The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) off-road vehicles (ORVs) and snowmobiles that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter.
The restrictions, which apply to state forest trails and access routes but not to state forest roads, aim to protect recreational riders from potentially unsafe riding conditions and to minimize conflicts between deer hunters and recreational riders who may inadvertently disturb them.
Licensed deer hunters may only use an OHV or snowmobile in restricted areas during the legal hunting season:
- Before legal shooting time.
- From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- After legal shooting hours.
Effective dates of the recreational riding restrictions will be:
- Nov. 5-Nov. 20 for the northeastern Minnesota 100 series deer season.
- Nov. 5-Nov. 13 for the Minnesota 200 series deer season.
Because recreational OHV trails located in southeastern Minnesota close Nov. 1 each year, no additional OHV riding restrictions are necessary in that part of the state.
While many recreational OHV riders have voluntarily opted not to ride forest trails during deer hunting and small-game seasons, recreational OHV riding has become a year-round sport for many. DNR officials remind everyone who visits Minnesota’s state forests this fall to put safety first.
For more information, see the 2016 deer season map online at www.mndnr.gov or contact the DNR Information Center at email@example.com or 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.