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N.H. Fish and Game Offers Trail Manual On Off-Road Riding

Concord — New Hampshire trail riders have a new source of information about the rules of the road, registering their snowmobiles and off-highway recreational vehicles and riding responsibly.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s OHRV and Snowmobile Digest of Regulations is a free publication that can be picked up at Fish and Game offices and elsewhere around the state or downloaded from the department’s website.

It includes new information about rules for minors operating off-highway recreational vehicles — they must be at least 12, possess a safety certificate and be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license. Snowmobile youth requirements remain unchanged.

The booklet also includes information about larger vehicles that are now allowed on approved state-owned ATV trails in Coos and Grafton counties, and updates riders that temporary OHRV registrations and vanity registrations are no longer available.

New Hampshire has more than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails and 1,000 miles of OHRV trails. In his introductory message, Fish and Game Director Glenn Normandeau urges riders to wear helmets, sign up for safety education classes and respect the limits of their machines and own riding experience.

“Whatever season of the year you are cruising the trails, ride responsibly and have a great time,” he wrote.