UTICA – The Oneida County Board of Legislators has introduced a new snowmobiling law on Wednesday, which would establish a specific snowmobile season and better define existing rules against leaving marked trails. These guidelines are meant to protect the landowners who have properties on or around snowmobile trails, as well as ensure the safety of the snowmobilers using the trails.
The legislation proposes opening the season one day after the last day of the state-set Big Game Season and end on April 15.
Oneida County may be the first county in New York State to establish a snowmobile season.
The proposed local law was crafted at the urging of snowmobile clubs. It could be acted on at the board’s October meeting.
“This is one more tool the clubs will have to basically convince and ensure that people will obey the law, stay on the trail and not venture off and not ride before the season or after the season,” said Legislator Brian Mandryck of Lee.
Mandryck is a snowmobile club member and has a snowmobile trail easement on his property.
Oneida county has more than 600 miles of groomed trails and 13 snowmobile clubs.
The proposal could be acted on next month.