Winter rides scheduled!
Three ATV clubs have winter rides coming up. They are:
-Northern Traxx Club, Polar Bear Ride: Feb 18, 10 am, Tom & Jerry’s Bar, Chisholm.
-Over The Hills ATV Club, Polar Bear Ride: Feb 25, 11 am, Granny’s Grill, Emily.
-Up North Riders ATV Club, Spring Ice Ride: March 11, 10 am,Fisherman’s Bay, McGregor
Help shape the future of ATVAM! All ATVAM members are invited to the 2017 ATVAM Vision Conference & General Membership Meeting, March 3-5 (Saturday is main day), at Sugar Lake Lodge, Cohasset. Details at
Club members advocating for new trails!
Thanks to all the club members who attended these public meetings, held recently in our area:
B2B Trail Meeting in Backus -- The DNR and NOHVCC held 8 meetings to get public input on the new Border 2 Border Trail, which will cross northern Minnesota from Lake Superior to North Dakota. It will be
primarily a 4WD truck trail, for families who like to ride slow on gravel roads open to highway licensed vehicles. Parts of the trail will also be open to ATVs. The DNR is looking for possible routes, destinations like campgrounds, and communities interested in being located along the trail to boost tourism. One of the meetings was held
in Backus on January 31st; thanks to all the Woodticks who attended!
Centennial State Forest Meeting in Remer -- Three years ago, Potlach sold 2700 acres of land southeast of Longville to the Nature Conservancy, which in turn donated it to the DNR. They turned it into a new State Forest, and held a public input meeting on February 1st in Remer. The DNR wanted input from the public on whether to designate the roads in the State Forest as “Limited” (open to ATVs), or “Closed” (no ATVs). About 50 people showed up. Thanks to our club members who attended, advocating to keep the Roads open to ATVs. You can help!
Simply send a short email saying you are in favor of keeping roads open to ATVs, to this email address:
Watch for our club ad! A big thank-you to the Dirt Devils ATV Club inAkeley. It is printing a new trail map for the Round River ATV Trails,which it manages as part of the DNR Grant-In-Aid program. They charge $150+ for ads on their map, but are printing our club’s ad in the map for free this year. Thanks Dirt Devils! You’ll also see our ad in the
Hackensack and Longville Summer Guides, and an article on the club in the Leech Lake Summer Guide.
We have embroidered logo patches!
We have a lot of great club gear. In addition, you can turn your favorite riding gear into club gear by sewing on a club patch. They look just like the logo and feature quality embroidery. One member just bought 6 of them! They are just $3, or 2 for $5. Reply to this email if you’d like to get some in the mail, and sew them on to outerwear for yourself or as gifts.
Where would you like to ride this year?
The club board will soon be planning our rides for this year. Let us know where you’d like to ride. In addition to our all-vehicle rides this summer, we are planning to do a SxS-only ride. Side-by-sides can go on the far right of county roads, which allows them to venture out farther. Watch for details!
DNR Instructor Forums -- All instructors for ATV, snowmobile and firearms safety programs were invited to forums held around the state. News for our ATV instructors: 1) The DNR has created a powerpoint presentation for ATV safety classes. We sent the DNR a flash drive with our powerpoint and they used quite a few of our photos for
theirs, which is great. 2) The student quiz has been updated to include more user-friendly language, and some photographs. Totals for DNR safety classes for 2016: Firearms-23,368 Snowmobile-7,339 ATV-4,749 Thanks to members who are now becoming ATV Safety Instructors and Trail Ambassadors this year. If you’d like to be
certified by the DNR and join our teams, here is a link to the class schedule and details:
ATVAM Region 3 meeting April 22 -- Each year, our club teams up with others to host an ATVAM Region 3 meeting. There are 10 clubs in our region. About 50-60 people show up, including folks with the MN DNR
Parks & Trails. We share information about our clubs and trails, and work toward connecting trail systems. This year’s meeting is April 22, 9 am to 1 pm, at the American Legion Post 443, 232 4th St, Ironton,
MN. The meeting is free and includes lunch. Join us! Reply to this
email if you plan on attending.
