NORWAY — Despite the early-season snow, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has announced that the opening day for the snowmobile season is not until Dec. 15.

Joe Higgins, supervisor of the Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Program, wrote in a bulletin that Dec. 15 was the tentative opening date for trails across the state.

He said that “in many instances, the landowners have asked for this” because the firearms season is in effect throughout the month of November.

“And remember, there is muzzleloading two more weeks after regular firearms,” he said.

Higgins wrote that many of the permits and licenses that are granted by landowners include the caveat that the snowmobile season begins on Dec. 15.

Troy Farr, trail master of the Norway Trackers Snowmobile Club, said that in Norway, “we have several gates still closed, many trees still blocking trails, water holes, wet holes not frozen, signs still not up and landowners not ready for us.

“Please, if you must ride, stay on your property or property you have permission to ride on, only,” Farr said.

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