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What to do about people riding on your property?

1/25/18 @ 9:23 AM
User since 1/6/09

Bought some land and moved last spring.  A posted snowmobile trail runs along the west boundary of my property, supposed to be in the ditch, but I've had several tracks coming up onto my land and cutting the corner.

Wouldn't be a big deal, but I planted saplings that are now getting run over, plus I have a young son who likes to explore the woods - he's been told to stay away from the ditch, but I don't feel like I should have to tell him to stay off our own property.

What have others done in this situation?

3/11/20 @ 9:28 AM
User since 10/7/18

I beg to isn't 1% and closer to 10 I believe....Hwy 70 has more ditch banging going on as well as ALOT of Vilas's sad! I have heard multiple times, I don't care if the trails close I'll just go somewhere can't fix stupid!! Most times it's a guy with a back pack on and a long track sled with a go pro on his head....

8/29/18 @ 1:43 PM
User since 5/24/17

I would talk to the local snowmobile club.  They will make special accomodations / signage on the trail to keep the idiots away.

I own snowmobiles and am an active member of multiple clubs.  99% of snowmobilers are very conscious and courteous of following the rules and not going off-trail.

Unfortunately (like in anything) it only takes 1 or 2 boneheads to ruin it for everybody.

If you voice your concerns to the local club I think it should help.

2/27/18 @ 5:31 PM
One shot one kill
MEMBER since 8/12/02

Sure has not been a problem this year ! Our trails never opened. 

2/18/18 @ 5:36 PM
User since 9/27/01

I hear you Shad.  I have a piece of property that has a prominent logging road through it which runs through the 1000ish acres surrounding me and likely goes far beyond that as it all used to be paper company land years ago.  The local trail isn't far from it.  I figure that I'll get approached at some point and there's no way I'll let a trail though the property.

I got into snowmobiling a few years ago and took my last ride about a year or two afterwards.  While 99% of the people on the trails were responsible, the speedsters and drunks turned me off.  Even if it's only 1% of the riders, I don't want that on my land.

2/18/18 @ 1:28 AM
User since 1/17/12

My parents own a small piece of property on a ridge. It's a great shortcut for drunks on sleds. My parents have had the common sense to tell them "no" to a trail there for the last 5 years. They can expect the same answer until I die  because I'll inherit the property. When it comes to drunks on sleds "just say no" if it's your property. You'll thank yourself later.

2/16/18 @ 7:19 PM
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

You should have said “”Choot em’ Lizabeth”

Then we would have known!

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2/15/18 @ 9:48 PM
User since 9/27/01

Oh. ok.  That makes it really cool.  I guess I just missed it.  I'm getting old and all.

2/14/18 @ 7:56 PM
User since 9/27/01

Awesome.  Murder 1.  Let us know how that goes while you're cuddling with your cell mate.

2/10/18 @ 11:21 AM
One shot one kill
MEMBER since 8/12/02

Same answer . Most clubs will do about anything to keep the landowners happy . Real hard to move a trail if neighbors find out you had trouble,  they sure don't want it .

2/6/18 @ 9:27 PM
stool bus
User since 4/30/14

like said below, contact the club. i had the same thing happen by me. i also got tired of cleaning up empty beer cans on my property 20' from the trail. they moved the trail another 50' away. the idiots still were on my land and killing my trees. the neighbors had the same problems. the privilage was lost and the trail re routed.

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