Thanks for supporting the club! ‘Like’ us on Facebook and visit WoodtickWheelers.com. Send us your ideas, places you’d like to ride next year, and other comments!
Happy New Year!
Looking Back On 2016, our club:
-Welcomed many new members and Business Sponsors
-Had 9 club rides and two big meetings
-Kept members informed on ATV news and issues
-Certified 25 youth riders at our ATV Safety Class in Walker
-Rode 1000 miles as Trail Ambassadors
-Recognized Dick Nytes as Member of the Year
-Held a pork chop feed, pancake breakfast & benefit chili feed
-Created an ATV Search & Rescue Team
-Donated a rescue insert and cab to the Sheriff’s Ranger,
for S&R, using Polaris TRAILS grants
-Visited with 100s of riders at National Night Out and the
Hackensack Chainsaw Event
-Rode with Woodrow the Woodtick in 2 parades; won the
prize for innovative entry
-Put 250 kids on the ATV Simulator at the MN State Fair,
and talked to their parents about ATV safety
-Attended many ATVAM and DNR meetings, and a NOHVCC
Great Trails Workshop in Akeley
-Promoted and thanked our Business Members year-round,
and bought many $25 gift cards from them, for use as prizes
-Sold lots of cool club gear to members
-Donated gear and funds to other clubs and non-profits for
their silent auctions and trail work
The MN DNR reports that, during 2016:
-4,460 kids, teens and adults took their Online ATV Safety Training Course
-DNR Conservation Officers wrote over 3,700 ATV violations and warnings. From Jan 1 to Dec 8, COs wrote 911 citations, and 2790 warnings. There are 25 violation categories. Of the ATV tickets, the top 3 are “License/Registration/Permit Not inPossession or Displayed” (286), “No Valid License/Registration/Permit” (167), “Youth Operate w/o Helmet” (117). Most of the violations are $125 or more (including surcharges). By comparison, COs wrote 339 tickets to snowmobilers, 80 to dirt bike riders and 16 to 4WD truck drivers. If you’d like to receive the complete list, reply to this email and we’ll send you the DNR table.
Two New County ATV Parks opened last year
1) The Axtel Technical Riding Area, off the Soo Line Trail near MacGregor, is a big hit. It was built by Aitkin County. We’ll do a club ride there in 2017. A map of the obstacles is shown here: http://www.co.aitkin.mn.us/departments/land/recreation/
2) If you live in or near Grant County, the county built a new ATV Park, complete with a youth training area and 2 mile trail complete with lots of cool obstacles. There is a picnic area for parents to watch their kids as they ride. If you want to check it out this spring, it’s near
Elbow Lake. Here’s a link to the county website for details: http://www.co.grant.mn.us/582/ATV-Park
Did you know? -- The Grant County ATV Park was built with RTP funds. Across the country, many ATV trails -- as well as hiking, bicycle and horse trails -- are funded by gas taxes paid by ATV, snowmobile and truck owners. It’s called the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). This month is the 25th anniversary of this important federal program that directs gas tax money back to the states for motorized and non-motorized trail projects in all 50 states. You can read about
the Grant County ATV Park and the RTP 25th Anniversary in the December NOHVCC newsletter, at this link: http://nohvcc.org/Materials/Newsletter/December-2016.
Woodtick Wheelers Featured in “The Source 2017”
The Pilot newspaper just published its 115-page resource guide for Central Cass and Eastern Hubbard Counties. It was delivered with the Pilot paper last week. A full-page article with photos on the Woodtick Wheelers is on page 104. Watch for it!
Trail Ambassador programs featured in magazine.
Minnesota is one of only 4 states with a Trail Ambassador program. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) wrote an article on them a while back, and recently sent us a pdf of it.
You can read it in the attachment to this email.
For those interested in becoming a Trail Ambassador, here are DNR class dates:
-Saturday January 7, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.
Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area Headquarters
5463 West Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025
Contact: Bruce Lawrence @ 763-267-8534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-Saturday March 4, 2017@ 10:00 a.m.
