Money Grabbing state Officials At It Again

A few years ago the State DNR upped the price more than double to ride your 4-wheeler or snowmobile on state lands.  In fact if you wanted (or needed) a state sticker you first had to buy another sticker (base) that would allow you to buy the sticker you needed.  What a bunch of crap!  I have two four wheelers at camp and it cost me $72 dollars to ride on state land each year. I recently talked with a couple snowmobilers that quit riding due to the excessive gouging by the state.

Trail number 9 is just down the street from my camp and last year they put up a gate that only allows certain width 4-wheelers to pass through.  In other words if you own one of the bigger 2-6 passenger ORV’s you can’t ride these trails!  What’s the deal on that?  You have to buy a sticker but are limited on the trails you can ride?

And while I’m at it the DNR and seen to make it illegal to carry a person (adult, child, grandchild) on your 4 wheeler even if you have installed an over the counter seat for them! In order to carry a passenger you must buy a four wheeler that has a factory installed seat, not an after market one!  So to satisfy the law one must shell out $5-7,000 dollars on a new orv with a factory installed back rest.  Again what a bunch of crap.

Just yesterday I found out that the Michigan Waterways Commission has a resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 22) that would charge a yearly registration fee of $10.00 dollars on all canoe’s, kayak’s, and paddle board’s.  whats next “squirt guns and nerf toys?”  There are currently around 600,000 canoe’s kayak’s and paddle boards in Michigan and at 10 dollars a crack the total would be $6,000,000 dollars worth of more new fees for Michigan’s recreational users.  Do they want us all to stay home cause we can’t afford the forest and waterways that surround us? Ridiculous!

Mike

 

One Response to “Money Grabbing state Officials At It Again”

  1. Buster says:

    Mike,
    The yearly ATV cost per year is still a bargain when compared to snowmobiles and what you get for your $$. The sled requires a registration sticker at $30/3 years or $10/year plus the $48/yr trail permit so for 2 sleds that is $116 for perhaps a month of riding this past winter in your neck of the woods up north given the poor snow that they had this year as well as the past several. The ATV season runs much longer as well and can ride rain or shine and very much less dependent on the weather. Plus the ATV/ORV has 2 weekends a year where no permits are needed to ride the trails, the sleds don’t have this luxury and need to pay for every day of the season.

    Yes, it a choice of how we want to spend our time and money as well as complain how the state grabs and then spends our money.

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