rates? There seems to be a big difference in rates between companies. I have 3 sleds coming up for insurance renewals in a month or so and some insurance companies don't seem to be chasing the snowmobile business;. One company told me that snowmobile claims usually ended up as a total, so rates had to go up. Maybe you need to have two or more insurance agents to get the best deals.
  18. Snowmobile insurance

    Allstate is very reasonable for snowmobile insurance insurance. Not many other companies are even close to their rates, but other carriers might offer better auto or homeowner rates. Like many things in life, it's complicated. I prefer to have one insurance carrier, but maybe that's not in the cards.
  19. A story from Vermont

    Over the weekend a covered bridge in Vermont was destroyed in a fire that was started by a burning snowmobile. https://apnews.com/article/fires-vermont-c52a72613a043b55c5afe3c4912d38ac If you've ever watched a sled burn you won't be surprised at all.
  20. A story from Vermont

    They're an icon that says New England, but they have a hard time dealing with modern life and modern vehicles. Most sleds have 10-gallons of gas, rubber track, and lots of flammable plastics, especially the foam seat, that makes a nasty fire. The aluminum melts, and steel parts are what's left in one piece. They burn hot. I wonder what Vermont vehicle liability laws say about this?
  21. Today's Sunday News editorial cartoon is snowmobile-related. There doesn't seem to be any written content nearby that relates to the possible subject matter of the cartoon. Any idea what this cartoon is about? (It's on page B4 of the 1/24/2021 Sunday News)
  22. Chris Egan injured in sled chase in Pittsburg

    I'd believe that if he was catching up to the violators he was traveling fast, otherwise there was no hope of catching them. Don't take my comments as an attack on the F&G officer, I'm saying that there are risks in high speed chases that will vary with the conditions and the skill of the operator.
  23. Chris Egan injured in sled chase in Pittsburg

    The officer took on a known risk, operating at high speed on the trail, in exchange for the possibility of apprehending a lawbreaker. Many police forces still do that on public roads, but some have rules against it. I guess F&G doesn't have a policy that prevents it. Let's face it, if F&G enforcement sees a guy speeding or driving recklessly and goes in hot pursuit, is it more likely the guy will slow down or speed up? Tough call, but if the guy speeds up there's now two sleds travelling at high speed on the trail. Does that increase or decrease trail safety? Does the public gain of catching and punishing a speeder exceed the possible loss from a high-speed accident? When I drive on !-93 during commute hours the traffic is moving at 75-80 mph, or more,, and the state troopers ignore it because the disruption of a chase and arrest would increase the danger of serious accidents. Catching a speeder sometimes isn't worth the risk, especially if I'm the one who's speeding.
  24. NHSA safety course

    Would this work? https://wildlife.state.nh.us/ohrv/education-online.html
  25. So I was wondering!

    I still have good memories of a ride from Loudon to the Massebesic traffic circle through the SNHSS trails, Other than a logging operation on a portion of the C-15 trail it was all good.