Nelson Hall - Camp Ripley, 15011 Hwy 115, Little Falls, MN 56345
Contact: Bruce Lawrence @ 763-267-8534 or email@example.com
-Saturday April 1, 2017
Midwest Interagency Fire Center (MIFC)
402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Mike Lee @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-963-7343
-Saturday April 22, 2017
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
7196 Pettit Rd, Gilbert, MN 55741
Contact: Bruce Lawrence @ email@example.com or 763-267-8534
Thanks for supporting the club! ‘Like’ us on Facebook and visit WoodtickWheelers.com.
Send us your ideas, places you’d like to ride next year, and other comments!
Your Woodtick Wheelers Board:
Dave Halsey, President firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-723-1987; Andy Becker, Vice President,
email@example.com; Mike Ebinger, Treasurer, Membership firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sherrie Gayken, Secretary; Ed Anderson, Dick Buche, Sue Buche, Scott Meyers, Dave Shaw
We are sad to report that Roy Huddle has passed away.
Twice a year, our club does a ride from Stony Lake to Huddle’s Resort on Leech Lake. We are always warmly greeted by Roy and Kay Huddle, and their family. Roy passed away this week at the age of 78. Huddles is one of the oldest family-run resorts in Minnesota, started by Roy’s grandparents in 1928. Huddle’s is a long-time business sponsor of our club. Please keep the Huddle family in your prayers. You can read Roy’s obituary at this link:
Two websites for snowbirds and travelers:
Some of our members head south for the winter, and bring their ATVs and SxSs with them. Others trailer their vehicles on winter vacations, going to Glamis in California, and other popular riding areas. Here are a couple websites to help you find places to ride this winter:
1 - RiderPlanet.com -- This ATV and motorcycle trails database is very detailed, with photos and contact information to plan a ride anywhere in the country. Just click on the state you are going to, and you’ll see a long list of public trails and private ATV parks.
2 - RideCommand.Polaris.com -- This program (formerly called RiderX,and which Woodticks Halsey and Potter work on at Polaris), is nowbetter than ever. Go to the website, zoom into an area and you’ll see all the public trails and private ATV parks. You can plan OHV and snowmobile rides across the U.S. and Canada, and more.
Download the free Ride Command mobile app on your smart phone or tablet, and use it while riding. You can track your rides, find your exact GPS location on OHV or snowmobile trails across the country, form a group with other riders and see where they are on the trail, plus find food, fuel, lodging and the nearest Polaris dealer..and more.
In the Hackensack-Akeley-Longville area, you’ll see brown icons highlighting 10 of our club’s business sponsors that bought a Premium Point-Of-Interest from our club. It was part of a pilot project at Polaris that’s now going nationwide, giving OHV and snowmobile clubs a new tool for fundraising.
To learn more about Ride Command, watch this Youtube video created by Polaris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Check out this scenic video made by GoPro about a father/son
trail-building team in Oregon. The GoPro staff spent some time with Reid Brown and his dad Barrett,
two outstanding OHV advocates in Oregon. Check out this short video to watch this father/son team as they ride and race dirt bikes, and build single-track trails on the steep slopes of the Tillamook Forest. Their expertise and enthusiasm is amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
There are a lot of great OHV success stories out there. To read aboutOHV success stories in Colorado, Maryland and Connecticut, plus an easy way to donate to the OHV industry when shopping on Amazon, and a new guide to help you get involved in Forest Planning with the USFS. It's all in the November NOHVCC Newsletter at this link: http://www.nohvcc.org/
Merry Christmas! from your Woodtick Wheelers Board:
Dave Halsey, President email@example.com, 612-723-1987; Andy Becker, Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mike Ebinger, Treasurer,Membership email@example.com; Sherrie Gayken, Secretary; Ed Anderson, Dick Buche, Sue Buche, Scott Meyers, Dave Shaw
We proudly support and volunteer on these MN DNR programs.
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
P.O. Box 83
Hackensack, MN 56452