Director’s Message

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Safety Is Our Priority

New Hampshire is a great place to ride whether on a snowmobile or an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle. We welcome riders to responsibly enjoy our extensive trail system, which includes over 7,000 miles of snowmobile and 1,300 miles of OHRV trails across New Hampshire. The Ride the Wilds system in the North Country offers more than 1,000 miles of trails alone for ATVs and UTVs. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful landscape, from mountains, lakes, and rivers to forests, fields, and picturesque towns.

In recent years there has been a large surge in riding opportunities in the state and consequently an increase in the number of riders. We urge riders, whether novice or experienced, to ride safely, following all laws and recommendations. Some trails now include authorized roadways, where safety is even more crucial because you are sharing the road with cars and trucks.

Be sure to always wear a helmet and eye protection. An accident can happen in the blink of an eye with no notice, and the safety of riders is our greatest concern. All ages and skill levels are vulnerable to accidents, but inexperience plays a big part. In the past 5 years, 84% of riders involved in accidents (OHRV and snowmobile combined) had not taken a Safety Course. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department strongly recommends that all riders participate in a Safety Education Class. State law requires that all operators 12 years of age and over must possess either a valid motor vehicle driver’s license or must have successfully completed an approved OHRV or Snowmobile Safety Education Class.

The vast majority of riders follow the rules and practice safe, responsible riding, but illegal off-trail riding, speeding, and modified exhaust systems damage the reputation of all riders and threaten the essential partnership with landowners that make the sport possible. Riders must stay on designated trails and respect the rights and requests of landowners. It is their generosity that allows us to have so many miles of great trails.

Also consider becoming more active in your sport by joining a local snowmobile or OHRV club. These organizations and their volunteers are a valuable asset and work to get landowner permission, maintain trails, and educate riders. Don’t forget to register your machines every year. So get outside, enjoy the ride through New Hampshire’s beautiful landscape, and be safe.

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

NH Fish and Game Department

N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The NH Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.