Sure, it’s snowing. But early snowmobiling in Upstate NY infuriates land owners, hunters | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Sure, it’s snowing. But early snowmobiling in Upstate NY infuriates land owners, hunters

This onset this week of wintry, snowy weather probably has some snowmobilers thinking that they should get out and hit the trails early this year.

Don’t.

Depending on where one lives, the vast majority of trails are officially closed until the day after the big game (deer and bear) hunting seasons finish, said Jim Rolf, trail coordinator for the New York State Snowmobile Association. The seasons vary between the state’s Northern and Southern Zones, but generally this means early to mid-December.

The snowmobiling season ends when the lack of snow makes riding impractical or dangerous and the trails get closed. That’s usually around late March or early April.

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